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2021 Spring & Summer Program Update

2021 Spring & Summer Program Update

As we head into 2021, we have been closely monitoring the likely impact of COVID-19 on our program plans this year. The health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff is always our top priority. It is through this lens that we must make decisions to ensure everyone has a safe experience at North Star Reach.

These considerations–together with careful assessment by North Star Reach Medical Director Dr. Becky Patrias, in consultation with leading medical experts concerning the anticipated impact of COVID-19 on immunocompromised children and our ability to recruit medical and program volunteers to support our programs–have led us to make the difficult decision not to offer onsite camp this spring and summer.

As we know is true for our camper families, campers, and volunteers, all of us at North Star Reach are tremendously disappointed. But this past year has reminded us of a fundamental truth about camp: It is a feeling of connectedness and belonging that we create together and carry with us wherever we go.

With an unwavering commitment to continue delivering meaningful camp experiences to our campers and their families during this unprecedented time, we are proud to offer even more inventive alternative programs this spring and summer. From an engaging lineup of real-time camp clubs with special guests, game-themed programs, all-new camp-in-a-box experiences, and a series of Fifth Anniversary Special Events in late summer, we have a terrific season planned.

2021 Spring Camp-At-Home Schedule

  • April 30-May 1: General Session
  • May 21-22: General Session

Register for spring family camp by clicking the button below:Register for spring family camp button

 

 

2021 Summer Camp-At-Home Schedule

  • June 15-18: Transplant (Camp Michitanki) Camp*
  • June 22-25: Solstice Camp
  • June 29-July 2: Cardiology Camp
  • July 13-16: Epilepsy (Camp Discovery)/Neuro-oncology Camp
  • July 20-23: Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management Camp
  • July 27-30: Sibling Camp

* Transplant Camp is also open to children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

We will share more details about the summer soon, with registration opening later in April.

Our medical team will continue to closely monitor local, state, and national guidelines and evaluate all models of socially distanced programs to determine whether we can safely resume onsite camp for families in the fall.

We are tremendously grateful to everyone who has contributed time, talents, and financial resources to help us provide innovative and safe ways to support our campers and families during this global pandemic. We are very grateful for your continued support.

To learn more about our other ongoing virtual programs, including camp clubs, parent support groups, camper meetups, and live events, visit our camp-at-home website.

The Ella Thorne Memorial Foundation

We are deeply grateful to The Ella Thorne Memorial Foundation for its generous donation of $4,454.25 made in honor of Ella Thorne (pictured above in the green shirt), who was a North Star Reach Solstice camper in 2017 and 2018.

The Foundation was created by some of Ella’s close friends to keep the memory of their best friend alive. You can visit The Ella Thorne Memorial Foundation by clicking this link or the image below.

On behalf of the campers, families, volunteers and staff here at North Star Reach, thank you to the Foundation for continuing to impact the lives of children living with serious medical conditions in honor of Ella, whose memory continues to live on so beautifully through those she’s impacted! We can only imagine how big her smile would be to know just how many campers she has been able to (and will continue to) impact! The thought of that smile alone, and the person behind it, makes this gift even more special to us.

This donation will help North Star Reach continue to provide a space of belonging and healing for campers like Ella, who have serious medical conditions. It will also help campers and their families to maintain vital connections and access wellness and community resources, especially during the pandemic. As we’ve temporarily moved to all-virtual programming, we have been working harder than ever to continue to provide opportunities for campers and families to stay connected to each other and their camp community, year-round. Thank you again to the Foundation for this deeply meaningful gift.