Posts Tagged ‘summer camp programs’

Sharing at Camp Starlight

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Sharing is a value heavily instilled in Starlight campers from the moment they arrive at camp. When you step off the bus you join a community of people who look out for one another as family. Not only is this important during the summer, sharing is a skill that campers carry with them beyond the conclusion of camp. Sharing makes others feel good and in return, you also feel valued and warm inside.

Sharing can be spotted around the corners of campus in many forms. Junior girls sharing tutus and stickers. Inter boys sharing diabolos and decks of cards. Senior girls sharing speakers and jibbets. The list is varied and endless!

Additionally, our bunks are shared spaces for campers and counselors alike, and throughout the summer everyone learns the importance of working together within this area. The real demonstration of our Starlighters’ fantastic sharing capabilities are proven during inspection when everyone shares the responsibility for taking care of their bunk.

Many physical items are shared at camp, although perhaps the most important things shared here can not be touched or held. Time, laughter, friendship, advice and fun are all shared between both campers and staff daily and these things when experienced together at Starlight are magical.

 

The Junior Show

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Just as another week has come and gone, so has another beautiful and fun production in the Starlight Playhouse. For many of the Juniors, this performance was their first on the Starlight stage—and it was awesome! From the sing banners on the walls and ceiling, to the 50 year legend and Starlight staple Jeff Moss himself, the Playhouse is a place of tradition and family. Adding to the tradition experienced by generations of Starlighters, the Juniors left their first footprint of many to come in the Rec Hall during last night’s production.

Just a few short hours before curtain call, Seniors received their parts for the upcoming senior show. Watching from the long awaited bleacher seats, the Seniors were revelling in the bittersweet approach of their final appearance on the Starlight stage as they watched the Juniors in their first. The oldest Starlighters and Youngest wrapped their arms around each other singing Friends and the Alma Mater. As the Juniors had a beautiful and first time view of the camp joining together as one from onstage, camp had an even better view of the newest generation of Starlighters beginning their career onstage at the Playhouse, as well as their love for all the tradition and family that lives inside.

Visiting Day at Camp Starlight

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

This past weekend was the day that everyone was talking about and waiting for: Visiting Day! At just about 11AM, the large crowd of excited parents and family members eagerly waiting by the Rec Hall ran across the field into the arms of their campers. Campers were thrilled to show their families their visiting-day-ready bunks, beds, and cubbies and introduce them to their counselors and friends. Families went to get their traditional and favorite spots in front of the lake to picnic. While some walked around campus or hiked to Oz, our beautiful waterfall, others took advantage of the many activities offered throughout the afternoon: boat rides, tennis, Home Run Derby, and more. Whatever the activity, everyone spent the day exactly how they wished: with their awesome campers!!! As the day came to a close, hugs, kisses, and excited memories from 2018’s visiting day were exchanged. It was a great day at camp for all Starlighters to be with their loved ones. Now for the next four weeks of fun!

SWF 2018

Monday, July 16th, 2018

SWF 2018 Highlights from Camp Starlight on Vimeo.

Friday Night Speech- Appreciation

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

I am sure many of you can relate that being a younger sibling has its challenges. I had a personal rule that when something great was happening for my older brother, I learned to share in his joy and make it our own. I have continued with this by always reminding my children that all Weiner events are meant to be shared. We all celebrate the joyous events as a family in our house. So a few weeks ago when my daughter, Hannah, had her 8th grade graduation ceremony it was a Weiner event that called for celebration. I made sure our seats were perfect, the cameras were charged, the phones had the proper wifi. Now, having the last name Weiner meant we had a long time to be ready. I started to get ready after I heard Silverman and then I was at the edge of my aisle seat after Wasserman. I had my camera zoomed into the stage and I made every other member of my family capture the moment in a different way. J.J. was to take still pictures on his phone and my daughter Andie would take an iphone video so that we could immediately post the news on Facebook. So as Hannah excitedly crossed the stage to receive her handshakes and certificate, the only thing I captured was me on the video, saying “Oh, darn it, I missed it!” Did that just happen, did anyone else get the video for me?   Did I miss it? I never stopped to appreciate the moment.

Living in the moment is a tricky thing in the year 2018. There are so many things that take us away from the things we need to focus on. Now at camp we are lucky, we can remove about half of our distractions, but how do we really appreciate Camp Starlight? Last Monday the Junior Girls had an opportunity to learn about appreciating what is here at Camp Starlight. They learned how to listen to the many sounds that exist on our way to Oz. They closed their eyes and heard, birds, some buzzing insects, the crunch of the leaves on the ground and even some wind blowing through the trees. Girls, would you all agree it was easier to hear with our eyes closed? Well, I am asking everyone here not just the Junior Girls to listen closely and remember to appreciate what we have, but remember to also keep your eyes open. Wide open. Look for the beautiful sights too; the lake, the shale lined paths and if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of a bird, a fish or even a field mouse. Because if you are too busy just walking you might miss something cool. Appreciation is like that, we can miss it.

When you get to be my age, you realize that appreciation can often come when it’s too late. I spent the first half of my life traveling the world. My grandparents lived in Europe and we often took a jaunt to France, or a flight to Spain on our way to visit them. I had seen some of the most amazing wonders of the world, by the time I was 13. Places like the Pyramids of Egypt and the Dorek Temples of Sicily. I swam in the Great Barrier Reef and I climbed to the top of Ayers Rock. But now I wish I could have those same experiences again so this time I could truly appreciate them. I never really appreciated what was in front of me. I was too busy complaining about the heat and the long drive to “another ancient ruin”. Missing chances to appreciate what is in front of you can be little things too, like when your band aid falls off at Outdoor adventure and you wish you had it on your hand as your climbing up the rock wall. Or a bunk mate is trying to ask you to be a swim buddy or sit next to you at dinner and you are too busy trying to be friends with someone else, you could miss those moments too. You could spend your whole summer trying to make one best friend and not appreciate the experience of making 9 best friends in one room. There are people and places to appreciate all around us. So remember to listen deeply with your ears, open your eyes wide and most importantly open your hearts and minds to the people who you will share the summer with.

So how do we slow ourselves down to appreciate CAMP STARLIGHT? We can always get a new band aid, but we cannot always mend the feelings of a friendship we never worked on or miss an opportunity to try a new activity. We are lucky we don’t have cameras or Facebook to distract us here. If you open your ears, you’ll hear the loudest birds in Pennsylvania. If you open your eyes, you’ll see one of the most incredible sunsets in the world. Most importantly, if you open your hearts, you’ll have a community of people who will always love you. I appreciate every day that I get to spend here, I appreciate all my wonderful counselors who I get to work with, I appreciate all the staff that supports me in my daily endeavors and I appreciate the fun loving Juniors who remind me about the unbridled joy of being at camp.

New Starlight Amphitheater

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Picture this: a balmy summer evening and the view of the beautifully calm lake stretching out to the endless green woodland. The sun is slowly setting for the day producing an unbelievable sky of soft orange and pink. Everyone is sitting, watching in admiration. But the nature isn’t the only thing everyone is admiring right now because we are seated at the new Starlight Amphitheater!

The Starlight Amphitheater, whose stage frames our picturesque lake, was a project over the winter months that took a simple idea and turned it into an outstanding reality. Designed by director, Allison Miller, it offers a new outdoor experience like no other. The amphitheater is outfitted with lights and sound and further enhances our lakefront experiences.

Although new, the structure maintains some sentimental elements of its previous years. Four original trees from this location have been incorporated into the finished product, acting as pillars at the four corners of the stage.

From the stage, the lake seems closer than it ever has before, like you could stretch out your hand and feel the warm water on your fingertips. And if you turn your back to the lake, you face a beautiful panorama of bunks, sporting fields and tall trees.

On Friday night’s this view of camp sports an even prettier foreground; the first generation to use this facility, the Starlighters of 2018. The weekly Friday Night traditions and many other evening activities take place here giving campers and staff a special place to gather and appreciate both the nature surrounding us and how lucky we are to be here at Starlight this summer.

Throughout the day you’d be hard-pressed to find a time when there are not a group of campers on the stage practicing for the play, playing with diabolos or simply sitting, chatting and appreciating the view.

It’s such perfect location to be enjoyed by the Starlighters of today and many generations to come.

 

Starlight birthday: One of a Kind

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Does your birthday fall while here at camp? Then you are in for a special Camp Starlight-style birthday celebration.

Birthdays are special because this is the one day every year where everyone celebrates YOU! If you have your birthday during the summer, this celebration gets taken to a whole new level!

The excitement begins at line-up where birthday campers, often decked out in-tutus, sashes, and birthday crowns, have the distinct and coveted honor of skipping around the flagpole and helping to raise the flag. The celebration continues after lunch when the birthday camper, their bunkmates, and sibling(s) head to the Canteen for their very own birthday party complete with a birthday cake, slushies, candy and of course, a birthday surprise.

In between all the fun and excitement is a specially scheduled birthday phone call for campers to call home!

Campers love celebrating their birthdays at camp with their Starlight family of friends and eagerly look forward to their day in the spotlight. That is because a birthday at Starlight is memorable from sunup to sundown.

Camp Starlight Opening Day Video

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Good Vibes at Camp Starlight

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The environment you are surrounded by has a major impact on your life. If you are in a positive environment, chances are, those feelings will rub off on you. It’s a natural process called entrainment, where you become synced internally with the strong external rhythms around you.

At Starlight, the environment is like no other, so there is no denying the positivity you feel just by being here. When you set foot off the bus at the beginning of summer, your mood instantly lifts.

You breathe in the fresh mountain air and you feel rejuvenated. The purest vision of nature surrounds you in the form of rolling hills, breathtaking lakes, and dense green woods that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s hard to not feel refreshed and positive when you have this incredible view as your backdrop for seven weeks!

In addition to the picturesque surroundings are the people who make up Camp Starlight. Staff and counselors are handpicked to be a part of the Starlight team and they embody the Starlight philosophy. Their energy, love, enthusiasm, and integrity is contagious. Without knowing it, campers are picking up traits and values from these leaders, encouraging them to live with joy, compassion, and empathy.

Throughout the summer the values of tradition, spirit, friendship, adventure, fun and family become ingrained in campers and everyone becomes in tune with the good surrounding them.

They say you become a combination of the top 10 people you spend the most time with. Aren’t we lucky to spend this summer together with our Starlight family!

A Night of New Friendship and Old Tradition

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

It’s the second night of camp and Girls Side and Boys Side alike were already eager to meet their new camp sisters and brothers. As much as the campers are obsessed with the old friends they’ve waited ten months to hug, they also could not wait to make new ones. Just over 24 hours after arrival the kids stayed up late catching up, passed their swim tests together, and were onto the next new adventure asking left and right about the camp sister and brother reveal. To say that the campers were looking forward to tonight is an understatement. After a jam-packed first day including a pizza lunch, athletic evaluations, the first fruit call, polar bear plunge, and divisional meetings to kick off this season, the campers couldn’t wait to read the message and find out their camp sisters and brothers. Through the commotion of hugging, yelling, and running into each other’s arms, everyone found their siblings.

The Boys Side and Girls Side made it down to their respective campsites hand in hand with their sisters and brothers. Ben S. and Marlie K. with over nine summers at Starlight lit the fires with David and Allison leading in the ceremony. Every camper listened intently as the Upper Senior Boys and Girls shared about what being the oldest campers at Camp Starlight meant to them.

Bringing back amazing campfire traditions for the summer of 2018, the girls sang about a moose named Fred, the flowers and daffodils, and more, in various repeat-after-me campfire sing along favorites. Likewise, the boys cheered and showed off their divisional spirit showcasing one of the loudest HOORAH’s the inter division had ever seen.

Before the end of the night, every camper found a star in the beautiful Starlight sky, closed their eyes, and made a wish. Just as they came, all of the campers left hand in hand after a night of bonding, celebrating, and experiencing Camp Starlight tradition. It was the perfect end to a magical first day at Camp Starlight!