What Parents Need to Know


Star is a wonderful place for all youth to safely practice independence and take responsibility within this beloved community. As is true every year, it’s important for parents and youth to remember that the youth program supervision comprises only a few hours of each day. The rest of the time on the Island, parents are responsible for their children/youth. Parents: just as you would off-island, it’s important to check in with your kids throughout the day and provide whatever guidance you would when you are at home.

Youth Program Hours

Toddlers: 9:50am – 12pm

Barners, Larries, Brookies, Newtons, Marshlandians:
9:50am – 12pm and 1:20pm-3pm

In the morning, the youth program gathers in Brookfield then walks with their group to their various sites.

Parents of Toddlers, Barners, and Larries are expected to meet their children at the conclusion of each session at their designated location.

Parkers: 1:20-3pm and 8-10pm

Youth Program Locations

  • Barners: PreK-1st grade, Louise’s Barn

  • Brookies: 2nd – 4th grades, Brookfield

  • Marshlandians: 5th – 8th grades, Marshman

  • Parkers/Seniors: 9th – 12th grades, Parker


Please take time to discuss geographic boundaries and expectations with your child. Note that children under 12 years old must stay within the front lawn – stone village – kiddie barn area, not simply within the area inside the road, unless accompanied by an adult. The IA Family Handbook has detailed descriptions of the IA boundary policy. Consult the Star Island Corporation map available at the front desk for guidance.

Social Hour

This social time of gathering is geared for both adults and people under 21 years of age, but it’s important to know that according to New Hampshire law, no one under 21 years is allowed inside of Newton Center while alcohol is being served – for all of social hour. To allow a comfortable, enjoyable and legal social time for everyone, we are now providing a FAMILY SOCIAL HOUR on the Kiddie Barn lawn. The Family Social Hour includes snacks and juices. Please help your child understand the importance of this rule by explaining to them how to go avoid the adult-space and by not bringing your child, no matter how young, into that space.

Parents of Parkers

Sometimes, the Parker group likes to hang out late into the night in the building (Parker) where they meet for youth program – historically and generally, this is absolutely fine with the Island and the conference. However, parents should understand that this does NOT constitute youth program time; neither does the Youth Program, the Conference, nor the Island, provide supervision of the teens during these hours.


The Island and the IA Conference take fire safety issues very seriously. Star Island is a remote island with several very old, historic wooden buildings. While sprinkler systems have been installed, and the island staff is well trained in fire protection, the risks to life and property are higher than they would be were there a fire station nearby. Therefore, the rules that have been put in place by the island regarding smoking and the use of fire in and around buildings must be taken very, very seriously. The island has a zero-tolerance policy for violations of these rules. Anyone found in violation will be required to leave the island on the next available boat. No questions asked. We strongly urge you to discuss the policy with your children and impress upon them the importance of following it. Being “next boated” is not a pleasant way to end a wonderful vacation! The policy will be explained during the mandatory island orientation at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, also called the Fire and Water talk.


Illegal drugs, guns and fireworks are prohibited on Star Island. Anyone found in possession of any of these items will be required to leave the island on the next available boat. Please explain this to your children as you deem necessary.

Please review the Family Handbook with your child for these safety & supervision reminders, plus island boundary information.