North Star Camp for Boys







Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Rudy Rizo


Rodolfo "Rudy" Rizo returns for his 3rd summer. The native of Oaxaca, Mexico has been working in our kitchen and will be working along side our kitchen manager helping keep things ortanized.

Since he returned to Mexico after last summer, he began with his teaching practice in different schools ,this takes almost all the time he has. In December he made a trip with Sandy (also a returning North Star kitchen staff member) in their motorcycle to the beach. We're excited to see Rudy soon!

More about Rudy

What is my favorite camp meal?!
-  Breakfast  pizza

If you could be any animal what would you be and why ?
- An eagle, because of the capacity they have to see their prey from a long distance and the great ability they have to fly long distances.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show ?
- The walking dead

Favorite spot at camp?
- Water front , because the view is so  awesome , it doesn’t mater If it’s in the morning or afternoon.

Dream job?
- Work for the embassy, as a police or consul.

Best Christmas present gotten ?
- When I was 10 year I got my first bicycle 🚲 and that bike took me to school for 2 years

Favorite subject in school ?
- German classes and etymology

Top three movies of all time?
- Psycho  from Alfred Hitchcock, Django Unchained & Schindler’s list

Random known fact about me.
- When I was 8 years old , I went to a summer camp in California and we visited a NASA place

, since that experience I got in love with summer camps and that’s the reason I come back to North Star

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Fanni Sereg


After camp I came back to Hungary and back to school. I started to learn spanish cause I need it for my degree. I visited Prague with my friends in october. My boyfriend visited me for Christmas, then I took my exams. He also  visited me in March and this time a friend from camp visited me too. It was amazing time. in april I visited this friend in Munich. Now I’m getting ready to pass my exams and get to camp as soon as I can.

More about Fanni

My favorite camp meal:
- cinnamon rolls!! Those are sooooo good!

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- I’d love to be a Bunny just cause they’re so cute ( and I also have a bunny Gömbi)

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- Pretty little liars


Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- My favorite spot at camp is definitely  the swimming point


What is your dream Job:
- My dream job is to be the owner of a flower and coffee shop where you can leave your pets and I can take care of them until you get back

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
- My Grandpa-  I miss him so much, Ellen Degeneres-  She’s just so funny!

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
- My first dog!!

What are/were your favorite subjects in school: 
- Psychology and Marketing


What are your top three movies of all time 
- The Notebook, The greatest showman & Kingsman

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook: 
- strawberry sour cream

What sports teams do you root for:
- Hungarian water polo team

Share a random or little known fact about yourself:
- I talk to my Grandma every day on facebook

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Spencer Malkin


Hey everybody, my name is Spencer Malkin and I am so excited to come back for another summer at North Star! I just finished up my freshman year at Arizona State University studying Supply Chain Management. Besides studying for classes, I love to hang out with my friends, enjoy the great weather, and cheer on the Sun Devils at any sport I can get to!

Arizona has been so great because there are so many cool hiking trails through the many mountains all throughout the state. I just recently went to Sedona and was able to see the beautiful red rocks. I even climbed a mountain that took me to the Devil’s Bridge. I miss Chicago sometimes, but I always keep up on the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and especially the Cubs! Can’t wait for another World Series Season!

This will be my 10th summer at camp.

More about Spencer

What is your favorite camp meal?
- Definitely the mac and cheese and mini sausages!

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- I would be a panda because they just relax, eat, and are really intelligent animals that are very rare.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- How I Met Your Mother and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- Waterskiing Docks

What is your dream Job:
- Being a general manager for a major league sports team.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- Anthony Rizzo, Warren Buffett, Bill Murray

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
- My Jonathan Toews jersey.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- I love business and history classes.

What are your top three movies of all time:
- The Sandlot, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Monsters Inc.

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Strawberry Sourcream (not going to debate it)

What sports teams do you root for:
- Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and all Arizona State teams

Share a random or little known fact about yourself :
- I don’t have a great relationship with stingrays after a trip to Stingray City.

2018 Staff Spotlight - Jared Gillett


First year counselor Jared Gillett just finished his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin -  La Crosse. Jared grew up in Marshall, WI, which is just northeast of Madison. While in High School, he was on the track, cross country and wrestling teams. He also was active working with kids, tutoring and working at community events. He also volunteered with Special Olympics.

Running has remained a big hobby of his as he runs almost daily in La Crosse. At UW-L Jared is majoring in biology with the goal of going to Medical School.

More about Jared

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?
- I learned about North Star through my friend Erick, who will also be a new counselor this summer! Becoming a counselor at North Star was a spontaneous decision for me that I knew could create a fun summer. Instead of working inside back at home, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to become a leader and help a group of campers learn about the simpler things in life while teaching them a few lessons along the way. North Star took everything I already enjoyed doing and created the perfect environment to meet new people and create new memories.

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- If I had to choose an animal, I would want to be a kiwi. Those little guys just waddle around all day enjoying life and eating food. Their lives seem so simple and they’re one of the cutest birds in existence. Nothing seems better than eating food and taking in the sun.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- By far the Planet Earth documentaries. I’ve spent quite a bit of time rewatching the series while being mesmerized by the organisms they capture on film. And on top of that David Attenborough is a wonderful narrator.

What is your dream Job:
- Hands down I would love to become an astronaut. Exploring space and floating in zero gravity would create some amazing memories.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- I would want to  have dinner with Mo Farah, Steve Prefontaine, and John Coltrane. All three of these men have had an incredible impact on my life and I continuously look at them for inspiration. Each has pushed the limits of the human body and mind and are a reminder to continue pushing my own limits.

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday present that you've ever gotten:
- I’d say my first pair of cross-country skis. They made for some interesting struggles every time I fell down.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- I’m a big fan of science, I always find myself wondering why or how things work, so I really enjoyed learning about biology, chemistry, and physics. As time continued through high school I loved learning about how molecules interact with one another and how organisms play an important part in our lives. Every day I became more and more curious which lead to more and more questions!

What are your top three movies of all time:
- Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Iron Giant & The Sandlot

What sports teams do you root for:
- I’m not really into the typical sports, but since I was born in Wisconsin I obviously have to say the Packers and the Badgers. Otherwise I usually end up watching tack races or marathons. Anytime a big college or professional race is happening I’m there watching it.

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?
- I worked with a small group of elementary students for 2 years and tutored them in various academics. Along with the group, I worked one on one and helped an individual become more focused and engaged in the classroom.

What did you do last summer?
- I spent last summer finish up my third year working at Woodman’s Food Market. When I wasn’t working I was outside either running or hanging out with my friends. We went on a few road trips and visited a few parks like Devil’s Lake just to go hiking. Some of my favorite memories came from listening to the Madison Symphony Orchestra every Wednesday outside the capitol. Every Wednesday they would perform for free and all you needed was a blanket and food.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Kyle Salz


Kyle Salz returns to North Star for summer number 3. He is an alum of Western Illinois University where he graduated with a degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration. Since the end of last summer, he has been working at YMCA Camp Seymour outside of Gig Harbor, Washington as a Naturalist. There he has been teaching Outdoor Environmental Education to mainly 5th and 6th graders since September. Classes that he teaches there include Marine Investigation, Squid Dissection, Reptiles, Albatross, Sustainable Systems, Forest Investigation, Canoeing, and Archery. Kyle is planning on returning here after camp for a second season.

While in Washington Kyle has been able to travel to some cool places like Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Oregon for a weekend, Vancouver to watch the Blackhawks, and a lot more other cool places.

More about Kyle

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- Bald Eagle so I can see everything from above and be able to fly anywhere I want.

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- On top of the climbing wall

What is your dream Job:
- Being a director at a camp or recreation facility.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- Outdoor Recreation classes

What are your top three movies of all time:
- Saving Private Ryan, Field of Dreams, and Sandlot

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Moose Tracks


What sports teams do you root for:
- Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears

Share a random or little-known fact about yourself:
- I like to go storm chasing while in the midwest.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Staff Spotlight - Kamren Johnson


First year counselor Kamren Johnson just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan. He is a biochemistry and plant biology major and works at one of the labs on campus. The envionment has always been one of Kam's big interests. In high school he started Envirothon, a student organization that has competitions based on environmental awareness.

Kam grew up in Hillsdale, Michigan. In high school, besides being involved in Envirothon he was on the high school tennis team. At camp he'll be instructing ecology and tennis.

More about Kamren

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?
- I learned about North Star through a recreational tennis club at my college. I applied after reading about all the things I could teach. After some interviews, I was happy to be able to teach young campers about ecology and coach tennis.

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- If I had to be an animal I would want to be an owl, because they represent wisdom that everyone gains through life and they are very observant.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- The Office, Breaking Bad, SpongeBob, Family Guy, Rick and Morty, and Myth busters (although some of these shows are not suitable for camp I would say).

What is your dream Job:
- My dream job would be to research with plants and chemistry.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- I would have dinner with Robin Williams, My grandpa Johnson, and my grandma. I chose these people because I admire them and the first two I have never got to meet.


What is the best Christmas present that you've ever gotten:
- A piano keyboard and a ton of art supplies. My favorite subjects in school were science, art, and math. I did excellent at them and had a deep passion for science, especially environmental and natural science fields.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- Flushed Away, Batman: Dark Knight, and Inception.

What sports teams do you root for:
- My favorite sports teams are Michigan (in anything) and any football team besides the Patriots.

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?
- My past jobs have been a dedicated Wendy’s worker and a barista for a coffee shop in my school called the Study Cup.

What did you do last summer?
- Last summer I attended the Summer Bridge program for U of M and had to take classes during the summer.



2018 Staff Spotlight - Will Margulis


Getting through the school year has been the main priority, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of cool rowing events. I just went to cj’s, a regatta in Sacramento, and qualified for semifinals, which is pretty good for my school. I also went to scholastics in San Diego and got two gold medals there. Other than rowing, this year I participated in mock trial which was a really cool experience. It was interesting to learn about the justice system and get a little acting in at the same time.

I’m a junior in at Oakland (CA) Tech High School so I’ve been looking at colleges recently. I’m hoping to major in either computer science or sports journalism, so Wash U and American have emerged to become some of my favorite possibilities so far.

More about Will

What is your favorite camp meal?
- Waffles easily. My record in one sitting is ten, but I’m always hustling and striving to improve.

If you could be any animal (besides a human), what would you be and why?
- Probably a dog just because they’re so emotionally close to humans.

What is your guilty pleasure tv show(s):
- Friends and Black Mirror.

Where is your favorite spot at camp:
- The top of the climbing wall.

What is your dream Job:
- Playing in the NBA, and if that doesn’t count then being an NBA broadcaster for the Warriors.

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Washington, and Kendrick Lamar because that would be a really interesting conversation.

What is the best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
- A mini baggo board.

What are/were your favorite subjects in school:
- Next year I’m taking creative writing and a course called the depth of hip hop so probably those.

What are your top three movies of all time:
- Tropic Thunder, The Shawshank Redemption & Airplane!

What's your go-to pie at the Norske Nook:
- Frozen Butterfinger.

What sports teams do you root for:
- Warriors, A’s, and Raiders.

Share a random or little known fact about yourself:
- Out of all my music, Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band is the only country song and it’s probably in my personal top 25 tracks.