Camp Starlight elects new President, Commission Members

The Camp Starlight Commission announced today the results of its January elections, naming Randall Bodkin as President and board co-chair. New members Ebony Frison, Mark Duell and Jennifer Block were also elected to its board of planning commissioners, with Frison also named board co-chair.  The Camp Starlight Commission is the nonprofit entity that operates Camp Starlight, a week-long summer camp for children in Oregon and Washington who are affected by HIV/AIDS. 

“Camp Starlight makes a lasting difference in the lives of our campers, creating a community where these kids can fully express themselves in a way that's free from the stigmas often associated with HIV and AIDS,” said Bodkin, who will also serve as Camp Starlight’s Camp Director this summer. “It's an honor to help lead Camp Starlight through our current period of organizational growth and community connectivity, providing a magical week at Camp Starlight to the growing number of families we serve.”

Randy Bodkin has 11 years of experience with Camp Starlight, and has co-chaired the board of commissioners since 2013.  He previously developed and directed the camp’s Counselor In Training (CIT) program for four years.  He is a Sales and Client Services Team Leader with Amica Mutual Insurance Co.

New board member Mark Duell will serve as Camp Starlight’s mental health director this summer. Duell is a social services specialist who works with patients in secure residential treatment facilities. Co-chair Ebony Frison is a social worker at a local government agency.  New commissioner-at-large Jenny Block is a freelance author and blogger for such publications as Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, and Edge New York.  As new members of the Camp Starlight Commission board, they join sitting commissioners Janet Bailey RN, Rebecca Block Ph.D., Joanne Brown, Dr. Sarah Green, Sandi Griffin RN, Kit Noble, Melanie Smith-Wilusz, Greta Swanson, and Scott Weimer.  Camp Starlight Commission members each serve a three-year term.

Founded in 1999, Camp Starlight is a week-long residential summer camp for children in Oregon and Washington ages 5-14 who are affected by HIV/AIDS.  Many of its campers are HIV+ themselves, while others live in a household with someone who is.  Camp Starlight creates a sense of safety, acceptance and friendship where kids can enjoy a rich, rewarding and fun summer camp experience in an environment free from the burdens of stigma or shame.

Support Camp Starlight on #GivingTuesday

Camp Starlight is excited to be taking part in a new holiday tradition that's taking hold across the country: #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a national day of giving. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the nonprofit community is coming together for #GivingTuesday. This year, Giving Tuesday will be December 3, 2013.

Founded in 1999, Camp Starlight is a week-long residential summer camp for children in Oregon and Washington who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of our campers are HIV+ themselves, while others have someone in their immediate family – a parent, a sibling, a care-taker – who is. Camp Starlight brings forth a sense of safety, acceptance and friendship so that kids can enjoy a rich, rewarding and fun summer camp experience in an environment free from the burdens of stigma or shame.

Children come to Camp Starlight at no cost to their families. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies upon donations big and small from individuals and the community to operate.

Start your holiday season off in the spirit of giving by making a contribution to Camp Starlight on Tuesday, December 3. Share this page with your friends and family, and encourage them to participate in #GivingTuesday as well. Together, we will be supporting a cause that makes a difference in the lives of these children.

Thank you for participating in #GivingTuesday, and thank you for supporting Camp Starlight.

The Needle Prick Project Presents Camp Starlight

Our heart-felt thanks to Tyler Curry and The Needle Prick Project for making this beautiful video about our camp. It was filmed this summer, as we prepared the campsite for the kids' arrival. Camp Starlight is honored to partner with NPP to help shape a world where kids like our campers can live their lives free from the stigma of HIV.

 

Top 5 Needs: Recreation

 Camp Starlight Rec Sports

As the start of camp nears, Camp Starlight is still in need of donations. 

Once a week we'll be highlighting our Top 5 Needs in several areas of Camp. 

Recreation Sports

Kickball is a popular game during “rec time” involving campers and counselors alike. It can be fierce, but mostly fun, with some of us opting to make daisy chains in the outfield. This year we have a new tire swing for the bravest of campers and a HUGE soccer field for all-day fun. Only 11 days until camp and we can’t wait to play! Any new or used donations are greatly appreciated—and as always, we can arrange for pickup! 

Top 5 Needs:

  • Soccer/Foot balls - nerf and original
  • Hula Hoops (10)
  • Frisbees (10)
  • Wifflebats (3) & balls (20)
  • Kickball/playground balls - (5)