North Star Camp for Boys

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Those Camp Moments

At camp, not everything goes as planned. Tonight was supposed to be our opening Green-White Series, but the weather had other plans. Instead, we waited out the rain in the Lodge as only our guys can...

Our first trips of the summer returned back to camp today with the return of cabins S-3 and I-4. The two cabins completed their journeys on the Brule River and Flambeau River respectuflly and came home with great stories and enthusiasm for what they had accomplished.

Last night was our first Friday night of the summer, which marks our first Friday Night Service. Every Friday the whole camp gathers at the Council Ring (see below) for a values based campfire program. For 72 years at North Star, the first one has been the Friendship Fire.

When Lou and Renee Rosenblum founded North Star in 1945, they not only wanted to start a camp but also to create a place where boys could develop meaningful relationships with their fellow campers and counselors. In addition to sharing the history of North Star, we talk about how to treat one another at camp and how it is different from the rest of the world.

Part of the Friendship Fire is appreciating the diversity of our camp community. A representative from each city goes up and throws in a “keylog” to represent the bond of friendship between their city and North Star. Before all is said and done, there are over 100 cities represented by our campers and staff, and it is very neat to hear them all spoken.

In addition to the keylogs, we had some stories, songs and readings. Brody Poss gave a great sermonette about the importance of friendship. We had great music from the Camper and Counselor Chorus including "Lean on Me" and "You've Got a Friend in Me." And it was a picture perfect sunset for our first night at the Council Ring. But the real beauty will be in the friendships that continue to develop over the rest of the 2015 summer.