Camp magic is real. Before I started volunteering at North Star Reach in 2016, I didn't believe it. I quickly found how magical camp can be. It's so magical that I have returned year after year as a volunteer and seasonal staff member, wrote my thesis about the power of camp, and hope to make camp my career. Being a part of camp has been amazing and I have learned more from my campers than I could ever teach them.
For campers, North Star Reach is a place they can call home. For a week in the summer they are allowed to kick back and be a kid. They make lasting connections to peers who have been through similar experiences and grow in their confidence. I have watched kids go from shy and closed off to confident and glowing. The week always ends in happy tears and countdowns until the next time we can all be together.
Lucky for us, the camp magic is so much more than the buildings and campsite. The camp magic was strong at the camp-at-home weekends and will be strong virtually this summer. The North Star Reach team is working hard to ensure that campers and families are supported and connected during this time. It may look a little different, but the magic is certainly still there!
Please help me give back to a place that gives so much to campers and their families! Every dollar makes an impact!