Our Family Camp programs are entirely free of charge and open to families with a child who has a diagnosis within the areas associated with one of our family camp sessions (see our 2018 schedule below). In addition, the child who has a serious health challenge must be 17 years old or younger (yes, infants are welcome!) and has not previously attended a North Star Reach summer camp. After a family’s first Family Camp experience, with a camper younger than age 7, they are eligible to apply to Family Camp until their camper turns 7 and can then apply for a summer camp session. We ask that families only attend one Family Camp per year.
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.
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.
2018 Family Camp Schedule
Spring Family Camp
- April 27 – 29: Cardiology Family Camp
- May 4 – 6: Palliative Care Family Camp
- May 18 – 20: Neuro-Oncology Family Camp
Fall Family Camp
*Applications are open – directions on how to apply can be found below*
*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
- Ventilator 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.
Fall Family Camp
- September 21 – 23: General Session*
- October 5 – 7: General Session*
- October 19 – 21: General Session*
- October 26 – 28: Dance Marathon Family Camp
Things to Know Before You Apply
If you have questions about our Family Camp sessions, you can email email@example.com for assistance.
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.
Current immunization for Chicken Pox, MMR and DPT/DTaP are required for all participants under 18.
Current immunizations for TdaP, within the last ten years, is required for participants 11 and older.
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 Medical 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 medical team.
*Directions on how to apply*
**Before you start your online application, please download the “UltraCamp Family Camp Instructions” (download PDF). This will guide you through the application steps. If you already have an account, log in and start at step 4 of the instructions.**
Once you’ve read the instructions in the PDF above, click the link below and you will be directed to the UltraCamp application system. Remember: you will need to first make a reservation for your child with a serious health challenge and then your family.