North Star Camp for Boys

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2nd Session is Underway!

Second session is officially underway! The buses pulled into camp ahead of schedule to  the welcome sight of 85 staff members jumping around like crazy. As we announced cabin assignments around the flagpole, we saw tons of smiling faces as the counselors had their new cabins doing dances and skits in front of the whole camp. We are so proud of our counselors this summer who have again made camp such a warm and caring community. Right as the boys got off the bus, as they all introduced themselves to the campers, it was easy to see both the passion and the skill that these guys have for working with kids. I know the boys will love their counselors.

The campers are now unpacking and all of the new campers are getting tours of camp. The staff are running games so that they can all of the campers can learn each others names.  At 6:15pm we will have a delicious dinner of hamburgers and fries. The food this summer has been fantastic, and we're looking forward to a great dinner and many more great meals.  After dinner, each camper will sign up for his first week of activities. He will get a list of about 100 activities, and, with the guidance of his counselors, he'll narrow it down to six.

Tonight each cabin is playing in challenge games with another cabin, which will be followed by our traditional opening candlelight ceremony. As is tradition, the counselors will lead a cabin meeting that includes further introductions, goal-setting and sharing everyone's expectations for the summer.  The candlelight ceremony is part of the team-building process at camp, which the counselors continue to develop all summer long.
The Cabin Lists are attached.

Tomorrow we get right to it.  The kids will get checked out by our medical staff, take their swim test, and play several games of continuous dodgeball. The 8-weekers will he headed out on some great day trips. Evening program will be our first game of All-Camp Capture the Flag. And on Tuesday, we'll be right into regular activities. The boys will have their first three instructional periods that they chose tonight.

As one of our returning campers said on the bus, "I love camp. The worst thing about camp is that it takes so long for it to come, and when it comes it goes by too fast!" We're looking forward to a great four weeks that will surely fly by.


This is the first of a series of Letters that we call "Leb's Ramblings." (Same name, new author) They will be posted on the website at in the The Lodge under the Media Room and called Leb's Ramblings. You can also access the site directly at

We post pictures online on a regular basis, and starting this summer you will be able to access those from your CampInTouch page. To access your CampInTouch page, go to and click "login" in the upper right hand corner. From there you can click on "Photos" to see those smiling faces. If you'd like to set up guest accounts for friends or family you can do that from your landing page by clicking on "Guest Accounts."

You can also stay informed on Facebook and Twitter.  You can read a little bit more about what is going on at camp on North Star Camp's Facebook Fan Page or our Twitter Page. You can even access the pictures via the Facebook page by clicking CampInTouch on the left hand side.

We are looking forward to an incredible second session of 2012!