All Stars Camp is a traditional day camp experience with a focus on team-building, prevention of risky behaviors among middle school youth, and having a positive middle school experience. All Stars Camp was developed to help ease the pivotal transition to middle school.
- Participate in All Stars, a research-based program with long-lasting results in reducing alcohol, tobacco, other drug use, bullying/violence and sexual activity among middle school students.
- Tour and hear about the middle school, led by older All Stars students.
- Meet kids from other Saratoga elementary schools.
- Participate in team-building activities, adventure-based games, sports, dance, music and crafts.
- Be asked to complete homework with their child as part of the research-based program to promote positive parental attentiveness.
- Ensure their child attends all 5 Days of camp.
Note: Attendance everyday is critical to the programs success; campers are expectedd to attend Monday – Friday of their registered week.
Registration for the 2020 All Stars camp will be ONLINE coming soon. For additional information or financial assistance, contact Amber Danaher @The Prevention Council at (518)581-1230 ext. 3614 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 1 – July 6 – 10
Week 2 – July 13 – 17
Week 3 – July 20 – 24
Week 4 – July 27 – August 31
Frequently Asked Questions
All Stars is a curriculum designed to prevent alcohol and drug use, violence, and premature sexual activity among middle school youth. The All Stars curriculum focuses on five strategies that research indicates will decrease young people’s chances of being involved in these behaviors.
- Reinforce the belief that risky behaviors are not normal or acceptable by the adolescent’s peer group
- Cultivate the belief that risky behaviors do not fit with the youth’s personal ideals and future aspirations
- Create voluntary personal and public commitments to not participate in risky behaviors
- Strengthen relationships between the adolescent and positive social institutions
- Help parents listen to their children, communicate clear expectations about alcohol and drugs, and support their children as they work towards positive life goals
William Hansen, Ph.D., of Tanglewood Research in North Carolina, is the author of the All Stars curriculum. He identified the prevention strategies that have the greatest potential to influence whether a young person, especially between the ages of 10 and 15, will start to use drugs. These strategies form the basis of All Stars.
All Stars is designed for middle school age youth who do not regularly use or have not yet begun to experiment with alcohol or drugs. Early adolescence is the critical period for the onset of substance use and other risky behaviors. Studies show that, unless countered with a strong preventive intervention, protective qualities erode during this period.
The goal of All Stars is to delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. In other words, to keep young people free of alcohol and drug use as long as possible. This is the outcome of the five research strategies that All Stars is based upon.
The All Stars parent component encourages youth and parent interaction through parent/child homework assignments.
The curriculum is delivered by trained All Stars facilitators.
Yes, but many of them are also asking for guidance on how to be even more successful with their efforts. All Stars offers them a program based on the most recent research, an evaluation component to show its impact, a training process that ensures the program will continue within their school, and ongoing technical assistance.
- It is based on the most recent research
- It focuses only on the strategies that have the most impact
- Evaluation shows it works
- It prevents other problem behaviors, including violence and premature sexual activity
- It builds schools with the professional capacity to deliver the program
- It includes important components–parent involvement and booster sessions
Yes! Initial independent evaluations of All Stars that have been reported by Dr. Nancy Harrington and her colleagues at the University of Kentucky reveal important changes in student behaviors. Findings show that All Stars students had significantly lower incidence of drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and physical aggression than control group students.
All Stars Camp was developed in response to local youth and parent survey results, which show that the middle school transition years are critical in determining at-risk behavior in later adolescence. The program is a collaborative effort of the Saratoga Springs City School District, the Saratoga Springs City Police Department, and The Prevention Council.