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      Camp Starfish fosters the success and growth of children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges by providing individualized attention as part of structured, nurturing and fun group programs.

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      12 Camp Monomonac Rd.,
      Rindge, NH 03461

      Phone: 603-899-9590

      Fax: 978-849-5004

      Email: [email protected]

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      873 Main St. Suite 1
      Ashby, MA 01431

      Phone: 978-637-2617

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TIDES Vista

Ages 17-22
Transitional life skills and respite in a supportive and fun camp environment.

Program Overview

The TIDES Vista program has been specifically designed to address areas of transitional planning for young adults including independent living, community participation, interpersonal interactions and self-advocacy. The program is aptly named as participants are looking out at the view of their future and setting their sights on new horizons.

Participants live in dorm-style accommodations with multiple roommates. Advisors are housed in the building, but not in the room, and are present to provide guidance, instruction and supervision, to ensure safety, and to encourage their success in the program. In addition to leading the daily life skills curriculum, Advisors also help participants build their daily schedule and encourage them to choose activities that offer a good balance of active, social, recreational, and new challenges; like many of our other programs, participants still have daily opportunities for swimming, boating, and enjoying campfires and special events on camp.

TIDES Vista

All Vista participants have the opportunity to plan, shop for and cook community meals several times weekly. Participants may bring electronics such as music and e-readers which may be accessed at specific times of day as appropriate. Young adults do not have to be prior attendees of Camp Starfish to enroll in Vista. However, they must be able and willing to: participate safely and appropriately within a 1:3 ratio, to join in with group activities, communicate verbally, and tend to their own self-care for eating, toileting, showering, and dressing.

TIDES Vista Review

“He felt comfortable from the very beginning. He made a friend he is in regular contact with from camp, and I have seen maturity since he has come home. Thank you for the TIDES program – it is greatly needed!”

– Parent of TIDES Vista Camper

What to Expect

3 Meals/Day

DORM-STYLE ACCOMMODATIONS

Friendly staff

DAILY TRANSITIONAL SKILLS LESSON

STRUCTURED TECHNOLOGY TIME

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS

Programs
1:1 Programs
Specialty & Respite Programs

About Our Facility

Our property is split between two villages we call Star and Fish (Starfish!) and several smaller unique housing spaces. In the villages, our rustic wooden cabins provide the traditional camp experience.

Starfish boasts over 1/2 mile of shoreline on beautiful Lake Monomonac and has direct access from several private beaches.

First-Time Camper

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David Mahnken

David Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Mental Health Consultant. He provides staff training each summer on topics such as self-care, trauma-informed care practices, and health & wellness. David also provides support and consultation to the organization throughout the year. David holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MSW from Simmons University. David is a LICSW who works in emergency services in addition to his own private practice in Massachusetts.

Prior to becoming a social worker, David’s first experience at camp was as a counselor in the early 2000s before becoming an administrator and member of the year-round team. His favorite camp activity is swim-I (swim instruction), and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We make camp a safe place.”

Joe Clark

As the Assistant Director at Camp Starfish, Joe is a seasoned professional who is well-versed in all aspects of camp life. With five years of summer work at Starfish, he brings extensive experience and expertise to the camp year-round. Joe is from the UK, and holds a degree from Keele University. Joe works as a support worker in the UK, providing care to individuals with disabilities, since 2019. Joe also engages in volunteer work, including spending three months in Abrobiano, Ghana.

Joe is known at camp for his charming English accent, which campers often try to replicate! His favorite camp activity is playing soccer (football) on the field, and his favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I take responsibility for my actions.”

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is the Director of Staff Experience at Camp Starfish, responsible for all things staffing and groups. With a degree in Anthropology, and a Certificate in Global Citizenship from Franklin Pierce University, Rachel brings a unique perspective to her role. She oversees hiring, onboarding, retention, and staff appreciation for the 100+ seasonal staff at Camp Starfish each summer. Rachel has been a part of the Starfish team since 2016, working in various seasonal roles. She joined the Year-Round Team full-time in 2022.

As a lifelong New Hampshire resident, Rachel enjoys hiking in the woods with her dog, Clover. Her favorite camp activity is Free Play, and her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We respect each other’s differences.”

Kristie Martin

Kristie Martin is Camp Starfish’s Program Director, responsible for ensuring that each camper receives a structured, supportive, and fun program during both summer and year-round weekends. With her degree in Applied Psychology & Human Development from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Kristie has a deep understanding of child development and uses this knowledge to create a nurturing environment for all campers.

Kristie grew up in the Monadnock region and takes pride in being a local. Kristie’s favorite camp activity is the Camper Talent Show, which she believes is the perfect opportunity for campers to showcase their skills and feel comfortable sharing with the community. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is, “I try my best, I do not have to be the best.”

Sarah York

Sarah York is the Director of Operations at Camp Starfish, joining the team in the Spring of 2022. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience working in both mental health and human resources. Sarah’s role at Camp Starfish is crucial in ensuring that camp runs smoothly, and she is available to assist families every step of the way through the registration process. If you call the Starfish office, Sarah will likely be who you speak with first!

With her dedication to helping others and her commitment to creating a positive camp experience for every child, it’s no wonder that her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “We are members of a team.”

Jamie Mahnken

Jamie Mahnken is Camp Starfish’s Executive Director, and has been an integral part of the Camp Starfish community since 2010, serving in a variety of roles. With a degree in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, Jamie is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for every camper, staff member, and volunteer.

As a North Carolina native, Jamie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Her favorite camp activity is kayaking to Blueberry Island, which is a meaningful and memorable experience for many campers, as well. Jamie’s favorite Camp Starfish Tool is: “I am flexible and open to change.”