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Camp Service Leadership Awards

Announcing Our 2016 & 2017 CSLA Recipients

It is with great excitement and pride that we announce the recipients of our 2016 and 2017 Camp Service Leadership Awards.

By selection of their peers, CSLAs are bestowed upon program volunteers from each summer session. Volunteers who receive the honor embody the spirit of Mooseness while at camp. Their actions exemplify the mission and goals of North Star Reach and their skills and performance provide an exceptional experience for our campers.

Summer 2016 CSLA Honorees

Rand Kazanji

Rand Kazanji

Jason Davis

Jason Davis

Gabe Lemmen

Gabe Lemmen

Summer 2017 CSLA Honorees

Monica Philipp

Monica Philipp

Toree Baldwin

Toree Baldwin

Mike "Coach" Parker

Mike “Coach” Parker

Cesca White, A&F Associate

Cesca White
A&F Associate

We’re grateful to all our volunteers for the service you give to our organization. We are appreciative of everything you do for North Star Reach! Continue to stand on your tippy toes and reach for the stars!

About the CSLAs: The Camp Service Leadership Award was created in 2013 to honor Tim Andrews and Lori Lathers, whose volunteerism embodied the words “camp service leadership” throughout their tenures at Camp Michitanki (the organ transplant camp that inspired the development of North Star Reach). This award was established to acknowledge and honor the selfless service that volunteers give in support of Camp’s mission.

Our dedicated volunteers are the conduit of esteem building and the facilitators of enjoyment and understanding that create magical moments for our campers. It is with that in mind that Tim and Lori were honored for their tireless work to help always make camp a special place for our campers.

Impact of Your Support

2017 was a spectacular year for North Star Reach. Our residential and family camp programs nearly doubled in size, as we welcomed 696 children living with serious illnesses and their family members to camp.

In just two years, we’ve hosted more than 1,000 campers, but many more kids can’t attend regular summer camp because they face serious health challenges. Increasingly our campers are traveling from across the Great Lakes Region–including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Chicago–to experience all the outdoor adventures and childhood joys of a traditional camp with others just like them.

“These are kids who have lost out on so many childhood experiences already,” says Dr. Erica Michiels, Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. “To be able to give them back a true camp experience is an incredible gift.”

Watch the video below to hear more from physicians, donors, staff, campers and their families about the impact of your support. To make a tax-deductible donation to help send a child with a serious health challenge to camp, please visit our donation page.