Camp Quest Travels ‘Around the World’ Teaching Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

‘We want our campers to know that you’re living in a global society,’ founder says

By: Arthur Mondale

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Equity, diversity and inclusion have accelerated conversations in the workplace, from hiring initiatives to practices and policies — both big and small. But the push doesn’t stop there.

It’s uniquely being promoted in one area summer camp, proving it’s not too early to prioritize it.

In seven weeks, kids in Camp Quest have seven continents to cover.

“It’s never too early, and there’s really no barrier of them traveling abroad if they understand where they want to go and what is necessary,” said Aida Smith, Camp Quest facilitator. “We talk every week about research. It’s not the history of the continent. It’s not the politics of the continent. It’s what are you going to do when you go there?”

And they’ve got passports and learn about the culture, values and even how to cook the most popular foods. For Yehva Davis she’s inspired to one day work in Europe or Antarctica.

”To make the world a better place for kids like me to grow,” Davis said.

That’s part of the pledge here at Camp Quest.

“I will go to college. I will succeed. This is my affirmation. This is my creed,” added camper Adrian Elie.

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