See below for commonly asked questions about Camp UniStar. Don't see the answer to your question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get to Camp UniStar?
Camp UniStar is located on Star Island and is only accessible via boat. UniStar's chartered boat service disembarks from Sail Star Marina, in Cass Lake, MN.
Each Saturday, boat trips are scheduled to leave at approximately 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm & 5 pm. Campers gather at the Sail Star Marina prior to departure and help to load the boat as a group (don't forget to bring large garbage bags to protect your belongings from rain or potential lake spray!) If you are traveling from the Twin Cities or Northern Minnesota please try to take the earlier trips and leave the later trips for people traveling further distances.
Camp UniStar is located on the NorthEast point of Star Island. The mailing address is 25816 Star Island SE, Cass Lake, MN 56633. Do not use this address to navigate to camp. Please use the Sail Star Marina address for navigational purposes.
What do I do with my car?
Covered weekly parking is available for purchase and uncovered free parking spots are provided at the Sail Star Marina.
When you arrive at Camp UniStar the camp staff will meet you at the dock and everyone helps to unload the boat. The camp director will meet you on the waterfront and there you will receive your cabin assignment for the week. If you would like to arrange a carpool please email the registrar email@example.com or visit the Facebook event for your camper week (click on the "events" section) on the Camp UniStar Facebook Page.
What the heck is Happy Hour?
Happy Hour is a camper initiated social hour that takes place before the evening meal. Many campers bring up a small snack to share each evening with each other. If you choose to participate please be sure to bring enough food for each night and be conscious of the plastic packaging of whatever you chose to bring.
What should I bring to camp?
It's can be a delicate balance between being prepared for your week at camp and packing everything but the kitchen sink. We recommend that you prepare for all weather (including rain, extreme cold or extreme heat) as the weather can change quickly within a week. A few things to highlight; ensure you are bringing enough bedding for your whole party (sheets, pillowcases and mattress pads are NOT provided), enough towels for your whole party, including hand towels and bath mats- with a mind that you may need to bring more than one per a person (in the event that a towel does not dry within a day of use) and to pack supplies that adequately prepare you for our natural setting (long pants, sock and boots for hiking, swim suits and sunscreen for the beach etc.)
A full suggesting packing list can be found here.
What should I NOT bring to camp?
The following are prohibited at Camp UniStar:
- Jet skis or motorized boats
- Fireworks or other explosive materials
- Illegal drugs
- Firearms or other weapons
We also encourage you to leave the following at home:
- Video Systems
- Bottled water
- Single serve plastic items
- Environmentally harsh chemicals
- Aerosol cans
What days does the camp week run?
Campers arrive late Saturday afternoon and leave the following Saturday morning, for six nights and 7 days on the island
Is there Internet or WiFi at Camp?
Camp does not provide internet access to campers. Many people find that depending on their cell phone carrier they have cell phone service or data coverage at some parts of camp although we encourage our campers to embrace our rustic location and put their cell phones away for the week and "unplug." A landline is located in the Director's office in the event that a camper needs to be contacted in an emergency or urgent situation. That number is 218-335-2692.
What programming is offered at camp?
Adult programming corresponding to the weekly topic is offered each day from 10 am - noon.
Children's programing (for ages 3-11) is also offered 10 am - noon daily. Parents are responsible for children at all other times.
Youth programming is facilitated each week and is scheduled by the youth based on their interests. Typical activities include, bonfires, volleyball games, and overnight camping trips on another part of the island.
What is there to do at camp?
Many of our campers embrace the beautiful location and natural beauty of Star Island and Cass Lake. Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, bird watching and stargazing are all popular activities. Many books, puzzles and a variety of card and board games are available for use while at camp (Be sure to pack your favorites!) There are also porch swings and hammocks for those looking for a slower paced activity.
Canoes, sailboats and kayaks (including life jackets) are available for camper use at no cost. Campers may also bring their own human powered boats with advance arrangement. If you would like to bring a human powered boat to camp please contact the camp director at firstname.lastname@example.org
How are medical situations handled?
Basic first aid is available at camp. A range of basic supplies to treat burns, cuts, pain relief and stomach upset are available. (be sure to pack any personal medications) Medical emergencies are taken to the Cass Lake Clinic or North County Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
How are meals handled?
Meals are served communally in the dining hall three times a day. We make our best efforts to accommodate dietary needs and preferences including offering vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free options. If you have limited or very specific dietary needs we recommend bringing along food for yourself to supplement as needed. A basic kitchenette (fridge, sink & microwave along with basic dishes) and mouse proof cabinet for food storage are provided in each cabin.
What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?
We make our best efforts to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies so that you can have a fun, safe and enjoyable week at camp! Please email the Food Service Director, Lara Griffin, at email@example.com to discus your specific circumstances or to ask any questions. We recommend reaching out prior to your week on the island so our Food Service Director can plan for each specific week and ensure that the menu is filled with delicious and healthy meals for all. Please note that if you have severe or specific restrictions or needs we recommend bringing along food for yourself to supplement the provided meals as needed.
How do I pay my remaining bill?
You can pay for your week by check or credit card directly to the Camp Director during your week at camp.
Is smoking allowed at camp?
Smoking is permitted outside. We ask that you are conscious of other campers and be sure to dispose of your cigarette butts appropriately.
How rustic is rustic?
Indoor plumbing, electricity and beds are included in each cabin. The mattresses are vinyl covered spring mattresses- some campers like to bring a mattress topper or pad to supplement. Cabins are not equipped with heat or air conditioning although many of the rooms have ceiling fans and box fans are available for warm days. In cool weather there is a central fire place in the main lodge. We encourage campers to pack for a variety of weather conditions including, hot, cold and rainy. For more information about what you might want to bring, please see the suggested packing list. Laundry facilities are not provided and many campers find it helpful to bring items to rotate, including towels.
Many of our camp structures are over 100 years old and are simple wood frame buildings with plenty of character. Due to the island location we coexist peacefully with the island inhabitants including bugs and sand!