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Weekenders offers a chance for campers to reconnect with camp and change their scenery for a few days during the school year, and gives parents/guardians much needed respite. The trained Starfish staff and directors you and your camper know and love are on hand to supervise and engage participants. Our respite has a very Starfish flavor - though limited electronics use is allowed at specific times, participants spend the majority of their time engaging with others in camp activities, reconnecting with friends, and continuing to work on their Tools and Keys.

The ratio for Weekenders is 1:3, which is plenty of staff for engagement and supervision, though campers do also need to be able to participate without consistent hand-over-hand support. Additionally, it’s important to determine if Weekenders is the right kind of respite opportunity for your camper. While our summer camp programs are extremely highly structured and tightly scheduled, Weekenders is significantly more low-key.

At Weekenders, our day has a schedule that is forecasted and previewed for campers, but activity periods are more loosely organized. Transitions feel different because we come back together as a group after each activity to review options and determine where everyone is going next. Some activities differ from those at camp (like baking apple pies after returning from an apple picking field trip!) and others - like GaGa or Free Play - will feel very familiar.

Staff encourage active participation in planned activities, however campers may choose how to spend their time so long as they are able to remain safely with the group (for example, choosing to read or relax on the sidelines of the kickball game). Each Weekend also includes a Saturday field trip which include a picnic lunch, time at a park or playground, and special activity. Apple/pumpkin picking, bowling, mini-golf, local fairs, indoor water parks and more are some favorites.

Weekends are based out of Crescent camp, where Crescent Lodge offers fully winterized sleeping, dining and play spaces.

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