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Parents’ Corner

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The Parents’ Corner is a compendium of articles and resources that help nontheistic parents deal with the challenges of secular child-rearing in a religious world. Traditional child-rearing resources typically assume that parents are religious and wish their children to be so as well. The needs of nontheistic parents are ignored by these resources, some of which even go so far as to condemn the very idea of raising children without religious belief. The Parent’s Corner is intended to address this imbalance by providing information that addresses the unique questions and challenges that nontheistic parents face.


Camp Quest Summer camp for secular humanist children from 8 to 14 years of age. For information on location, pricing, and upcoming programs, please see their web page.


Raising Freethinking Children

Family and Commitment Ceremonies


Boy Scouts Of America


Ages 4 – 8

Ages 9 – 12

Ages 13 and Up


More Resources



Meeting Other Families

Boy Scout Alternatives

  • 4H USA | 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
  • Camp Fire USA | From their web site, “For nearly a century: integrity, responsibility, tolerance. We build more than campfires.”
  • Earth Scouts | Earth Scouts is a coed youth organization for 3 – 13 year olds. The mission of the Earth Scouts is to empower youth to learn about the Earth Charter, spread it’s message, and participate in fun activities that will benefit themselves and the earth community. They will “Change the world one fun badge at a time.”
  • Girl Scouts of America | The organization is for girls only, but unlike the BSA, they do not discriminate. Their web site states that the word ‘god’ in the GSA pledge can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, members are instructed that is okay to replace the word ‘god’ with whatever word their spiritual beliefs dictate
  • YMCA | Find the link to your local organization from the national web site and search for information on Y-Adventure Guides (formerly Indian Guides and Indian Princesses). Most local groups have a statement on their web site that they are open to all regardless of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or economic background. Stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, and mothers are encouraged to participate with children whose father is not available to participate.

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Social Activism

  • Childreach | Secular organization for helping children in poor countries

Religious Liberty