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Friday, May 26, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Will Margulis



Will Margulis returns to North Star for his 7th summer as a C.I.T. Will lives in Oakland, California and has spent his time recently by studying for finals and preparing for camp.

More about Will

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

I think I’m gonna have to live a few more years of my life before I decide on an autobiography title.

What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

Some people think how many hardwood classic NBA games I watch is a little weird.

Where is your favorite spot at camp?

My favorite spot on camp is for sure the top of the climbing wall.

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be to hike a bunch of really cool or interesting trails with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Gabriel Iglesias, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
If you had a super hero power, what would it be?

If I had a superpower, it would be invisibility.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

If I could witness any historical event, it would be the big bang.
What is your favorite quote from a movie?

My favorite movie quote is when Robert Downey Jr. says, “I know who I am. I’m the dude who's playin a dude disguised as another dude.”, In Tropic Thunder.
What's your favorite restaurant in the Hayward area?

My favorite restaurant in hayward is easily the BBQ place. I dunno what it’s called, but I think y’all will know what I’m talking about.
What is your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is rapping/singing, although I suppose it’s not too hidden at camp.
What advice would you give to someone coming to North Star for the first time?

If you’re coming to camp for the first time, i would advise you to be open minded and find your own niche. Don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is if you don’t enjoy it as well.
Share one notable camp memory:

My favorite camp memory was when the Pow Wow day team I helped captain/assemble got first by 2 points because Bobby Becker, the greatest clutch camper of all time, exceeded his second or third place expectations and won the last event, logrolling. Shoutout to Bobby, man.

Staff Spotlight: Kia Beickert



Kia Beickert joins the North Star staff this summer as a Child Therapist. During the offseason, Kia works as a Child Life Specialist and Grief Counselor in Chicago. Kia has two sons, Diego (3) and Marco (1) who will be joining us at camp this summer as well.

More about Kia

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?

I learned about North Star through camp mom (and colleague) Stephanie Ross and helped support the Shlensky family this past year.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

Are you gonna eat that?

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

Aug 28, 1963: Martin Luther King's speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

What is your dream vacation:

Hard to say one! To travel all over Europe with no agenda...

If you had a super hero power, what would it be:

Invisibility, hands down.

What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held?

A barista at a coffee shop on college campus, but then I realized I was way too clumsy (ouch)
What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

I still LOVE cartoons

What did you do last summer?

Spent time with my two boys and enjoyed local adventures and fun events in Chicago

What is a little Known fact about yourself:

I have 42 first cousins and 16 aunts and uncles!

What, if any previous camp/outdoor experiences have you had?

Lots of weekend family camping around the Midwest!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Kendall Jordan



Kendall lives in Chicago, IL and attends Illinois State University. He is trying to be a Jack of All Trades and wants to be in the finance and sports world. Kendall has aspirations to be an NBA agent in the future and travel the world.

More about Kendall

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply? 

I learned about North Star with my mentoring organization, COLLEGE Mentoring Experience. I applied because I wanted something different. I am tired of being in the city of Chicago for long periods of time and having to just watch my back Every time I go out. I also needed to get away.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be? 

My title would "Secure the bag, the RIGHT WAY!"
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? 

I would like to witness Europeans going to Africa and trading slaves.
What is your dream vacation: 

Going to Dubai
If you had a super hero power, what would it be: 

Be able to teleport
What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held? 

Being a Mentor, photographer, basketball referee and coach, recreational leader, and Master of Ceremony at an event.
What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

I believe the movie "Sing."
What did you do last summer? 

I worked for the Chicago Park District and I played in the Sonny Parker Pro-Am.
What is a little Known fact about yourself:

I love to hoop and have fun.
What, if any previous camp/outdoor experiences have you had? 

I've never went to a camp, but I'm hoping to make this memorable.



Staff Spotlight: Jack Soble



Jack Soble is from from Glencoe, Illinois and about to finish his Sophomore year at New Trier High School. Jack plays football and may be the smallest defensive lineman in the state.He is a die-hard Chicago sports fan with the exception of the Cubs. This will be Jack's 7th summer at camp and he can't wait to be back.

More about Jack

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

"The Most Interesting Man in the World"

What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

The Cleveland Show. It's a terrible show but it's kinda funny for when I have nothing else to do.

Where is your favorite spot at camp?

The climbing wall or Hitch's Hut (waterski docks)

What is your dream vacation?

Already went on it: 10 days canoing in Quetico, Canada.
If you had a super hero power, what would it be?

Super speed

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

'85 Bears winning the Super Bowl.

What is your favorite quote from a movie?

"You think you can win on talent alone? You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone!" - Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, in Miracle.

What's your favorite restaurant in the Hayward area?

Does the Norski Nook count? If so it isn't close.

What is your hidden talent?

Sportswriting. I write for the school newspaper.

What advice would you give to someone coming to North Star for the first time?

Always be doing something fun. If you start to feel homesick, grab a couple buddies and play tetherball. If you get sad, focus on reaching a new goal in a project. You'll feel better in no time.

Share one notable camp memory:

It'd have to be on my last day as a camper: a walk off home run in Indian Ball. Matt Sosler gave me a good pitch and I knew it was gone the second it left the bat.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

North Star on the Hill: An update from Washington



In early May Andy joined representatives of other camps to lobby in Washington D.C. The Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) HR.695 was PASSED by the House on May 22, 2017. Now that the house has passed the bill, the ACA needs your help to make sure it is passed in the Senate! The CPIA makes it easier for organizations such as camps to access FBI background checks when hiring, which is the only true National background check database. Andy and company also are working on making overnight camp part of the childcare tax credit. While in Washington, they met with Paul Ryan, Orrin Hatch, Ron Johnson and Mike Quigley. 

You can learn more about CPIA, the American Camp Associations political endeavors, and how to contact your Senators to support the bill on the ACA's page about the Child Protections.  



Staff Spotlight: Christian McKnight


Christian McKnight lives in a small rural town called Kinsman. It's located in Ohio right along the border with Pennsylvania. He can literally walk about a quarter mile through a field and be in Pennsylvania. Christian finished his sophomore year of college a couple of weeks ago and is staying at his house for the next couple of weeks. Christian is simply enjoying his time at home by spending it with friends and family before heading off to Wisconsin!

More about Christian

How did you learn about North Star and why did you apply?

I learned about North Star through my job at Bowling Green State University. I work with the Outdoor Program (OP) as a trip leader. The OP hosts different trips, such as Caving, Rock Climbing at Hocking Hills, Camping in Michigan, and Canoeing. Our student supervisor forwarded emails from camps and other organizations that reached out to us looking for employees. I fortunately read the email about North Star, decided to look into it, and got the job as a Wilderness Trip Leader. This job is the perfect opportunity for me to experience my love for the outdoors while also working with campers. I am a high school math education major, so working with campers will help me develop my teaching skills.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

Through Thick and Thin

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? 

I would want to be at the stadium when the Indians won the World Series in 1948.
What is your dream vacation:

My dream vacation is to go to Italy and learn how to make pasta.
If you had a super hero power, what would it be: 

I would want to be able to teleport.
What noteworthy/random/menial jobs have you held? 

I have umpired peewee baseball/softball games the past few summers. I have also tutored math for the past few years, including Calculus II my freshman year of college.
What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

I have a love for One Tree Hill and Grey's Anatomy, but I'm not ashamed to admit that. I know most guys would be, but I'm a pretty open book so I'm fine with people knowing I like them.
What did you do last summer?

Last summer I came back from college and umpired baseball/softball games to make a little money. I enjoyed my time with friends and family until I went back to BGSU at the end of July. I led our biggest trip, known as the Freshman Wilderness Experience. I, along with a volunteering student trip staff member and a university faculty member, led a group of incoming freshman students along 35 miles of the Appalachian Trail down in North Carolina. I began Staff Training, which included a trip to Allegheny State Park with my co-workers and director, the day after we got back from North Carolina. Then I moved into my dorm room the day we got back from that trip. It was a very busy three weeks.
What is a little Known fact about yourself: 

I can juggle.
What, if any previous camp/outdoor experiences have you had?

As I've mentioned before, I work with the Outdoor Program at BGSU. I have led trips as well as participated on a few, including whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle, PA, and rock climbing/camping at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. I grew up camping with my family and exploring the woods around my house, walking the trails and learning about it all from my grandfather. I have yet to experience life at a camp setting, so I'm thrilled to finally have the opportunity.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Jake Kraemer



Jake Kraemer returns to North Star for his 9th summer after finishing up his junior year at Deerfield High School (hence, he lives in Deerfield, Illinois). While he is pretty done with school and ecstatic to be back for my ninth summer, he enjoyed a good school year, especially enjoying Computer Science and US History. At camp, Jake can be found at swim point instructing log rolling and in the Arm and Hammer doing arts and crafts. I hope to lead a great group of guys in Hayward's log rolling tournaments this summer!


More About Jake
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?

The Makings of a Future President: The Childhood of Jake Kraemer

What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit that you love?

I'm not at all ashamed, but most people question my taste in movies when I tell them that Paul Blart: Mall Cop and its sequel are excellent films. The same applies for the National Treasure and its sequel.

Where is your favorite spot at camp?

The swinging bench in the Fun-Bug are

What is your dream vacation?

I would love to go to Dubai and see the crazy buildings and cars

If you had a super hero power, what would it be?
The ability to help someone who is unnecessarily stressed out relax and enjoy themselves    

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

I would want to live in Boston around the time of the American Revolution

What is your favorite quote from a movie?

"As you know, madness is like gravity... all it takes is a little push" -The Joker (The Dark Night)

What's your favorite restaurant in the Hayward area?
Fireside is the nicest meal in town, but you cannot go wrong with Anger's Haven
What is your hidden talent?

A lot of other guys at camp can do it faster than I can, but I'm still proud that I can solve a Rubik's cube
What advice would you give to someone coming to North Star for the first time?

You can never have too many towels and try many new activities (especially log rolling)
Share one notable camp memory:

The entire Canadian Trip of my last summer as a camper was incredible.