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dca logoOur SOAR (Summer Opportunities and Responsibilities) program offers our older teens, usually ages 16 & up, the chance to get out and do something during the summer within a supportive and fun learning environment as they transition towards young adulthood and real-world jobs. Depending on individual campers' interests, strengths and goals, Starfish works with each family to determine the best program fit.
 
Teens who have participated in l.e.a.d.e.r.s. at Starfish (or a similar program at another camp) and enjoyed it, and who are ready to take on additional leadership opportunities at camp, may apply to be a S.T.A.R. Corps Apprentice. S.T.A.R. Corps offers mentored training for future work experiences, both in child-care and camp, as well as typical job skills. The Crew(overnight camp) and DCA (day camp) programs open up even further vistas of responsibility and opportunity, offering an Intern-style training program working hands-on with campers in a "junior staff" role, including an end-of-summer stipend.
 
teenguide thumbnailTeens and families considering transitioning into these programs should review the Teen Programs Guide for Entry, which includes very specific details about participation and expectations. 
 
You can also click on the sections below to read a brief overview of each of these three programs: 
Crescent Beach Club

CBC is a program of Camp Starfish and is being offered to families with children in Rindge, NH and surrounding towns. Adults must be accompanied by one or more children!

 

Sign up for a week at a time or for all summer! Hours are

M-F 3:00-5:15 PM. Dates are as follows:

 

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CBC is supervised by trained, adult Camp Starfish staff and certified Red Cross Lifeguards. In addition, Trainees in our Transitional Development program (“TIDES”) will be helping with beach maintenance, check-in, parking, snack shop, and beach games. The CBC has been created as an opportunity for the young adults in TIDES to develop their work & life skills. The Beach Club program is generously underwritten by grants and individual donations.

S.T.A.R. Corps

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The S.T.A.R. (Summer Transitions and Responsibilities) Corps helps older teens develop their leadership, childcare, daily living and employment skills. Each Corps Apprentice is paired with a mentor from our summer staff team for extra support, and as a group each day the Apprentices have training, skill-building and discussion sessions called the Corps Forum. Individually, Apprentices gain additional responsibility, including living in and assisting with a cabin of younger campers. Apprentices are expected to follow a Corps code of conduct which helps them focus on being a positive role model for younger campers and having a good attitude. Corps members have a series of competencies that, as completed, can enable them to advance in standing and earn a stipend for their participation.

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   We encourage you to download the Teen Programs Guide to Entry to learn more about the expectations, 
   opportunities and details of the S.T.A.R. Corps program. If you have further questions about your teen's   
   readiness for participation as an Apprentice, please don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
 
Tuition for first-year Apprentices is 50% of the camper rate. Tuition (or potential stipends) for future summers are individually determined based on competencies achieved, participation, and similar factors. For a S.T.A.R. Corps Apprentice Application, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 978-637-2617.

Crew

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Crew members live at camp for an extended time during the summer and have generally come up through the S.T.A.R. Corps, though Crew is open to teens with other experiences, such as leadership training programs at other camps. Crew Interns receive daily mentorship and participate in a modified version of staff training. Crew members can focus their work in a specific area of camp—such as teaching at a favorite activity area or working in the kitchen —or try a little of everything over the course of their summer. Crew members follow a credit system and are able to earn a stipend for their efforts.

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   We encourage you to download the Teen Programs Guide to Entry to learn more about the expectations,   
   opportunities and details of the S.T.A.R. Corps program. If you have further questions about your teen's   
   readiness for participation as an Apprentice, please don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 978-637-2617 to request a Crew Application.

DCA (Day Camp Assistants)

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Day Camp Assistants (“DCAs”) are young adults who live locally and want to help out at Day Camp to get experience working with children and participate in a leadership development program. DCAs are an integral part of Day Camp, and are attached to a small group of campers and counselors where they assist with daily camp life and help individual day campers participate successfully in activities. DCAs spend one period each day with senior leadership staff receiving ongoing training and participating in discussions with other DCAs and the S.T.A.R. Corps Apprentices from overnight camp.

DCAs are not "CITs" or staff and while they are a wonderful addition to our day camp community, they are not included in our staff ratios. Of course, when they're reading to campers during QT or playing "marco polo" with the Tadpoles group during free swim, campers love them just the same! After their DCA summer(s), these young adults are eligible to apply for the highly competitive Junior Counselor positions at Day Camp. To request a DCA application, please contact our office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 978-637-2617.

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