The North Star Story

Make new friends. Develop essential life skills. Learn important values. That’s what being a North Star camper is all about. It doesn’t take long for campers to become part of our family and for our beautiful 200-acre property to become their summer home.

The combination of North Star’s value system, the RICHS, and our emphasis on teaching 21st century life skills is part of what sets us apart from other camps. It is the foundation of who we are as a camp, and it allows us to help each camper become the best version of themselves.

The RICHS represent the moral fabric of our community and we strive every day to highlight these qualities in each camper. At North Star, there’s no award for most popular camper or best athlete. Instead, each summer we “recognize” the campers that best display each of these five values. One of our goals is for campers to not only live their life at camp by the RICHS, but for it to become their own personal value system at home.

THE RICHS – A FOUNDATION TO LIVE A RICHER LIFE

RESPECT

To value yourself, others and the North Star community. To be thoughtful in your actions and interactions with campers and staff. To embrace the differences and the individuality in each person.”

INDEPENDENCE

To discover yourself and to celebrate whoever that may be. Independence is to try new things, challenge yourself, take some risks, make new friends and seek new experiences. To maybe take the ‘road less traveled'.

CARING

To be thoughtful, kind, considerate and interested in the well being of everyone at North Star. To sometimes put the needs of others in front of your own. To provide a welcoming and helpful environment to everyone that you interact with at camp and be a friend to everyone.

HONOR

To do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Be a positive leader by showing strong character and principles that deserve admiration. Be someone who challenges everyone to be a better person by sharing their sense of self with us.

SPIRIT

To seize the moment and make the most of every day. Fully embrace the values and community of camp life. Become a beacon of contagious enthusiasm that spreads throughout the North Star community and celebrates the camp experience in your own unique way.

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