Camper FAQs

You’ve come to the right place for information about camp! You might not find all your camp questions answered below, but this is a very good place to start. We have prioritized FAQs about our 2022 camp programs, as the camp experience will look different this year.

2022 Frequently Asked Questions

The 2022 Campily Retreat and Summer Camp programs are our first steps in welcoming campers, volunteers, and staff back onsite for a safe and fun camp experience. While we are confident in our reopening plan, we know that policies and protocols are subject to change as guidelines evolve. We will continue to update and communicate any changes in a timely manner.

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2022 General Camp FAQs

2022 Camper & Family FAQs

General Summer Camp FAQs

Family Camp FAQs


North Star Reach programs are guided by our Camp Code. The creation of a safe and nurturing community can promote growth at its best when it is intentionally, constantly, and carefully supported by all if its members. If you’ve been to camp, you might know it as the High Five Contract and if you haven’t yet, check this out! 

  • Safety – Safety first! Our concerns for safety include physical, emotional, social and of course, medical safety.
  • Respect – We should strive to respect others, our camp and the environment. We all come from different situations, experiences, and backgrounds, but when we come together, we join a common community with common goals of creating magical, transforming fun.
  • Love – At camp, love means treating each other with care and kindness. We should work to build each other up, not put each other down. We should encourage each other to take risks knowing that we have a large community of people to stand beside us as we do.
  • Challenge By Choice – This philosophy is an important foundation that empowers everyone at camp with the freedom to choose how to participate in activities. It is the simple principle that participants are invited to join voluntarily in every activity and challenge, and they will be supported in those decisions regardless of what they are.

2022 General Camp FAQs

How was the decision made to bring campers back onsite for Campily Retreat and Summer Camp programs in 2022?
The North Star Reach staff considered key issues involved in bringing campers back onsite including camper experiences, capacity, housing, session length, diagnosis groups served, camper and family emotional needs, food service and dietary needs, cleaning/ housekeeping, transportation logistics, COVID testing, vaccines, facility updates needed, program cancelation risks, staffing, and more.

Staff made the recommendation to the Board of Directors that onsite programming resume in 2022, assuming we can meet all standards in the Camp Operation Readiness Grid. In Fall 2021, the Board of Directors, approved the decision to work towards reopening the campsite for a residential camp program at approximately 55% capacity during summer camp and 50% during Campily Retreats. Decreased capacity helps us ensure safety optimally during this pandemic.

How will North Star Reach operate in compliance with guidelines and best practices from safety and health organizations?
In designing and operating the 2022 Summer Camp program, we will be closely following summer camp guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and the American Camping Association (ACA). We will also be operating based on recommendations from the SeriousFun Children’s Network (SFCN) that were created with support from outside professionals, Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc (EH&E) specifically for camps serving children with serious illnesses. As these standards develop and evolve throughout the spring and summer, we will continuously update our own policies in compliance.

How will North Star Reach determine it is safe to continue operation throughout the summer?
We will look at many aspects to determine whether it is safe to operate onsite programs throughout the spring, summer and fall. This assessment will include topics such as COVID test positivity rate, the emergence of new COVID variants, immunization availability and effectiveness, community restrictions, staffing and supplies, program considerations, facility capabilities, and more.

What safety precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Camp?

  • Pre & Post-Camp Protocols: Campers, volunteers, and staff will all be asked to follow new protocols that minimize the risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 before, during and after programs. These protocols include vaccination, pre-screening and testing before arriving at camp, testing upon arrival and during camp, and screening for symptoms after leaving camp.
  • Program Structure: In addition to reduced capacity, many aspects of our program will be adapted. All individuals onsite will wear masks and observe physical distance from one another. Cabins will move as pods, maintaining the same members throughout the week. Small group outdoor activities will be the norm and any large group activities will include each pod physically distancing from one another.

What are North Star Reach’s mask requirements?
North Star Reach is committed to putting health and safety first. Everyone on the campsite will be required to wear a mask, except during designated times, and while eating, drinking, brushing teeth, showering, sleeping, taking medications or during medical treatments. In addition to wearing a mask, physical distancing will be observed whenever possible.
Masks will always be required by everyone, except during designated socially distanced times.

  • Times masks are not required will include when traveling outdoors in between outdoor activities; while eating, drinking, brushing teeth, showering, sleeping, taking medications or during medical treatments; while swimming, boating; and during “Toes Up Time” (when campers are on their own beds).
  • When possible, campers, staff, and volunteers will physically distance from one another indoors and outdoors.
  • Large group activities will take place in pods with physical distancing between each pod. Masks will always be worn. Pods will never mix in large group activities.

What type of masks are approved by North Star Reach?

  • Masks must always provide close fitting coverage of nose and mouth without the need to use hands to hold in place or make repeated adjustments. Surgical masks, KN95 masks, or KF94 masks are highly recommended, although multi-layered fabric mask will be allowed.
  • All camp participants are responsible for providing their own suitable masks, a minimum of two per day of camp (although we strongly recommend packing extras!).
  • Please note: Plastic shield, neck gaiter, ski buff, bandana style face coverings and masks incorporating a ‘valve’ are not effective in preventing transmission and are not suitable for use while on site at North Star Reach.

What will happen if someone shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at Camp?
If someone shows symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19 while onsite, they will be evaluated, tested and if deemed medically advisable, required to leave camp.

What will happen if someone is confirmed positive for COVID-19 while at North Star Reach?
If someone onsite tests positive for COVID-19, we will continue to monitor symptoms and make a departure plan that ensures they are able to safely leave North Star Reach. If the person is a minor, their parents or legal guardians will be notified immediately. We will work in accordance with our local public health department to notify and/or isolate any individuals who have had potential contact with the person. The parents and guardians of all campers onsite will also be notified if we have a positive test onsite. For specific details concerning campers, volunteers, or staff, please see the respective FAQs.

What are the dates of the 2022 onsite programs?

Online applications for all in-person 2022 camps will open in late January/early February.

With the reduced capacity both in the number of summer sessions and campers, unfortunately we are not able to offer our traditional summer Solstice programming for 16- and 17 year-olds. Our team is continuing to explore in-person and alternative program opportunities in 2022 and beyond.

Siblings may be able to participate in summer camp programming depending on available space. Sibling applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed after April 15th once an assessment of session rosters is completed.

What are Campily Retreats?
A reimagined program that gives campers and their families the opportunity to enjoy respite, recreation, and the joy of togetherness at Camp. Programming will focus on the family unit — each family will have their own unique schedule and will create family memories as they explore camp, enjoy nature, and rejuvenate through the power of play.

How will camp sessions differ in 2022 than in the past?
We will host five Campily Retreats that are three days each and three Summer Camp sessions that are six days each. The daily camp schedules will look/feel familiar with designated activity area times, mealtimes, rest time, and evening activities. Cabins will travel together maintaining the same group members throughout the session. Campers will be able to participate in many of the same camp activity areas. Large camp-wide events will consist of pods physically distancing from one another (20+ feet) in a large outdoor space.

Will tours be allowed at camp this year?
Limited small tours will only be available during camper’s afternoon break, “Toes Up Time” and in between sessions. Tours will look very different this year with a focus on the beautiful campsite. To protect our campers, buildings will not be available for tours and tour guests will not interact with campers, volunteers, or staff working with campers. Health screenings and masks will be required.

What opportunities are available to stay connected with North Star Reach?
While we are operating at reduced capacity onsite, we will have lots of other opportunities to stay connected! We hope you choose to participate in a way that supports you. Sign up for our monthly newsletter “TrailMix” here and be sure to follow us on our social media channels, especially Facebook and Instagram.

Camp-at-Home Options

We offer a variety of virtual programs throughout the year. Our current listing of virtual programs is available on the North Star Reach Camp-at-Home website. Virtual programming includes:

  • Camp Clubs: All campers (ages 7-17) and their siblings regardless of diagnosis and in-person participation are welcome to sign up for virtual Camp Clubs (spring to fall sessions).
  • Campily Game Nights & Entertainment Events: All families with campers ages 0-17 regardless of diagnosis and in-person participation are welcome to sign up for Game Nights and Entertainment Events offered during the winter, spring, and fall.
  • Camper Meetups: All campers ages 7-17 and their siblings who have previously attended a summer or family program are encouraged to sign up for Camper Meetups scheduled during the winter, spring, and fall.
  • Caregiver Support Groups: All caregivers of children with serious illness are welcome join a Caregiver Support Group offered year-round.
  • Serious Support Conferences: Throughout the year, special programming focused on relevant topics and specific populations are offered through our Serious Support conference series, including our Family Care Conference, Coping with Loss Conference, and Teen Conference. Visit the Parents & Caregiver Page on the North Star Reach Camp-at-Home website to see recordings from past conferences.

Follow Us on Social Media:
We will continue to post important updates about camp, future programs, and fundraisers on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us to stay connected, especially Facebook and Instagram.

2022 Camper and Family FAQs

Camper Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply as a camper for the 2022 Campily Retreat and Summer Camp programs?

Campily Retreat

  • 0-17 years of age with a serious chronic medical condition
  • New! Are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and may require a booster as well.
  • New! Can successfully wear a mask throughout the day.
  • New! We are monitoring community COVID-19 spread in our own region as well as regions from which campers will be travelling. If a camper resides outside of Michigan, we will evaluate the application based on local community spread, travel restrictions and mode of transportation.

Summer Camp

  • 7-15 years of age with a qualifying medical diagnosis. Please visit the Apply to Summer Camp page to see a complete list.
  • New! Are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and may require a booster as well.
  • New! Can successfully wear a mask throughout the day.
  • New! We are monitoring community COVID-19 spread in our own region as well as regions from which campers will be travelling. If a camper resides outside of Michigan, we will evaluate the application based on local community spread, travel restrictions and mode of transportation.

How much does it cost to attend the 2022 Summer Camp Program?
All North Star Reach programs are offered FREE of charge to our campers and families.

Are 18 and 19-year-olds who were supposed to attend their last session in 2020 or 2021 eligible for Summer Camp programs?
With the reduced capacity both in the number of sessions and campers, at this time we are not able to include campers above the age of 15 this summer.

Which sessions can siblings attend?
Siblings are eligible to attend all Camp Online programs and Campily Retreats. Due to limited capacity, siblings are welcome to apply for summer camp and will be placed on a waitlist. After April 15, available space will be evaluated and that may allow siblings to participate.

Camper Application Process
How does the camper application process work for the 2022 Camp Program?
Applications for Campily Retreats and Summer Camp will be available in late January/early February. Application links will be available on the Apply to Summer Camp and Apply to Family Camp pages. With the reduced number of sessions and capacity, as well as anticipated numbers of applications, a lottery system will be used to select participants for programming in 2022.

  • Spring Campily Retreat applications that are complete by March 25 will be considered in the lottery. Applications may still be accepted after that date as space is available. Families will be notified of the lottery results by no later than April 1.
  • Summer Camp applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis with applications completed before April 15 receiving consideration in the lottery. Sibling applications will be accepted ongoing and reviewed after the lottery is completed. Sibling placement will be determined as space is available.
  • Fall Campily Retreat applications will be accepted ongoing with those completed by August 19 receiving consideration in the lottery. Families will be notified of the lottery results no later than August 26.

Applications will be reviewed by a staff team to ensure completion and eligibility. Then, a lottery system will be used to fill available spots. Please note that the application/lottery process is subject to change based on a variety of factors including public health status and application volume.

If things are missing from the application, will I be notified?
Yes, we will do our best to update the status of your application and any missing information. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is completed. Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for the lottery.

Why use a lottery system this summer rather than the typical first-come, first-serve method?
We will be serving approximately 64 campers per session (53%) during summer camp and 12 families (50%) for Campily Retreats. It is likely that the number of applicants will exceed the number of spots we have available. A lottery process will help ensure applicants have an equal chance of being selected.

When will I know if my child/family has a spot in the 2022 programs?
We will do our best to notify families of the lottery process results for spring Campily Retreats by April 1, Summer Camp by May 15, and Fall Campily Retreats by August 26. After those dates, any remaining spots will be filled and notified on a rolling basis.

How will the Waitlist work?
Applicants with completed applications not initially selected in the lottery process are immediately included on the Waitlist to be notified if a spot becomes available.

What time should we arrive on the first day and depart on the last day of camp?
Check-in and check-out times will vary. Families will receive specific information in their confirmation packet.

Can my child attend an in-person summer camp and camp-at-home programming?
Absolutely! Whether you join us in person or not, ALL campers and siblings are invited to Camp-at-Home programming ONLINE. Please visit www.NorthStarReach.org for more information.

Can I stay with or visit my child while they are at Summer Camp?
No, the summer program is a residential program for youth campers only. Parents and family members are not permitted to stay at North Star Reach and visitors will not be allowed onsite during sessions.

Safety Protocols

Are participants required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend the 2022 Campily Retreat and Summer Camp programs?

Campily Retreat – All family members eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arriving onsite.

  • Pfizer/Moderna – Two doses must have been received at least two weeks and not more than six months in advance of arrival. If second dose was more than six months, a booster is required at least two weeks prior to arrival for those eligible to receive it.
  •  Johnson & Johnson – A booster is required.

Only medical exemptions (with a treating physician letter) and age exemptions (children too young to receive the vaccine) will be considered for Campily Retreats.

Summer Camp – Campers must be fully vaccinated upon arrival to camp.

  • Pfizer/Moderna – Two doses must have been received at least two weeks and not more than six months in advance of arrival. If second dose was more than six months, a booster is required at least two weeks prior to arrival for those eligible to receive it.
  • Johnson & Johnson – A booster is required.

What COVID precautions will be required of campers for Summer Camps and Campily Retreats?

  • Before Arriving at Camp: A member of our team will be calling all camper families two weeks prior to their session to perform a pre-screen. We ask that families self-monitor for COVID- 19 symptoms and practice low-risk behaviors in the weeks before camp: avoid large gatherings, maintain physical distance, wear a mask around others, etc. Campers will be asked to submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours before their scheduled arrival. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination completion will be required. PCR COVID-19 testing will be offered through the University of Michigan Health System free-of-cost.
  • While at Camp: Campers will be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms and take a COVID-19 test during the check-in process. Cabins will move in pods, maintaining the same campers, counselors, and volunteers throughout the week. Everyone will be required to wear a face mask onsite and observe physical distance when possible. Masks are not required while sleeping, eating, swimming, or boating. Proper handwashing and coughing techniques will be reinforced.
  • After Leaving Camp: Camper families will be asked to report any COVID-19 related symptoms or positive COVID-19 test results during the two weeks after their camper’s session ends.

What happens if a participant shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at camp?

  • Campily Retreat: If a participant shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while onsite, we will communicate and coordinate immediately with the entire family. Medical staff will evaluate to determine the need for possible testing.
  • Summer Camp: If a camper shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while onsite, medical staff will accompany the camper to the medical center for further evaluation and possible testing.

The camper or family may be required to leave camp should our medical team deem this necessary for optimal safety.

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while at North Star Reach?
If someone tests positive for COVID-19 while onsite, we will provide medical support pending transfer to home or hospital. If the participant is a minor, we will work with a parent or legal guardian to create a safe departure plan. We will also work in accordance with MDHHS and the Livingston County Health Department to inform and/or isolate individuals who have had potential contact with the camper.

Parents and guardians of all campers onsite will be notified of any positive cases. During Campily Retreats, if a family member tests positive for COVID-19 while onsite, we will work with the family to create a safe departure plan for the entire family and communicate with other families onsite.

If my child or our family has been vaccinated against COVID-I9 will they need a negative test before arriving at camp?
Yes, all participants will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before arriving at North Star Reach.

When will more detailed information become available?
Campers will receive an updated version of this FAQ document, including more details, on April 15, 2022. Families will be asked to review this document to ensure camp is the right fit for them in 2022.

General Summer Camp FAQs

What Campers Want to Know About Summer Camp

The questions below provide a great overview of the traditional camp experience during “normal times.” While recognizing that camp will look different in 2022, we provide the content below to help orient new camper families to our traditional camp programs, with the understanding that the camp experience this coming summer is subject to change as COVID-19 guidelines evolve. 

What is a typical day at Camp?
Watch our “Camp Tour” video  (YouTube) for a great introduction for what to expect at camp and a fantastic tour around our beautiful campus.

Who will take care of me?
Each cabin has a group of caring cabin and activity leaders who live in the cabin with you. First and foremost, they are there to make sure you have a safe experience. They are also there to be great role models and help you grow. In between the fun, growth, and developments are important parts of the camp experience. We want to foster adventure and exploration, help you try new things and of course, build friendships. The cool thing is that it’s not just the campers who grow and develop. Pretty much everyone that comes to camp discovers things about themselves they never knew. While your cabin leaders are responsible for your day-to-day well-being, there are also nurses and doctors on-site to make sure you get all the medical care you need.

What are the camp “rules?”
The rules of camp are pretty simple. So simple in fact you carry a reminder with you every day. Hold up your hand…four fingers and a thumb. Safety first. That’s your index finger and the number one thing we do at camp. Respect for people and our environment. That’s number two on our list and represented by that really long finger. Act out of Love. Your ring finger represents commitment and love. At camp, if we act out of love, even when we make mistakes, we were trying to do our best for ourselves and others. Your pinky finger reminds us to practice challenge by choice. That means that we won’t tell you how to participate, we expect that you choose that for yourself. Not participating however, is not an option. The last one is your thumb and as the most prominent of those digits (official terminology for fingers and toes) and possibly the most famous, give yourself a thumbs up. That’s for fun. Not that we really need to remember to have fun, camp does that pretty much all by itself. So there you go, the five “rules” we have at camp. It may seem like we have lots of other rules, but if you break them down, they fit into these five. The great thing is, these rules work for life as well. See, there’s that whole growth and development thing.

What will I eat at Camp?
There are three full meals served every day. There are always options including a salad bar. We do our best to serve healthy, balanced, kid-friendly food as well as offer choices for vegetarians or those with food allergies, dietary or religious restrictions. We work hard to be allergy aware and peanut prejudiced. What does that mean? It means that while we try really hard to serve food that won’t cause a reaction in our campers or staff, the wide variety of foods we serve sometimes are manufactured in places that use peanut products. We promise that there will always be something tasty to keep you fueled for the day’s activities. Snacks are available just about any time.

Where will I sleep?
You will share a cabin with campers your own age and gender. Each cabin has its own bathrooms and showers and sits in a group or a unit (we call it a constellation) with three others. Constellations are also grouped by age and designed in a way to encourage interaction among each cabin group. Every evening as you find your way back to your cabin, the sound and smell of a glowing campfire will await your arrival.

What’s there to do?
Here’s a brief orientation: Most of the time you will venture out to activities with your cabin. Part of the joy of camp is that every day (every hour, every second) is different. Sometimes you will also do things as a constellation (that is, with cabins in your unit), and other times you’ll join the entire camp. Our activities include: adventure, arts and crafts, archery, boating and fishing, cooking, sports and games, story studio, and swimming among others.

Will there be kids like me at camp?
There is a mix of kids who come to camp. Everyone has or has had a serious health challenge that prevented them from attending a typical camp that cannot support their medical needs. Each session welcomes campers with the same or similar conditions although some may be totally different than you. Some kids may look totally healthy, others may have a disability. Some need medications every day, others do not. Either way, no matter who comes to camp, they generally leave wishing they could stay. A guy named Paul once said, “No matter if you are coming to or leaving from camp, you are always going home.” Yeah, he’s right.

Where do campers come from?
Most of our campers come from throughout the Great Lakes region but may come from just about anywhere… except Mars. So far, we have not received any applications from Martians.

What Parents Want to Know About Summer Camp

Who can attend camp?
North Star Reach offers a cost-free, medically-supervised, residential camp experience for children who have experienced serious health challenges.

What does it cost for a child to go to camp?
There is no cost to attend North Star Reach. While it does cost money to make camp happen, it is always cost-free for our campers and families.

Who will take care of my child?
The leadership staff undergo a strict interview and screening process including reference and background checks. Leaders are chosen from many applicants for their experience, enthusiasm and empathy. The entire staff receives intensive training in areas including: safety, medical issues of our campers, child development, behavioral techniques, and cultural awareness.

During family camp, parents will be responsible for routine medical care, procedures and medications for their children at camp. Our Health Center, also known as “The Observatory,” is staffed 24 hours a day and will be able to provide First Aid and referrals to outside providers as needed.

Do I need to bring my child’s medical supplies?
Yes! Please bring all medications and supplies to camp with your child. This includes: all medications (prescription and over the counter, oral, IV, IM), supplies for central line care (heparin, saline, syringes, caps, access needles, EMLA, etc.), and all other supplies (IV or pump tubing, pumps and supplies, wheelchair, oxygen, crutches, etc.).

What happens if my child gets sick at Camp?
If your child gets sick or injured at camp, the physicians and nurses in The Observatory will evaluate your child and provide basic First Aid and OTC (over the counter) medications if needed. The medical team will work with parents to facilitate care with outsider providers for more serious illnesses or injuries.

What is the staff to camper ratio?
At camp, we have a ratio of one staff member to two campers. There may be times when that ratio is higher or lower depending on the needs of the campers or group.

Where do the children stay?
Campers live in cabins with other children their own age and gender. The cabins are equipped with accessible bathrooms and showers. They are also climate controlled environments, providing air conditioning and heat when needed.

What does my child need to bring to camp?
You will receive a complete packing list upon your camper’s acceptance into a session. Camp is an active and rustic environment so attire is usually comfortable, casual and durable. Camp bunks are twin xl sized (longer than typical twins) and will have a fitted sheet so that you can pack a sleeping bag or flat sheets and blankets along with a pillow. 

Can I visit or talk to my child while he/she/they are at camp?
In our experience, we have found that talking to home often causes or increases homesickness and anxiety in campers. Our policy is that children are unable to call home during their time at camp. If you would like to check in to see how your child is doing, you can always call to get an update. But remember, no news is good news. Really! We will encourage your camper to send you a letter or post card during the week so that you know they haven’t forgotten how awesome you are. We also do not have parents visit during camp sessions.

How do I contact my child?
Campers love to hear how much you miss them and that you hope they are having a great experience!

Guaranteed day delivery:

At check-in we will have a mailbox for each day listed where you can drop off mail for your camper. We will sort through and pass out the mail on the designated day you have chosen. On the envelope/package please list the camper’s full name, birthdate and day you would like this letter to be delivered.

Guaranteed delivery:

E-mail. You may send an e-mail to your camper at camperemail@northstarreach.org. Please make the subject of your e-mail your camper’s full name, birthdate and cabin number. We will print the e-mail out and hand to your camper. Your camper will not have access to a computer to respond. Your camper can respond via snail mail.

Uncertain date delivery:

Classic mail. You can send mail or packages to North Star Reach in care of your camper at 1200 University Camp Drive, Pinckney, MI 48169. Make sure you think ahead and send your mail before your camper leaves home as it may not get to them while they are still at camp, if you send it after they arrive.

Mail/Packages should be addressed to:
(Your child’s first and last name)
North Star Reach
1200 University Camp Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169

Please note that campers are able to respond by mailing cards and letters home, but we do not provide internet access to our campers during our camp sessions.


Family Camp FAQs

The questions below provide a great overview of the traditional family camp experience during “normal times.” With the health and safety of everyone (camper families, volunteers and staff) our top priority, our newly designed “Campily Retreats” will adapt traditional Family Camp Weekend programming to ensure COVID-19 precautions while giving families a chance to enjoy a camp getaway experience. We provide the content below to help orient new camper families to our traditional camp programs, with the understanding that the Campily Retreat experience is different and also subject to change as COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

How much does it cost for my family to attend Family Camp?

There is no cost to attend our Family Camp sessions. That’s right: Zero. Zip. Nada. Nothing.  Lodging and all meals are provided. While it does cost money to make camp happen, it is always cost-free for our campers and families.

Are infants welcome to come with us?

Absolutely!  During most of your stay with us, you will be responsible for the supervision of your children.

What should my family bring to camp?

You will receive a complete packing list upon your family’s acceptance into a session. Camp is an active and rustic environment so attire is usually comfortable, casual and durable. Camp bunks are twin XL sized (longer than typical twins) and will have a fitted sheet so that you can pack a sleeping bag or flat sheets and blankets along with a pillow.

Do I need to bring my child’s medical supplies?

Yes.  Parents will be responsible for their child’s medications as well as treatments, supplies, etc.  The Health Center will be minimally staffed with nurses on site for First Aid and for referrals, if additional medical assistance is needed.

Can I come on Saturday only or only a portion of the weekend?

Unfortunately, no.  Family Camp is an all-in kind of program.  We ask that your family commit to arriving Friday evening and staying through Sunday.

Where is Family Camp located?

North Star Reach is located near Pinckney, about 30 minutes NW of Ann Arbor.

What is camp food like?

Good.  Really good. Like I want seconds and thirds kind of good.