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As the brother, sister cousin or relative of a Starfish camper (or someone who could be a Starfish camper!), siblings might sometimes feel left out or different themselves.  Making friends who can relate to what they’re going through allows siblings to feel less “alone” or different from their peers. Sibling Camp emphasizes that every child is a valuable member of the community, and celebrates campers for who they are individually, without comparing them to others. It’s comforting for them to see firsthand that they aren’t the only kid who has to have playdates outside their own home or who participates in family therapy sessions to help their brother or sister. Sibling Camp presents the perfect opportunity for children to:

        - Make connections and friendships with others who “just get it.”
        - Get individualized attention that may be harder to come by when siblings/relatives have high needs
        - Get a break, have some fun, just be a kid!
        - Experience camp without having to "look out for" or "explain" their higher-need sibling/relative

During Sibling Camp, participants take part in activities that promote healthy social, coping, and empathy skills, with qualified staff and alongside peers who really “get” them, all while enjoying traditional camp fun such as boating, swimming, athletics, arts-n-crafts and campfires! 

The program intentionally has a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:4 or better, as our intent is for siblings to feel like they have their own place at Starfish—not that they are attending the 1:1 programs their brothers or sisters utilize. Siblings who require higher supervision should consider other Starfish options.

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