Camp Starfish is a place where children can grow, learn, and thrive. Our innovative approach and philosophy enable campers to reach their potential, build social skills, and learn coping mechanisms. We provide a 1:1 staff-to-camper ratio, creating a safe and supportive environment for kids who struggle in traditional settings. Our staff is dedicated to helping campers get the most out of their experience. We offer structured activities, year-round programs, and individualized support to ensure that campers have a positive and memorable experience.
We believe that Camp Starfish can be life-changing for children and families. We invite you to join us and become part of the Starfish community. Whether you are a camper, family member, staff member, teacher, social worker, donor, or friend, you can make a difference in the lives of the campers. Come and experience the power of Camp Starfish.
What kind of kids we support
On the spectrum
Food option available
Programs at Camp Starfish in Rindge, NH
The Navigators program is our core, traditional program for campers age 6-13. Campers generally spend the initial years of their Starfish experience participating in this program.
We call our core campers “Navigators” because, with the help of staff, they choose their activities in several-day bundles, allowing them to discover their interests and “navigate” the world around them. First-time and younger campers are strongly encouraged to choose from a wide variety of options. As they progress through the program, most begin spending more time in areas of interest to them and undertaking multi-day or even multi-bundle projects in those areas. All Navigators earn tags and “level up” through our Tag-Up program, which recognizes progressive skill achievement in activities.
Is your teen ready to experience the great outdoors in the Beachcombers Grove? Beachcombers is about being willing to try new things, working together on camp life (wood collecting, food prep, fire building, etc.), and engaging in outdoor pursuits including canoeing, hiking, camping and whitewater rafting.
Teens do not need to be outdoor-savvy to participate in Beachcombers, but they do need to be active and willing participants in the program. Teens should be fully aware that they are being enrolled in this program, and what it entails. While living in platform tents and taking part in basic camp chores like collecting firewood, participants quickly learn the importance of pitching in and keeping their camp tidy. Beachcombers cook at least one meal outdoors daily; the others are eaten in the dining hall or on the trail. Cooking their meals are an activity and learning experience like none other, as with staff support and careful supervision, campers are responsible for helping with all parts of preparation, cooking and cleanup.
Weekenders offers a chance for campers to reconnect with camp and change their scenery for a few days during the school year, and gives parents/guardians much needed respite. The trained Starfish staff and directors you and your camper know and love are on hand to supervise and engage participants. Our respite has a very Starfish flavor - though limited electronics use is allowed at specific times, participants spend the majority of their time engaging with others in camp activities, reconnecting with friends, and continuing to work on their Tools and Keys.
The ratio for Weekenders is 1:3, which is plenty of staff for engagement and supervision, though campers do also need to be able to participate without consistent hand-over-hand support. Additionally, it’s important to determine if Weekenders is the right kind of respite opportunity for your camper. While our summer camp programs are extremely highly structured and tightly scheduled, Weekenders is significantly more low-key.