1. How do we secure a spot in the camp?
To be fair to everyone who wants to attend, we process the registrations in the order that they arrive in the mail! Each participant’s form must be accompanied by a non-refundable $200 deposit. The reserves a space. We start accepting early registration at the camp itself, but payments are not cashed until March 1. At that time, we’ll contact you to ensure you are still planning on coming! The early forms are published in the participants booklets, as are the dates.
Regular registration will open on March 1st, and from that point on, will be processed each Friday.
PLEASE NOTE: non-refundable does not apply to medical situations or family emergencies. In these events we do our best to accommodate, or we will defer your deposit to the following year.
2.Where can I stay when I come to the camp?
We have a variety of types of accommodations on site: They range from really cheap bunkhouses to private rustic cabins, or more modern rooms in the main centre. We also have on-site camping (with no sewage or water hookups). The camp is in the Moose Mountain provincial park which also boasts several hotels, rental cottages, and campgrounds. Check out or “links” site, for some great Moose Mountain options.
The fee listed for bunkhouses is per person for the week. But the fee listed for every other accommodation is for the accommodation itself. For example, if you are paying a Forest Cabin Fee, and are fitting three people in it, you only pay ONCE for the week. So just include the accommodation registration on each form but indicate which participant is paying the fee.
If you’d like to look at the various accommodations, you can see photos of the camp here: CLICK HERE
3.Do the rooms have private bathrooms?
No. There are no rooms or accommodations on site with private bathrooms. However, there are 4 different places on the campus, so even though they are shared, there’s never a long wait!
4.If my child is under 16, do I have to accompany them?
Yes. We do not provide supervision for children on site. For students 15 or younger, a responsible adult must be onsite at ALL times.
5.If I am here as a chaperone, and / or not as a participant, do I need to register?
Yes. You need to register as a “campus pass”, which includes access to our facilities, jams, nightly concerts, camp fire and square dances. This does NOT include meals, which must be purchased separately, nor does this entitle you to any lessons or instruction, whether they be group or individual. Everyone on campus must be registered with the camp.
6. What if my child is 16?
For students between 16 – 18, a parent must be able to be reached , and the student must abide by the “unsupervised minor contract” on campus.
7. What is the “unsupervised minor contract”?
Unchaperoned participants under the age of 19 must sign a contract with the camp stating that they will not engage in illegal behaviour, like consuming alcohol. It also sets out the expectations clearly that all participants must exhibit responsible camp behaviour. We’re pretty flexible on most items, but are not at all flexible when it comes to breaking the law, or morality issues. We’re a family camp, and respect and safety are high on our list of priorities!
8. How are classes divided up? What if I don’t think my group is right for me?
We ask that participants indicate on their registration form, the level they think they are at. We will pre-make the class lists prior to camp. Your first class will be with that group, and then we will switch people around if they feel they are in the wrong group. If you are unsure, you can include a brief note about your playing and what you are looking for in the camp instruction, and I’ll do my best to place you there.
9. What if I really want to study with a particular instructor?
You can request that instructor, but we cannot guarantee that this can be accommodated. However, during the week, each group has rotating instruction, and opportunities to collaborate. So there will be many opportunities for you to work with any instructor that you wish.
10. I play several instruments. Can I take lessons in more than one?
Well, everyone registers for their “primary” instrument. So you’ll be in your “home classes” with that instructor. In the afternoon, there are opportunities to collaborate, to participate in vocal and dance workshops as well as to jam on whatever instrument you like.
11. I am a vegetarian / have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate different eating habits?
Our kitchen staff tries very hard to accommodate special dietary needs. They cook alternative vegan / vegetarian options at every meal. However, if you have really complicated eating requirements, we would suggest that you cook for yourself while on site, to ensure your dietary needs are adequately met. The head cook requests on the first day that anyone with special requirements meet with her, and then she gives instructions on where to access special meal preparations.
12. We have a family of 5 and they are all musicians. Is there anyway to offset the costs of camp?
We do have a bursary program designed to assist families with the costs of camp. It is specifically aimed at sponsoring families from SE. Saskatchewan, but we have other donations which are not so targeted. Phone and talk with Michele about the options and possibilities. We try to be as accommodating as humanly possible, while still meeting our financial obligations.
13. What is the jamming like at camp?
With our new format, there are spaces for much jamming. An intermediate jam occurs daily in the chapel, with a jam leader. However, students are encouraged to start their own jams all over camp! There is jamming at the kids’ campfire ( at 6:00). A Jam band plays for the square dance every night (everyone can play if you can play up to dance tempo) and there is jamming at the campfire after the dancing and usually in the Mother Theresa Living room. Teenagers often jam in the Piano room 1, and the bluegrass bunch often jam in the forest. You see jams happening in the camping area at all times of the day! And everyone is welcome to join in … wherever!
15. My husband / friend / family member is only coming for a couple of days. Can he stay and eat meals?
Yes. They will need a guest pass. We charge facility fees for guest passes on site, which covers administration, facility usage and nightly concerts. Meal tickets are not included in the campus pass, but can be purchased daily from the Kitchen Staff, as they are available. It is up to the Kitchen to decide if they have planned on sufficient food for that day to accommodate more guests.
16. How do I find out when the concerts are, and who is playing on what nights?
We publish a newspaper with all of the information about concerts, and we also publish the information on the concert page on our web site. In addition, camp participants will find this information on their camp schedule. Concerts begin at 7 pm and usually last until 9:30 each evening (with an intermission). We host concerts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and Thursday night is the camp dance from 7 – 9:30
17. I am here as a chaperone for my children. Can I participate in the workshops and jam sessions?
Between the hours of 9 and 4, the camp activities are for camp participants only. These are included in their registration fees. But everyone is welcome to participate in the jam sessions at 4pm, and we often have local community members who come in for these as well. You will need to register for a campus pass to be onsite during these hours. The concert admission is covered by your campus pass, so if you have a name-tag, you’ve paid your admission to the concert, which includes the square dance, and evening campfires.
18. Am I allowed to drink alcohol while on site?
Yes. We encourage moderation. We run a private facility, and people who are of LEGAL age, are welcome to provide their own beverages. However, we do not condone drunken behaviour, and appreciate when participants demonstrate good judgement. At concerts, please be discreet.
19. I have pets. Can I bring them to the camp?
No. As a general rule, pets can not be accommodated on campus. . Please talk to Michele – service animals are exempt from this rule, and we try to accommodate folks from a distance by looking at each case individually as needed. We do have one emotional support camp dog on site, who is hypo-allergenic, non-barking, and highly socialized. She is a Labradoodle named Freya.
20. Is there internet available at the camp?
No. The only internet available may be on personal mobile devices if you are lucky enough to have service. There are some places in the Moose Mountain Provincial Park that have wifi, such as the Kenosee Inn or at Club 19.
21. Can I pay my fees with a credit card or etransfer?
We do not accept Credit card, because of the fees involved. We DO accept eTransfer or PayPal payments. The etransfer can be sent to the email address on your registration form
22. Can I purchase concert admission or camp merchandise with a credit card or interac?
No. Cash or cheque only, please.