Camp STAR seeks campers, volunteers

MARQUETTE — Camp STAR, a Upper Peninsula-wide bereavement camp for young children who have experienced the death of a loved one, is desperately looking for male camp volunteers.

Several boy campers still need to be paired up with a male volunteer. Those who are, or know of someone, between the ages of 18 to 25 who might be available are asked to consider committing to a weekend of camp.

Camp this year will be Aug. 9-11 in Big Bay, with volunteers arriving a day early for training Aug. 8.

Camp STAR is a grief camp designed for children ages 8 to 17 who have experienced the death of a parent, friend or loved one. The weekend-long camp combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support.

All camp activities are facilitated by caring, trained professionals. The experience includes hiking, swimming, crafts and campfires, just as would be expected at any summer camp.

But Camp STAR activities are combined with memorializing and celebrating those who have died and getting a better understanding of the grief that comes with loss.

The camp is free and participants do not have to live in the Upper Peninsula ­– anyone can be a camper or volunteer. Camp STAR is also still accepting applications for campers

Each camper gets paired with a buddy — a young adult who will participate in all the camp events alongside the camper. Buddies do not need experience with loss but must to fill out an application and go through a background check.

Those interested in volunteering, might want to sign up a camper or would like to learn more about Camp STAR can go to the website at https://starcbs.org.


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