Sunday, 12 July 2009

Britain Gets First Atheist Summer Camp for Children

Sorry for the long gap while i was away and out of reach of the Internet - and Now I have to mention a rather troubling news item:-

An atheist alternative to Scout and Scripture Union camps is being subsidised by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Twenty-four children will take part in Camp Quest in Somerset later this month. Samantha Stein, who will lead the camp, said the emphasis would be on critical thinking. One activity will be the Invisible Unicorn Challenge. Children will be told it is believed that two unicorns inhabit the area but their task will be to prove unicorns do not exist. ‘We are not trying to bash religion, but it encourages people to believe a lot of things for which there is no evidence,’ Ms Stein explained. Since launching in the USA in 1996, Camp Quest’s growth has been modest. It now operates camps at six sites there.

Sources: Sunday Times (28/6); The Observer (28/6)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6591231.ece
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/28/atheism-camp-uk-richard-dawkins

2 comments:

Beth said...

blech! I didn't know these existed here in the States...interesting to see that "only" modest growth has been seen.

Olive Morgan said...

Yes, Beth, I thought this was a glimmer of hope for us here.