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North Star Reach University Human Resources Team Visits Summer Camp unique to children with serious Medical Conditions

On May 3, leaders from the University of Michigan human resources team visited North Star Reach, a summer camp designed exclusively for kids who can't attend traditional camps because of serious medical conditions. North Star a non-profit organization funded through a $26.2 million comprehensive capital campaign to cover construction costs and a two-year operations budget. Annual fundraising, endowment funds and planned giving will support long-term operations.
Located on 105 acres in Pinckney, MI, North Star Reach Camp is a non-profit organization of the Serious Fun Children's Network founded by Paul Newman.

Camp Features

  • health center
  • dining hall cabins to house campers and staff
  • arts and crafts center
  • two swimming pools
  • nature trails
  • athletic courts and sports field
  • accessible tree house with zip line
  • archery range
  • amphitheater
  • waterfront docks
The camp was founded by Doug Armstrong, a former nurse at U-M. While working at U-M, Doug conceived the idea to create a camp specifically for children with unique medical needs. Today, the university owns the land and leases it to Doug’s non-profit organization to run the camp.

In addition to partnering with U-M, North Star Reach has received generous support from foundations, corporations and individuals.

The “Treehouse Guys” from the DIY Network built a custom treehouse overlooking Woodburn Lake that is fully accessible. The treehouse was featured on a recent episode of the show.

Members of the UHR management forum helped camp staff prepare to open for the summer. Volunteers washed windows in the cabins, painted and assembled outdoor games, and helped assemble chairs in the dining hall.

Get Involved and Donate

There are many ways you can support camp North Star Reach, including through their volunteer program or by making a donation.

Learn more about North Star Reach

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