Wholesomeness transcends cultural boundaries

Camp Quest, the summer “freethought” camp, has come to Britain and is running right now. Some of the froth in the media has been amusing (particularly the hilarious Dawkins sets up kids’ camp to groom atheists in the Sunday Times) and there have been plenty of mistaken statements to the effect that the camp was set up, or even run, by Richard Dawkins (his foundation is a donor to Camp Quest, I understand).

And yeah, why not? Get kids questioning stuff and thinking for themselves. If I had kids, I’d far rather they went to a secular humanist summer camp than anything based on a single religion.

But then, if I had kids, I wouldn’t be sending them to any summer camp. I mean, seriously, what sort of parents send the poor buggers on these things? Kids want to be kids, not some kind of prototype office-motivational-away-day drones. Let’s see what they’re going to be doing…

We aim to provide summer camping holidays and trips that focus on our childrens needs – physical and mental activity, and a lot of fun! As well as the more traditional outdoor activities – canoeing, climbing, zip wire, high ropes…

Well, okay… some kids like that sort of thing. Posh kids. Swotty kids who always get picked first in games.

[And kids who never learn how to use the possessive apostrophe on plurals? No, I'm not that pedantic or bitchy, am I? Hmmm?]

… our enthusiastic and knowledgeable counsellors will lead the children on a variety of activities which could concern anything from critical thinking and logical fallacies, to the scientific method and pseudoscience, philosophy, ethics, famous freethinkers and world religions!

School, then. Or even worse than school, by the sound of it. Just the thing that you want to escape from during that long, blissful summer break. We could take a big step in improving the world by filing the word “activities” in the same class as “paedophiles”, “power lines” and “deep, dark water”… the sort of things that all kids should be warned about and taught to avoid from an early age.

Like I say, why not just let kids be kids? Their school hours and after-school hours are already filled with adult-devised schemes to foster obedience and conformity… give them a break during the holidays and let them idle around. They’ll get bored, of course, and then imagination and self-sufficiency takes over. It has done for every other generation up to now, after all.

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4 Responses to Wholesomeness transcends cultural boundaries

  1. Pingback: Atheismus macht frei « Hundreds and Thousands (on the trifle of life)

  2. It’s not about the parents; it’s about the kids. My children are attending their 3rd Camp Quest in the US. Their one week each year among other children being raised in a similar fashion is a terrific way for them to know they aren’t alone, and gives them a chance to voice their ideas and thoughts, without their parents interjecting. And, personally, getting my son outdoors for a week is a lot better than watching him play on his Wii for hours on end (boy, does that read like a euphemism!).

  3. DHM says:

    They’re not for the children, they’re to enable parents to have a holiday from the children.

    Wholesome activities are added to the childcare role in order to mitigate parental guilt.

  4. adrian says:

    Oh, I’m really late commenting on my own blog post here, but I just noticed something that WayBeyondSoccerMom said…

    “Their one week each year among other children being raised in a similar fashion is a terrific way for them to know they aren’t alone”

    This sounds like adult words put into children’s mouths. When I was a kid, I don’t remember questioning, wondering about, worrying about or evening CARING about what the “fashion” in which my playmates were being raised. Kids are remarkably unquestioning about that sort of stuff… play the games by the rules, don’t be a dick and you’ll fit right in. Like DHM says, this is a way for parents to feel less guilty about wanting “me time” during the summer.

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