Campers & Families: We Are Here for You
Even as Covid-19 cases continue to fall, we know that this is still a time of isolation for many of our camper families. Our goals of providing lifelines of connection, community and support for you are as vital as ever. Below you will find resources ranging from ways to stay connected with us during the summer season—and beyond. We hope you find these resources useful.
2021 Fall Camp Update
We are incredibly disappointed to announce the cancellation of our in-person Fall Campily Retreats. Unfortunately, counties surrounding North Star Reach and most counties across the state of Michigan are experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases and have now crossed into the High-Risk threshold. As you know, safety is number one in our High-Five Contract and the safety of our campers, families, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. Following the guidance of our Medical Director with consultation from the Medical Advisory Board and input from North Star Reach leadership, the difficult decision to cancel in-person programming for the fall has been made.
Our program team remains committed to providing the highest quality virtual experience and is already working on offering virtual Fall Family Camp programming (more details to come). Also, registration is currently open for our virtual Fall Camper Meetups and our virtual Parent & Caregiver Support Groups. We hope that these programs will help provide support, community, and connection to the members of our campily.
We are grateful for your understanding and patience as we continue to learn and grow together through this pandemic. North Star Reach is committed to keeping the mooseness alive and we continue to look forward, with great anticipation, to a time where we can return to the camp home we are all so fond of.
Click here to read the letter from Director of Camping Patrick Smith and to learn more about our fall virtual programming.
2021 Fall Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
Led by trained facilitators, our free fall parent/caregiver support groups meet every other week and are open to all parents and caregivers of children with serious illnesses, not just North Star Reach camper families. Click here to see the fall schedule and register today.
Save the Dates: Family Care Conference, October 6-7, 2021: A virtual two-day online conference bringing together top medical and mental health experts with parents and caregivers. Check out the library of presentation and talks from our 2020 Family Care Conference here.
• Halloween Glow, Late October: An illuminated drive-through tour around camp, featuring festive Halloween light displays. Camper families are invited at no cost.
2020 Season Highlights
In 2020, thanks to support of generous donors, we hosted hundreds of campers and their family members during spring, summer and fall virtual camp sessions.
- Be sure to watch our end-of-season “Thanks & Giving” Event to hear from our campers and camper families about the ways North Star Reach made a difference in their lives: Watch program
- Summer 2020 highlights
- Summer Camp-at-Home Photo Galleries: You can see highlights from our 2020 alternative summer season on our blog.
- Family Care Conference: Serious Support – We hosted our first-ever virtual Family Care Conference in October. The two-day event brought together leading medical, mental health and wellness professionals with families caring for chronically ill children. Be sure to check out the archive of terrific presentations by visiting our Recorded Talks page.
Be sure to sign up for our Monthly E-Newsletter “Trail Mix” (click here to subscribe) to stay informed about our new virtual summer programs, digital fundraising events, and more. If you haven’t connected with our social channels, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Our weekly storytelling series connect all corners of our camp family and are designed to inspire connectedness, resilience and hope.
Changing the Lives of Children
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, as detailed below.