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Children's Program

All Star 2 Children’s Program

Our dynamic Children’s Program is the cornerstone of our week long family conference. Designed and developed over many years to meet the needs of all our young Shoalers, from newborn babies to high school graduates, it is led by experienced and dedicated staff who will guide your children through the week during two daily sessions. Children will meet with their age groups for an hour and a half every morning, and for an hour and a half on most afternoons, excluding Sunday and Friday and Family Fun Day on Wednesday.

Activities include a session at our Art Barn, where two creative leaders will provide exciting artistic projects; visits to the Vaughn Cottage for storytelling with the Vaughn Curator; and visits to the Marine Lab where touch tanks, holding tanks, and enticing displays are a source of delight for all ages. Some groups take out the rowboats and row to Smuttynose Island to go on a walk around the island or to go wading in the beach area. Children will participate with their group (and sometimes individually, if they choose) in our Children’s Stunt Show, where they will take to the stage to perform their skits and songs before an enthusiastic audience.

Children’s Groups

Children from newborn up through high school are strongly encouraged to attend all group sessions. Recent high school graduates can opt to remain in the Senior Teen group for one more year. Children are divided into eight age/grade appropriate groups (seven some years, depending on the number of children) and each group has its own meeting space. All groups have two experienced adult leaders (per group) who come to Star prepared to engage their groups in projects, games, songs, walks on the rocks, and group-building activities. Your child can look forward to receiving a welcome letter from their group leaders before they arrive on Star with any special requests for the week (grown ups may get a letter, too).

Meeting Places for Children’s Groups

  • Nestlings – Kiddie Barn
  • Skimmers – Kiddie Barn
  • Puffins – Louise’s Barn
  • Terns – Sandpiper Room
  • Gulls – Lawrance
  • Jr. Teens – Parker 
  • Mid Teens – Marshman
  • Sr. Teens – Brookfield
  • Art Barn
Other events the children look forward to during the week include: our traditional Marshmallow Roast and Sing Along on the rocks, Family Fun Day on Wednesday afternoon, softball games, and All Star II′s unique Great People Hunt, which includes the young adults! These are just a few of the many ways in which we nurture our children throughout the week.

Spirituality

All Star II schedules a daily Children’s Chapel at 9:00 a.m., which is very casual and always enjoyable. There is also a special Children’s “Candlelight” Chapel at 7:30 p.m. with the lanterns and traditional quiet procession up the stone pathway to the chapel. Many children’s groups participate in or run some of the morning Children’s Chapel services. A favorite tradition is our Senior Teen Chapel on Thursday evening. This is an opportunity for the Senior Teens to share a memory, experience, or feeling that relates to their topic in a caring and loving group setting, as they bridge from the children's program to young adulthood on the Island.

Housing

Our youngest children, from infancy until age 8, share rooms (or adjoining rooms) with their parents and siblings, and are housed on the second floor of the Oceanic Hotel. Children enjoy being in close proximity to their friends and peers, as do their parents. Star Island Corporation provides a hall monitoring service on the second floor of the Oceanic Hotel from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. every night to enable parents to participate in evening conference activities. All families with one or more children under eight years old are charged $46/family for this service. Star Island does not offer private babysitting services, though conferees may approach Pelicans on an individual basis. There is no guarantee that private babysitters will be available on Star.

Children who are 9, 10 and 11 are sometimes housed with their friends, but always with a parent in adjacent or nearby rooms. They may be housed on the second or third floor of the Oceanic Hotel or in the Cottages. Youth who are 12 and 13 are housed in dormitory fashion, with parents in nearby rooms. Junior Teens, Mid Teens, and Senior Teens are housed in Cottage D or in Gosport, also dormitory style, with many parents close enough to offer guidance, but far enough down the hall to give these teens a degree of independence. Bedtimes/curfews are established and adhered to for all age groups, allowing parents to engage in a multitude of activities in the evenings, as well as helping to minimize the dread "mid-week meltdown" that some of the particularly younger children will often experience due to lack of sleep!

Bedtimes/Curfew

  • Nestlings – 8:00 p.m.
  • Skimmers – 8:00 p.m.
  • Puffins – 8:30 p.m.
  • Terns – 9:00 p.m.
  • Gulls – 9:30 p.m.
  • Jr. Teens – 10:00 p.m.
  • Mid Teens – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sr. Teens – 11:00 p.m.

An experience your kids will always remember!

All activities and inter-generational events are geared toward creating memories that will last and developing friendships that will endure. This is sure to be an unforgettable week for all children, and their parents, too!