Rising Star Camp

Rising Star Camp


Rising Star Camp is a structured program specifically designed to promote self-esteem, conflict resolution skills, positive interactions and success in its participants.


We use a reward system in which kids earn stickers with good choices/positive participation in camp activities. Campers who meet their daily goals are able to attend the weekly field trips.


Camp Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm


Our camp, located at Elks Pond in Torrington, relies on small groups and a dedicated, experienced staff to ensure success and safety. Boys and Girls ages 6-13 are placed in groups of six with one counselor and 30 total participants per session. Each child may attend for a maximum of two sessions during the summer due to space restrictions. Counselors are trained to meet campers’ individual needs.

Your child will create an individual goal each morning with their counselor. A period of time is provided at the end of the day where the counselor and child discuss the progress that was made towards their goal.


Hiking, Nature Activities, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Fishing, Team Building, GaGa Ball, Swimming



Staff from the Susan B. Anthony Project and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health lead children in special discussions and activities focusing on such important topics as trust, decision-making skills, anger management, drugs and alcohol, and personal safety.



Every Friday participants who have earned a minimum of 20 stickers attend our weekly field trip.


Rising Star Camp will be providing transportation this year, while following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transportation guidelines.

Please select which location your camper will be picked up and dropped off at when you register!

Winsted: Pearson School- 2 Wetmore Avenue   8:15 am/4:45 pm

Torrington: St. John Paul The Great Academy Parking lot on Main Street  8:45 am/4:20 pm

Drop off: 8:15 am – 9:00 am Pick up: 4:00 pm

Elks Pond: 108 Guerdat Road, Torrington, CT 06790

Financial Assistance

If assistance is necessary, arrangements should be made by contacting Julissa Martinez by email at [email protected] Financial Assistance forms must be on file for children to attend camp. Camp fees paid in full are only refunded if you move out of the Y’s service area or due to documented medical reasons. All refund requests must be made in writing with verifications. 


Through a partnership with EdAdvance, we are pleased to offer lunch to all campers free of charge. Lunch each day will consist of a sandwich, fruit or vegetable side, a healthy snack, and milk or water to drink. If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch or snacks, please send healthy options such as fruits and vegetables and do not send sugary beverages, candy etc… 


Medical forms, available online, MUST be completed by a parent/guardian AND a physician each year or children will not be allowed to attend Rising Star Camp. This is in accordance with state law and camping standards. All of the forms can be downloaded from the links below. Physicals are required to be within two years of your child’s camp dates. 


While the Leader- In- Training (LIT) campers may participate in some regular camp activities, much of their camp session is spent as a group partici­pating in leadership development. The LIT pro­gram provides participants with the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills and self-con­fidence in the camp setting. These skills are not only applicable to camp but will foster leadership skills that will continue to develop throughout their lives. These skills will be utilized in their fu­ture schooling, workplace practices, and general well-being. If accepted, LIT campers will be under full scholarship.

Our camp serves families from Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Hartland, New Hartford, Norfolk, Torrington, Winchester and Winsted.

We have received funding from: The Connecticut Elks Association, The United Way of Northwest Connecticut, Western CT Coalition, Individual and Business Donations, Rotary Club of Torrington and Winsted Areas, The Draper Foundation, Reiss Foundation, Mary H. Coutant and other generous supporters.

Would you like to make a contribution to support Rising Star Camp? Contact us at 860-379-0708 or contribute online at nwcty.org/donate


Contact Rising Star Camp

Julissa Martinez

Phone: 860-379-0708 x209

Email: [email protected]

For more information regarding our low or no cost summer camp, click here for our Campership Application