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 under 8 if they have attended Bluegrass Camps for Kids in previous years, or by request (i.e. have already taken music lessons, have a sibling in the camp, etc.) Please speak with your child about behavior expectations while at camp.
*Adult Evening Workshop information is listed below.
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 21st.
Forms can be mailed to:
Attn: Bluegrass Camps For Kids
P.O. Box 1205
Seward, AK 99664
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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 Kate at 907.350.2562.
Resurrection Lutheran Church
400 3rd Ave.
Seward, AK 99664
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.
*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! (4:00pm on Thursday)
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.
All evening activities are optional, but a great way to meet other musical camp families!! Family and friends are welcome!
– Open to the public! Staff Concert at Resurrect Art Coffee House, 7pm – Campers that are registered for camp (adult or kids) are FREE! Adults: $8, Kids (5 and over): $5, Family – 2 Adults and 2+ Kids: $20
- Adult Workshops: 7:00 - 9:30pm $45, Resurrection Lutheran Church
*More information below
- Square Dance and Potluck, Resurrect Coffee House, 7pm
- Camp Concert at 3:30pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. This is an opportunity for you to play the song you have rehearsed with your band, and show your parents and friends what you have learned during the camp.
Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery
320 Third Ave., Seward, AK
The Early Bird price for the Seward Bluegrass Camp for Kids is $250 if the payment and forms are mailed in by Friday, June 7th. If forms and payment are sent in after June 7th, 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 email@example.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. Scholarship deadline is Friday, April 3rd.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
Adult Evening Workshop
This is a great opportunity to learn a new instrument, or hone skills on an instrument you already play, plus make new friends in the musical community of Seward! You may use the Kids Registration form to register, but you will only be choosing one Class Choice. Everyone will be involved in the Jam class.
7:00pm - Meet and Greet
7:15pm - Instrument Class
8:30pm - Jam Class
9:30pm - Done for the Evening!