November 30th, 2017

Summer 2018 Jam Camp dates:

Jam Camp by the Sea, Salt Spring Island, July 22 to 27

Jam Camp North, July 29 to Aug 3

Jam Camp on the River, Shuswap River near Lumby, Aug 12 to 17

All the details and registration will be available Feb 1, 2018!

Sunday, July 22 to Friday, July 27th, 2018
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 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!

FFamilies arrive on Sunday, July 22nd. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, July 26th, and we will vacate the camp Friday morning, July 27th.

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 2018 Jam Camp by the Sea opens February 1, and closes July 1.

Jam Camp by the Sea Fee

A sliding scale Registration Fee of $175 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.


  • For each night,
  • Every person age 16 and up = $5
  • 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: $5 (adult) + $5 (adult) +$1 (7 yr old) + $0 (5 yr old) + $0 (baby) +$15 (base rate) = $26 per night for the camping fee.

Cottonwood House Historic Site, Quesnel

July 29 to August 3, 2018

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 and perform 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 29. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, August 2, and we will vacate the camp Friday, August 3.

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

The fee for Jam Camp is per person aged 5 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 2018 Jam Camp North opens February 1, and closes July 1.

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.

Cottonwood House Camping Fee

The camping fee pays for all 5 nights of camping. Please combine your camping fee with your registration fee.


  • Cabin: $149 per family/group OR
  • RV site: $125 per family/group OR
  • Tenting: $100 per family/group

Mabel Lake Community Hall, near Lumby BC
Sunday August 12th to Friday, August 17th 2018

Jam Camp on the River is a family music camp set in the beautiful Mabel Lake valley on the banks of the Shuswap River. Come and join us in making music with people of all ages and musical abilities! Singing around the campfire, strumming a uke while watching the river flow by, and dancing under the stars with your whole much fun!

Jam Camp on the River 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!

Jam Camp on the River will be held at the Mabel Lake Community Hall near Lumby, BC. The site is surrounded by forest and mountains, and bordered by the beautiful river. The river has a long stretch of beach and deep green pools perfect for warm afternoons. The forest and river are so fun to explore, and always inspire our music making! There are swift currents in the river, so participants enjoying the water should be confident swimmers and be aware of how to stay safe while enjoying the unique pleasure of river swimming. There are shallower calm pools on some sections of the beach for younger children who are supervised by a parent at all times.

Families arrive on Sunday, August 12th. Workshops will begin that evening. Our final evening will be Thursday, August 16th, and we will vacate the camp Friday, August 17th.

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The site has a few RV sites, no hook ups, and lots of room to create your own tenting areas, some near the hall. Other tenting areas are a distance from hall, and a cart of some kind to haul your stuff is helpful. There are flush toilets in the hall, no showers. There is an outdoor water tap, bring buckets to carry water to your site. There are limited picnic tables, bring a camping table if you can. Pease see our Facts and Questions page for a suggested list of things to bring.

Registration for 2018 Jam Camp on the River opens February 1, and closes July 1 or when the site fills up!! This site has limited capacity, so register early!!

Jam Camp on the River Fee

A sliding scale Registration Fee of $200 to $500 per person age 4 and up. There are no additional camping fees.

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:

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.

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

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!