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June 5, 2012

A Letter from Karen Strachan, Camp Inquiry 2012 Director

StrachanDear Camp Inquiry Family and Friends, 

The countdown to Camp Inquiry 2012 begins and planning is in progress. I can’t wait to give details as they come together, so make this site a favorite, friend us on Facebook, and make sure you’ve reserved your spot today.

In the meantime, there are so many incredible stories from camps past, and we want to hear them! We invite you to gather around the virtual campfire and share.

I look forward to seeing you this summer!


Karen Strachan

Camp Inquiry Director


Camp Inquiry 2012 Announcements

Dates are SET! Camp Inquiry 2012 will be held from August 5-11, 2012.
Please email us for specific questions about camp.
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Kids today navigate through a reality that previous generations could never have imagined. Popular culture, whether in the form of entertainment, chatrooms, or pseudoscience, is a turbulent and unpredictable sea. Too often, what seem to be beacons of light are nothing more than illusions: quick-fixes and easy answers just don’t hold up. What does?

How do we begin to address these questions that seem so unprecedented? Consider first that they are at root as old as time: who am I? Where do I fit in? How can I be a good friend, a good member of my community? How can I live with respect for the natural world?

In short, kids today are asking how to live a good life.

Too much for kids? We don’t think so. In fact, we think kids are uniquely situated to enjoy a new “Age of Discovery.” Where others may see turbulent seas and dangerous impasses, we see opportunities—to create, to forge new paths, to open new communications, to tell new stories. And the best part is, the tools have been around for ages: science, reason, and skepticism remain the best means by which to navigate these unpredictable waters.

Read about Camp Inquiry 2012’s co-sponsor, the James Randi Educational Foundation!

Hear about Camp Inquiry 2008 from National Public Radio and read about Camp Inquiry 2010 at The Huffington Post!

Listen to D.J. Grothe’s interview with former Camp Director Angie McQuaig on Point of Inquiry.

Also be sure to read about Ben Radford’s experience as a special guest at Camp Inquiry 2010!


Camp Inquiry 2012 special guests (so far!):

Michael Cardus

Michael Cardus founded Create-Learning, a consulting, training & coaching firm that provides team building, leadership and experiential development to create great experiences for improved performance and lasting memories. Mike’s knowledge spans team building, team development, leadership development, creativity, and organizational process management. He combines a unique mix of experience, theory, creativity and organizational psychology to ensure his presentations are hands on, fully involving and educationally powerful. Mike’s practice focuses on developing accountability and collaboration amongst and within teams, and on leadership development.

Michael Cardus

Sharon Hill has been an active member of the skeptical community since 1993. In 2006, she began her blog, Doubtful, which covers topics relating to paranormal happenings, cryptozoology, anomalous natural phenomena, science & society and general skeptical goodness. Her day job is geologist and policy specialist. She has a Masters degree in education, specializing in Science and the Public, and runs the critical thinking newsblog

James Randi

James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986. In 1996, the James Randi Education Foundation was established to further Randi’s work. Visit the James Randi Education Foundation website at JREF is the proud co-sponsor of Camp Inquiry 2012.

James Randi

David Willey is professor of physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has received both the “Teacher of the Year” and “President’s Excellence in Teaching” awards. Born in England and holding degrees in both physics and education, he serves as a scientific consultant to the CFI-affiliated Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and designs physics apparatus. His wife, Raven, and he set a world record for the longest firewalk. David has appeared on numerous TV shows worldwide, best known as “The Mad Scientist” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.




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