Rates are also found on each individual conference listing. Please click here for the conference list. Room and board rates do not include conference program fees, which are unique to each conference and are set by the leadership of individual conferences. Standard rooms are in the Oceanic Hotel, Gosport Building, or Cottages with shared half-bathroom. Motel units are rooms in Founders, Sprague, YPRU or Baker with en-suite half-bathroom.
About our Rates and Financial Grants
What does Room and Board pay for?
Believe it or not, room and board only covers two-thirds of our annual operating costs. In addition to the expected expenses (food, payroll, linens, maintenance) there are also “off grid” expenses required to host conferences in such a beautiful, rugged, and remote location, such as generating electricity and treating all wastewater…
Why did the rates go up from 2022?
We are committed to being transparent about our rate structure, and how it supports our ability to operate effectively. The costs of many of the goods and services we rely on to remain open and operating effectively have risen dramatically over the last year. Additionally, we are focused on improving services this season, particularly in the areas of housekeeping and food service. After keeping rates flat in 2021 and only increasing them by a small margin in 2022, we have been falling behind in our ability to keep up with what it costs to run Star Island at the levels desired by our guests and employees. So, this year, we are raising rates by 9% – for a family of four attending a full week/seven-night conference, this amounts to about $300; for an individual adult, about $100.
Our commitment to financial accessibility
We recognize that this a challenging time, financially, for many folks, and we don’t want the price of the Star Island experience to prevent people from coming to Star Island. To that end, we have increased our Financial Grants Program budget by 81% over last year. We are actively encouraging individuals and families who are impacted by our rate increase to apply for financial grants to learn more and apply.
Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization, and we rely on tax deductible charitable donations. Donations to the 2023 Annual Fund help to fund our Financial Grants Program, and we encourage those who can comfortably pay full room and board fees to also consider an extra donation this year as a way of “paying it forward.”