All Star 1 Family Conference: The Book and the Origin of Western Culture

July 1, 2017 to July 8, 2017

Join the All Star 1 Family Conference for a relaxing week of fun and aloha on Star Island! The Book and the Origin of Western Culture is the theme of the week. Children can attend daily morning chapel, morning and afternoon activities with our talented children’s staff. Children perform in the Children’s Stunt Show. Adults can attend the morning speaker lecture with Gregory Heyworth, and choose daily activities such as meditation, the arts, talks on the rocks and more. Celebrate Fourth of July on Island with a procession, and several intergenerational games! This year will feature both Pel-Conferee softball and soccer games. Star Island’s natural beauty provides hours of exploration and contemplation. Reflect nightly in adult chapel under peaceful candlelight. Traditional evening entertainment includes the Great People Hunt, Pel Show, Adult Stunt Night, and Musicale. Have a talent? Let us hear, see, or experience it! We encourage exploring your inner spirit of aloha. Create leis and other Hawaiian-themed art projects in the Art Barn. Enjoy a Hawaiian-style luau at the Friday night banquet.
All Shoalers can discover new relationships and talents through traditional activities and new ones. In the theme talks this summer, we’ll hear about the book and the written word and how they have influenced western culture. Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English and Textual Science, will explore the origin of western culture and the roles that the book and the written word have played in the development of modern society. He has traveled the world looking for ancient copies of fundamental texts. Learn how these texts and their contents have shaped the foundations of modern western culture.

Youth Programming

All Star 1 offers a fantastic children’s program, supporting our children from newborns to young adults. Children in appropriate age groups have two experienced leaders who create engaging programs off-island to implement on-island. Each age group has a unique feel and “traditions” specific to their group. The groups meet every weekday morning for two hours and three afternoons for an hour and a half. Activities include music, games, art, outdoor fun, exploring the island, and lots of group bonding. This year the program will focus on the spirit of aloha!

Theme Speaker

Gregory Heyworth, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Minister of the Week

Rev. Nancy Wood, United Church of Christ, New Hampshire.

Program Fee

$100 per adult (18+); $80 per child not to exceed a family maximum of $385 dollars


Aid is offered on a completely confidential basis. Forms are available online by clicking here and questions should be directed to Susan O’Loughlin, Registrar at
Please consider a donation to the Financial Assistance fund. You can write a check payable to All Star One, with memo FA Fund and mail to Ann Etter, 820 Superior Drive, Northfield, MN 55057.
Thank you for your generosity!

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

AS1 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $939 $1,264 $1,156 $1,680


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

AS1 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youth Free $439 $627

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, July 1
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, July 8
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Contact Chairs, Keith Knox and Dale Stewart at or Susan O’Loughlin, Registrar at