An Inside Look at Why the STARFISH Program at Banner Day Camp is so Special

Character Counts at Banner Day Camp

Banner Day Camp is way more than a pretty face. It’s way more than gorgeous grounds. It’s WAY more than your typical average day camp who’s goal is for the kids to be safe and have fun. In a nutshell, character counts at Banner Day Camp and I want to bring to your attention all the details of their coveted STARFISH program!! Why? Because it is SO SPECIAL and one of the main reasons that sold my husband and I on sending our kids there. Ready to hear more? Let’s do this!!

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As the Banner website states “We are committed to providing each camper with the building blocks for a lifetime of success through value-based programming.” Well, a huge part of their value-based programming is based upon their Goal of the Week program – also known as the STARFISH program!

The STARFISH program teaches campers that through their actions, they can make a positive difference. Each week brings a new goal that they work towards. In the end, the goals spell out the word STARFISH and kids are recognized for honoring these values with colorful STARFISH tags that they carry on their backpacks.

STARFISH Stands For:

I Believe in myself

The amazing Banner staff members and counselors do such a wonderful job passing out these awards on a weekly basis. My kids are always motivated by the STARFISH standards and are so excited to show me their awards upon getting off the bus!

Communication is Everything at Banner Day Camp!

I think it’s so important that families and parents know about this program because it’s just another thing that really sets Banner Day Camp apart from the crowd. I also love that staff members take the time to call each family every single week that camp is in session updating you about how your child is doing on a daily basis. Communication is everything to Banner and they understand that parents want to know what’s going on when they aren’t around! Again, not all camps do that. In fact, most don’t. But Banner goes above and beyond because they are here to serve their camp families as best they can!!!!

Other Banner Day Camp Related Blog Posts

If you’re new here, over the past few years, I have written many blog posts about our love for Banner Day Camp! I’ve shared 9 reasons why we keep sending our kids to Banner Day Camp and a complete list for what to bring in your child’s summer camp backpack. I’ve also shared 6 water safety tips to remember when bringing your kids to a pool. Trust me, they’re all worth a read!

Banner Day Camp is located at 1177 Riverwoods Rd in Lake Forest, IL. 60045. Camp tours are given year round! You can call to set up an appointment at 847.295.4900. Also – go follow Banner on Instagram.


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