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Phone: 978-368-6580
1121 Main Street
Massachusetts 01523
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Target demographics: The largest numbers of children attending Camp Starfish come from the Greater Boston area. They lead troubled, difficult lives. In recent years, there has been an explosion in the numbers of youngsters diagnosed with debilitating psychological and learning problems, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar, Pervasive Development Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, General Mood Disorder, Oppositional Defiance, Asperger's and Autism. A recent article in the Boston Globe quoted a survey indicating that 1 in 150 children born today is afflicted with some degree of Autism. Currently, approximately 8,500 Massachusetts youth fall within Camp Starfish’s target population of 5 to 15 year olds diagnosed with moderate to severe emotional, behavioral and/or learning problems.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Paint the interior of a cabin, help clean up camp prior to opening in June, recruit volunteers for Work Days or help assemble newsletters


The level of support and structure afforded by the consistent and focused attention given to every one of our children at any time accounts in large measure for the outstanding successes our campers have achieved during the past thirteen summers.  During this time, more than 2,000 youngsters have benefited from the compassionate and caring environment that is the hallmark of Camp Starfish. 

Summer Programs include: Day Camp, Pioneers & Navigators (resident camp), Older Camper Programs, Teen adventure camp (Beachcombers), leadership development programs (l.e.a.d.e.r.s. and STAR Corps), and young adult mentorship programs (DCA and Crew), as well as staff training and development. Weekenders Respite programs are available during the school year.


Camp Starfish fosters the success and growth of children with emotional, behavioral and learning problems by providing individualized attention as part of structured, nurturing and fun group programs.

Campers show improvement in taking increased responsibility for their own actions, demonstrating more positive attitude, displaying greater eagerness to engage in new activities and demonstrating increased self-esteem and greater confidence in their own ability to succeed.

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This truly unique place has benefited my daughter immensely. The energy, ratio, and intelligence of the staff all contribute to successful experiences for these unique and wonderful children. I have immense respect for the work that they do I am so grateful that Starfish exists for my daughter... more »
My son has benefited greatly from two summers at overnight camp with Camp Starfish. His behavior gets better and we have a common language we can use to talk about his challenges. Great place... more »
Camp Starfish was phenomenal in putting my mind at ease. I sent both my boys with Autism for the first time to their camp and they could not have done more to accommodate me and reassure me how well both my boys were doing. They both came home happy and confident and having succeeded in ... more »
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