About Camp North Star

Camp North Star’s Mission

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Our mission is to encourage each of our campers to discover and develop the best version of themselves. We are committed to personal development within each of our campers and instilling our camp values and the 21st century life skills to encourage positive outcomes.

Campers live and learn in a nurturing and caring environment. Our enthusiastic, talented and skilled staff, help facilitate and guide the development of each camper in their pursuit of strengthening social and life skills, fostering friendships and developing multicultural relationships.

Camp North Star was built on the foundation of family and community and continues in that same model today.  We are proud to be a family owned and operated camp.  The Bernsteins emphasize strong family values that are transmitted to our directors, staff and campers.  North Star campers embrace these values and use them in their daily life both at camp and at home.  Steven and Brooke enjoy partnering with our parents to support the efforts made by campers to reach their goals at camp and in life.

The value system of Camp North Star and the life skills taught to our campers is what sets us apart and is the foundation of who we are as a camp.  The values we emphasize stems from our RICHS program and the life skills we teach our campers is from the framework of P21 – The Partnership for 21st Century Living.  These values and life skills help us to allow our campers to “become the best versions of themselves”.

The RICHS – Building a community on a solid foundation

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The RICHS represent the moral fabric of our community and we strive every day to highlight these qualities in each of our campers.

  • R – Respect “to value yourself, others and the community at large. To be thoughtful in your actions and interactions with others.”
  • I – Independence “to discover yourself and to celebrate whoever that may be. To try new things, make new friends and seek new experiences. To maybe take the ‘road less traveled’.”
  • C – Caring “To be thoughtful, kind, considerate and interested in the well being of those you come in contact with each day. To provide a welcoming and helpful environment to all that you interact with at camp. To openly share your heart and your friendship with others.”
  • H – Honor “is doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Being a positive leader by showing strong character and principles that deserve admiration. Being someone who challenges each of us to be a better person by sharing their sense of self with us.”
  • S – Spirit “embracing the values and community of camp and of life. Celebrating yourself, others and the camp experience in your own unique way that is celebrated and contagious to the camp community.”

21st Century Skills – Enhancing understanding through the interactions around us

21st Century Skills are defined as the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be competitive in the modern day workforce. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (p21.org) is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. which is comprised of numerous Fortune 500 companies in the United States.  The P21 organization researched and compiled a list of the specific skills that these companies seek in their new hires.  They are the 4 C’s – 

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Collaboration – Teamwork is often heard on a field, court or arena but take away the sport and what’s left? An understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and only by working together can we bring to the table the unique talents, skills and characteristics of our community.

Communication – The foundational component of social interaction, the ability to communicate highlights an understanding of the social, emotional and physical aspects of interaction. A program focused on communication builds confidence and understanding in an increasingly connected world.

Critical Thinking – The ability to identify, interpret and solve problems in any capacity drives the individual foreword toward their goals. This and a desire for bigger and greater challenges allows children to make a roadmap to fulfilling their own dreams.

Creativity – Where would we be without the capacity to image and create? Our imagination coupled with the three skills above brings about innovation on a vast scale.

Camp is an ideal environment for teaching 21st Century Life Skills. We see it every day in the growth of our campers, and more camps are doing the research to actually prove it!