STAR Children's Bereavement Services


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.

Sign up to receive the 2024 Camper Application or the 2024 Volunteer Application when they open in early spring.

Camp STAR 2024 will be held in August.

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.


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.

Latest News

Wonder Box 2023 – 2024 Application Open

Wonder Box 2023 – 2024 Application Open

STAR Children’s Bereavement Services has opened application for Wonder Boxes for 2023-2024. Wonder Boxes are filled with craft supplies, activities, and exercises related to the grieving process that are delivered to your home on a monthly basis. This program is free and open to children in the Upper Peninsula who have lost a loved one. Please complete this form once for each individual child. All […]

Camp STAR 2024 Interest Forms for Campers and Volunteers

Camp STAR 2024 Interest Forms for Campers and Volunteers

Information on Camp STAR 2024 will be coming in early 2024. Sign up to receive the application when it becomes available! Camper Interest Form Volunteer Interest Form

Camp STAR 2023 Camper Applications Now Available

Camp STAR 2023 Camper Applications Now Available

STAR Children’s Bereavement Services will be hosting its annual weekend-long summer camp, Camp STAR, August 11-13, 2023 at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, MI. Children interested in attending must live in the Upper Peninsula, be between the ages of 8 and 17, and have experienced the death of a parent, friend, or loved one. Camp STAR is a free weekend-long camp filled with […]