If you're lucky, you had the chance to go to summer camp as a kid. Whether it’s sleep away or day camp; it's a time to make wonderful memories, lifelong friends and (most of all) have fun.
But for young people who have a serious medical condition summer camp has been off the table. Now there's a place called North Star Reach Camp in Pinckney, MI that can make their camp dreams come true.
Founded by Doug Armstrong, also a registered nurse, North Star Reach is fully staffed with medical professionals who can monitor these kids needs very closely. Doug says his inspiration for creating a camp for kids who need medical supervision came from his experience working in the medical field. " I learned that many children who are patients in a hospital and in clinics around the area don't have that opportunity to go to camp and to try new things for the first time... and be up on stage performing and meet other kids just like them. I knew we had to get more kids to camp.", he says.
While at North Star Reach, kids enjoy a variety of activities like swimming, canoeing, archery, and arts & crafts just to name a few. Their pride and joy is the tree house they had built for them by the DIY network show "The Treehouse Guys" giving campers with mobility challenges the chance to enjoy the tree tops.
North Star Reach Camp is free of charge to all children to who attend. To learn more or make a donation visit them at www.northstarreach.org.