In 2014, a new tradition was born at Starfish as we created our “Awesome Place. Amazing People.” Year Shirts program. Each camper and staff receives a shirt at their first campfire of the summer, with the shirts’ colors and slogans representing each year of participation. We intentionally picked our first year quote – “Watch while I do something amazing.” As campers and staff grow over the years at camp, their shirts help show the world how truly amazing they, and their growing skill sets, are. The second year shirts welcome returners back to camp with a statement that shows exactly how much self-confidence camp instills – “Hello, my name is Awesome.” If you spend time at camp, or here on our website, you can’t miss this colorful tradition!
To celebrate our history, and most importantly, the campers and staff who have made Starfish what it is today, we have dedicated a wall of the dining hall to showcasing all the Awesomeness and Amazingness! Each color and year quote is represented so campers and staff can look ahead as well as reminisce on past years. Additionally, individual wooden medallions hang off year banners and list the names of staff who completed 3 or more summers and campers who completed 4 or more summers that year. (The staff names are written in all caps to identify them separately from campers.) The wall is a living history of the people who make camp so special, and now it’s possible to track individuals across the many years that Starfish was a core part of their lives, and the connections between their Starfish family.
Check out the photos below! Please note that, for privacy reasons, camper’s last names are blurred out in the online and newsletter images, though they are fully visible on the wall at camp. Additionally, please note that while our record keeping is pretty good, it is always possible that there are errors or omissions in a historical project of this size. If you believe that’s the case, please contact [email protected] and we will do our best to fix it!