Fairbanks Bluegrass Camp for Kids (ages 8-16)

Fairbanks, AK


June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017


Contact Information:

Shiloh Parkerson


Shiloh - 650.745.6190

Kate - 907.350.2562


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. 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 that include square dancing, sing-a-longs, jams, and blackboard concerts. We teach everything from individual instruments (beginning through advanced guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo), to dance, singing, jamming, songwriting, and performing. This is a great event to foster new friendships and old, and bring the enjoyment of playing music into your life!

Ages 8-16. We request that campers have completed second grade or equivalent prior to registration for the camp. We will make exceptions for children who are 7 that have been through second grade. Please speak with your child about behavior expectations while at camp. Exceptions must be given for 7 year olds through the camp director. Please contact Shiloh with questions.

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, June 16th.

Forms can be mailed to:
Shiloh Parkerson
Attn: Bluegrass Camps For Kids
3838 Redding Street
Oakland, CA 94619

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 shiloh.parkerson@gmail.com.

Please spend a few moments on your Registration Form 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. If you are signing up online, you may fill this out in the “Additional Comments” section.

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.

Class Choices
Please click here to view our class choices.

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 tent 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 Shiloh at 650.745.6190.

Universal Unitarian Church
4448 Pikes Landing Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone - 907.224.3628

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
11:15am – Snack Time
11:30am – Block 2
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Band
2:00pm – Block 3
3:00pm – Afternoon Activity
3:30pm – Done for the Day! 

Camp Concert - TBD

The Early Bird price for the Fairbanks Bluegrass Camp for Kids is $275 if the payment and forms are mailed in by Friday, June 30th. If forms and payment are sent in after June 9th, the tuition is $300. 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. To apply for a scholarship (including multiple-sibling families), please email us at shiloh.parkerson@gmail.com. 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.

Skype Private Lessons

If you would like to set up private lessons via Skype pre- or post-camp, please register here.


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 shiloh.parkerson@gmail.com.

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
Shiloh Parkerson



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