Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ready for Camp?

Camp goes with summer like peas go with carrots (or something like that). Anyway, Richard Dawkins, the world's most breathless atheist, has a fresh idea for summer camp. It seems that Dr. Dawkins has decided to join the rest of thoughtful humanity and do something for the children.

Al Mohler writes:

News out of Great Britain indicates that Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world's most famous living atheist, is setting up a summer camp intended to help children and teenagers adopt atheism. As The Times [London] reports: "Give Richard Dawkins a child for a week's summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life."

The camp, based upon an American precursor, is to be financially subsidized by Dawkins. According to media reports, all 24 places at the camp have been taken. As Lois Rogers of The Times reports:
Budding atheists will be given lessons to arm themselves in the ways of rational scepticism. There will be sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology along with more conventional pursuits such as trekking and tug-of-war. There will also be a £10 prize for the child who can disprove the existence of the mythical unicorn.

The organizers of the camp are doing everything possible to emulate more traditional summer camps, generally organized by Christian groups or venerable organizations such as the Boy Scouts. Campers are to learn about evolution even as they go canoeing and swimming. Like their counterparts at Christian camps, these campers will sing songs around the campfire. As might be expected, the songs will be quite different. "Instead of singing Kumbiya and other campfire favourites, they will sit around the embers belting out 'Imagine there’s no heaven . . . and no religion too.'"

Read the entire post HERE.


Anonymous said...

The battle for the hearts and minds of our children is being waged as never before. Earlier this month, The American Humanist Association held its annual conference in Tempe Arizona. Among their offerings was 'Camp Quest' for the kids. It is designed to introduce them to higher critical thinking and the basics of humanism. Registration fee for the conference...$250.00. Kids with school ID...no charge.

Mike said...

don't ya wonder who would send their kids to this camp? Can't imagine it would be "good christian folks"

My guess is that it will have little cultural influence and will just be another "resource" for parents who already believe like Dawkins anyway. I think he is wasting his time (and valuable British pounds)

Harley A. said...

Dawkins always struck me as a guy who'd be really fun around kids.

Food for thought: What’s worse – 1 week of secular humanist summer camp or 9 months of good old American public school ?