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Camp Starfish
Rindge, New Hampshire

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603-899-9590
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12 Camp Monomonac Rd
Rindge, New Hampshire 03461

WINTER (OFF-SEASON) OFFICE ADDRESS:
636 Great Rd., Ste. 2 Stow, MA 01775

CAMPER AGES: 5-16

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: 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. 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.

Through the use of Strategies, Tools and Keys, we make camp a positive, safe place where campers are actively participating in things they enjoy. We help children learn what it means to be accountable for their choices through positive feedback and without embarrassment, enabling them make more productive choices in the future. Starfish is a place to "learn, grow and have fun."

Everything at Starfish is specifically geared to meet the needs and abilities of each bunk, activity group, and child. Staff consistently seek innumerable ways to provide campers with positive reinforcement while helping them to recognize and articulate their strengths. At Starfish, we believe in "catching children being good" and capitalizing on those experiences as teachable moments, in addition to setting up therapeutic supports to help children during times when they are struggling.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Dance, Theater, Music/Band, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Volleyball, Martial Arts, Team Sports, Science, Academics, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

DISCOVERY: Woodworking, Manipulatives, Raft-building, & Activities Designed To Help Campers Discover New Hobbies, Interests & Talents.

INTERACTIVE: Teambuilding, Challenge Initiatives, Low Ropes Course, ToolsTime, & Other Activities Designed To Practice Teamwork & Intercommunication Skills.

LEARNING CENTER: Reading, Multicultural Activities, Chess, Science Experiments, Yearbook, Creative Writing, Languages, CSI, Mock Trial, & Other Activities Designed To Minimize Summer Learning Loss.

OUTDOOR SKILLS: Tent Building, Survival Structures, Outdoor Cooking, Campfire Building, & Activities Designed To Foster An Enjoyment Of Outdoor Living Xplore!: Nature, Hiking, Gardening, Bug Hunts, Fishing, Recycling, Blueberry Picking, Tree Transplanting, Green Living, & Activities Designed To Learn About The Natural World.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located about and hour and a half North West of Boston, just over the MA/NH border. Camp Starfish is situated on beautiful acres of land with waterfront on Lake Monomonac. Please visit our website for photos and videos of the camp: Our Camp Website Link: www.campstarfish.org

CAMP FACILITIES: We have two separate "villages" with 4-6 cabins utilized for the campers. Each cabin houses 5-7 campers and additionally each counselor per camper. We have recently upgraded both wash houses on each village, built a safe place for the campers, book nook for reading, mini animal pens, pavilion on our field for hot sunny days and will be making numerous additions in the near future. We have basketball courts, gaga pit, boating/kyaking and access to the beautiful and serene Lake Mononmonac for swimming.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Each child's program at Starfish is individualized and each child works on independent goals, our programs have a set of overarching goals that guide our activity offerings, program development and daily camp life: building self confidence, cultivating "winners" attitude, ability to make good decisions/choices, working as a team and enhance social skills/interactions are just a few of the goals we focus on.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We offer financial Aid on a needs basis through scholarship donations.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We offer weekend respites in off seasons for our campers and their families. We also have many weddings and retreats that take place in the off season.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Over the course of the camp session, social skills improvements are generally seen in areas such as making eye contact during conversation, waiting ones turn in conversation, using appropriate manners, giving and being able to accept compliments, sharing the conversation with peers, starting conversation with peers (rather than just adults), modulating tone of voice, and giving others/asking for personal space from others. Often, because of the intensive focus on these items, campers make a school years' worth of progress on social-related IEP goals during their session at camp.

We are intentional about making sure that social interaction and opportunities for social practice are part of each and every day. We don't have "social skills group" or an organized activity that "teaches" social skills. One of the benefits of camp is that the social activity is naturally in place, through participation in a shared-living community and involvement in activities. What we do is take advantage of all these opportunities and utilize them as teachable moments.

Our staff point out the social cues that get missed, praise positive interactions, and call attention to the Key of the Day, which is a daily social skill that is being focused on. Staff also create bunk and activity group identities and themes which help campers feel connected to each other and fuel their desire to be part of the group.

Counselors talk openly about being members of a team and how to make friends. Throughout the day, staff facilitate conversation between peers, help campers engage in conversation that may not be their preferred topic, and guide campers to see others' points of view.

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Session dates change year to year but we run three sessions per summer starting the end of June and running through to mid August. Please visit our website for the current summer dates and fees at Our Camp Website Link: www.campstarfish.org


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