Cordova 4H Ukulele Camp (ages 6-8)

Cordova, AK


July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017


Contact Information:

Kathy Zamudio & Kate Hamre

907.424.3111 - Kathy

907.350.2562 - Kate


Our new website is Please register at that website.

The Cordova 4H Music Camps offers young people an opportunity to explore a diverse range of traditional acoustic music styles in a supportive and encouraging environment. Special guests artists, as well as local Alaskan musicians teach classes. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!

This experience will provide an immersion into Hawaiian music, arts, crafts and lifestyle, and will hopefully provide inspiration for the children to share what they have learned with others. Teachers will also instruct the students in basic hula, and lead discussions on Hawaiian culture, stories and lifestyle. Students will also do themed arts and crafts activities that explore the Hawaiian culture.

Ukulele Camp is open to ages 6-8 (must have completed Kindergarten). A completed Registration Form, signed Release Form, and 4H Code of Conduct Form, as well as payment, are all due by Friday, July 14th.

Tuition is $250 if paid in full before June 39th. If paid after June 30th, tuition is $300.

Please mail completed forms with payment to:
Cordova 4H Music Camp
P.O. Box 1053
Cordova, AK 99574

Instruments, arts and crafts, Hawaiian snacks, and other materials will be provided by camp.

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 inside and sign the child out each day, or provide a handwritten note at the beginning of the day. If no ones signs a child out, Cordova 4H Camp calls the parents around 4:30pm. 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.
Students from Ukulele Camp are dismissed at 3pm, but may choose to stay with parent permission until 4pm to join the 4H Music Camp for Afternoon Activities. Staff will bring Ukulele Camp Campers over to 4H Music Camp, and back over to Ukulele Camp at 4pm for pickup.
Ukulele Camp will be located at St. Joseph’s Parish, 220 Adams St. Details on other locations will be on student’s schedules, as well as available at camp. The Cordova 4H Music Camp (ages 9-18) will be centrally located at Mt. Eccles Elementary School, 201 Adams St, as well as other locations around town. 

What to Bring to Camp
Please bring your instruments, water bottle, and a coat or rain gear. Lunch is provided by the Cordova School District, but you are welcome to bring your own. Students are expected to be responsible and prepared for every class: bring their instrument and songbook to each class, and tune their instrument, or if they are still learning how to tune, bring it to the Instrument Table to be tuned by a volunteer.

9:30am – Optional: Join the Cordova 4H Bluegrass and Old Time Music Camp at Mt. Eccles Elementary School for Square Dance
10:00am – Morning Circle
10:15am – Snack
11:00am – Ukulele/Arts and Crafts
11:30am – Ukulele/Arts and Crafts
12:30pm – Lunch
1:15pm – Hula
2:15pm – Snack/Finishing Arts and Crafts
2:45pm – Afternoon Circle 
3:00pm – Dismissal
3:00pm-4:00pm –Students may choose to join the Cordova 4H Bluegrass and Old Time Camp for the Afternoon Activity with parent permission. 

Staff will take campers over to the other camp, and bring them back at 4pm for pickup.

Parents of Ukulele Campers will receive more detailed schedules during Monday’s opening circle. 

Thursday: The schedule will be slightly different because of rehearsal and different morning activities.

Friday: Ukulele Campers will participate in “Bands Around Town” with 4H Music Campers from 1:00pm-

Hula Instruction – No experience necessary. Students will learn very basic hula steps, and be able to dance to an entire Hawaiian song by the end of camp.

‘Ukulele – Students will learn strumming techniques, basic chords, and a few fun, simple songs.

Arts and Crafts – Students will have an opportunity to make various Hawaiian themed crafts, including decorating a hula skirt for their final performance.


Morning and Afternoon Activities are a variety of all-campus activities, in which students get to meet and interact with their fellow campers doing activities such as jamming, square dances, blackboard concerts, performance workshops lead by the guest artists, and sing-a-longs. Ukulele Campers are welcome to join with parent permission. “Bands Around Town” is an opportunity for the bands to travel around town to play their performance songs and other jam tunes for tourists and the lunch hour crowd. Donations to the bands will be given to the camp to help for next years’ expenses: new instruments, fixes to older instruments, new strings and picks, songbooks, etc. The Cordova Music Camp Board will select locations for each band, which will be listed at camp and on students’ schedules.

Morning Activities (at Cordova 4H Bluegrass and Old Time Camp):
Mon.- Registration and Sing-a-long 
Tues. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming 
Wed. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming 
Thurs. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming 
Afternoon Activities (at Cordova 4H Bluegrass and Old Time Camp):
Mon. – Band Workshop with The Railsplitters and Eli West
Tues. – Jamming or Blackboard Concert
Wed. – Camp Picture at 3:00pm/Jamming or Blackboard Concert
Thurs. – Jamming or Blackboard Concert

Family Events
Family activities are held in the evening during the camp, and are a big part of the Cordova Camp community!! Further details, including locations, times, staff, etc, will be listed on the students’ schedules.

To be announced

We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer and become involved in the camp. You may choose to sign up on this registration form, online when you register, or anytime during camp. Someone will contact you to confirm, as well as put your name on the Volunteer Board located at camp. When you arrive at camp, please find Kate or Kathy to receive your job duties.

Camp Volunteer Jobs include:
● Preparing for Camp (up to a month before camp) – Print and bind songbooks, shop for camp supplies, make nametags, put schedules in books, collect donated instruments and food, put up posters around town and school, promotion and marketing as needed by Board, put together mailers
● Camp Set-Up (2pm-5pm, Sunday) – Put schedules in songbooks, set up chairs and rooms, tune and tag instruments, set up Stations for Registration, help move instruments to appropriate rooms
● Registration (8:30am Monday) – Manage a Registration Table, welcome students and parents to camp and direct to Stations, hand out schedules to teacher after being printed
● Morning Caretaker (9:30am- 1:30pm, Each Day) and Afternoon Caretaker (1:30pm-5:00pm, Each Day) – There can be different volunteers for each time slot. Jobs include: keep camp area secure, help students to class, help students and teachers find instruments, make photocopies for teachers as needed, answer parent questions, gather band names and band songs for Camp Concert Program, make and print Camp Concert Program, make sure students sign out at the end
of the day, supervising lunch area, help to prepare lunch for teachers, cleaning teacher lounge if needed, make sure coffee, tea, and water are available for teachers, etc.
● Lunch Duty (12:00 - 12:45pm, Each Day) – Supervise lunch area
● Evening Family Events – Depends on which evening you sign up for, but duties can include: setting up chairs, sweeping, helping to set up the sound system, grilling food for the potluck, supervising students, etc.
● Bands Around Town (12:30pm-2:00pm) – Help escort or drive bands to their Bands Around Town locations, take pictures for the Cordova 4H Music Camp
● Concert Set-Up (5pm, Friday) – Set up chairs, help with sound system if needed, pass out programs, welcome parents
● Camp Clean-Up (2pm, Friday) – Put away chairs, vacuum, take down signs, collect teacher supplies, put instruments in cases and take them back to where they belong, etc.
● Concert Clean-Up (After concert, Friday) – Put away chairs, mop floor, etc.
We would also appreciate donations of fish, meat, or veggies (fresh or frozen) for staff meals. If you would like to donate any of these items, please indicate so on the Registration Form.

Additional Questions
Phone: Kathy Zamudio 907.424.3111

To be announced


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