NEWS

January 30th, 2017

Registration for 2017's Jam Camps opens Feb 1st!

There are 4 family Jam Camps this summer, in beautiful locations:

Mabel Lake Jam Camp July 16 - 21

Jam Camp North July 23 - 28

Jam Camp by the Sea Aug 13 - 18

Kootenay Jam Camp Aug 14 - 19

Mabel Lake Provincial Park, near Lumby BC
Sunday, July 16th - Friday, July 21st, 2017

We are back at Mabel Lake provincial park, home of our first Jam Camp 15 years ago! Come and join us in making music with people of all ages and musical abilities! Mabel Lake Jam Camp will be a family camp for all ages, facilitated by professional musicians who will lead group song writing sessions, instrument instruction workshops, jam circles and much more! We will explore music from diverse genres and world traditions. Workshops will be catered to both the beginner musician and the advanced. This camp is great for families with young children as well as teens, and we welcome adults who come ready for musical adventure!

Mabel Lake Jam Camp will be held in the group site at Mabel Lake provincial park. This park is one of our provinces hidden gems: emerald water perfect for swimming graced by long sandy beaches and lush forests. The group site is bordered by a lively creek, an awesome beach, a large grassy meadow and surrounded by deep quiet forest. There is so much here to inspire our music!

Families arrive on Sunday, July 16th. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, July 20th, and we will vacate the camp Friday, July 21st.

The group site at Mabel Lake has tenting areas, water taps, outhouses with flush toilets and a campfire ring. There is a small rain shelter the staff will be using, so if it looks like rain, bring tarps! There are picnic tables, but bring a camping table if you have one as picnic tables are limited. The group site is a walk-in site, about 50m from the parking area to the tenting area. Bringing your own bike trailer or trolley can be very helpful. There is very limited parking area for RV's (no water or hookups), please let us know if you want to bring an RV.

For more information and directions to Mabel Lake Provincial Park, please visit the BC Parks website.

Registration for 2017 Mabel Lake Jam Camp opens February 1, and closes June 1 or when the site fills up!! This site has limited capacity, so register early!!

Cottonwood House Historic Site, Quesnel

July 23 to 27, 2017

Join us for Jam Camp North at beautiful Cottonwood House Historic Site near Quesnel. Campers can be experienced musicians or musical newcomers. Workshops include small and large group instruction, games, new discoveries, dancing, and songwriting. Small groups write, perform, and record songs with the help of professional musicians. Groups perform their songs on the last night of camp. Above all, we have lots of fun!

Jam Camp workshops focus on creativity, community, diversity, and celebration. Some campers are involved in music training, but for others, Jam Camp is a first exposure to musicianship. During breaks in each day’s workshops, participants make crafts, play soccer or music, or hang out and enjoy the beautiful natural setting. Camp evenings involve skits, campfire singing, and jamming.

At Cottonwood House, your family can choose a cabin (they sleep up to 6), an RV site (some with power), or a tent site. There are picnic tables, campfire rings, washrooms and showers, an activity building with kitchen, an outdoor activity and game area, and an outdoor cooking shelter. Please register soon if you want to stay in a cabin or an RV site, as they are limited and are assigned on a first-to-register basis.

Families arrive on Sunday, July 23. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, July 27, and we will vacate the camp Friday, July 28.

For more information and directions to Cottonwood House, please visit www.cottonwoodhouse.ca. Cottonwood House is also offering discounted two-day passes to Barkerville at $5 each!

The fee for Jam Camp is per person aged 4 and up. The fee covers 4.5 days of workshops, activities and instruction. The fee does not cover food; each family does their own cooking.

Registration for 2017 Jam Camp North opens February 1, and closes June 1.

Sunday, August 13th - Friday, August 18th, 2017
Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island BC

Jam Camp by the Sea is a family music camp for all ages on beautiful Salt Spring Island!

Jam Camp by the Sea is facilitated by professional musicians who lead workshops exploring music from around the world, teaching beginner to advanced lessons on a variety of instruments, and creating original songs in collaborative groups. Singing around the campfire, strumming a uke along the seashore, and dancing to marimba's with your whole family...so much fun! This camp is best for families with children and teens, and adults of any age who are ready to adventure into musical realms.

Jam Camp by the Sea will be held at the group site at Ruckle Provincial Park, one of BC's most beautiful parks. The group site is set in grassy meadows overlooking the ocean, surrounded by lush forest. There's so much to explore in this park, miles of walking trails, and a heritage farm. All the coastal beauty will surely inspire the music making at camp!

Families arrive on Sunday, August 13th. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, August 17th, and we will vacate the camp Friday morning, August 18th.

The group site at Ruckle has tenting areas, water taps, outhouses and campfire rings. There is no rain shelter, so bring tarps! There are picnic tables, but bring a camping table if you have one as picnic tables are limited. The group site is a walk-in site, about 100-200 m from the parking lot. Everything has to be carried in! Wheelbarrows are very limited- bringing your own bike trailer or trolley can be very helpful.

For more information and directions to Ruckle Provincial Park, please visit the BC Parks website.

Registration for 2017 Jam Camp by the Sea opens February 1, and closes June 1.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Nelson BC
Monday, August 14th - Saturday, August 19th

We are back at our beloved Kokanee Creek Park for Jam Camp in the Kootenays! Come join us for five fun filled days of making music in a relaxed and supportive environment! Kootenay Jam Camp will be facilitated by professional musicians who will lead workshops exploring music from around the world, teach beginner to advanced lessons on a variety of instruments, and co-create original songs in collaborative groups. Workshops will be catered to both the beginner musician and the advanced. This camp is great for families with young children as well as teens, and we welcome adults who come ready for musical adventure!

Kootenay Jam Camp will be held in the group site at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. This park is has so much for families to enjoy, there's a sandy beach we have mostly to ourselves, cool clear water perfect for diving in, a deep majestic forest with endless quiet shady paths, and Kokanee Creek itself, which is a gem. There is so much here to inspire our music!

Families arrive on Monday, August 14th. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Friday, August 18th, and we will vacate the camp Saturday, August 19th.

The group site at Kokanee Creek has a tenting area, room for small tent trailers and camper vans (no hook ups), water taps and outhouses. There is a small rain shelter the staff will be using, so if it looks like rain, bring tarps! There are very few picnic tables, so please try to bring your own camping table. A short bike ride or a 10 minute walk away in the campground are flush toilets and hot showers. For those of you who have been to this camp before, we will only be using the section of the group site that is near the picnic shelter.

For more information and directions to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, please visit the BC Parks website.

Registration for 2017 Camps opens February 1, and closes June 1 or when the site fills up!! This site has limited capacity, so register early!!.

The fee for Jam Camp is per person aged 4 and up. The fee covers 4.5 days of workshops, activities and instruction. The fee does not cover food; each family does their own cooking.


Mabel Lake Jam Camp Fee

A sliding scale Registration Fee of $150 to $500 per person age 4 and up, plus Provincial Park Campground Fee (see below).


Jam Camp North Fee

A sliding scale registration fee of $175 to $525 per person ages 5 and up (including adults) plus Cottonwood House Camping Fee (see below). If you’re able to pay more than $175/$200 per person, that will greatly help us meet our expenses.


Jam Camp by the Sea Fee

A sliding scale Registration Fee of $150 to $500 per person age 4 and up, plus Provincial Park Campground Fee (see below).


Kootenay Jam Camp Fee

A sliding scale Registration Fee of $150 to $500 per person age 4 and up, plus Provincial Park Campground Fee (see below).


Provincial Park Camp Ground Fee

The Campground Fee is a fee-per-night collected by BC Parks from Jam Camp Society. Please combine your campground fee with your registration fee, and Jam Camp will pay the Park the entire camping fee on arrival.

Amount:

  • For each night,
  • Every person over the age 15 = $4
  • Plus every child between ages 6 to 15 = $1
  • (Kids under 6 free!!)
  • PLUS an additional base rate, per family = $15

For example, a family of five (two adults, one 7 yr old, one 5 yr old, and a baby) will pay: $4 (adult) + $4 (adult) +$1 (7 yr old) + $0 (5 yr old) + $0 (baby) +$15 (base rate) = $24 per night for the camping fee.


Cottonwood House Camping Fee:

The camping fee is per person, for the camp. Please combine your camping fee with your registration fee.

Amount:
$5 per person (age 5 and up) base fee PLUS

  • Cabin: $125 per family OR
  • RV site: $62.50 per family OR
  • Tenting: $40 per family

For example, a family of five (two adults, two children over the age of 4, one toddler), staying in a tent, would pay:

  • $5 per person age 5 and up: $20
  • tenting fee: $40
  • TOTAL: $60

About our Fees

The fees for Jam Camp reflect the family nature of our camp. Jam Camp is an adventure for the entire family, thus we require that each person attending Jam Camp four years old and older pay a registration fee, including parents.

The sliding scale represents two important Jam Camp values: keeping our camps affordable, and paying our musicians a fair wage. The high end of the sliding scale is the amount we would need from each person if Jam Camps were to be truly financially sustainable. The lower end is what we feel we can accept from families who may not be able to afford anything more. Our camps are only able to operate at this fee amount because of hundreds of volunteer hours.

If the low end is still unaffordable and/or if you have a large family, please contact Celina Tumbach. We strive to make Jam Camp accessible for everyone; we can work out a family discount, or there are several volunteer positions available in exchange for registration fees, or we may be able to offer scholarships.

Important Jam Camp Policies:

Registration:
Due to legal limitations of our incorporation, all youth participants must be registered with a parent or another adult who will assume responsibility for the youth. Jam Camp staff are not responsible for feeding, safety, or night time supervision of participants. Please contact Celina if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.

Refunds:
Full refunds can be issued to cancellations only before June 1.

Pets:
Please leave your dog and other pets at home. Many of our venues do not allow pets, and pets often cause issues at camp, no matter how wonderful they are!! Thankyou!

Alcohol consumption:
Many of our venues request that there is absolutely no alcohol consumption by anyone on the site. When we are at a venue that does permit legal age drinking, Jam Camp Society asks that it is kept to being very moderate and very discreet. Thankyou!