Seward Bluegrass Camp for Kids (ages 5-7)

Seward, AK


July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017


Contact Information:

Shiloh Parkerson & Kate Hamre

650.745.6190 - Shiloh

907.350.2562 - Kate


Bluegrass Camps for Kids offers young people an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional music styles and instruments in a supportive and encouraging environment. This camp is developed for children ages 5-7, who have recently been through Kindergarten or First Grade. This is similar to the older kids camp, with the addition of times for movement, games, read-alouds, and arts and crafts.

Throughout the week, students will engage in four classes during the day, one of which will be performing at the end of camp, as well as morning and afternoon all-campus activities (with the older kids camp) that include square dancing, sing-a-longs, jams, and blackboard concerts. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!

Ages 5-7.  We request that campers have completed Kindergarten prior to registration for the camp. Please speak with your child about behavior expectations while at camp.

Registration and online payment is available online or by downloading the registration form and mailing it to the address listed below. Class sizes are limited and preferences are honored by registration arrival. Your schedule, songbook, and other information will be given to you when you arrive at camp. Forms and payment are due by Friday, July 7th.

Forms can be mailed to:
Kate Hamre
Attn: Bluegrass Camps For Kids
3107 W. 33rd Ave. #2
Anchorage, AK 99517

Students will be taking two different instrument classes, a band class, and an all-campus class that will change daily, but include fun activities around movement, arts and crafts, and games. Although your student will only be taking two classes, please indicate your top three choices in order of importance on the Registration Form. We will make every effort to give each student his or her top two choices for the two instrument classes. If you have questions about what classes to sign up for, please email us at

Class Choices
Please click here to view our class choices.  This is different from the older kids camp, in that students will be taking two instrument classes, one band class, and one class will be all-campus activities such as movement, arts and crafts, and games. These will change daily. Students in this camp are allowed to choose from Beginning Guitar, Beginning Fiddle, Beginning Bass, Beginning Mandolin, and Beginning Ukulele. If a student is more advanced in any of these instruments, please email Kate and we will have them join the older kids camp for that particular block.

We feel that playing multiple instruments is a great asset to a child’s musical education, and that is why we encourage children to take multiple instrument classes. Understandably, many children may not have those instruments readily at hand. We will do our best to find an instrument for your child’s use during camp, however we cannot guarantee that there will be extra instruments available for your child during their chosen class. If it is critical that your child have his/her own instrument we highly recommend renting one from your local music store.

Closed-Campus Policy
We have a closed campus policy, meaning students are to be signed out at the end of the day. On the Release Form, parents may choose to not sign their child out, which means the child may leave camp without a parent signature after the day ends. If a parent indicates that they would like to sign their child out, they must come to the main room and sign the child out each day. If no one signs a child out, Bluegrass Camps for Kids calls the parents around 4:00 pm. We do NOT require a sign-in for the morning as we take roll each day and a phone call is made to the parents if there is a child absent. If you would like to call in a student absent before or during camp, please contact Kate at 907.350.2562.

Seward Methodist Church
321 4th Ave.
Seward, AK 99664

Please bring your own sack lunches to camp. Healthy snacks will be provided. Water bottles and recorded devices are welcome, but please leave electronic games at home.

Daily Schedule
*Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend Morning Activities! Morning and Afternoon Activities are all-campus activities, in which students get to meet and interact with their fellow campers, doing activities such as jamming, sing-a-longs, band performance workshops lead by the teachers, blackboard concerts, and square dances.

9:30am- 10:30am – Registration-First Morning Only!
10:00am – Morning Activity 
10:30am – Block 1 - Instrument Class
11:15am – Snack Time
11:30am – Block 2 - Instrument Class
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Band
2:00pm – Block 3 - Campus Activity (movement, sing-a-longs, read-alouds, arts and crafts, games)
3:00pm – Afternoon Activity 
3:30pm – Done for the Day! (4:00pm on Thursday)

*Pick-up and Drop-off is at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

On Thursday, we will be doing “Bands Around Town” for our Afternoon Activity. “Bands Around Town” is an opportunity for bands to busk around town at different local venues for the tourists and lunch-hour crowd. Locations and more details will be announced during camp. Pick-up time on Thursday is at 4:00pm.

Camp Concert

The Early Bird price for the Seward Bluegrass Camp for Kids is $250 if the payment and forms are mailed in by Friday, June 30th. If forms and payment are sent in after June 30th, the tuition is $275. You may pay securely online with a credit card, pay with a major credit card when you arrive at camp, or write a check to Bluegrass Camps For Kids. Scholarships may be generously donated by the Seward Arts Council or the Seward Music Boosters. To apply for a scholarship (including multiple-sibling families), please email us at Please include: 1) Your musical history, 2) Why you want to come to camp, 3) What do you want to focus on or learn when you come to camp. 

Music camps take a lot of time and energy to put on, and parent volunteers are much needed and appreciated. If you would like to volunteer, please indicate so on your student's registration form. Volunteer Job Descriptions are available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQ page has more details about camp, and you can always email us at

Thank you for your generous donation! Our scholarship fund helps students that may not otherwise be able to go to camp, as well as helps to pay for our Instrument Fund, which buys new instruments, picks, capos, straps, strings, and repairs "wear and tear" on our camp instruments. To donate, please write a separate check with your donation amount to Bluegrass Camps for Kids and mail it in with your registration, or you can donate online when you register.

Additional Questions
Kate Hamre


Kate Hamre - program director

Kate grew up in Anchorage, Alaska listening to her parents and friends play bluegrass, old tyme, and folk music. At the age of 14, she joined Bearfoot, a nationally touring band, and played festival such as Merlefest, Greyfox, Wintergrass, Rockygrass, and Telluride to name a few. As a Compass recording artist, Bearfoot cut their 4th album, called "Doors and Windows" in April 2009, which quickly rose to #1 in the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. Kate is also the director of the renowned bluegrass music education program, "Bluegrass Camps for Kids", which has taught thousands of children internationally in the last decade. Kate has a B.S. in Elementary Education through the University of Idaho and a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from San Francisco State University.

Shiloh Parkerson - guitar, vocals

Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Shiloh discovered her passion for music as a young girl while trying out every wind instrument she could get her hands on. She trained as a flutist from the age of 10, competed in every competition she could find, and enjoyed teaching young students as a youngster herself. The support of a music teachers especially led her to the world of education, where Shiloh honed her craft of teaching, and over time earned her the respected title of master teacher. From 2003-2009 she built up the English Language Learner program at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, and continued to grow as an educator while managing a team of instructors of engineering and architecture with LEGO at Play-Well TEKnologies after relocating to the Bay Area. Though teaching practices were her main focus for many years, music has always played a prominent role in her life, most notably with her time as lead singer and collaborating songwriter in the (former) Alaska based band, Fiddlehead Red from 2007-09, as well as co-leading American Nomad from 2011 –present . Finally, with teaching and music as truly equal passions for her, it’s a dream come true to combine both in Bluegrass Camps for Kids.


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