A local TV station in Oklahoma did a story about Camp Quest. You may remember that OK Camp Quest was thrown out of a BBQ restaurant during a pre-approved fundraiser because the owners didn’t want to help out an atheist group. The only ones they could possibly have hurt were kids exploring nature.
Haydn Kirkpatrick is 16 years old and said she’s been waiting all year for this one week.
“It’s the best time of my life,” said 16-year-old Haydn Kirkpatrick.
She said it’s the only time she can relax and not worry about being judged. Kirkpatrick is an atheist, something that she says doesn’t come easy, living in Oklahoma.
“A lot of the times I feel like I can’t tell people, because I feel like they won’t be friends with me or their parents will think, ‘Oh, I don’t want them to hang out with that child. She’s an atheist.’ Because it tends to turn into a curse word,” she said…
Eversole wants to be clear there’s no religion-bashing here.
The campers do what most campers do–there’s canoeing, archery, and rappelling in the morning. In the afternoon, it’s on to science. They build model rockets or bracelets made to look like strands of DNA.
There’s also a biologist on hand to talk about wildlife. A baby tarantula was part of Tuesday’s lesson.
Well maybe that was the problem. If kids learn about natural world, all those supernatural claims won’t seem so reasonable.