We are excited to introduce our 2015 camp shirt! This year we are going medieval! Our motto is sapera aude, which is Latin for “dare to know.” Originally used in the First Book of Letters (20 BC), by the Roman poet Horace, the phrase Sapere aude became associated with the Age of Enlightenment, during the 17th and 18th centuries, after Immanuel Kant used it in the essay, “Answering the Question: What Is Enlightenment?” (1784). As a philosopher, Kant claimed the phrase Sapere aude as the motto for the entire period of the Enlightenment, and used it to develop his theories of the application of Reason in the public sphere of human affairs.
At CQSC, we believe knowledge is power and it is up to each of us to seek out and be responsible for the acquisition of that knowledge. Coupled with skills of critical thinking and empathetic compassion, a person with knowledge is a force for good in this world. It’s not always easy to gain knowledge, though. Dogmatic thinking – religious and otherwise – can creep into our culture, legal system, and education. Sometimes the truth isn’t what we want to hear. It’s not always enough to want to know; the very act of seeking – and accepting – knowledge is a daring act of courage.
This year, we are encouraging campers to dare to know through fun medieval-themed activities. And, of course, we always encourage them to think for thyself!
SAPERA AUDE – DARE TO KNOW
You don’t need to be a camper to get one of these cool shirts! These shirts look great on little siblings, big siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, even grandparents!
We are placing our order with the t-shirt company on Wednesday, 7/8, and are offering a discounted rate of $10 per shirt if ordered by 8am on Wednesday, 7/8/2015. (Shirts will be $15 after that and are subject to size availability.) You can either pick them up at camp or we will mail it to you after the week of camp with $5 S&H. We are trying to limit the extra shirts we buy for sale at camp, so please pre-purchase one if you want one. And we know you do! 🙂