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.
During our Family Camps, we offer many activities similar to our summer camp programs, such as boating, arts and crafts, archery, evening campfires, morning hikes, and more. We purposefully plan these activities so that families can spend time together.
Our Family Camp programs are entirely free of charge and all “General Sessions” are open to families with a child who has any serious medical diagnosis. In addition, the medical diagnosis associated with each session places a focus on specific medical populations, allowing families to connect with others on a similar medical journey. To be eligible, the child who has a serious health challenge must be 17 years old or younger–including infants. Families are eligible to attend one Family Camp per year. We welcome immediate family members who reside in the household caring for the child with the medical diagnosis.
North Star Reach Family Camps begin Friday evening (welcome and check-in starts at 6 p.m.) and will run until 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Since there are a limited number of spots available, families must commit to being at camp Friday to Sunday. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate Saturday arrivals.
Applications for our 2020 Spring Family Camp programs will open January 1, 2020. We recommend you download the following instructions before submitting your application:
Apply to Family Camp 2020 Instructions | Ultracamp (View PDF)
2020 Family 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
Fall Family Camp
Schedule coming soon.
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.
Things to Know Before You Apply
If you have questions about our Family Camp sessions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
For our family camp sessions, campers remain under the care of their parents or other legal guardian. Typically, two families will share a cabin with two bathrooms (2 toilets, 2 sinks and 2 fully accessible showers in each). Our cabins are purposefully built to house 16 people, so plenty of room for two or more families to share for a weekend. Each cabin has heating, air conditioning, electrical outlets and bunk-style beds.
The distance from the cabins to our waterfront is approximately a half mile. Participants should be aware on an average Saturday at Family Camp families may walk up to three miles going from cabin to meals to activities.
At North Star Reach, we strive in every way to create the safest environment possible for children with medically complex conditions and their families. As such, we uphold the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on immunization schedule.
- We require participants under the age of 18 to be fully immunized, with the exception of Influenza and HPV vaccines, unless there is a physician’s medical reason not to immunize (documentation must be submitted).
- We require participants over the age of 18 to have been vaccinated for chicken pox (varicella), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and tetanus and pertussis (Tdap).
When you log into our online application system (UltraCamp website), the form will have all the details of what immunization dates are needed.
Processing Your Application
After submitting your family’s application, your forms will be reviewed for completion. You will be contacted at a later date if information is needed to complete your application. Once all members’ applications are complete they will be reviewed by our review team and you will be notified of your enrollment status. Enrollment is based on completion date: first completed, first reserved.
Unfortunately, North Star Reach may not be able to accommodate all who apply to camp. While we would love to be able to welcome everyone, we do have a limit to the available accommodations for families so first completed, first reserved. If a session is already full and you apply, you will be notified you have been placed on a waiting list. If a reservation becomes available you will be notified.
Keep in mind that an application must be complete before it is reviewed by our review team.