Choosing a camp for your child is one of the most difficult things a parent can do. When your child has extra needs - either social, emotional, behavioral or learning related - the challenge of finding just the right place becomes immense. Camp Starfish is a place where each child is celebrated for being the person they are, while at the same time, given space and support to grow their skills and self-esteem.
Summer Camps & Programs
We offer a day camp with a 1:2 camper to counselor ratio for children ages 5-12 and overnight camp programs with a 1:1 ratio for children and teens ages 7-17. We have a traditional overnight camp - our Navigators program - in which most campers begin their Starfish experience. For our campers ages 14+, we offer the Older Camper Program (OCP), designed with additional choice and priveleges and the l.e.a.d.e.r.s. program, designed to help teens build their self- and group-leadership skills. For campers looking for a bit of extra adventure, our Beachcombers program includes hiking, canoeing, off-site trips, cooking over the campfire, and rustic tent living. We also offer 1-week-or-less specialty camps (we call them our Crescent Camps) including Sibling Camp and, for our youngest first-timers, Cove.
For most of our camp programs, entry ends between the approximate ages of 14-15. However, for teens already participating at Starfish, our three SOAR programs programs offer continuing growth in leadership, personal development, and work skills through the age of 17 and in some cases, beyond. Our TIDES program is a transitional independence program for older teens and young adults.
We also offer Camp Havvago (a 5-day "try it" camp for children on the Autism Spectrum, in collaboration with the Autism Resource Center of Central MA).
Our year-round respite program, Weekenders, offers campers and staff the opportunity to reconnect between camp seasons, while providing caregivers with much needed down-time. Weekenders has limited availability, and is for campers who have attended at least one 5-day/4-night or longer summer session at Starfish. Our August Respite Week is an extended Weekenders experience that is extremely popular.
We encourage you to look through our camp programs and learn more about how we provide summer opportunities that are full of learning, growing and having fun!