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Power of Volunteering

Program volunteers at North Star Reach get the unique opportunity to create unforgettable, life-changing experiences for children living with serious illnesses, such as sickle cell anemia, epilepsy, congenital heart disorders and organ transplants.  These experiences help campers—many of whom have never had the chance to go to camp—build confidence, stretch beyond boundaries, and create lasting connections. Time and again our volunteers report that, in fulfilling this mission for campers, they leave camp equally changed.

We really, truly couldn’t do it without you

Since no camper ever pays a penny, our volunteers are truly what make camp possible. We will welcome more than 500 campers this summer, and we’ll rely on hundreds of volunteers to make life-changing experiences happen. If you’re 19 or 79, thrive as part of a team, love being outdoors and working with kids, we’re your camp family!

Click here to start your application today!

Stretch yourself, gain valuable training

On top of helping deserving kids and joining in all the magic-making fun, college-aged volunteers gain high-impact skills that are attractive to employers, from creative problem-solving and leadership to teambuilding, public speaking and time management. No matter your age, being part of a big-hearted, inspiring community making a difference in the lives of kids is really the biggest gift of all.

Long-lasting impact for you and your community

Camp stays with you long after you leave. You’ll see and appreciate a widened professional and personal community, an expanded social media feed, and (like many of our volunteers) you’ll likely return for another summer. Regardless, volunteering at North Star Reach is a decision with long-lasting impact for you and your community. You won’t regret a single, joyful, inspiring, life-changing moment!

Download “The Power of Volunteering” (PDF) for more about the benefits of volunteering at North Star Reach this summer. Please share widely with friends and family! We need your help to serve even more kids in summer 2019!

North Star Reach Featured in PBS Documentary

We’re honored to be one of three SeriousFun Children’s Network camps featured in the half-hour documentary, “A World of Possibilities: SeriousFun Children’s Network,” originally produced by Connecticut Public Television.

The half-hour documentary was broadcast locally for the first time on WTVS Detroit Public Television at 6:30 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

The film shares the story about how Paul Newman’s passion for helping others contributed to a global, ever-expanding community doing some serious good. It features North Star Reach CEO Doug Armstrong, Director of Camping Patrick Smith, and camper-turned-counselor Nick Breakey and his mom Mary.

Also featured are fellow SeriousFun camps, Barretstown in Ireland and Roundup River Ranch in Colorado. With gratitude to SeriousFun, Newman’s Own Foundation and producer John O’Neil at Kinetic Media for giving us the opportunity to tell our story. And a special shout-out to Tom Wille (North Star Reach Young Professional Board Member and long-time program volunteer) and his Ann Arbor-based team (Derek Juntunen and Scott Allen) at Constant Motion Productions for helping to capture video footage.

To watch the documentary online, visit Connecticut Public Television at