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Camp Starfish Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   136 reviews 1,485

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636 Great Rd Suite 2 Stow MA 01775 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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.

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 learni

Programs:

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.

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978-368-6580
http://www.campstarfish.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I attended camp starfish this summer. I had never been to an overnight camp, and it was fourteen days, and I thought, "would I get homesick?" But the minute me and my parents pulled in a counselor had a microphone and said "please welcome ------ from bunk one!" And everyone cheered for me. I never had the time to feel homesick because for fourteen days, I was focused in activities. Also, I am a picky eater, and I was worried about the food, but if there was something I didn't like, they had a cereal/salad bar and it was delicious! I met friends that I still keep in touch with. I am about to go to a weekend program next weekend and I am psyched! Camp Starfish is amazing, and of course, a shout out to all the staff!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working at Camp Starfish was by far the best experience I have ever had. I think that everyone at camp, including both campers and staff, learn how to be their best self. I formed such great bonds with the campers and staff and this experience has left a lasting impact on me. Camp Starfish is accepting of everyone and encourages everyone to 'learn, grow, and have fun!' It leaves campers and counselors with memories that will last a lifetime. Some of these memories include gatherings, evening programs, peace games, boating, swimming in the lake, free play, and spending time with everyone in my bunk! I find myself even now, months later, singing camps songs, reciting the starfish keys and tools, and sharing memories with others about my experiences at camp. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH AND THE TOUGH GET GOING...FISH SWIM TOGETHER!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Starfish impacted my life tremendously! During my 4 summers as a counselor and administrator, I learned important life skills and created lifelong friendships. Being with such wonderful children and working with such a magnificent staff was the happiest, most challenging, and most fulfilling job I have ever had. Camp Starfish prepared me for my career in teaching, and I will forever be thankful for my time there. I will forever cherish and remember my time at Camp Starfish! Moosa, Moosa, Moosa!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Camp Starfish more than a decade ago in the winter of 2005. I became involved with Starfish just two years ago as I have had the pleasure to work with the camp's executive director. The ED and I have partnered on projects related to a national industry association and serve together on the board of our state industry association.

I have tremendous respect for her as well as for the organization that she, her team, and the Starfish Board have built.

The program, camp structure, site development, and relationships with campers, their families, and their support teams are all first rate. I believe that Starfish is leading the way in the region in their approach to the overnight camp experience they deliver as well as the community around the camp they have developed.

I look forward to continuing to work with their staff both on a state and a direct level as well as recommend campers to their program who have needs beyond what we can offer in our overnight camp program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Camp Starfish has done so much for our daughter. This place has changed her life, giving her confidence and a community that's just hers.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Commodore of Lake Monomonac Lake Sailing Association ( MLSA). We have over 75 families in our non profit organization here on Lake Monomonac for over 50 years. Camp Starfish and it's staff have been active in the management and protection of Lake Monomonac through their participation on the board of the MLPOA. ( Monomonac Lake Properties Association.) They are great neighbors and an asset on the lake. ..........Chip Hastings

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Camp Starfish is a place that celebrates all children for exactly who they are and fosters their growth through a 1:1 ratio and social, emotional, and behavioral supports. I could write a book about my experience at Camp Starfish, but here's just one story that truly captures the magic of this place:

Day 1 of Camp: A 15-year old male camper refuses to participate in gathering and sits out of all camp activities.
Day 13 of Camp: The same camper is the heart and soul of the Peace Games- he jumps around yelling and cheering, singing at the top of his lungs and asking for his cabin mates to join his excitement.

What a difference two weeks makes.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We love Camp Starfish, they made a big difference in our lives!

 
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Words cannot explain the love, hope and joy of the camp starfish experience.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

My son went to the 19 day session as well and the respite week last summer 2015. He has never been able to attend even a day camp but Camp Starfish has the tools, staff and support to not only handle my son and his struggles but make it a FUN and a VERY POSITIVE experience! The staff are A++++. Can't say enough good about the program. He has since attended two respite weekends and comes home happy and with great stories each time. This would not be possible at any other place. He's having his best school year yet (7th grade) and when I asked him what made such a difference he said 'honestly mom, it was camp'. Need I say more?

 
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