Campers

Campers & Families: Welcome, the Fun Starts Here.

Eat. Sleep. Camp. That’s what we do.

Photo of a hand painted sign reading "Welcome The Fun Starts Here"

Photo: Hole in the Wall Camp (part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network)

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 fully accessible camp 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. 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.

2020 Camp Applications: You can apply online for the 2020 spring family camp and summer camp sessions starting January 1, 2020. Completed applications (application, medical forms, insurance information, immunizations) will be reviewed and accepted as space is available, otherwise completed applicants will be placed on a waiting list when necessary. Fall family camp schedule and online applications will be available at a later date.

2020 Camp Schedule

New Camper Family Orientation

Considering camp for the first time? Please join us Sunday, May 3, from 2 pm to 4 pm for an camp tour and orientation from our staff. Please RSVP here (drop-ins are welcome but we encourage RSVPs).

Spring Family Camp

  • April 24-26: General Session/Cardiology Family Camp
  • May 1-3: General Session/Neuro-Oncology & Palliative Care Family Camp

Summer Camp

  • June 14 – 19: Transplant (Michitanki) Camp
  • June 24 – 27: Solstice Camp (for campers aged 16 & 17 who have a diagnosis associated with one of our summer camp sessions)
  • July 2 – 7: Cardiology Camp
  • July 12 – 16: Epilepsy (Camp Discovery) Camp
  • July 21 – 26: Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management Camp
  • August 1 – 6: Sibling Camp (for brothers and sisters of a North Star Reach summer camper)

Fall Family Camp

The 2020 fall family camp schedule will be released at a later date.

Note: While all “General Session” Family Camp programs are open to families with a child who has any serious medical diagnosis, we will serve similar medical populations as we have in the past for families looking to connect with others on a similar medical journey, including Cardiology; Neuro-Oncology & Palliative Care; Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management; Transplant; Epilepsy; Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan or families with a camper diagnosed with a physical or developmental challenge.

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 about summer seasons.

Program Goals

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.

FAQ

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Learn more about applying to Summer Camp

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