Camp Quest Minnesota

Camp Coordinator - Request for Proposal


Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Camp Quest is requesting proposals for a new paid position, Camp Coordinator. The Camp Coordinator will work as an independent contractor and settle and taxes on thier own. Below is a list of requirements for the position to be included in the proposal. The term of the position is from October 1, 2015 to October 1, 2016. The person filling this role will be paid two equal stipends during this year totaling $5,000 (essentially 250 hours of work at a rate of $20 per hour). The first stipend of $2,500 will be paid in April, 2016. The second stipend of $2,500 will be paid in October, 2016. The payment of each stipend would depend on a review of the work performed in each six-month period.


Board Expectations for Camp Coordinator

  • Attend all board meetings (currently once per month, Monday nights at 7:00pm) as a non-voting board member

  • Create a strategic plan and facilitate the board in carrying out this plan. This plan shall be comprised of the results of the following tasks:

    • Create a communication plan

    • Create a fundraising and outreach plan

    • Create a volunteer plan including leadership development

    • Create a programming plan

    • Create a recognition plan

  • Delegate tasks and perform tasks as necessary to complete strategic plan goals

  • Plan and facilitate all necessary board or committee retreats

  • Not fulfill any leadership positions on the board or at camp

  • Communicate with and provide information to CQ National as necessary


Proposal Requirements

  • Resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages total)

    • Highlight previous experience with coordinating, summer camps, working with youth, board leadership, and planning

  • Proposal and time line (no more than 2 pages total)

    • Specify how the board expectations for the role will be fulfilled with regard to the how, when, and where work will take place


Additional Information

  • Our fundraising goal for the 2016 fiscal year is $15,000 which is required to break even.

  • We have an overnight programming retreat scheduled for October 24to 25, 2015 held at our host camp, the Voyageur Environmental Center.



Camp Quest is specifically designed for children of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, and Unitarians, but everyone is welcome. It is a secular summer camp aimed towards critical thinking, skepticism, and open discussion. While campers partake in traditional camp activities, such as field games, swimming, archery, crafts, and campfires, what sets Camp Quest apart from traditional summer camps is our focus on humanist values and ethics. Our unique programming encourages rational inquiry, free speech, and respect.

Our campers are girls and boys ages 8-17, and we offer a Counselor-in-Training Program for 16 and 17 year-olds. All camp counselors are trained volunteers. Camp Quest Minnesota is held during the last half of July at facilities west of the Twin Cities.

Camp Quest Humanist Principles

Camp Quest fulfills its mission by following these principles and we require parents and campers to agree and adhere to these principles.

We ask questions and are open-minded, critical thinkers.
We help others and practice service within our communities.
We use a secular basis as a starting point in conversing and connecting with others.
We negotiate and seek compromise to solve conflicts.
We are committed to scientific discovery and technology as contributions to the betterment of human life.
We aim to be honest, responsible, compassionate, and empathetic.
We are committed to the arts as a form of human expression.
We strive to protect and sustain the earth, its resources, and other species.
We use reason and science to seek natural explanations to events in the universe and to solve problems.
We hold to the principle of the separation of church and state.
We recognize human rights, justice, fairness, and diversity as essential elements of society.
We strive to experience life and develop as individuals.

We work to learn about and from both personal and world histories.

Camp Quest Dates

Camp Quest will host two identical sessions in 2016 from July 17th - 23rd and July 24th - 30th.

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Camp Quest of Minnesota is affiliated with Camp Quest Inc., an affiliation of secular summer camps.

Camp Quest of Minnesota is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Institute for Humanist Studies.