June 4-6, 2013
Hosted by FolkWest
Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO
Camp is FULL for 2013. Please call 970-731-5582 if you'd like to have your child placed on the cancellation waiting list.
Open to students ages 8-16. (Exceptions will be made for younger students who have attended a past bluegrass camp) This camp is an opportunity to explore traditional music in a supportive environment. Please speak with your children about behavior expectations while at camp.
Tuition - $225 (capped at 49 students and WILL fill early)
Class sizes are limited and preferences are honored in order of registration. Your schedule, books, and other information will be given to you when you arrive at camp. Please be sure to arrive by 9:30 am on June 4 with your parent or guardian. Spaces will be filled on a first-come basis.
Students must bring their own sack lunch to camp each day. Snacks will be provided. Water bottles and recorded devices are welcome, but please leave electronic games at home. Students who are camping on Reservoir Hill may go back to their camp for lunch with parent permission.
All students must be supervised in the campground by a parent or guardian before and after camp each day. This is not a “drop off” type camp. The campground is located within walking distance to downtown and there are 9 miles of hiking and biking trails right on Reservoir Hill to keep the rest of the family occupied during the days. Pets are not allowed on Reservoir Hill during the Bluegrass Camp or festival.
Pagosa Springs offers a variety of comfortable and reasonably priced lodging options -- from motel rooms to cozy cabins and luxury vacation homes.
Camp tuition includes one vehicle pass per family for Reservoir Hill access from 3:00 PM on Monday June 3, until 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 6. Each child may have UP TO two accompanying family members age 13 or over in camp; additional family members will be charged $25 to camp for the three days. No charge for siblings age 12 and under.
If you are not attending the festival or are attending but not camping on site, you must have your campsite and all vehicles off Reservoir Hill by 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 6.
Families who are staying to camp on Thursday night must have pre-purchased festival tickets as the box office will not be open until Friday morning. You must stay in the same spot where you camped during the week; you will be allowed to move to a different camp site after 11:00 AM on Friday, June 7.
Daily Schedule - Subject to change
*Please plan to arrive for registration on the first day by 9:30 AM
|10:00 AM||Morning Activity|
|10:30 AM||Block 1*|
|11:15 AM||Snack Time|
|11:30 AM||Block 2*|
|1:00 PM||Block 3*|
|3:00 PM||Afternoon Activity|
|3:30 PM||Done for the Day!|
Camp Concert - Subject to change
The end of camp concert will be held at 3:30 on Thursday, June 6.
Instruction will be provided by highly qualified music teachers from the band Front Country. Kate Hamre, the national director of the Bluegrass Camps for Kids program, will be on site providing hands-on management of the camp, along with her teaching staff.
Parent Volunteers Needed
These music camps take a significant amount of time and effort to put on. If you can help in any way, please send Kate Hamre an email indicating that you would like to volunteer. Volunteer jobs include setting up snacks, helping kids to classes, finding instruments, tuning instruments, helping with registration, and other camp jobs.
subject to change depending on interest in this year's registrants
Students will be taking a different instrument class during each block for a total of three instrument classes, plus a band class. Although your student will only be taking three classes, please indicate your top five choices in order of importance on the Registration Form. We will make every effort to give each student his or her top three choices for the three Blocks. If you have questions about what classes to sign up for, please email us at email@example.com.
Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form in the "Additional Comments" section to tell us about your ability: How many years you have played, what your favorite song is, what song you are currently working on, other capabilities, and your goals for camp.
We highly recommend that students that sign up to be in an Intermediate or Advanced level class also sign up to be in a Jamming class. One of the great things about being able to play and learn music is to able to play songs with one another and our peers, and our Jamming classes encourage that growth in our more advanced students.
Everyone will be participating in a band class during the third block. This is a chance to work up a song with your peers to play during the camp concert. The class will be mostly students of your same age or level, and will include everything from stage presence, to singing and taking solos, to playing rhythm. Everyone is automatically put into a band, so you don’t need to worry about signing up for it; we will take care of putting you into a band.
No prerequisite. Students must be ten or older due to the length of the banjo. This class is an introduction to the three-finger style of bluegrass banjo playing. Students will learn basic rolls, chords, and an easy banjo tune.
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No prerequisite. Students will learn how a bass fits into a jam or band. They will learn 4-5 chords and how to back up a guitar on some simple singing songs.
No prerequisite. This class is geared towards students who have no or very little background in playing fiddle or violin. Students will learn how to correctly hold and bow the instrument as well as a few basic fiddle tunes.
Master Class - Fiddle
No prerequisite. Students will learn fun singing songs to sing with a group, a guitar, or by yourself.
No prerequisite. Students will learn 4-5 basic guitar chords, how to strum with a pick, and a few basic bluegrass and folk songs.
Master Class - Guitar
No prerequisite. This class will teach students the basics of how to hold and play the mandolin. They will learn a few easy mandolin chords, some bluegrass tunes, and mandolin rhythm.
Master Class - Mandolin
Students must be signed up for an Intermediate class in the instrument of their choice, or be an older student (ages 12 and up). Students must have a basic understanding of their instrument, and be able to play 1-2 tunes like Boil Em Cabbages, Old Joe Clark, Cripple Creek, Shortnin’ Bread, Buffalo Gals, Camptown Races, or similar songs OR be able to play 3-4 chords and rhythm. Students will learn how to jam with their peers by learning basic jamming tunes, the different elements of a jam, and jamming etiquette.
Emcee and Stage Managing
Click the button below to pay for registration. Upon receipt of payment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the online registration form, where you will fill out information about your child and select your camp classes. If you are registering more than one child, be sure to enter the correct quantity for online payment. Your registration is not complete until you have completed that step. If you are not directed to the confirmation page with the registration line, please send us an email, or call the number below.
Refund Policy: Refunds of camp tuition will be given through March 15, 2013. After that date, refunds will only be granted if camp is full and we can find a replacement for your spot.
For additional information, please call 1-877-472-4672.
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