The Starfish philosophy, which provides 1:1 support for campers, is based on engaging campers in a variety of well-structured traditional summer camp activities in a safe and predictable environment. According
to consistent survey responses, many children who attend Starfish enjoy an improved self-esteem that translates into a positive attitude towards learning in school, as well as an
increased confidence in engaging with peers and trying new things.
Every activity at Starfish is specifically geared to meet the needs and abilities of each bunk, activity group, and child. Activities are well-structured and guided by a thoughtfully
designed curriculum. Staff consistently seek innumerable ways to provide campers with positive reinforcement while helping them to recognize and articulate their strengths.
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We serve healthy meals in a family style environment. We avoide added sugar or artificial dyes in our food. We can accomodate different dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. In order to help meet some of the dietary needs of our campers we do separate meal components; for example, on spagetti night the pasta, sauce, meatballs and parmasean cheese are all in separate bowls on the table.
Every camper is placed into a bunk
based on his or her age, abilities, and needs.
A typical bunk consists of 5 campers who are
supervised by a team of 5-6 counselors. The bunk spends time together at each meal, during cabin clean up and rest hour, and during some activity periods. Each evening ends with showers and cabin meeting, a time during which each camper has the opportunity to go over their goals chart with one of the counselors. Also before bed, the daily schedule for the following day is forecasted to the campers and stories are read.
Most often, the cabin meeting also includes a chance for everybody - campers and staff
- to share something about their day with the rest of the group.
The Tools are the values of Camp Starfish. They
outline coping skills and personal intentions, and by teaching them, staff are able to help campers put behaviors and feelings into context. All camp rules are based on a tool, for
example, and you will often hear staff (and find yourself!) using the tools to help calm escalated campers: