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February, 2018


Even though it's February, the weather hit 60 degrees today and we're celebrating! The snow is melting (for now, anyways) and thoughts of summer camp fill our time. Hopefully camp is also on your mind! 

Enclosed in this newsletter is a brief update about happenings at Starfish. Positions are open on our summer staff team (do you know someone looking for a job?), our new CIT program is enrolling amazing 11th and 12th graders from around the country, and camper programs are filling fast (camp info is here)! Our full-service conference and retreat center has bookings available for your family reunion, celebration, training, youth group, and more! 

Now's a great time to get involved with Starfish, and we hope you will! Please reach out to us online or by phone (978-637-2617)...we'd love to say "hi!"
  
Smiles from the Campfire,
Emily, Jamie, Deana, Beth, Joe & the whole Starfish team
Program Spotlight

We're recruiting 11th & 12th Graders Who Want to Learn to be Camp Counselors

Do you know a great 11th or 12th grader who would benefit from meeting peers from around the country, being outside, taking field trips, socializing, developing leadership skills, getting certifications like first aid or lifeguarding, and having 4 or 8 weeks of amazing fun? Then you might know a great CIT candidate! 

Our CIT program serves a different group than our camp programs. Rather than being geared towards current campers, the CIT program is a piece of our long-term staff recruiting efforts -  an opportunity to introduce Starfish to teens who would not have attended camp but may be interested in the type of work we do with youth. 

CITs is a leadership development program open to incoming 11th and 12th graders at high schools across the country who want to get ready to be camp counselors and/or to pursue a degree in youth development, social work, psychology, teaching, or one of the many other disciplines our staff study. 

To learn more about this opportunity or to have your teen apply, visit http://www.campstarfish.org/staff/cit.html 

Camp Enrollment is Happening Now!
  
If you've been thinking about applying to camp, don't miss out on Summer 2018! Or, if you know a child with emotional, behavioral, social or learning challenges who could benefit from structured, safe, nurturing program with an unique 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio, encourage them to learn more about opportunities for a life-changing summer!  We have many camp programs, including overnight camps for 5, 14 and 19 days, "first time" camps for 6-10 year olds, outdoor adventure trips, and so much more! Needs-based financial aid is available. 

   
Siblings Can Have A Great Camp Experience Too! 
 As the brother, sister or relative of a Starfish camper, siblings might sometimes feel left out or different themselves. Making friends who can relate to that helps siblings to feel less "alone" or different from their peers. It's comforting for them to see firsthand that they aren't the only kid who has to have playdates outside their own home or who participates in family therapy sessions. Sibling Camp presents the perfect opportunity for children to make connections and friendships with others who "just get it." Sibling camp is open to anyone who lives with or is relatives with a child that would qualify for Starfish programs (they don't have to actually attend Starfish). Get signed up for this great program today! 
 
 
We're Booking Retreats for Fall & Winter 2018 & Spring 2019!

Did you know that Camp Starfish is not only an amazing safe haven for children during the summer but also a versatile and unique location to hold group events? All events held at Starfish provide financial operating support for our mission-based programs and the Campership fund, which makes it a GREAT place to rent!  
 
Check out our Retreats Brochure here! 
 
Youth groups, college associations, family retreats, nonprofits, religious groups, and more all love the rustic, peaceful environment that our Conference and Retreat Center offers, while also appreciating the professional event planning and support services that we provide.  Our new Crescent Lodge opens up whole new vistas of opportunity for you and your group! And, if you haven't taken a virtual tour of this beautiful new facility, you can do that here
 
Find out why Fitchburg State University, MCPHS, Applewild School, Miss Porter School, BU, and so many more guests think Starfish is the place for them! Interested in conducting your next staff retreat, leadership event or celebration at Camp Starfish? Contact us today or check out options online
 

Do You Know A Place We Should be Recruiting?

During the winter and spring we visit lots of schools, agencies, support groups, SEPACs, camp fairs and more! We're looking to recruit campers for our programs, staff for our campers and anyone who's interested in getting more involved with Starfish!

Do you know a school, agency, college, youth group, support network, doctor's office or other location where Starfish materials should be, but aren't? Help us get out of stealth mode by letting us know where we should share our info, set up a table, or even attend an event! Drop us an email with your suggestions! You might see us in a town near you sooner than you think!

 
We Need Great Summer Staff! 
We are currently hiring for summer positions including general counselors, program instructors (including Boating, Teambuilding, Martial Arts, Learning Center and more!), as well as specialty staff and LIFEGUARDS/Swim Instructors! Do you know someone ready for the adventure of a lifetime? 

We have incredible staff training, paid work and paid time off, room and board are covered and we even help with transportation to camp. It's a resume builder like no other. Check out all we have to offer staff here: www.campstarfish.org/staff.html 

Individuals who complete applications now can be screened, interviewed, and on to the reference checking process in only a few weeks! Imagine having summer employment locked up by Spring break! :) To go directly to the application, click here. 

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2018 5-Month Coordinator Search
Starfish is seeking qualified applicants available May 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 to fill management-level Coordinator positions in Youth Development Programs, Staff Services, Groups/Year-Round Programs and Operations/Logistics. These positions will begin as 5-month agreements and will include salary, paid training, room and board, and on the job development opportunities. It is Camp Starfish's hope that these roles could eventually lead to year-round employment for rising camp leaders. These roles are an excellent opportunity for someone who is seeking an entry to a more-than-summer role in the camp industry. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for this opportunity, please click here for more info or email jenn@smithwoodgreen.com.

Tickets are On Sale Now for the 2nd Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser!

Please join us for a laugh-out-loud night of comedy on Thursday, March 29th, 2018! This wonderful event is sponsored by Cara and Jena Falconi, and features comedian Paul D'Angelo. 100% of the proceeds go to Camp Starfish! 

$40 tickets include dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, and a show! Silent and live auctions add to the fun, plus hear from a Starfish parent about how the camp has helped their family! 

Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you. 
Get your tickets today! 

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