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Camp STAR is a grief camp designed for children ages 8-17 who have experienced the unfortunate death of a parent, friend, or loved one. It is sponsored by STAR Children’s Bereavement Services and is a weekend long camp filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support.

All camp activities are facilitated by caring, trained professionals, and volunteers. Each camper is assigned a camp buddy, who is a specially trained mentor that provides one-on-one companionship throughout the weekend. Camp Buddies are young adults ages 18 to 25.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel this year’s Camp STAR. The health and safety of campers and volunteers is a top priority, and we in no way want to jeopardize this. This decision was made by the STAR Children’s Bereavement Services Board of Directors in consultation with the Camp Planning Committee and representatives from Bay Cliff Health Camp, which advised us that the summer health camp has also been cancelled in light of the same safety concerns. 

In reaching this decision, we are mindful that our campers continue to need support, and that the ongoing uncertainty in our communities may present new or different challenges for grieving children. The Board of Directors and the Outreach Committee are exploring virtual support opportunities, and will revisit on a monthly basis how to serve the needs of former and prospective campers. Our ultimate goal is to host some form of modified or abbreviated Camp STAR weekend in the fall or winter season of 2020-21.

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Benefits of Attending Camp STAR

Expect your child to engage in a multitude of fun, educating activities as well as learning skills geared toward dealing with grief and loss.

Community Growth

By aiding in the healing process of the communities youth after the death of a loved one.

Acceptance

Campers realize they are not alone in their grief and can be around a group of people and peers for a weekend, who can understand what they’re going through.

Art Therapy

Art therapy provides a healthy and safe outlet for children to share their grief and talk about their healing process through visual creation.

Guilt-Free Fun

This is achieved when the campers see that they can miss their loved one and talk about their grief, but also turn around and enjoy a fun camp activity. Providing a space where they can grieve without guilt, helps to normalize their feelings.

Camp STAR is 100% FREE

Camp STAR is operated by STAR Children’s Bereavement Services, a non-profit organization.
We rely solely on donations from organizations and people like you.

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Support STAR on GivingTuesday 2020

Support STAR on GivingTuesday 2020

STAR Children’s Bereavement Services recently launched the Wonder Box program. Each month, a subscription type box with an activity and resources on grief are mailed directly to families. For example, in November children that have signed up to receive a box received a large mason jar, strips of paper, stickers and other art supplies to create a memory jar. Children were able to write down […]

Wonder Box

Wonder Box

The Wonder Box is similar to a monthly subscription box that you and your family can engage with at home, all delivered to your front door. Your monthly Wonder Box includes craft supplies, materials, the makings of a memory journal, sharing ideas, and resources on grief and bereavement. Fill out your application here.Monthly Wonder Boxes will be shipped to your home during the second week […]

Can Drive for STAR Children’s Bereavement Services

Can Drive for STAR Children’s Bereavement Services

Do you have cans that you don’t plan to return? STAR Children’s Bereavement Services will be holding a can drive on Saturday, August 15. Volunteers will be collecting cans from 1-4 p.m. in Marquette, Negaunee, Harvey, Gwinn, Ishpeming, and Republic. We ask that you leave your cans out in the driveway or on the front porch so our volunteers can practice social distancing. Schedule your pick […]