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Flickr-laruth.jpg|Apply tools of skepticism.|link=http://www.flickr.com/photos/laruth/5674225143/|linktext=SkeptiCamp Sydney 2011
 
 
Flickr-theta sigma.jpg|Share your knowledge.|link=http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetasigma/4413945190/|linktext=Jamie Bernstein at SkepChiCamp 2010
 
Flickr-theta sigma.jpg|Share your knowledge.|link=http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetasigma/4413945190/|linktext=Jamie Bernstein at SkepChiCamp 2010
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Flickr-laruth.jpg|Apply tools of skepticism.|link=http://www.flickr.com/photos/laruth/5674225143/|linktext=SkeptiCamp Sydney 2011
 
Nyc-skepticamp-larry-auerbach.jpg|Interact. Ask questions.|link=https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=482133232401&set=a.482129592401.265766.539632401&type=3&l=7b957b2661&theater|linktext=SkeptiCamp New York City 2010
 
Nyc-skepticamp-larry-auerbach.jpg|Interact. Ask questions.|link=https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=482133232401&set=a.482129592401.265766.539632401&type=3&l=7b957b2661&theater|linktext=SkeptiCamp New York City 2010
 
SkeptiCamp Madrid 2012.png|Build your skeptical skills.|linktext=SkeptiCamp Madrid 2012
 
SkeptiCamp Madrid 2012.png|Build your skeptical skills.|linktext=SkeptiCamp Madrid 2012
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Upcoming events listed at the [http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp Lanyrd] conference directory:<span style="float:right;">[[File:Lanyrd-24x24.png|link=http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp|SkeptiCamp on Lanyrd]] [[File:Google_Maps_Pin.png|link=https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp/feed/|Lanyrd Feed on Google Maps]]</span>
 
Upcoming events listed at the [http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp Lanyrd] conference directory:<span style="float:right;">[[File:Lanyrd-24x24.png|link=http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp|SkeptiCamp on Lanyrd]] [[File:Google_Maps_Pin.png|link=https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://lanyrd.com/series/skepticamp/feed/|Lanyrd Feed on Google Maps]]</span>
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There were 10 total events in 2016. Details at the [[Event_Archive|Event Archive]].
 
 
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Don't let the "camp" fool you. SkeptiCamp is NOT a kid's camp. Nor does it involve the outdoors.
 
Don't let the "camp" fool you. SkeptiCamp is NOT a kid's camp. Nor does it involve the outdoors.
   
Rather, SkeptiCamp stands as a new model for conferencing among skeptics—a model that focuses on providing each of us a rich avenue to gain proficiency in the skills and knowledge of the domains of critical thinking and science-based skepticism.
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Rather, SkeptiCamp stands as a new model for conferencing among skeptics — a model that focuses on providing each of us a rich avenue to gain proficiency in the skills and knowledge of this domain.
   
 
Like the traditional lecture-oriented events that have dominated skepticism for decades, SkeptiCamps also feature talks—typically a day's worth—but the similarity ends there.
 
Like the traditional lecture-oriented events that have dominated skepticism for decades, SkeptiCamps also feature talks—typically a day's worth—but the similarity ends there.
   
To mount a traditional event typically requires the resources and expertise of an established organization. By contrast, the SkeptiCamp model places substantive events within reach of informal groups of skeptics anywhere around the world. Traditional events can require the hassle and costs of travel to attend, but with SkeptiCamp you can host a local event each year.
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To mount a traditional event typically requires the resources and expertise of an established organization. By contrast, the SkeptiCamp model places substantive events within reach of informal groups of skeptics anywhere around the world.
   
SkeptiCamps are typically free to attend—you ‘pay’ by helping to organize the event, or ideally by offering a short talk on a topic in which you demonstrate to your peers your ability to apply the tools of critical thinking and skeptical inquiry. At the very least we ask that you engage with your fellow participants.
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Traditional events often require the hassle and costs of travel to attend. With SkeptiCamp you can host a local event each year.
   
SkeptiCamp events will normally take place at inexpensive venues, such as a meeting room at one's local library, community center or university campus. You can also find them in the back rooms of pubs and restaurants.
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SkeptiCamps are typically free to attend you 'pay' by helping to organize the event or ideally by offering a short talk to your peers on a topic that drives your passion for science and skepticism. At the very least we ask that you engage with your fellow participants.
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SkeptiCamp events will normally take place at low-cost venues, such as a meeting room at one's local library, community center or university campus. You can also find them in the back rooms of pubs and restaurants.
   
 
SkeptiCamps are open events, meaning that anyone can organize an event and participate, including giving a talk. No hurdles of permission or politics need be overcome to host an event. We do however encourage simplicity and collaboration in organizing to allow events to recur from year to year by ensuring that an inordinate burden does not fall upon the few.
 
SkeptiCamps are open events, meaning that anyone can organize an event and participate, including giving a talk. No hurdles of permission or politics need be overcome to host an event. We do however encourage simplicity and collaboration in organizing to allow events to recur from year to year by ensuring that an inordinate burden does not fall upon the few.
   
To keep these events substantive, the SkeptiCamp model does make two important requests of us. First, those of us giving talks must take questions during our talks when prompted by the politely raised hands of our fellow participants. Second, SkeptiCamp asks that speakers be prepared to provide a source on any claim likely to be challenged. We must guard against the damage that misinformation can wreak.
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To keep these events substantive, the SkeptiCamp model does make two important requests of us. First, those of us giving talks must take questions during our talks when prompted by the politely raised hands of our fellow participants. Second, SkeptiCamp asks that speakers be prepared to provide a source on any claim likely to be challenged. We must guard against the damage that misinformation can wrought.
   
 
Tearing down the barriers to events that can make us better skeptics is what SkeptiCamp is all about. Join with us in this ambitious experiment to share what you know and to learn from your peers. You might even have fun doing so!
 
Tearing down the barriers to events that can make us better skeptics is what SkeptiCamp is all about. Join with us in this ambitious experiment to share what you know and to learn from your peers. You might even have fun doing so!
   
== [[File:skepticamp-24x24.png]] Getting started ==
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== [[File:skepticamp-24x24.png]] So what's next? ==
   
 
Hosting your first event starts with a call for organizers, a meeting where you decide on potential dates and venues. Full details at [[Organizing a SkeptiCamp Event]].
 
Hosting your first event starts with a call for organizers, a meeting where you decide on potential dates and venues. Full details at [[Organizing a SkeptiCamp Event]].
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Follow [http://twitter.com/skepticamp @skepticamp] on Twitter for daily tips and updates.
 
Follow [http://twitter.com/skepticamp @skepticamp] on Twitter for daily tips and updates.
   
[[Session Topics]] - ''Considering offering a talk to your peers but stumped for topics? Rest assured that there are THOUSANDS of ideas for talks. Find one that drives your passion for science and skepticism!''
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Consider offering a talk to your peers at an Open Skeptic Event. Stumped for topics? Here are THOUSANDS of ideas for [[Session Topics]]. Find one that drives your passion for science and skepticism.
 
[[Event Archive]] - ''tracking all previous events. Please help to keep this updated!''
 
   
[http://skepticalhumanities.com/2013/08/17/whats-right-with-skepticism/ What's Right with Skepticism?] (August 2013) - ''At his Skeptical Humanities blog, Bob Blaskiewicz lists SkeptiCamp as one of the positive forces among skeptics''
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Our [http://skepticamp.wikia.com/wiki/Event_Archive Event Archive] tracks all previous events. Please help to keep this updated!
   
[http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/top-10-skepticamp-fails-part-1-mistakes-improvement/ Top 10 SkeptiCamp FAILs, Part 1] [http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/top-10-skepticamp-fails-part-2-mistakes-improvement/ Part 2] (August 2012) - ''common mistakes in two-part article that builds on [[What Went Wrong]] page.''
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[http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/top-10-skepticamp-fails-part-1-mistakes-improvement/ Top 10 SkeptiCamp FAILs, Part 1] [http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/top-10-skepticamp-fails-part-2-mistakes-improvement/ Part 2] (August 2012) - ''common mistakes in two-part article that builds on [[What Went Wrong]] page.
   
 
[http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1745-leveling-up-as-a-skeptic-skepticamp-at-50-events.html Leveling up as a Skeptic - SkeptiCamp at 50 events] (June 2012) - ''introductory article in the JREF's SWIFT blog''
 
[http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1745-leveling-up-as-a-skeptic-skepticamp-at-50-events.html Leveling up as a Skeptic - SkeptiCamp at 50 events] (June 2012) - ''introductory article in the JREF's SWIFT blog''
   
[http://web.archive.org/web/20120107153545/http://indieskeptics.com/2011/02/17/top-7-reasons-why-skepticamp-sucks/ Top Seven Reasons Why SkeptiCamp Sucks] (February 2011) - ''fun article exploring downsides of open events in the Indie Skeptics blog''
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[http://indieskeptics.com/2011/02/17/top-7-reasons-why-skepticamp-sucks/ Top Seven Reasons Why SkeptiCamp Sucks] (February 2011) - ''fun article exploring downsides of open events in the Indie Skeptics blog''
   
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp Barcamp conference model] (wikipedia) - ''SkeptiCamp is Barcamp adapted to domain of scientific skepticism''
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp Barcamp conference model] - ''SkeptiCamp is Barcamp adapted to domain of scientific skepticism''
   
 
[http://skeptv.net/tagged/skepticamp SkepTV (tagged)] - ''Videos at SkepTV tagged as 'skepticamp'''
 
[http://skeptv.net/tagged/skepticamp SkepTV (tagged)] - ''Videos at SkepTV tagged as 'skepticamp'''
 
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