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Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Erick Sells


First year counselor Erick Sells comes to camp from La Crosse, WI.  In high school he was involved in cross country, track and field, choir, and musicals. He's also a percussionist and was the section leader  in Marching Band. In 7th grade he joined a local waterski team where he also learned to wakeboard and barefoot.

Erick didn't go to far from home for college, where he's a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He wants to become a Physical Therapist and he's a part of the PT club as well as jazz band at UW-L.

More about Erick

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?
- I learned about North Star at a job fair that was held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I applied because I wanted to spend my summer outdoors while building connections with the youth and sharing my experience and knowledge with them.

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- If I could be any animal, I would choose to be an otter because of the environment they live in, their semiaquatic capabilities, and their tendency to be very playful animals!

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- I don’t think I necessarily have a guilty pleasure TV show, but I will admit that I love watching Disney musicals!

- What is your dream Job:
My dream job is to play drum set in the pit orchestra of a Broadway musical.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- If I could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, they would be Stephen Hawking, Neil De Grasse Tyson, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. I would choose these three people because with their combined intellects, they could answer virtually any science-based question that I asked them.

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday present that you've ever gotten:
- The best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten was a trampoline that was given to me and my siblings by my parents.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- My favorite subjects in school were physics, chemistry, and band.

What are your top three movies of all time:
- There are tons of great movies out there, but some of my favorites include The Princess Bride, The Prestige, and Aladdin.

What sports teams do you root for:
- I do not have any sports teams that I actively root for, but I enjoy following the sports of triathlon and running.

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?
- I was a drum set teacher for about three years while I was in high school.

What did you do last summer?
- Last summer I spent my time working at the Boys and Girls Club, playing in the pit orchestra for a musical, and practicing on a waterski team

2018 Staff Spotlight - Danny Levy


I recently began my last trimester of my senior year at Homestead High School. I live in Mequon, Wisconsin, and still am deciding which university I will attend next fall. At my high school, I recently played the role of Shrek in our production of Shrek the Musical, and I am currently assistant directing for the spring play Blue Stockings.

Outside of school, I do many music-related extracurriculars. I play piano and trombone and I sing. I am preparing for my senior recital on June 3rd along with other performances. I am also a student composer and am composing a piece for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra along with a piece for Homestead’s choirs.

After a long and stressful year filled with physics, calculus, and college applications, I cannot wait to return to North Star for my tenth summer!

More about Danny

What is your favorite camp meal?
- Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- I’d be an otter because they always seem happy.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- House of Anubis

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- The end of the ridge

What is your dream Job:
- Movie/videogame composer

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and a Russian Translator

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
- a jar of nutella

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- Music, math, and physics

What are your top three movies of all time:
- Chinatown, Django Unchained, and Mulan

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Butterfinger (duh)

What sports teams do you root for:
- The Vienna Philharmonic?

Share a random or little known fact about yourself:
- I hate Mozart

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - James Herity


Since I returned home to Ireland after the last summer at North Star I've been studying Actuarial and Financial Maths as a 2nd year student. I'm studying at Dublin City University in County Dublin. I've taken up a new hobby in wake-boarding on Wednesdays with the surf and sail society at my university. I had a few opportunities at camp last summer to try wake-boarding for the first time and discovered it's something I love.

Last December I had a reunion with some of the North Star 2017 staff in Dublin. It was great to see the lads again who are only a short flight or drive away. Currently I am studying for my second semester exams after a successful first semester. As well as studying I work part time at the Cliff at Lyons as a part-time waiter and shall work there up until my departure for camp.

More about James

What is your favorite camp meal?
- Breakfast muffins

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- A dog, because I love dogs.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
-  Desperate Housewives

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- Swim Point, it's the best place to be when the weathers very hot

What is your dream Job:
- To own my own business one day.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- My oldest brother Paul, because I'd love to see him again,  Wes Anderson, because I love his movies and have questions for days for him &  Will Ferrell, Because he seems like he'd be a fun dinner guest

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
-  A GoPro, I take it with me where ever I travel.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- Maths, Economics and Music

What are your top three movies of all time:
- Tough to say but up there is Isle of Dogs, Blade Runner, Logan.

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Reese's Peanut butter cup pie

What sports teams do you root for:
- Leinster Rugby

Share a random or little known fact about yourself:
- I competed in Pole Vaulting for my school at national level when I was 16 and 17. My record is 3.3 metres.

2018 Staff Spotlight - Trevor Hester


Trevor Hester joins the NSC staff for his first summer. A native of Liberty Center, Ohio, he's currently working on his masters of accounting at Ohio Northern University. He's hoping to one day work for the FBI in the white collar crime division, so campers, watch out! Trevor received his undergraduate degree at Defiance College, where he played collegiate soccer for four years. We're excited to have him on board as a cabin counselor instructing soccer.

More about Trevor

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?
 - I heard about North Start from a friend who also applied and I applied because this is my last chance to do something like this before I enter the "real world".

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
 - Cheetah, because I have always liked them and I think it would be awesome to be able to run super fast.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
 - Fixer Upper

What is your dream Job:
 - Get paid to travel the world.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
 - Ronald Reagan: He is my favorite president.
 - Sir Alex Ferguson: He is one of the best soccer coaches of all time and coached my favorite team.
 - Niel Armstrong: I want to talk to him about being the first man on the moon.

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday present that you've ever gotten:
 - Two GIANT boxes of Reese's Puffs

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
 - History & Science

What are your top three movies of all time:
 - Star Wars
 - Glory Road
 - Toy Story

What sports teams do you root for:
 - Manchester United
 - Dallas Cowboys
 - Cleveland Cavaliers
 - Ohio State Buckeyes

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?
 - I was a janitor for 2 years in high school

What did you do last summer?
 - Worked at an accounting internship

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Ethan Rane


Hi everyone my name is Ethan Rane and I can’t wait to come back for another summer at North Star. I’m most of the way through my sophomore year at the University of Illinois. This year I declared my major to be Computer Science and Astronomy. When I make it out of the Library I spend a lot of my free time hanging out with friends, playing intramural sports and of course playing some Fortnite. Recently I’ve been glued to the TV watching this crazy March Madness Tournament.

Ethan returns to NSC for his Big Ten!

More about Ethan

What is your favorite camp meal?
- My favorite camp meal is Waffles. Mainly because of the strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- I would be a dolphin because I think it would be pretty fun.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- I hold firm that Adventure Time is the best tv show to come out in the last decade.

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- The Archery Range is definitely my favorite spot.

What is your dream Job:
- I would want to work for NASA.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- I would eat with Kanye West, Teddy Roosevelt, and Freddie Mercury. I think all those guys would be pretty interesting to talk to.

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
- Not sure if this counts but my brother got an electric scooter for his birthday and I liked riding on it whenever I could.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- I have always really enjoyed science classes.

What are your top three movies of all time:
- The Dark Knight, Airplane & 3. Anchorman

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Strawberry Sourcream

What sports teams do you root for:
- I try to root for my university sports teams when it isnt too painful. I also follow the White Sox and Bears.

Share a random or little known fact about yourself:
- I collect seashells every winter break when I go to Florida.


2018 New Camper Pizza Party



New Camper Open House Pizza Party
Saturday, May 12, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Barnaby's Pizza
960 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL


Join us on Saturday, May 12 at Barnaby's Pizza in Northbrook for an opportunity to meet some of our junior staff, ask your burning questions and introduce your son to some of the other first time campers. Dan and Andy will be at Barnaby's with some fine North Star staff members who will look to get your son psyched for his first summer at North Star.

Our goal is to help each of our first-time campers to feel comfortable and get even more excited for camp. It is our hope that this allows each of our first-time campers to meet some staff and other first-time campers so that they can see some familiar faces when they arrive at the bus.

You can check out the event on Facebook as well. Please RSVP to Andy@NorthStarCamp.com or at 715-462-3254, and feel free to contact us if you have any other questions as well. We hope you'll stop in and have some pizza!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NSC 2018 March Madness


Once again its time for all North Star people, past, present and future to join the NSC March Madness Challenge. There is no cost to participate and winner gets a wanegan of his or her choice, to be redeemed at camp, during the summer of 2018.

Here are the links and log-in information:

Direct Link to group - http://bit.ly/NSC_MM18
Group: The Council Ring
Password: keylog

One entry per person, please. We have changed the group limit size to one, so if you have multiple family members, you're going to have to make additional accounts. Last year we allowed multiple entries per account to account for this and several people made more than one entry despite our request for one entry per person.

Please extend an invite any and all North Star people. We want to make sure that as many North Star people as possible are included. We know that a lot of our current campers and staff will enjoy seeing as lots of alumni participate. Don't worry about sending this to someone who may have gotten it already.

If you choose to join in, please put your name and perhaps even the years you attended North Star within your bracket name or entry info. Feel free to be creative, but it will be nice for people to see some names and know who all is involved.

You are able to sign-up now. You can fill out your brackets any time before tip-off on March 15th (you do not need to fill out brackets before the play-in games).

There is also a second March Madness that we want everyone to know about. The Camp For All Kids Foundation is having their annual March Madness competition. Camp for All Kids helps send kids in need to camp and is the organization that is responsible for bringing scholarship kids to camp. There Camp for All Kids March Madness is a great fundraiser aimed at making camp possible for more kids. Find that fundraiser here:
http://campforallkids.org/events/march-madness/

As always a big quick keylog to Doug Willson who opened up his Crunch Island Challenge to North Star guys many Marchs ago.

Keep those fires burning!

Past Winners:
2017: Zach Garfinkel
2016: Noah Glick
2015: Ezra Kornberg
2014: David Shakno
2013: Jonah Baim
2012: Charles Eisner
2011 - Zach Garfinkel
2010 - Alex Sharrin
2009 - Peter Tauber
2008 - Eli Fried
2007 - Kenny Grider
2006 - Jeff Schrager
2005 - Alexander W Heldman