A Place Like No Other

North Star Reach is Michigan’s only cost-free, fully accessible medical camp serving children with serious illnesses, their parents, caregivers and family members across the Great Lakes.

We continue to evolve our programs to meet the needs of our campers during the pandemic. Below, you can see details about our 2021 alternative summer camp-at-home season. Interested in joining an ongoing parent/caregiver support group? Visit our Parents & Caregivers page.

2021 Summer Schedule

Our summer sessions connect campers with similar medical conditions and their siblings and provide community-building experiences through secure log-in areas on this website. All registered camper families will receive a password to access their session’s Camp Hub page.  

For our camp families, new camp friends, and the broader community, we host ongoing free live entertainment events, camp clubs, support groups and other programming year round. Visit our Event Calendar to see our latest schedule. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

2021 Summer Camp Sessions*

June 15-18

Transplant (Camp Michitanki) Camp**

June 29-July 2

Cardiology Camp

July 13-16

Epilepsy (Camp Discovery)/Neuro-onc Camp

July 20-23

Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Mgt. Camp

Solstice Camp

* 2021 schedule updates: This summer sibling campers are invited to join one of the condition-specific sessions. Families have the option of having all their campers participate in the same session or selecting a different one to provide siblings with their own special camp-at-home experience. In addition, Solstice Camp will be hosted July 20-23 to align with one of our other sessions. Schedule adjustments were made to allow time for additional registrations and create a larger community for all participants across our core camp sessions.

** Transplant Camp is also open to children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia and pediatric arthritis conditions

How to Register

Register your camper for a summer camp-at-home session by visiting the Apply to Summer Camp page.

Subscribe to our “Trail Mix” newsletter to get the latest camp updates. Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and submit the contact form.

Creative Camp Programming

This year, we’re celebrating our Fifth Summer Anniversary with an exciting lineup of engaging alternative programming.

What’s new in 2021? We’re planning game-themed events, a terrific series of real-time camp clubs with special guests, all-new camp-in-a-box experiences, and–best of all!–chance to connect with friends. Program highlights are below, with additional details coming soon.

Camp-In-A-Box Experiences

Registered summer campers will enjoy awesome camp-in-a-box packages loaded with summertime favorites (T-camp shirt, activity supplies, games, and more) to enhance the camp-at-home experience with or without connectivity.

Real-Time Camp Clubs

Featuring a mix of special guests (musicians, illustrators, makers, etc.) and beloved volunteers with special talents, these real-time activities will run Wednesday through Friday and be open to any North Star Reach camper all summer long. 

Live Campfire Gatherings

Real-time opening and closing campfires give registered campers a chance to connect with other families, friends and counselors. Together, we’ll enjoy songs, skits, stories…all the things that make for an unforgettable campfire gathering, no matter where we are.

Engagement Challenges

Our weekly Mooseness Challenge will invite campers to try new things and share what they create. Whether you accept the #MoosenessChallenge to post a photo of a finished art project or share a new camp song, we’ll encourage you every step of the way—and even offer special prizes, too!

Cabin Chats with Camp Friends

Campers who attend registered camp sessions will have a chance to meet and chat with camp friends in small online gathering spaces. During summer sessions, these breakout groups are supervised by a minimum of two trained adults.

Memory-Making Camp Fun

While delivering plenty of camp fun, our programs are designed to encourage campers and their families to try new things, play outside the box, and create lasting memories with friends.

Our Team

Camp-At-Home Team

Patrick Smith

Executive Producer, Camp-At-Home

Colleen Triezenberg

Director & Host, Camp-At-Home

Mike (“Coach”) Parker

Producer & Host, Camp-At-Home

Katie Boczar

Editor & Host, Camp-At-Home

Dr. Rebecca Patrias

Supervising Producer, Camp-At-Home

(pictured at right, along with medical volunteer Amy Neuman, R.N.)

Jessica Doletzky

Supervising Producer, Camp-At-Home

Ami Walsh

Executive Producer, Camp-At-Home

Mary Ann Fithian

Supervising Producer, Camp-At-Home

(pictured at right; her daughter, Faith, a North Star Reach camper, is in the foreground)

MTV Video Hosts

Allison Krebs

Christa Schafer

Dani Leroux

Joanna Henry

Lucas Beal

Nadine Elhage

Sloane Lynch

Annie Johnson

Cole Kwapich

Gagana Borra

Julie Proffitt

Mack Morison

Samantha Skobel

Tyler R. Hood

Ashley Paulus

Cristina Spurlin

Jeni Sobbry

Katie Boczar

Meg Zamberlan

Sami Eron

Brooke Caldwell

Crystal Baker

Jessica Cristiu

Leah Lach

Megan Gilson

Sara Saymuah

Spirit & Support Team

Stephanie Stahl

Jeff Boots

Jeff Bloom

Louisa Artelt

Jo Ellen Soesbee

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North Star Reach Camp

1200 University Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169

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North Star Reach is an independent nonprofit medical speciality camp based in Pinckney, Michigan. We provide life-changing camp experiences for children living with serious illnesses and their families, at no charge to them. You can support us today by making a donation.

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North Star Reach Camp

1200 University Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

North Star Reach is an independent nonprofit medical speciality camp based in Pinckney, Michigan. We provide life-changing camp experiences for children living with serious illnesses and their families, at no charge to them. You can support us today by making a donation.

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