The Summer Stars Experience

The Summer Stars Experience

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Celebrate our in-person camp experience by supporting our 23rd Year today!

Summer Stars is always 100% free to all participants. There are no costs for transportation, meals, lodging or any of our program.

Which means all of the camp costs are borne by donors. Can you help send a kid to camp?

We believe that success breeds success – that is, helping a child to take creative risks, work hard, and succeed teaches them what success looks and feels like.


Summer Stars Camp for the Performing Arts provides kids ages 12 –17, from economically disadvantaged families, with an opportunity to discover themselves and their potential through the arts.

Supported entirely by donors, transportation, meals, lodging and the Camp experience are provided to campers at at no charge.

Outside of school sports, economically disadvantaged kids may not have the experience of seeing their committed hard work and planning lead to success. At Summer Stars, we provide that experience through the Performing Arts.


Through supported risk-taking and artistic commitment, Summer Stars helps children develop essential character and life skills: confidence, creativity, problem solving, leadership and team building.


Our immersion program gives kids a template for success that guides them on whatever life path they decide to pursue.

The Camp Experience:


During our 9-day intensive program, 150 campers come together in a stunning rural Massachusetts setting, guided by performing arts teachers and professionals in the field.


On the last night of camp, their training comes together in a 90-minute show in front of 500 guests in a state-of the-art theater. 

Summer Stars also provides leadership training for alumni campers, college jobs as counselors and teaching assistants, and  teacher training to share our unique teaching methodology.

Changing Kids Lives Since 2000

A World of Possibility

We’ve shown over 2,000 kids what success looks like for them and given them tools to take it back to their “real lives.” Participants and their families do not pay for Summer Stars. By providing scholarships to these kids, you are unlocking their potential and opening up a world of possibilities. Our annual goal is to serve 150 economically disadvantaged kids. Your support is critical to reaching that goal.

"Growing up in a city neighborhood was kind of hard for me, because you had to fit in. But at camp, I could totally be myself. Camp changed my life."

The Program

Founded in 2000, Summer Stars’ flagship program is a 9 day camp that brings together underserved students ages 12-17 with a talented staff of performers, counselors, and guest artists. Summer Stars Camp is often the first time these young people have a chance to discover their own talents, learn to express their own voices, and be taken seriously.

On the final Saturday of the program, campers become SUMMER STARS in their own energetic, impassioned, inspiring performance.


Summer Stars encourages hard work, risk taking, and the joy of performing through intensive workshops.


Summer Stars also brings a network of known artists to its campers as special guests.


Summer Stars makes its home on the beautiful Northfield Mount Hermon Campus in Gill, Massachusetts.