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! The early forms are published in the participants booklets, as are the dates.
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.
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 have a self-division morning on the first day of camp. It feels really confusing, but works very well. We ask students to divide themselves to where they THINK they will belong. Then we send that group with a group of instructors. They will play a few drills, teach a short phrase, and generally try to create levels. We move people around if we feel they misplaced themselves. And then, when the groups are divided, they have a “sample lesson”. At this time, people can ask for a move “up or down” depending upon how they are feeling. It’s a very mobile class, as we try to get the groups “homogeneous”… or full of people who learn at a similar level / pace. Sometimes, classically trained musicians are moved to less-advanced groups because they’re not accustomed to learning by ear! We really just want everyone to have the best experience possible, so we work hard at trying to create the right class! The first day, groups have 3 full classes with their teacher, so by the end of the first day, they are usually in a class that is a good fit for them.
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, all of the instructors host workshops, give private lessons and participate in group collaborations. 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. However, you are welcome to attend workshops in whatever instrument you wish, or to book private lessons on any instrument as well.
11. You keep talking about “private lessons”. Do these cost extra?
No. We have what we call “Confessionals”. These are 15 minute lesson slots that participants sign up for as an alternative to attending a workshop. Every participant is allowed to sign up for one each day, and if there are extra spaces after the sign up time, they are allowed to double up. These are great for recording tunes, for working on technique or for getting advice on a variety of musical topics.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. What is the jamming like at camp?
We have several scheduled jams: daily at 4pm we have a slow jam and a regular jam in two different locations. 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 during the morning coffee break.
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).
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, but 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. Pets can not be accommodated on campus.
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?
Yes! We can now accept payment via Visa or Mastercard or eTransfer. Once you’ve registered, you can call Michele (306.577.3447) with your credit card information. Please note that we charge an addition 4% on all credit card payments.
22. Can I purchase concert admission or camp merchandise with a credit card or interac?
No. Cash or cheque only, please.