CAMP STARFISH INC Overview
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.