Campers & Families: Welcome, the Fun Starts Here.
Eat. Sleep. Camp. That’s what we do.
Our camp programs provide life-changing experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families, free of charge. The heart of our program is summer sleepaway camp. Offered June through August, we welcome children ages 7 – 17 to our beautiful new universally accessible home in Pinckney, Michigan.
With traditional outdoor camp activities like archery, boating, campfires, fishing, nature and swimming, our campers bond with others who have shared the experience of serious illness and learn they are capable of much more than they ever thought possible.
We also offer weekend Family Camp programming in the spring and the fall for families with children ages 0-17 who have not yet attended a summer program. After a family’s first experience–for those with a camper younger than 7–they will be able to attend Family Camp until their camper turns 7 and is eligible for a summer camp session. Aside from the fun, our Family Camp programs are designed to build relationships with and receive support from other families who understand what it means to raise children with serious health challenges. In between all the fun, there’s also the eating and sleeping part. As we like to say: Eat. Sleep. Camp. All in a medically-sound environment. This is what we do. Camp hasn’t changed, you have just never seen it like this.
2018 Camp Schedule
New Camper Family Orientation: April 14
Spring Family Camps
- April 27 – 29: Cardiology Family Camp
- May 4 – 6: Palliative Care Family Camp
- May 18 – 20: Neuro-Oncology Family Camp
(Note: 2018 Summer Applications have closed.)
- June 18 – 23: Transplant (Michitanki) Camp
- June 28 – July 1: Solstice Camp (for campers aged 16 & 17 who have a diagnosis associated with one of our summer camp sessions)
- July 9 – 14: Cardiology Camp
- July 22 – 26: Epilepsy (Camp Discovery) Camp
- August 1 – 6: Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management Camp
- August 13 – 18: Sibling Camp (for brothers and sisters of a North Star Reach camper)
Fall Family Camp *Applications opening soon*
*General Sessions are for families whose camper has a diagnosis with the following:
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder
- Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management
- Central Core Disease/Rare Disease
- Vent Dependent
Dance Marathon Family Camp is for families who are a Dance Marathon family OR families with a camper diagnosed with a physical or developmental challenge.
- September 21 – 23: General Session*
- October 5 – 7: General Session*
- October 19 – 21: General Session*
- October 26 – 28: Dance Marathon Family Camp
The Children We Serve
Our state-of-the-art health center, known as The Observatory, is staffed by nurses, physicians and other medical professionals, including volunteers practicing in the local area and others recruited from our 12 medical partners. The medical support we provide allows children with complex healthcare needs to come to camp, often for the first time. Since we opened in 2016, we have served more than 1,000 children with serious health challenges and their family members.
A great place to learn more about all our camp programs: visit our Experience Camp page, where you’ll find terrific videos and audio stories from past seasons. Or, stop by our 100 Summer Moments page to read and watch stories specifically about our 2017 summer season.
Our program goals work toward fostering adventure and exploration, developing a positive self-identity and building friendships. We call it an Authentic Camp Experience (ACE). Creating transforming camp experiences for children with serious illness and their families requires talented and generous volunteers. How we make this all happen is the secret. We like to call it “mooseness”. To experience the magic of mooseness, we invite you to come join us at North Star Reach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you apply, we encourage you to learn about our summer camp and family programs by visiting our FAQ page.
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