North Star Camp for Boys







Thursday, March 22, 2012

NSC's Hockey Star!


North Star's very own CIT Adam Cloch scored the first goal of the Illinois State Championship hockey game, and helped lead the team to a second straight title! The game ended in overtime with Deerfield emerging victorious over Wheaton Warrenville South. Congratulations to Adam and his team on the big win.

Read about the game in the Chicago Sun-Times: Deerfield celebrates Blackhawk White Division state crown


Monday, March 19, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Stefan Granados


Stefan Granados returns to camp for summer number nine. A resident of Duluth, MN, he’s a sophomore at Marshall School. There he’s involved in a variety of things. He’s on the school’s tennis and soccer teams. He’s also on the school yearbook and all of the school’s drama productions. Stefan has had big roles in the last few NSC musicals, so this is no surprise. He has a side hobby of performing magic shows for friends and family, which will definitely come in handy this summer.

Stefan will be a CIT this summer and amongst his activities at camp are canoeing and windsurfing.

More about Stefan:

Favorite tv show: South Park

Best place you've ever traveled to: key west

Sports team(s) that you root for: I don't watch sports often, but if a Minnesota team is in the playoffs or something, I'll definitely root for them.

Favorite camp meal: the spicy chicken sandwiches

Favorite spot at camp: the athletic fields

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp: glens game

Earliest camp memory or notable camp memory: getting off the bus for the first time

If you had a super hero power, what would it be: I wish I could fly fast,

Best Christmas present that you've ever gotten:  my phone

Preferred chicken nugget dip: I prefer having chicken nuggets plain



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Andrew Rachlin


Andrew Rachlin is a sophomore at Francis W. Parker High School in Chicago, IL. Andrew is a pretty busy guy. He is on a club rock climbing team, which he does three days a week. He’s also involved in a weekly model UN Symposia at his high school. He’s also on his school’s golf and tennis teams. 

Another one of our 2012 Counselors in Training, this will be his 7th summer at camp. He’ll instruct climbing and riflery, amongst other things.

More about Andrew:

Favorite tv show: modern family.

Best place you've ever traveled to: Barcelona, Spain.

Sports team(s) that you root for: From (my trip to Barcelona)  FCB (football club barcelona) is one of my favorite teams.

Favorite camp meal: by far tin foil surprise on cruiser days.

Favorite spot at camp: the hammocks over looking the lake in the villa.

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp:
camper counselor hunt, and vice versa.

Earliest camp memory: having burgers my first year, on the first night of camp, and them tasting so good.

If you had a super hero power, what would it be:
the power of flight, because flying is just so cool.

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
a go pro, sports camera.

Preferred chicken nugget dip:
by far ketchup. You just can't beat ketchup.

Some pictures just don't need a caption



Monday, March 12, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Holden Greenberg


Holden Greenberg hails from Larchmont, NY. He’s a Sophomore at Mamaroneck High School. He is getting ready to perform Merry Wives of Windsor in March. Holden’s sport of choice is Ultimate Frisbee, where he’s on his school’s team.

A counselor in Training, this will be summer number eight for Holden and he’ll be instructing tennis and volleyball, amongst other activities.

More About Holden:

Favorite tv show: Breaking Bad

Best place you've ever traveled to: Istanbul, Turkey

Sports team that you root for:
Giants

Favorite camp meal:  Pizza

Favorite spot at camp: Fun Bug Chair

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp: Glen's Game

Earliest camp memory or notable camp memory: Pop Wanagan!

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

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
Cell Phone

Preferred chicken nugget dip: Ketchup


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Adam Cloch


Adam Cloch returns for summer 7. Hailing from Riverwoods, IL, he is a sophomore at Deerfield High School. He plays Varsity hockey for Deerfield right now and will be playing lacrosse in the spring. He’s also involved student council. Adam also serves as a Facebook consultant for his North Star peers who need to learn how to use the social media platform.

We're excited to have Adam join our staff as one of our Counselors in Training! At camp Adam will be teaching sailing and windsurfing as well as some hockey and lacrosse.

More about Adam Cloch: 

Favorite tv show: Modern Family

Best place you've ever traveled to: Europe

Sports team that you root for: Hawks

Favorite camp meal: The lasagna

Favorite spot at camp: Terrace chairs

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp: North Star Ball

Earliest camp memory or notable camp memory: The bus pulling into camp my J1 year

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

Best Christmas/Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten: Probably solar powered speakers

Preferred chicken nugget dip: Ketchup 


Friday, March 9, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Ethan Levy


Well, he is from Wisconsin, so he's a bowler!

Ethan Levy is another of our guys from the Milwaukee area. Hailing from Mequon, WI, he is a sophomore at Homestead High School. At Homestead he is on the school’s junior varsity hockey team. He also plays club volleyball. Ethan is looking forward to taking his driving test within the next few months and hopefully passing (his words, not the editor’s).

This will be his 8th summer at North Star, where he’ll be instructing several athletic activities.We're glad to have Ethan on board as one of our Counselors in Training!

More about Ethan:


Favorite TV show: Sports Center

The best place you've ever traveled to: Park City, Utah for snowboarding

Sports teams that you root for: The Chicago Bears and Blackhawks. I also like the Buffalo Sabers.

Favorite camp meal: Tacos

Favorite spot at camp:
The Counsel Ring during sunset

Favorite all camp program: pow-wow day

Earliest camp memory: swimming on my J1 cabin trip

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

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten: a snowboard or Blackhawk tickets

Preferred chicken nugget dip: barbecue

Showing off his skills at the 2011 Wanegan Bowl

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Benji Pfeffer


Benji Pfeffer returns to camp from Deerfield, IL. He is a sophomore at DHS and is on the school junior varsity swim team. He’s from a very large family and they visit each other quite regularly. He’s also an avid reader, and when he has some downtime, he can be found enjoying a good book. 

One of our Counselors in Training, Benji loves sports, particularly outdoor sports and he’s looking forward to instructing athletics and swimming this summer.

More about Benji:

Favorite tv show: The Walking Dead

Best place you've ever traveled to: Israel

Sports team that you root for: Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite camp meal:
Thanksgiving dinner. yummmm

Favorite spot at camp: Fun Bug swing

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp:
Glenn's game

Earliest camp memory or notable camp memory:
Getting all locations in Glenn's game

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

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
xbox 360/ Brent Seabrook jersey

Preferred chicken nugget dip: Buffalo or Chili

There's nothing to see here, folks!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Ben Weil


Ben Weil hails from Denver, CO and is a sophomore at the Denver School of the Arts. Ben is active in both theater and athletics. He’s a big basketball fan, particularly of the Denver Nuggets. Ben was involved in his school’s dance show and was given a tremendous amount of responsibility when he was tasked with calling the lights for the show. 

We welcome Ben back as one of our Counselors in Training. He is returning for summer number seven, Ben will be instructing arts & crafts as well as basketball. Ben and his brother Ari are one of two sets of twins amongst our CITs this year, along with Parker and Philip Rasansky.

More about Ben:

Favorite tv show: Chuck, Dexter, or Friends

Best place you've ever traveled to: Florida, Washington D.C. or California

Sports teams that you root for: Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos

Favorite camp meal: Hamburgers (first night)

Favorite spot at camp:
Arm and Hammer or Basketball court

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp:
I love the play but I also really like Glen's Game. I tried SO hard my first year to get the climbing wall stamp and i finally got it and i was so proud of myself. Glen's game is super fun.

Earliest camp memory: Hmmmm that's a hard one. I would say being shown the basketball courts my first day as a camper by a counselor and just staring in awe of how many hoops there were.

If you had a super hero power, what would it be: Easy, Super Strength. I would say i would be superman but superman is every super power so that would be cheating the question.

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten:
Maybe a skate board because at the time i thought i was going to go off and learn how to skate board but in the end i never did. Now there is just a skateboard laying around the house. Getting a playstation 2 was pretty awesome.

Preferred chicken nugget dip: Honey Mustard. ahh yeah


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Ari Weil



Ari Weil leads off another set of twins on our staff. He’s a resident of Denver, CO and is a sophomore at the Denver School of Science and Technology. There he is a Spanish Peer tutor, is involved in school's gay-straight alliance and Student Council  and plays ultimate Frisbee. He is also involved in the Tuskegee Airmen's Mile High Flight Program and plays piano. At his synagogue he helps lead services with his father and examines Jewish texts in a teen ethics seminar. 

As a Counselor in Training, this will be Ari’s 7th summer at North Star and he’ll be instructing ultimate and waterskiing.

More about Ari:

Favorite TV Show: The League

Best Place I've Traveled To: Spider Lake in the winter

Sports Teams I Root For: Rockies, Brewers, Nuggets, Broncos, Packers

Favorite Camp Meal: Tom's Fish Fry

Favorite Spot At Camp: Council Ring and Riflery Range

Favorite Camp All Camp/Special Program: All Camp Capture The Flag

Earliest Camp Memory: Meeting my cabin mates and eating burgers and fries on my first night of camp

Prospective Super Power: Flying

Best Gift:
Lego Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Preferred Chicken Nugget Dip: Barbeque Sauce


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Steven Rasansky


Steven Rasansky also hails from Dallas, TX, but unlike his cousins Parker and Philip, Steven is a sophomore at Shelton School. He is playing for his  schools tennis team. He went to Cabo San Lucas for winter break and will be going to Destin Florida for spring break. An avid Dallas Cowboys fan and friend of the grandson of the team owner, he was able to go to every home Cowboys game and flew on Jerry Jones' private jet to a Cowboys away game.

Another of our Counselors in Training, this will be Steven’s 7th summer and he’s going to be instructing disc golf, football and wakeboarding.

More about Steven:

Favorite tv show: Dexter

Best place you've ever traveled to: Israel

Sports teams that you root for: Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas rangers, Texas Longhorns

Favorite camp meal: Brisket on Friday nights

Favorite spot at camp: Council ring

Favorite all camp/special program to do at camp: Glen's game

Notable camp memory: When my cabin went on one of the camping trips and we had an interesting experience with the dobsonfly (a huge bug).

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

Best Hanukkah present that you've ever gotten: Drums

Preferred chicken nugget dip: BBQ