Welcome to Star Island
For over a century people have visited Star Island, and the other Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire’s coast, for a chance to learn about matters of consequence and explore the world as it might ideally be removed from the constraints of mainland life. Immerse yourself within one of our cherished “conferences” — an historic term we call our traditional summer island gatherings.
Many describe a week on Star Island as going to summer camp with their family. And we completely agree. From mid-June through August, programs are generally family oriented with pertinent theme speakers and workshops for adults, and related youth activities coordinated by age groups. Community events, like chapel services and softball games, bring everyone together highlighting our multigenerational mix. In September, groups focus on lifelong education in a more subdued and reflective atmosphere.
Star Island, a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1915, is a private organization governed by a board of directors elected from our membership. We help carry on traditions started by individuals from the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Association in 1897. Star Island relies on donations from individuals and organizations, as well as room and board income from summer guests.
Please take a moment to explore our history, our vibrant summer programs, and the traditions – like Pelicans – that have given reason for many people to call Star Island their “Spirit’s Home.”