North Star Camp for Boys

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cocktails Around the Campfire 2017

Camp for All Kids hosted Cocktails Around the Campfire 2017 this past Saturday, April 22. There was a great turnout from North Star as well as our CFAK partner camps. It was a great evening celebrating camp and the opportunity to share the camp experience with others. About 200 camp enthusiasts attended to send more kids to camp and enjoyed live music and an auction at the event. Thank you to all of the North Star Alumni and families who attended for their generous support. The wonderful evening was also planned by two North Star mothers, Steph Degodny and Steffanie Pinsky.

Camp for All Kids promotes and facilitates racial diversity by sending kids from underserved communities to North Star and four other summer camps. These kids not only make lifelong friendships and experience the magic of camp, they also contribute so much to the camp culture. This summer, Camp for All Kids will send 78 campers to camp, the highest number in its history.

North Star has long been central to Camp for All Kids, and alumni Paul Nathanson and Rob Porter were honored at the event for their long service as Co-Presidents. We are proud of our continued Alumni involvement that demonstrates the North Star commitment to our values and making the world a better place.

For the first time, Camp for All Kids is also hosting an event aimed at younger alumni. Please join us on May 4 at The Rec Room for the first Camp for All Kids Happy Hour. You can find more information on Facebook and buy your ticket here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 New Camper Pizza Party

New Camper Open House Pizza Party
Saturday, May 13, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Barnaby's Pizza
960 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL

Join us on Saturday, May 13 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.

Please RSVP to 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!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

NSC 2017 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 2017.

Here are the links and log-in information:

Direct Link to group -
ESPN March Madness Front Page -
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 16th (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:

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:
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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bully to Our March Birthday's

Happy Birthday to our March campers! We hope you have a great day, don't forget to thank the kitchen staff! Bully for you!

March 1 - Adam Garfinkel
March 2 - Jake Silver
March 5 - William Harris
March 6 - Eric Chen
March 6 - Gavin Treschl
March 6 - Jacob Sosler
March 6 -  Matt Sosler
March 7 - Sam Zechman
March 7 - Max Sinton
March 9 - John Kollmorgen
March 10 - Mason Yonover
March 10 - Matthew Cohn
March 10 - Nathan Kornberg
March 11 - John Wheeler
March 11 - Philip Boucher
March 12 - Parker Gross
March 13 - Dylan Sherman
March 13 - Mekhi Tanksley
March 16 - Justin Sadoff
March 16 - Lauren Ambrosius
March 17 - Chase Needelman
March 18 - Jordan Bow
March 18 - Mary Covelli
March 19 - Jasper Chazen
March 20 - Charlie Jakymiw
March 20 - Clayton Kies
March 20 - James Woods
March 21 - Brett Barnhart
March 21 - Ethan Levy
March 25 - Max Dunn
March 25 - Max Kaplan
March 26 - Simon Glazer
March 27 - Andy Strauss-Reis
March 28 - Caleb White
March 28 - Caleb Wade
March 28 - Hugh Greenfield
March 29 - Alonso Munoz
March 30 - Jack Foreman
March 30 - Leb
March 31 - Abe Hafron

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bully to our February Birthdays!

2/1 - Jack Ballen
2/4 - Jonny Faust
2/5 - Kai Rubenstein
2/6 - A.J. Borsand
2/6 - Tarron Stewart
2/7 - Ethan Garnes
2/7 - Grant Perlberg
2/9 - Benjamin Kite
2/9 - Aaron Black
2/11 - Ryan Gershowitz
2/11 - Spencer Malkin
2/12 - Charlie Matyas
2/12 - Martin Askenazi
2/13 - Sam Schulman
2/13 - David Cram
2/17 - Jadin Redmond
2/18 - Jack Perlberg
2/19 - Aidan Black
2/19 - Isaac Kliska
2/20 - David Cohn
2/20 - Miles Goldberg
2/20 - Oliver Marks
2/22 - Jack Ringold
2/22 - Michael Thorp-Lancaster
2/23 - Jacob Kanter
2/23 - Luca Burton
2/23 - Miles Goldman
2/23 - Alex Lara
2/24 - Miles Guten
2/24 - Ori Stone
2/26 - Joshua Hamblin
2/27 - Eli Marks
2/28 - Marcus Harris
2/28 - Audy Calderon Leyva

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bully to our February Birthdays

Happy Birthday to our February campers! We hope you have a great day, don't forget to thank the kitchen staff! Bully for you!

February 6- AJ Borsand
February 7- Ethan Garnes
February 9- Benjamin Kite
February 11- Ryan Gershowitz
February 12- Charlie Matyas and Marty Askenazi
February 13- Sam Schulman
February 17- Jadin Redmond
February 19- Aidan Black and Isaac Kliska
February 20- Miles Goldberg, Oliver Marks, and David Cohn
February 22- Jack Ringold
February 23- Jacob Kanter and Luca Burton
February 24- Ori Stone and Miles Guten
February 27- Eli Marks

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

From the NSC archives: Camp's first summer

A special thank you to Alumnus Tommy Feldman for sharing a piece of North Star history with us recently. Tommy sent us the 1945 Birthday list, as well as a list of staff from the summer, a picture of some work being done on the athletic fields, and an invitation to the first annual NSC Welcome Banquet!

We hope you enjoy looking at these pieces of camp history as much as we did.  If you have any pieces of camp history, or know someone who does, please share it with us! We love new additions to the NSC Archives!

1945 North Star Birthday and Staff List:

Athletic Fields 1945

Monday, January 9, 2017

Summer of 2016 Video and Chicago Reunion recap

Chicago area campers and staff spent their Sunday afternoon catching up with friends and bowling at Pinstripes in Northbrook. The crowd of more than 200 also included plenty of new and prospective campers, allowing them a chance to experience some North Star fun first-hand. Those who were at camp last summer received photo books filled with memories from the summer of 2016. The reunion doubled as the World Premier for the Summer of 2016 video, produced and directed by camper Jack Yonover. You can view some of Jack's award winning work here. Way to go Jack!

After bowling, Andy took the staff out to dinner at Boston Blackies in Deerfield, giving them more opportunity to catch up. Stay tuned for information about the upcoming reunion tour, coming soon to a city near you!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bully to our January Birthdays

Happy Birthday to our January birthday boys and girls! Bully for you and don't forget to thank the
kitchen staff for your cake!

January 1  - Ethan Schaefer
January 2  - Jack Gruen
January 3  - Ethan Lichty
January 6  - Jamari Anthony
January 11  - Palmer Levy
January 11  - Simon Crane
January 12  - Bodie Florsheim
January 12  - Ethan Reinberg
January 13  - Jonah Stern
January 14  - Alex Burstein
January 14  - Benji Richheimer
January 15  - Drew Shore
January 15  - Samson Adler
January 16  - Tate Brand
January 17  - Ben Goldfeder
January 19  - Davis Gapp
January 20  - Jack Pinsky
January 21  - Benjamin Barnett
January 21  - Simon Schwartz
January 22  - Sammy Goldfeder
January 24  - Reid Gruen
January 25  - Zev Cherpak
January 26  - Aden Flora
January 28  - Luc Sun
January 28  - Mike Sun
January 30  - Gabe Katz
January 30  - Grant Nguyen
January 31  - Matthew Steinback
January 31  - Will Garnes

Sunday, January 1, 2017

NSC New Year's Resolution

An excerpt from Angela Duckworth's "Grit":
According to Stanford developmental psychologist Bill Damon, such a beyond-the-self orientation can and should be deliberately cultivated. Now in the fifth decade of his distinguished career, Bill studies how adolescents learn to lead lives that are personally gratifying and, at the same time, beneficial to the larger community. The study of purpose, he says, is his calling.
In Bill’s words, purpose is a final answer to the question “Why? Why are you doing this?”
What has Bill learned about the origins of purpose?
“In data set after data set,” he told me, “there’s a pattern. Everyone has a spark. And that’s the very beginning of purpose. That spark is something you’re interested in.”
Next, you need to observe someone who is purposeful. The purposeful role model could be a family member, a historical figure, a political figure. It doesn’t really matter who it is, and it doesn’t even matter whether that purpose is related to what the child will end up doing. “What matters,” Bill explained, “is that someone demonstrates that it’s possible to accomplish something on behalf of others.”
In fact, he can't remember a single case in which the development of purpose unfolded without the earlier observation of a purposeful role model. "Ideally," he said, "the child really gets to see how difficult a life of purpose is--all the frustrations and the obstacles--but also how gratifying, ultimately, it can be."
As I read these words again, I was struck by how relevant this science is to what we have set out to do. North Star has been put in place to ignite that spark, to create the beyond-the-self orientation. We recognize that these things don't happen on their own for children, but rather that these are lessons that are taught by intentional role models. So as the calendar now has turned to 2017, may we resolve to deliberately cultivate this selfless purpose in the lives of our campers, our families and our communities.
Wishing a Happy, Healthy 2017 to our North Star family!