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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Staff News Update

DSC_2840After our summer ended, our staff headed off in all directions. Some went back to school, other began world travels. Here's an update, so check out what our 2014 staff are up to!

- JOE CHRISTIAN is a sophomore at UW-Lacrosse where he is majoring in biology and joining ROTC program in the Fall. Joe will be playing on his club lacrosse team as well.
- SCOTT PLONSKER returned for his sophomore year at University of Illinois, where he is in the AEPi fraternity with Jonah Baim and Sam Friedland. Scott is studying business and is also in PGN, a business fraternity.
- NED SHASHOUA is a freshman at Northwestern University where he is studying chemistry. Before school started he traveled  with his dad to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.
- MARK HEMMERMAN headed off to travel all around the US. He met his sister on the West Coast to travel LA, Grand Canyon, and San Francisco. Than he’s headed to Orlando to meet Alex Holmes and traveled the East Coast with him. He returned to England, going back to school at the University of Hull for his Arts and Humanities degree, and he will started back up with lifeguarding and running his karate club.
- SAM BRICKER is a senior at Deerfield High School where he is the President of the Student Council. Sam will be playing tennis and going on a few college visits.
- ELI FRIED started as a freshman at the University of Central Florida where he will be studying Industrial Engineering.
- JACOB GUGGENHEIM started his PhD in Biorobotics at MIT.  He headed to DC for a week before moving to Boston. Jacob is planning on getting onto an IM Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball teams.
- ARI WEIL is at Pomona College where he is a freshman most likely studying International Relations. He hopes to keep biking and play some ultimate frisbee as well.
- MIKE SLAKIS returned to the University of Illinois for his sophomore year where he is studying civil engineering. He is in the Sigma Nu fraternity and is the Kitchen Manager there. Mike is also in Illini on Target, the shooting club at school. He plans to work at the rock climbing wall.
- MICHAEL BERGER is a sophomore at American University in Washington D.C, where he is studying political science and journalist. He continued his involvement in Students Helping Honduras as the director of recruitment, and will do a second trip there in the winter.DSC_0068
- IAN MICHELSON is a senior at New Trier. He’ll continue to play tennis to gear for up for the school season. He’s planning on going to the US Open in New York.
- ADAM CLOCH is starting as a freshman at Miami of Ohio where he is in the business school. Cloch is looking forward to keeping his hockey skills fresh on the IM teams.
- HOLDEN GREENBERG began as freshman at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Holden wants to continue his interests in Ultimate Frisbee and Shakespeare. Before heading off to school, he had a trip planned to Maine.
- JACK WALKER is in his sophomore year at the University of Southern California where he will study English. Before he left for school, he and his band the White Siberian Tigers played a few shows scheduled around Chicago and Champaign.
- NOAH BROUTMAN is inhis junior year at Deerfield High School where he is on the bowling team, Earthworks, and the stage crew.
- FOREST LEMON returned to the University of Arkansas for his Junior year, where he is studying mechanical engineering. Forest left from camp to go with his family on a week-long trip through the Boundary Waters. At school, he’s working as a lifeguard at the rec center on campus while also rock climbing and doing IM football and softball.
- ISAAC LASKO is moving to Boston to start as a freshman at Tufts University, after completing a gap year program in South America last year. Isaac is planning to follow a pre-med track. Isaac left camp a few days early and headed to Budapest and Berlin with his immediate family and a reunion with his extended family.
- ETHAN LEVY is in Madison where he will is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin. Ethan is planning to do intramural sports.
- BRAD MILLER is back at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he is a sophomore studying elementary education. Brad is on the Lacrosse team, which travels around the Midwest for tournaments.
- SPENCER REED is a senior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where he is going the Features Editor for the newspaper. Spencer is on the student council and the Crew team.
- PHILIP RASANSKY began his freshman year at Dartmouth. Before he headed to school, he helped his twin brother Parker move in at the University of Texas in Austin.
- JACOB ZIONTS is entering his senior year at Highland Park High School where he is involved in DECA and the debate team.
- DANNY VERB returned to Tulane University for his sophomore year where he is studying business and computer science. He is part of the Hillel Leadership program and involved in his fraternity Zeta Psi.
- CHIP KASS is a freshman at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Chip is studying economics and political science, and also hopes to keep up with theater and music. Chip headed to San Francisco with his grandpa before he left for school.
- JACOB BYCK is a senior year at Deerfield High School. Jacob is involved in DECA and devoting himself to his fantasy football team.
- NATHAN MARGRETT returned to school at University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse where he is a junior studying archeology and psychology.
- MAX SINTON is a senior at Deerfield High School where he will be participating in DECA and travel lacrosse. Fantasy football will also take precedent over most matters throughout the Fall.
- JONAH BAIM is back for his sophomore year at the University of Illinois where his a computer engineering major. He is also the athletics head of the AEPi fraternity and on the Illini volleyball team.
DSC_2827- ETHAN HANDLER is enjoying his senior year at at Glenbrook North High School. Ethan will be playing a lot of tennis and is on the math team at GBN. He is on the Student Advisory Board, and is also a Peer Group Leader under the tutelage of Linda Rosenblum (the daughter of Lou and Renee Rosenblum, who founded North Star).
- ZACH WEBER is a junior at Roycemore Academy. Zach continued teaching climbing in Evanston and Chicago. His family is planning a trip to Asia.
- DAVID GLASS is a senior at Highland Park High School. David is on the school sailing team and continues to play the piano as well.
- DYLAN DJ JACOBS is back at Bradley University for his final college semester. In December, DJ will graduate with a degree in Interactive Media with a minor in computer science, and is looking to design the next great Disney movie.
- ZACH SHAPIRO is in his junior year and Francis W. Parker School. Zach is playing shows through School of Rock and is participating in Model UN.
- CHARLIE STERRETT returned to the University of Illinois for his junior year. Charlie is studying political science. He is also the president of his fraternity Delta Chi and is a data analysis intern at the U of I Alumni Association. Charlie is also the co-chair of iHelp, the service wing of the Alumni Association.  Charlie is looking forward to competing in the Big Ten Classic Bass Fishing Tournament in October.
- MAX PASTAN is a junior at Proctor Academy. Max is going to be involved in their chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. After camp he headed to Arkansas to do some community service work with Kipp Academy. Max also played soccer in the Fall.
- ZACH WOODY WOODBURY returned to Western Illinois University where is a junior studying information systems and economics. He will continue on the bass fishing team and is now the web coordinator of the team.
- DANIEL LEVINE is a senior at Parker, and is working the Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Daniel is the copy editor of the school newspaper as well as a writer. This fall Daniel kept  playing tennis as well, preparing for the school season in the spring.
- ETHAN RANE is a junior at Stevenson, where he is part of the ultimate frisbee club and DSC_2830intramurals as well.
- ELLIOTT GOLDBERG is a junior at New Trier High School, where he is involved in the Track and Cross Country teams.
- BIRCAN MUSTAFA traveled to Indianapolis and Chicago after camp. He was hoping to check out Los Angeles as well. Upon returning home, Bircan began  working towards becoming a quadrant supervisor at Wembley Stadium. He also was able to take in the Falcons-Lions NFL game in London.
- SAM FRIEDLAND returned for his sophomore year at the University of Illinois, where he is living in the AEPi fraternity with Scott Plonsker and Jonah Baim. Sam is the philanthropy chair of AEPi while training for a half-marathon. Sam is writing for the satire newspaper on campus.
- AMANDA CHIN heading back home to Columbus, OH to spend a few weeks with her family. She is now working as a nurse in Indianapolis.
- CHAD PRATER moved to Minneapolis where he is teaching at the Twin Cities German Immersion School. Chad is teaching middle school math.
- CAITLIN PALGEN is in her senior year at the University of Illinois where she is studying nursing. At school, Caitlin spends her free time at the rock wall and is also hoping to work in a hospital at the same time.
- ROBYN KIRK is in Cincinnati where she is a teacher at Ohio Valley Voices. Before heading back,  she stopped in Minneapolis to reunite with some old friends.
- IKE NIERMAN is a junior at New Trier where he is a pole vaulter on the track team. In his free time he likes to spend time with his friends, play music and play basketball.
- MICHAEL PALGEN is a junior at the University of Illinois where he is studying actuarial science. Michael is the brotherhood chair for Sigma Nu and is working as a desk clerk in one of the residence halls on campus.
- JACOB LEHR is back at USC where he is a junior studying economics and international relations. Lehr Bear is leading trips for the Outdoor Adventures club at school. Jacob will continue to tutor and mentor through Troy Camp.
- NICK HILL is back at Indiana University, finishing his degree in Business and Outdoor Recreation. Nick will be finishing in December and is hoping to lead trips through the spring.
- JEFF PADESKY is in his senior year at Western Illinois University where he is studying Environmental Science, Geography and GIS. Jeff will also be running track, a member of the bass fishing team, and the ultimate frisbee team. Jeff is also beginning the WIU Hydroponics club.
- RICHELLE POISSON is back at American University for her sophomore year where she is studying education as well as Spanish and international relations. Richelle will also be continuing to work on behalf of Students Helping Honduras as executive board member. In her free time she works as a nanny as well.
- OLIVER ROCKMAN returned to Emory University in Atlanta for his junior year where he is in the School of Business. Oliver is also a writer for the Emory Wheel student newspaper and a member of the outdoor club.
- NICK KASLE headed back to High Point, NC for his junior year at High Point University where he is studying Physics. Nick is also on the club swim team at school.
- LUCAS KASLE is a freshman at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where he is following in his big brother’s footsteps and is studying physics. Lucas also intends to be on the swim club at school.
- STUART WRIGLESWORTH began his post-camp adventures by heading to Houston where he met up with a friend from University. After that, he headed up to Chicago, DC and New York. Stuart is in his final year at Manchester Metropolitan University of Cheshire. He’ll is the chairman of the rugby club and also of the surf and snow society.
- ALEX HOLMES  headed to Chicago where he stayed with his co-counselors Ike Nierman and Ian Michelson. From Chicago he headed to Champaign to visit the University of lllinois, and then he flew south to Orlando. After Orlando, Alex traveled to New York, Niagara Falls, and Washington DC. In September, Alex left the US for Hong Kong where he will is working for several months teaching personal development and outdoor education for kids.
- WILL HUNT - will be going to meet his parents in San Francisco and will be heading up to Yosemite as well. Then he will return home and volunteer at three different schools. Following that, he hopes to head to Africa where will lead a volunteer effort to teach youth sports.
- CHRIS McGARRY headed to New Orleans for a week to see his dad and show Beata the French Quarter. He then returned home to Davie, FL.
- CIARAN POLLOCK returned to Ireland where he traied for a charity boxing match. He started school back up again where he is studying Sports Management and Coaching.
- STRATTON SHOOK took a road trip to Seattle to visit his parents and see the Nationals play the DSC_2838Mariners. Then he attended a bachelor party for his high school friend. He is now traveling the world with Chris Rodriguez, first heading to China and then Vietnam.
- CHRIS RODRIGUEZ – stayed on at camp for a few weeks to help close up and do some improvements, before he headed back to Fort Worth to spend some time with his family and his new baby nephew. He’s in the midst of travels with tripper Stratton in Asia.
- BEATA TAKACOVA - is returned to Slovakia where she recently graduated from her university with a degree in English and French. She is hoping to work as a translator working to translate poetry with one of her professors.
- DANI VARGAS MONTERO returned to Pachuca in Hidalgo, Mexico where she is finishing up her schooling in Culinary Arts. Dani will be travelling to Playa del Carmen to work during her vacation.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

We'll be there in 2015

DSC_3777We’re nearing the end of October and while the summer of 2015 is over seven months away, enrollment is as strong as ever! Want to know who’ll be there next summer? Below are our enrolled campers and we know that others are planning on being at camp, too.

Do you know someone who is looking for a camp for next summer? If you think that North Star would be a good place for them to spend the summer, fill out our “Refer a Friend” form or be sure to tell them about NSC! Andy has already begun his travels and loves visiting with prospective camp families. Our best marketing is referrals from current and former campers and camp families. 

Returning Campers:
Phoenix, AZ: Jack Sorenson
Scottsdale, AZ: Jonah Goldfine & Griffin Goldstein
Los Angeles, CA: Ezra Flapan-Feig, Zack Hauptman, Ben Meyer, Joe Meyer & Ryan Woods
Oakland, CA: William Margulis
San Francisco, CA: Henry Rothenberg, Sam Rothenberg
Santa Monica, CA: Aaron Dinkin
Sherman Oaks, CA: Ryan Silver & Jake Silver
Westminster, CO: Lake McCormack
Boca Raton, FL: Zachary Neimark, Josh Neimark & Jonathan Shashoua
Tampa, FL: Maxwell Sherman
Canton, GA: Brandon Anastos
Berkeley, IL: Malik Epps
Buffalo Grove, IL: Chase Anders, Micah Anders, Andrew Harris & Dillon Sobel
Chicago, IL: Leo Auerbach, Jaden Beltzman, Jason Bernstein, Daniel Bishop, Aidan Black, Oliver Borstein, Lazerrick Braxton, Tomas Catoggio, Blade Clarke, Jamari Edwards, Bodie Florsheim, Will Frank, Noah Glick, Daniel Goldblatt, Eli Goodman, Drew Goodman, Eli Gould, Jonathan Gregory, Cole Hanover, Hunter Heyman, Chase Heyman, Danardo Jones, Max Kadish, Oliver Katz, Clayton Kies, Benjamin Kite, Gavin Kole, Elliot Landolt, Zachary Lending, Jonah Lindau, Oliver Marks, Josh Marks, Sam Meiselman-Ashen, Jonah Meiselman-Ashen, Scott Miller, Brandon Parks, Jake Phillips, Michael Pitts, Harrison Radis, Charles Rantala, Gavin Rose, Zachary Rose, Benjamin Rothschild, Justin Schwartz, Noah Simon, Andrew Stojkovich, Carson Surmeier, Ryan Toulouse, Alec Turken, Jack Turken & Aidan Weinberg
Deerfield, IL:  Benjamin Barnett, Noah Byck, Andrew Cohen, Brady Daitch, Josh Degodny, Max Dunn, Zach Fishman, Judd Fishman, Brady Gagerman, Jeremy Goldberg, Max India, Spencer Kent, Joseph Kleiman, Zachary Klein, Jake Kraemer, Jesse Levitas, Jack Pinsky, Joe Shimamoto, Drew Shore, Adam Shore & Jacob Sinton
Evanston, IL: Charlie Fies
Glencoe, IL:  Mason Alexander, Eli Alter, Nathaniel Alter, Noah Barkoff, Bobby Becker, Ryan Dushman, Miles Guten, Abe Hafron, Leo Kasper, Graham Michelson, Devan Miller, Sam Motew, Josh Radner, Jonah Rane, Ben Resnicoff, Trenton Rothbard, Adam Ruzumna, Tommy Serrino, Brandon Soble, Jack Soble & Sam Wolf
Highland Park , IL: Joshua Baim, Max Baum, Daniel Bergman, Logan Bronstein, Noah Canel, Bennett Crane, Simon Crane, Zachary Deshur, Jack Foreman, Jonah Frank, Billy Gimbel, Simon Glazer, Joshua Grauer, Zach Howard, Kolton Jacobs, Max Kaplan, Isaac Kliska, Ezra Kornberg, Nathan Kornberg, Sam Lothan, Max Margulis, Tyler Margulis, Eli Meek, Jordan Meek, Ben Mintzer, Jake Mintzer, Joey Nanberg, Ethan Reinberg, Joey Reinberg, Jack Schulman, Jacob Sosler, Matt Sosler, Ori Stone, Gavin Treschl & Jake Zechman
Highwood, IL: Dylan Drury
HInsdale, IL: Carlos Pollitt
kenilworth, IL: Jackson Hitti
Northbrook, IL: Jayden Cohen, Mickey Cohen, Eli Marks & David Serlin
Oak Park, IL: John Harren, Charlie Matyas, Jacob Matyas, Noah Sherman & Coleman Sitzman
Riverwoods, IL: A.J. Borsand & Kyle Verb
Vernon Hills, IL: Adam Waxman
Western Springs, IL: Teddy Schmidt
Wilmette, IL: Parker Dubansky, Miles Goldberg, Mason Yonover, Jack Yonover & Nicholas Kanter
Potomac, MD: Andy Strauss-Reis
Ann Arbor, MI: Elliot Bramson
Franklin, MI: Jonah Stern
Huntington Woods, MI: Henry Cantor
Victoria,  MN: Jon Ingram
Ferguson, MO: Marco Spann
Florissant, MO: Zachary Smith
St Louis, MO: Shane Lobster, Joseph Strzembosz, Tamar Modise, Jadin Redmond & Micah Worsham
Omaha, NE: Charlie Cohen
Beachwood, OH: Ethan Holz
Bexley, OH: Samson Adler, Aden Flora & Sam Schulman
Cleveland, OH: Ross Krantz
Cleveland Heights, OH: Caleb Ford
Columbus, OH: Matthew Cohn, Theo Weinstock & Eli Weinstock
Geneva, OH: Jacob McRae
Solon, OH: Andrew Solganik
Terrace Park, OH: Alex Salkin & Robert Salkin
Tulsa, OK: Lance Lehman
Nashville, TN: Jacob Bressman, Adam Garfinkel, Zach Garfinkel, Will Greenfield, Ben Robbins & Eric Yalowitz
Bellaire, TX: Eli Cowan & Elliott Lazar
Dallas, TX: Tate Brand
Houston, TX: Donovan Banks & Jack Ringold
Vienna, VA: Ethan Doane
Mercer Island, WA: Danny Marcus & Jared Marcus
Bayside, WI: Noah Richheimer, Benji Richheimer & Gabe Richheimer
Fitchburg, WI: Teddy Procopio
Mequon, WI: Jared Cayle, Jonah DeToro, Bradley Falender, Nathan Falender, Jack Gruen, Daniel Levy, Hayden Lurie & Justin Sadoff
Mt. Horeb, WI: Andrew Splitt
Vicenza, Italy: Aris Degiacomi & Leandro Degiacomi

New Campers:
Shanghai, China: Bruce Armstrong
Buffalo Grove, IL: Jeremy Shorris
Chicago, IL: Cameron Beltzman & Brandon Leib
Deerfield, IL: Harry Belmonti, Cole Degodny, Nathan Delman, Emmett Dunn, Gabe Katz, Jonah Katz & Jordan Meyers
Evanston, IL: Louis Fowler Gottlieb
Glencoe, IL: Milton Hafron, Benji Motew & Wyatt ZirlinWSR_8925
Glenview, IL: Alex Burstein
Highland Park, IL: Elliot Rubin & Will Rubin
Northbrook, IL: Daniel Cohen
Northfield, IL: Davis Gapp
Oak Brook, IL: Adam Gerard
Riverwoods, IL: Zachary Schlacter
Beachwood, OH: Jude Holz
Cincinnati, OH: Zachary Green
Cleveland Heights, OH: Nathan Ford
Solon, OH: Ryan Solganik
Mequon, WI: Leo Falender

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Morning with Michael Thompson

Child psychologist and author Dr. Michael Thompson was in the Chicago area on Tuesday, October 21st, speaking to parents on issues facing pressured children. It was great seeing several North Star parents at the event and for those of you who weren’t able to attend; we wanted to send along a few key points from the seminar.

1. School isn’t easy. Seven periods a day, five days a week, school isn’t easy. On top of that, you add social pressures, sports, extra-curricular activities, tutors, its easy to not recognize the pressures that your son goes through on a daily basis. Think back to when you were in middle school or high school. It may have been a few decades but try to remember what your school experience was like when you were the age that your son is now. The challenges and pressures that you and your peers felt then are likely what your son is going through now.

Many parents say that they wish that they could go back to their school days. Usually that means college, not high school and certainly not middle school!

2. Every journey is different. For 1/3 of kids, school is a great fit. They are not only voracious learners, but they fit in well to the structure and regimentation that is the school environment. For the next 1/3, school may work well for them, but there are bumps along the road and there may be a subject matter or social element or two that is a real challenge for them. For the last 1/3, school is really hard for them and is a constant challenge. If a kid is good at English, they get a pat on the back, but if they get a C- on a math test, they get tutoring and additional homework in the very area that is their daily struggle.

3. Kids live for now. As a parent, you’re programmed to think about the long term. For some, this may mean getting your three year old into the right pre-school, positioning them for success in elementary school which will get them on the right track to pre-AP courses, honors level curriculum, undergrad at Stanford and ultimately partner at the law firm. To a parent, getting an A on the chemistry test is another step in the journey. Your son doesn’t think that way. Kids are predisposed to take each day as it comes, to live for the moment and they fear about missing out on the important social event.

One last tangible take-away from the session; when you ask your son how his day was, opt for a more specific question than “so how was school?”. You’re showing real interest and want some information while your son may see this as an annoyance and a concern only about his letter grades. Instead, ask him to tell you about something good and something bad that happened at school or maybe ask him how he likes math this year with Mr. Coleman instead of with Mrs. Macdonald from last year. You’ll learn more about his day and he’ll have a specific question to answer.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Siren News Update

The editors of the Siren are excited to announce some big changes. We've always been your place for all news North Star related. Over the years we've been able to branch out and utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sources to keep in touch. Going forward, we're going to utilize the North Star Blog as a hub for North Star news. Instead of a monthly (or bi-monthly...) news letter, we're going to bring news here, and on a more regular basis.

The print Siren, which became the online Siren was always a great way to reach out to campers, parents, staff and alumni. Truth be told, putting together a multi-page newsletter was a cumbersome task and ultimately we weren't sending out news updates as often as we wished. The new Siren, which our blog is now known as, will have news more often. We'll split the Siren into shorter newsletters, delivering them to you more often. We'll continue to utilize social media and we'll need your help sending in newsbits. Parents, make sure you let your campers know about the Siren!

- Camp Moves North Star
Throughout the month of October, the American Camp Association's Camp Moves Me campaign has seen people all over the country work to raise money to send kids to camp. Several members of the North Star community have gotten involved to help the effort. October isn't over yet, so see how you can either sponsor one of our campers or staff members...or get involved yourself.
Michael Thompson Ph.D will be speaking in the Northern Suburbs on Tuesday, October 21st. We've had the opportunity to hear Dr. Thompson speak and he has always been on our list of experts worth listening to. His sessions, "The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life" and "Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity & Social Cruelty in Childhood" are sure to be helpful for any parent.

Learn more about Dr. Thompson's sessions and how to RSVP. All sessions are free to attend.

We're setting our reunion schedule and looking forward to seeing campers and staff from coast to coast. Up first is the Chicago Area Rreunion on Sunday, November 2nd from 3:30-5:30. The reunion will be at Pinstripes in Northbrook.

- We're proud to be a part of the Camp for All Kids Foundation. This summer, a videographer visited the five Camp for All Kids Camps; North Star, Birch Trail, Chippewa, Kamaji and Timberlane. Check out the amazing video and learn more about the tremendous organization! Campers, you may even recognize a few people.

- Recommended Reading and Other Cool Stuff

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Upcoming Event for Chicago Area Parents

From time to time we post articles and other resources that we feel are valuable for members of the North Star community. For those in the Chicago area, there are some upcoming events in the northern suburbs which we feel are worth attending. Michael Thompson, Ph.D will be speaking on Tuesday, October 21st, and for those who are able to attend, its sure to be worth your while. The events are free of charge, but an RSVP is necessary.

Dr. Thompson will be speaking both in Deerfield (North Shore Unitarian Church) and at Stevenson H.S. on Wednesday on a few relevant topics that we know will be useful for parents. 

At 9:30am in Deerfield and at 7pm at Stevenson, Dr. Thompson will be presenting "The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life." You can read the full session description here, but there is no doubt that this is a pressing issue.

At 1pm in Deerfield, Dr. Thompson will be presenting "Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity & Social Cruelty in Childhood". This is sure to be a valuable session on the social complexities that children face. Here is the full session description.

We first experienced Michael Thompson a few years ago when he served as the keynote speaker at the American Camp Association's National Conference. Dr Thompson's straightforward and candid views were great guidance. Dr. Thompson went on to serve on the ACA's national board. He's the author of the book Homesick and Happy, but his expertise is certainly not limited to the summer camp world. He's written several books on children. He and co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons and It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen. With co-authors Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D., he wrote Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems. He and Teresa Barker wrote The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life.

We know that Dr. Thompson is thought provoking and his knowledge of and experience working with children makes this an event that should not be missed. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Chicago Reunion is November 2nd

North Star Chicago Reunion
Sunday, November 2nd at 3:30pm
Pinstripes Bowling - 1150 Willow Rd
Northbrook, Illinois

We hope that you will be able to join us next Sunday for the North Star Reunion. It'll be great to catch up with friends, bowl and watch the Summer of 2014 video.  You can RSVP on Facebook or by emailing Andy ( The event is free and parents are welcome to join us too.

All, all, all are welcome to join us, whether current or former campers, staff or parents, or potential future campers. If you know of anybody in the area that might be interested in North Star for their son, please complete our short Refer-A-Friend Form and pass along the reunion information.

If you have any questions or need any more information, you can reach us at 847-943-9559. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Camp Moves North Star: Updated 10/12/14

Throughout the month of October, the American Camp Association has challenged anyone and everyone who has been impacted by camp to help raise money to send kids to camp. Their Camp Moves Me campaign encourages us all to set up accounts, be active for the month, and find sponsors to pledge us. Through our activity (running, hiking, walking, etc), our sponsors will make donations that will find camp scholarships. Check out Andy's Camp Moves Me video below.

So we're challenging the North Star community. You can get involved in two ways. 

Here is a list of North Star folks who have joined the Camp Moves Me fundraising campaign along with links to their pages. Click on any of their pages and become a sponsor.

Andy Shlensky:
Michael Berger:
Zach Blumenfeld:
Dan Lichtenstein:
Nate Lundin:
Nathan Margrett:
Oliver Rockman:
Dani Vargas:

Update - Added 10/12/2014:
Spencer Kent:
Jason Mann:

Or you can do one better... join the campaign and create your own Camp Moves Me page. You create a page, commit to run, hike, bike, walk, etc, and then encourage people to sponsor you. By raising just $30, you'll receive the official Camp Moves Me t-shirt, and if you raise more you'll have a chance to win great prizes from Toms, Chacos, Crazy Creek, and more. Once you set up your page, email us at with your page information. We'll add your name to the list and spread the word that you've taken the challenge. 

Lets show everyone how much camp means to us all and lets help send kids to camp!