Wayne County Update

July 21st, 2014

Boys Basketball vs. Camp Wayne, July 18

The 9th grade team began the season the same way they ended as 8th graders, playing like champions. With a suffocating defense and total team play we jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Zach R. who led all with 28 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks scored the first 7 points of the game. Camp Wayne was in the rear view the test of the game.

Top Scorers:

Jordan K. 4 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists

Gregory K. 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Fisher R. 3 points, 1 steal

Ethan E. 10 points, 1 steal

Jared G. 2 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Sam K. 1 steak, 1 assist

Noah R. 5 points. 2 assists

Matt F. 2 points. 2 rebounds

Jake M. 3 rebounds

Oscar O. 1 assist

Final Score 58-38, W

Coach: Diego McCoy

Lacrosse vs. Camp Towanda, July 13

The Starlight 6th grade lacrosse played an outstanding game against Towanda. The leading scorers were Daryn C. (8) and Sabrina W (5). The Starlight girls won almost every draw in which Maddie S.-who also had 2 goals was very committee to getting the ball on our side. The game was very fast paced and full of skill. Out amazing goalie Julie G. had 7 saves; she played an amazing game as well as the rest of our girls. The game ended with an incredible score of 20-9.

Coaches: Daniels Delgado Devon Himelman

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30 Seconds with Matt Perlman

July 21st, 2014

Recently, some campers in the Radio Option caught up with Lower Inters Assistant Division Leader Matt Perlman. Click the image below to hear the interview.

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A Closer Look at the Camp Starlight Circus Option

July 21st, 2014

Tossing the diablo

The Circus program at Camp Starlight is very popular, and for good reason. It is the only program that gives campers the opportunity to walk on stilts, juggle, do diabl0, flip devil sticks, and spin plates. Campers in the Camp Starlight Creative Writing option decided to spend some time there to see just what draws campers by the dozens each day.

The Circus program is led by Ben. He first became interested in Circus when he was in the Youth Theater, which is an amateur theater in his home country of England. Ben says that a circus person once came to his theater to demonstrate juggling and diablo, which made him very interested in all things circus. So he asked the circus person to teach him his tricks, and so the circus person taught Ben everything he knew. Ben practiced a lot, and eventually became better than his mentor.

Campers find Circus fun and different.  Around the world, spaghetti string, and

Walking on stilts

throw and catch might not be familiar terms to those who aren’t familiar with the diablo. But one Junior who was interviewed by the roving reporters of the Creative Writing Option and has been to Circus five times this summer has learned all of them. For those less familiar with all things circus, a diablo is a popular circus toy comprised of  two large cylinders attached to both ends of a metal center piece that are balanced and juggled on a piece of string controlled by two sticks.

Juggling with devil sticks

For campers who are looking for an activity they can’t try at home, Circus is the perfect choice. Every camper interviewed at Circus told us that they learned everything they know about Circus at Camp Starlight. Favorite camper activities at Circus include, devil sticks (aka Chinese juggling sticks), stilts, and the balance board known as a tiabolow. Many Camper Starlight campers build their skills at Circus over multiple summers. One particular enthusiast of the stilts said she has been learning and practicing the art of stilt walking for more than a year.

Circus was even offered as a Starcamp at Camp Starlight this year. Special

Roving reporters of creative writing option: Samantha S., Dori H., Hannah W., Dori H.

guests from Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus taught campers the art of Circus comedy that included pies in the face, water throwing, and gags, which are funny skits that many circus clowns perform in between acts during circus shows. Campers also learned new circus skills, such as getting up on stilts without the aid of a wall as well as new juggling and spinning tricks with the circus tools available at Camp Starlight. The Ringling Brothers crew shared that in addition to camp clinics, they also perform for patients at children’s hospitals.

Campers agree that the circus is fun to watch but even more fun to actually do. It is no wonder campers rate the Camp Starlight Circus program a 10!

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July 21st, 2014

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Camp Influences

July 20th, 2014

In their book True North, Bill George and Peter Sims challenge readers to examine the qualities and influences that have made them great leaders through a series of motivational chapters complemented by interactive surveys. In the survey that follows the first chapter, readers are asked: “During your early years, which people had the greatest impact on you?” This is a very significant question to anyone who either attended camp as a child or who works at a camp as an adult.

It only takes a single summer to influence a camper for a lifetime, but the majority of campers attend summer camp for seven summers or more, which exponentially increases the chances of camp counselors having a lasting impact on their lives. Add the community environment of camp in which campers and staff live together 24 hours a day, and it’s nearly impossible to imagine that each camper’s life is not greatly impacted by at least one member of the camp staff. Such a conclusion is evident by the amount of former campers who state the influence of former staff members as one of the primary reasons they chose to return to camp as camp counselors themselves.

George and Sims challenge readers to “discern passion through life experience.” Such an intense task puts the role of camp counselors into a new perspective. Not only do counselors have the ability to greatly impact a child’s life, but to inspire passion in them through the experiences they provide at camp. This is an interesting concept because it is not one about which most camp staff tend to reflect throughout the summer. Camp is a temporary environment that is structured with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Combine this with the fast pace of camp, thinking tends to steer in the opposite direction.  Yet, many campers –and even counselors– are so influenced by their camp experiences that they take away a passion for camp as well as the traditions and values they are taught there.

When examined from such a perspective, the role of camp counselors becomes so much more than a summer job, whether a staff member spends one summer or many summers at camp. When counselors pack their bags each summer and head off to camp, they are taking on the tremendous responsibility of inspiring children to become so deeply invested in the camp experience. It’s neither a small nor insignificant challenge. Yet the hurdles of living up to such high expectations is exactly what draws so many camp counselors to their summer camp roles each summer—and what makes them return in subsequent summers. In this regard, the campers have as much influence and inspire as much passion in the counselors as the counselors do to them. The two roles are interdependent.

It’s easy to go through one’s daily life without slowing enough to properly contemplate the potential influence each of us has over others. But when the concept of influence is examined through the perspective of camp, it’s very easy to see how little time is needed to influence someone for a lifetime.

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Wayne County Update

July 20th, 2014

10th  and 11th grade girls basketball vs. Camp Shoshanim, July 17

Starlight took home a win in their game against Camp Shoshanim. Molly B. scored 17 points and Jessica R. 12 points. The girls played with determination throughout the game. Great job, ladies!

Final Score 40-24, W

Coaches: Janelle Floyd and Kendall Minta

Senior Wayne County Gymnastics Invitational, July 17

Starlight was awarded third place team at the Senior Wayne County Gymnastics Invitational. Elle B. came in 11th overall and Lily K. came in 15th overall. The senior girls are looking forward to the next meet.

Coaches: Victor Randazzo, Maxine Irvine, Sally Hawkridge

Starlight vs. Camp Chen-a-Wanda Boys Tennis, July 17

An all-around great match by the entire team winning 5-0 over their weaker opponent. Sloan S. continued his winning ways over an older play 8-3 with some amazing shot making; his technique and shot selection was impeccable. Jake P. played outstanding in an 8-0 victory. Daniel W sealed the match with a convincing 8-3 victory. Both doubles teams of Aaron K. and Jake G. and Blaze S. and Ryan R., won easily over their less experience opponents (8-0) (8-0). Great job Camp Starlight moving forward towards the finals.

Final Score 5-0, W

Coaches: Craig Cooper Jock Cooney

Starlight vs. Camp Chen-a-Wanda Boys Tennis, July 17

The 10th/11th  grade boys were outmatched by a strong Chen-a-Wanda team. At 1 singles CA Jordan K. fell 0-8 although he had many long points and games. By far the best match of the day was CA Justin G. at 2 singles that went back and forth with his opponent for over an hour before falling 8-6. Great match, great competition. Nathan W. lost 8-0 and both doubles team played strong matches, but fell as well (8-3) (8-5) respectively.

Final Score 0-5,L

Coaches: Craig Cooper  David Willford

8th grade basketball vs. Camp Morasha, July 18

The 8th grade boys had a close game against Camp Morasha winning 44-35. Starlight played outstanding defense. Dylan T. led the team with 15 points. Ryan K. had 14 points and clutch 3-pointer to put the game away in the 4th quarter. Danny S. had 6 points, Zach C. had 5 points and Owen B. had 4 points and played amazing defense the entire game.

Final Score 44-35, W

Coach: Dan Mutz

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July 20th, 2014

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An International Staff Member’s First Time in the U.S.

July 19th, 2014

According to the American Camp Association there has been an increase in the use of international staff to expose campers to different cultures; nearly 20% of staff are from other countries.  This is also the case for Camp Starlight and first time staff member Charlotte C.  Charlotte is a student at Worcester University in England studying English and journalism. Starlight, Pennsylvania is a drastic change from Birmingham, Charlotte’s hometown and one of the largest cities in England. However, Charlotte, who has been in the United States for a month, is not having a difficult time adjusting due to Camp Starlight’s spirit. “The spirit at camp is amazing and has made my first time in America something special,” Charlotte said. “This is my first experience with anything camp related as they are not big in England. Camp is nothing like I expected. The children that I’ve encountered truly adore each other and I imagine will be friends for life.”

  • Before coming to camp I never thought I would…listen to Taylor Swift so much in one day.

  • New food I’ve tried at camp…peanut butter and jelly sandwich during orientation week and Wendy’s fast food

  • Favorite camp meal: pizza

  • Favorite thing to do at camp evening activities

  • Why did you choose to work at Camp Starlight?  The amazing facilities and camp spirit

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July 19th, 2014

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Calling the Game in Camp Starlight Sports Broadcasting

July 18th, 2014

Is Lebron James better than Michael Jordan? Who will win the World Cup and why? What team has the best shot at winning the 2014 World Series?

These are all questions that would stump a veteran sports broadcaster, but not the announcers of WSTR, Camp Starlight’s Sports Broadcasting program.  In some sessions, campers make up their own sports questions and are given points based on their knowledge of sports and how well they answer questions. Other times, campers are free to give their take on what’s happening in the sports world.

The sports broadcasting program is led by Oliver L. from St. Albans England. Oliver is a student at Nottingham Trent University and is looking to work in the sports industry after graduation.

Check out a clip below.

Sport In 60-1

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