Archive for November, 2012

Starlight T-Shirts around the World

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Tuesday, November 13th was the 3rd annual International Wear Your Summer Camp T-Shirt Day!

We challenged our staff to go into their closets and pull out some of their Starlight gear, put it on and show some Camp Starlight spirit. With all the choices our staff had a…staff shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, leagues shirts, We Take Care of Our Own Summer 2012 shirts, Polar Bear Club gear, Arts and Crafts jewelry and apparel projects, shades from a Farewell Party, and Olympic team shirts,  we knew they would be up to the challenge.

We received so many great photos from all across the country and around the world.  From Sydney, Australia to college campuses in Kansas and Oregon. We want to thank everyone for participating and making us all feel a little closer together that day!

Another Successful Stack the Caps Event!

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Way to go, Mollie!

A Thankful Time of Year

Monday, November 12th, 2012

It’s that time of year when we take a moment to reflect on those things for which we are truly thankful. As we roll through November, we approach special days spent with those we love. The holidays are such a warm and special time of year in which so many take pleasure. We are reminded how lucky we are to be surrounded by those we love and for all of the wonderful things we are so fortunate to have. It goes without saying that our experiences at Camp Starlight are ones we truly appreciate and love, and may even count twice on our list of things for which we are thankful.

Past the Post Camp Lull

Monday, November 5th, 2012

It’s here.  The lull.  The point at which the reality has set in that summer is over but next summer isn’t quite real enough.  By now, most of us have shared our favorite memories of camp at least a half dozen times with anyone who will listen  and we’ve actually started to settle into our fall habits, even if we still catch ourselves humming camp songs in that off moment while riding in the car or doing homework.  There is a peacefulness about this time of year, though, because it’s the point at which we really begin to grasp the summer couple of months, reflect on them, and embrace the memories of them.  Believe us!  We’re not joking when we say that for those of us at camp, the summer passes with lightning speed.  Blink more than once and miss it speed, in fact.

It’s hard to really take it all in in the moment.  But one of the best things about camp is that it is something that can be savored.  Henry David csluThoreau wrote, “But the place which you have selected for your camp, though never so rough and grim, begins at once to have its attractions, and becomes a very centre of civilization to you.”  And he was right.  Camp is as much a mindset as it is a place.  For the next ten months, things will regularly happen that will remind us of something that happened at camp.  Whether it was a heart to heart with a counselor, a favorite activity, or even just the adventurous spirit that comes with discovering something new, each summer at camp is full of about a million opportunities to learn just a little bit more about life, some of them impossible to realize until well after the original moment has passed but each of them capable of taking campers and staff back to that “place.”