Life at Camp

Smiling Camp Counselor and camper teen at Camp Starfish
2 Camper boys at Camp starfish
Campers and counselors White water rafting

Welcome to a community where your well-being is a priority, and your journey is as fulfilling as the impact you make on our campers’ lives. At Camp Starfish, we strive to meet as many of your needs as possible, ensuring that all our staff are happy, healthy, and thriving throughout their time with us.

Transitions (into and out of camp)

Transitioning into and out of camp life brings both challenges and rewards. Initially, leaving electronics behind around campers may seem tough, but it fosters meaningful connections. Similarly, transitioning into communal life and leaving it at the end of the summer can also be challenging. We provide unwavering support for your emotional needs before, during, and after camp. For more information on our All Around Support method, click here.


Starfish cabins are comfortable and surrounded by idyllic woods. Cabins host between three and seven campers with the same amount of staff or more. Cabin groups are intentionally small – so campers can feel comfortable building social skills without becoming overwhelmed. In all cabins, campers sleep on the bottom bunk, with a staff member occupying the bunk above them. That means even at night, there is an adult just a reach away.


Meals are as communal as they are nutritional. All meals and snacks are fully provided during your stay at Camp Starfish, including those with dietary needs. During our meal times, we eat family style with multiple options for the meal. This allows for our staff and campers to enjoy some leisure time over a meal provided by our wonderful kitchen staff.

Amenities: Laundry, Storage, Bathrooms

We provide all the basics you need during your summer stay at Camp Starfish. This includes laundry services – washed and dried off-site and brought bac within 24 hours – at no cost to you. Convenient storage is available for both staff and campers, featuring assigned shelves or cubbies for personal belongings. Communal washhouses, found in shared villages of 4-9 cabins, are equipped with toilets, sinks, and showers with changing stalls.


WiFi is provided in staff-only spaces, which is free for you to use during your downtime, and on your days off. During training and while camp is in session, we ask for no electronics, especially in front of campers, to create a focused, happy environment for all.

Dry, drug-free and smoke-free environment

For the safety of our campers and staff, Camp Starfish is a dry, drug-free and smoke-free environment at all times.

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Summer Jobs
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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.”