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Registration Updates

We have currently filled all of our camper spots for our 2015 session! We’re so excited to see so many new and familiar faces in July!

There is now a waitlist open for those interested. You will be notified via email if a spot opens. A deposit is not due at the time of joining the waitlist.

Many other Camp Quest locations are still accepting camper applications. Camp Quest South Carolina and Camp Quest Ohio are the camps closest to us. CQ OH is running two sessions this summer!

In other news, we are still accepting staff applications!


Registration Opens Today!

Registration for our 2015 session is opening today!


Our camp session will be held from July 26 to August 1. Registration costs are $600 with a $25 discount for additional siblings from the same family. We can only accept a limited number of campers due to the size of our facility so be sure to register fast. This year we’ll be using a new system for registration. We may not have all the kinks worked out so bear with us as we try to navigate a new system. A $100 deposit per camper is required to reserve a spot; this system only accepts payments online. If you are unable to pay with a debit/credit card, please contact us.

We can be reached by email at or by phone at (865) 226-9838.

Applications for new and returning staff are also available! Staff members must be over the age of 18 by the start of camp.

Don’t worry, CIT’s, we haven’t forgotten about you! We’re working on developing our existing program so we’ll have more information on the application soon.



Now accepting staff applications for 2015

We are now accepting staff applications for new and returning staff members. Please visit the Volunteer tab for more information. Please note that there are different forms for new staff and returning staff.

Camp Quest Smoky Mountains is staffed and run entirely by adult volunteers (ages 18 and up) who take a week off of work or school to guide, challenge, listen to, chase after, and play outside with a big group of energetic, freethinking kids (and adults!). Most Camp Quest volunteers love the experience so much that they keep coming back year after year.

Please note that all staff positions are unpaid, one-week volunteer positions. Staff must also arrive at camp a day early (July 26) for orientation and additional training.

Senior camp staff review the applications on a rolling basis and accept new staff based on applicants’ qualifications and the expected number of campers.

Staff members are responsible for getting themselves to and from camp. Meals and housing are provided. Background checks are performed on all staff members.

Counselors are responsible for the safety, well-being, and education of the campers. They sleep in the dorms with the campers and participate in programs and activities with the campers. In addition to this, counselors are encouraged to run one or more programs throughout the week.

The Camper Application form will be up within the next two weeks so check back here for that.


Famous Freethinker Faceoff

Camp Quest’s Famous Freethinker program educates campers about positive contributions made by people who challenge traditional religious authority. But this is only the beginning…

Now we match those freethinkers up head-to-head and you decide who wins! Vote here with your donations in our Famous Freethinker Faceoff Fundraiser to determine which face cards these Freethinkers become in our upcoming Famous Freethinkers Playing Card Deck!


Freethinkers who win this round will go on to compete to be the King or the Ace, while the losers will be the Jacks and Queens. The first round closes on December 1, 2014, but a Freethinker can win by getting to $2,500 first, so don’t wait until the deadline and find your favorite freethinker has already lost! The second round of the contest will run from December 2nd through December 8th, and determines the four Famous Freethinker aces!


All donations to this contest support Camp Quest’s summer camp programs across the United States, and are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Ready, Set, 2015!

Our 2014 session was awesome! Thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, parents, and of course campers for making this our best year yet!

We’ll let you know as soon as we have the dates set for our 2015 session.

To keep us going from year to year we rely heavily on donations. Getting started on fundraising early helps us keep registration costs low, send campers with financial need to camp, and provide supplies for programs.

You (and/or anyone else you know) can donate by clicking the yellow ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page or by visiting Camp Quest’s website.

Thanks for all of your support!

Brace Yourselves: Camp is Coming!

Camp is just a few days away! We have an awesome week of swimming, hiking, sciencing, singing, playing, and many other -ings!

If you’re a parent, please drop your camper(s) off between 1:30-3:00 PM EST on Sunday, July 27. For more information check out the Parent Information booklet emailed to you or on the CQSM Families facebook page.

We’re excited and hope your kids are too!

IndieGoGo Campership Campaign

Help us raise funds for camperships!

Click here to go to our page and donate.

Camp Quest Smoky Mountains is a freethinking/humanist summer camp. We want to make this camp available to all those campers who have applied, regardless of their family’s financial situation. When a family isn’t able to pay the full camper fee, we try to offer them financial aid in the form of a campership. This year we’ve received more requests for financial aid than we have in previous years. In order to ensure we have enough available funds to meet demand, we’re asking you for your help!

As a nonprofit, our organization relies heavily on donations in order to meet the financial needs that aren’t covered by camp registration fees. All donations are tax-deductible!

Jonas Holdeman Steps Down

After many great years serving as Camp Director, Jonas Holdeman has stepped down to pursue personal interests. His contributions have been invaluable to the growth and success of CQSM. When Jonas became involved with CQSM, we were a small camp of a dozen and with his help we have grown to over 50 campers. His donations have funded exciting new activities and given the campers experiences they would not have had otherwise. From fishing lessons to science experiments, Jonas has provided the campers with fun and educational activities.

Throughout his time with CQSM, Jonas worked tirelessly to bring in new campers and volunteers. He often visited local groups to promote CQSM and helped spread the word about Camp Quest around Tennessee and surrounding states. As a camp, we cannot thank him enough and wish him well in future endeavors.