Campers & Families: We Are Here for You
During this time of social distancing, our goals—connecting and supporting our camper families, inspiring hope through storytelling and positive experiences—are as vital as ever. Below you will find information about the innovative virtual programming and important services and resources we are offering to care for our camper families.
Resources for Our Camper Families
Winter 2021 Camper Meetups and Parent/Caregiver Support Groups:
We head into 2021, we will host an exciting lineup of camper, parent, caregiver, and family online support and community-building programs. Visit our Parent and Caregiver program overview page to learn more.
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.