Lantern Review of Camp Starlight
If a camp is a reflection of its directors, you’d be hard pressed to find a camp with a more intentional and uncompromising approach than what you’ll find at Camp Starlight. This scenic camp, secluded down a rural, mile-long private drive in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, is fondly referred to as “Starlight World,” evoking an almost magical experience when you come to this place.
Calling it magical, however, may not give this camp enough credit for what happens here each summer. The truth is that this camp is highly organized and deliberate in its programming, which is carefully and attentively orchestrated to make Starlight campers feel connected, nurtured and challenged while having a blast. There’s no doubt that a drive for the perfect summer is what keeps the camp directors, David and Allison Miller, filled with enthusiasm and passion for their camp and its campers. For David, “every day needs to be great” and to accomplish that goal, every detail is scrutinized and evaluated to ensure the best possible program. His convictions are unwavering, some might even say strict, but by removing any ambiguity about his camp and its values, his parents find comfort and assurance that his camp will deliver as promised. Starlight creates high expectations for personal behavior and the parents buy in.
Of the six daily activities, four are assigned and two are elective. The program leans towards sports, but the camp truly attracts a wide variety of campers thanks to its range of other programs, from theater to robotics. Special evening activities demonstrate the light-hearted community atmosphere of Starlight, with events like “crazy wrestling” or theater productions or other creative ideas that the counselors dream up. It’s fun, even hilarious, and completely inclusive.
The facilities here are top-notch to help deliver top-notch instruction; witness the 12,000 square foot “Carriage House” or the 70-acre private lake. Starlight is a coed camp, but in many ways it operates as two different camps; a boys camps and a girls camp. The boys and girls cabins and program areas are separate, allowing for a more traditional all boys or all girls experience, but meals and evening activities are coed, creating a larger community feel. What’s so special is the firm focus on developing character. The last week of camp, David and Allison visit each bunk to challenge the kids to continue to be kind, helpful and respectful throughout the school year, or risk not being allowed to return to Starlight the following summer. Ask a parent about this approach and the response is universal: “That’s why we chose Starlight.”
- 560 Campers per Session
- Founded in 1947
We take pride in our hands-on approach to camping. Our personal leadership and spirit is reflected in Camp Starlight's rich traditions, extraordinary staff and quality program. We focus on the individual camper, striving to make each child and parent feel like they are an important part of the Starlight family. As parents ourselves, we understand the significance of a warm and safe camp community where young people can have fun, make friends, develop skills, and create lifelong memories.
- 60 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Evening Activities
- Roller Hockey
Chartered bus from the New York, Long Island, Westchester, Northern and Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore areas. Chaperoned flight from Florida. For campers flying into the New York Metropolitan area from overseas or other U.S. cities, we can work with you to arrange all the details