Ages 13+
Year-round respite and reconnection in a safe, familiar camp setting.
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Three summer camp kids building a snowman during a winter week at Camp Starfish

Program Overview

The Weekenders program 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. Participants register for a series of weekends that occur once per month during each season, either Winter/Spring (January, February, March, April) or Fall (September, October, November).

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 safely and appropriately within camp expectations and boundaries without consistent 1:1 support. 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. Though limited electronics use is allowed at specific and supervised 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.

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Two happy summer camp teen and counselor at Camp Starfish

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 with a picnic lunch, time at a park or playground, and special activity. Apple/pumpkin picking, bowling, mini-golf, local fairs, museums, 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. Campers love the “rec room” which is complete with air hockey, foosball, arcade basketball game, and ping pong. Campers with a creative side love the arts & crafts station upstairs, which is always available during free time. Additionally, Crescent has an indoor movie room with beanbags, floor cushions, and projector. 

The Weekenders program is small and spaces do fill quickly. Enrollment is limited based upon staffing ratios, available beds, successful completion of summer camp or intake interview, ability to participate within behavioral guidelines for Weekenders programs, and other factors.

Weekenders Review

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“The weekends helped to give him a positive outlet after a long school week. And they have helped provide some much-needed respite for all in our home.”

– Parent of Weekenders Camper

What to Expect



Friendly staff




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Group of camper teens having fun at Camp Starfish
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.

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Danielle Lubbers

Danielle joined Camp Starfish in the spring of 2023 as Camp Director. Originally working with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Danielle has ten years of experience providing programming to children, outdoor skills training for adults, and directing overnight summer camp experiences.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her two-year old Dalmatian, Mia. Danielle’s favorite activity at camp is raft building, as she enjoys seeing campers and staff work together to complete a team goal. Her favorite Camp Starfish Tool is “We are here to learn, grow, and have fun!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”