“Fitting in is when you want to be a part of something. Belonging is when others want you.” That’s how a group of middle school students responded when best-selling author, social worker, and researcher @brenebrown asked them the difference between fitting in and belonging. This mirrors what campers and their families tell us about their experiences at North Star Reach: even just a few days at camp provides them with a sense of “true belonging.” #northstarreach#findyourcampfire#seriousfuncamps#truebelonging
When asked what the most important thing about camp is, one camper said, “Everyone had some sort of idea of what I went through.” We are honored that we can provide a space where children with serious health challenges can meet peers with similar strengths & challenges. To our Instagram followers: We’d love to hear what you find most important about camp. #northstarreach#seriousfuncamps#whycampmatters
Back in December, we asked our fans to “round up” the adorable stuffed moose on sale around town. We’re thrilled to announce that our huggable herd has grown to more than a dozen. Thank you, moose wranglers! One of our campers, Emily (pictured here with Patrick, our Camping Director), recently delivered one of our newest herd members. However, despite adult supervision, a few moose have escaped. Visit link in our profile for full report. #lovethemooseness#northstarreach#seriousfuncamps
This is what #professionaldevelopment looks like when the #acanat18 takes place at Disney Meetings Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Make no mistake, it really is a rigorous conference, with four-plus days packed with educational presentations and events. We can’t wait to hear about our team’s experiences and to apply what they’ve learned to improve our camp programs. (Looking good, Meiko, Jess, and Patrick!)#northstarreach#seriousfuncamp
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join our amazing community of summer camp program volunteers who serve children with serious illnesses by starting your application today. Link in our profile. #mlkday#fierceurgencyofnow#northstarreach#seriousfuncamp
Start your application today to give your child an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience like Nathan’s (link in profile). As Nathan’s Dad, Mark, shared with us, his son “loved everything about NSR….He is already looking forward to next year’s camp. Thank you again staff, counselors, volunteers, and everyone else who makes this camp possible for all these kiddos.” This photo features Nathan (far right) and his friends from Cabin 9 (Dominic, Owen and Malaki) during last summer’s Cardiology Camp closing ceremony. #seriousfuncamps#northstarreach#powerofplay
On this National Spaghetti Day, we celebrate a beloved camp tradition with an epic look back at some of our favorite no-hands’ spaghetti dinners. Last summer alone, we consumed 225 lbs. of spaghetti, 50 lbs. of meat, and 100 lbs. of @newmansown sauce. Be sure to check out a terrific video by @constant_motion_productions by clicking the link in our Profile. Enjoy!
We're grateful to everyone who helped raise awareness and funds for our mission yesterday by participating in GivingMooseDay. If you are one of the lucky T-shirt winners, we will notify you shortly. In the meantime, we hope you'll take a moment to hear a few words of gratitude from our staff, volunteers and campers. Link to video in our profile. #givingmooseday#northstarreach
Hello, Instagram Friends! Help us raise awareness and funds for North Star Reach on this annual day of giving by Moose-ifying your profile pic. You’ll need to swing by Facebook to access one of our custom GivingMooseDay frames.
GivingMooseDay celebrates the "mooseness" spirit that shines bright whenever good people come together to make good things happen. We invite you to share your own personal story about why you support North Star Reach’s mission to provide life-changing camp experiences to children with serious health challenges and their families, free of charge.
You can also share your GivingMooseDay photo on your favorite social channels, including right here on Instagram! Be sure to use the #givingmooseday hashtag.
Not sure how to access a custom Facebook frame? Visit our site for instructions. Link in our Profile. #givingmooseday#northstarreach
Our photo album from our first 2017 Fall Family Camp, serving @dmatum families, is now up on our Facebook page. Many thanks to all the families who joined us and, of course, our all-star team of dedicated program and medical volunteers, including Miguel, our @seriousfun_camps colleague from @lenvolasso in France. #dmum#seriousfuncamp#northstarreach
If you miss summer camp as much as we do, you'll love our recently launched "100 Summer Moments" series over on our Facebook page! Through photos, videos, audio stories and posts by a remarkable team of staff, volunteers, donors, campers, and camper families, we'll serve up 100 magical moments from our second summer season. Weekly "takeover" posts are authored by camp insiders (our Seasonal Activity Staff and Unit Directors), with weekends reserved for special guests. Our first week, authored by Nate, featured spa nights, catfish tales & more. Stop by our FB page to read them all. Do you have a great camp story to share from the 2017 summer season? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Story Line (734-680-8748) and tell us your story. #northstarreach#100summermoments#seriousfuncamp
With temperatures heating up to 90 degrees today, it's hard to believe it's Fall. But here's a sure sign the season is underway: we're hosting our first 2017 Fall Family Camp Weekend, serving @dmatum families. Say hello to our extraordinary group of camper families, volunteers and staff. #northstarreach#seriousfuncamps
Today, we welcome dozens of families for our first 2017 Fall Family Camp Weekend, as well as a fabulous team of program volunteers (including special guests from @seriousfun_camps and @lenvolasso). Yesterday, we enjoyed a visit from University of Michigan Survival Flight. We're honored to have so many people sharing their talents and resources with North Star Reach, creating an extraordinary place for our campers and their families. (Video by @constant_motion_productions.) #northstarreach#seriousfuncamp#michiganmedicine#survivalflight
Hello, Instagram friends! You are invited to join us for a game at Detroit's Comerica Park on Thursday, September 21, when the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins, starting at 7:10 pm. Tickets are FREE (really & truly!), thanks to our friends at @delta and the Detroit Tigers Foundation. With seating for several hundred North Star Reach campers, families, volunteers, donors, staff, and new friends, the evening is a perfect way to celebrate our successful second summer season while enjoying a major league ball game. To reserve your tickets, click the link in our profile or call 734-680-8744 (weekdays 9 am to 5 pm). Get ready to roar...and cheer on the Tigers with a spirited display of Mooseness! #northstarreach