Center for Inquiry



Imagine a place where children are encouraged to discover. Where science and reason are used to investigate the world around us and answers are illuminated.

Camp Inquiry 2012
Ages 7-16
Sunday, August 5 - Saturday, August 11, 2012
Camp Seven Hills
Holland, NY

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Led by Camp Director Karen Strachan, campers, teacher-counselors, and special guests will work together to help youth confront the challenges of living a non-theistic, skeptical, and secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience. Grounded on the conviction that kids can begin establishing habits of critical thinking and ethical conduct early on, Camp Inquiry adopts a three-part focus:  

The arts and sciences, the skeptical perspective, and ethical character development.

Our 2012 Theme
Inquiry: There's an App for That.

Growing up in an age of technological innovation throws wide open the doors of information accessibility and fluency. With the touch of a button (or the tap of a screen), answers are available within moments—a thrill for the inquisitive. At Camp Inquiry, we encourage and provide an open forum for questioning, curiosity, and skepticism.

But then what?

Young minds don’t just ask big questions; they search for big answers. Increased availability of information necessitates an increased aptitude for critical thinking in order to filter a barrage of opinions from a world of “experts.” These skills of skeptical questioning are applicable not only to the latest social media posts but to a meaningful and enriching life in the real world. Skeptics of any age don’t just want to amass information—they want understanding. They want to know the how and the why.

At Camp Inquiry 2012, there’s an app for that.


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.



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 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.



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.


Registration is now open!

The general registration fee for Camp Inquiry is $575, but for campers registered by April 30 the cost is only $495—so make your reservations now! Note: additional siblings receive a $50 discount!

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Camp Inquiry 2012, now in its seventh year, is one of the many educational initiatives offered by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a non-profit educational and research institution devoted to the appreciation of science and reason and their applications to human conduct.

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Camp Inquiry takes place at Camp Seven Hills in Holland, New York, a spectacular locale fully insured and accredited by the American Camp Association. The camp features approximately 620 acres of woods, meadows, streams, and hills. Camp Inquiry staff consists of fully-screened, trained, and experienced teacher-counselors, including a licensed medical professional.

Camp Inquiry 2012
Ages 7-16
 Sunday, August 5–Saturday, August 11
Camp Seven Hills
Savage Road, Holland, NY 14080

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For any questions regarding registration, please contact CFI Education Administrator Ed Beck via email here, or by phone: (716) 636-4869 ext. 408.

Have any questions for our Camp Director?  Feel free to email Karen Strachan here.


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