2017 GMCN & BCN Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

Guitar & Mandolin Camp North
Banjo Camp North

The Volunteer Program is a way to help campers reduce the cost of attending the Camps and help management and faculty run the Camps smoothly. In exchange for volunteering for the required number of hours, the volunteer will receive a rebate of $100 off the Camp registration fee when Camp is over.

FAQ About The Volunteer Program:

(1) How many hours will I need to volunteer?

To qualify for this $100 rebate off the registration fee of each Camp, you will need to volunteer for up to 6 hours during the course of that Camp. These volunteer hours will not take place during classes or jams. You need to complete your volunteer assignment to receive the rebate.

(2) What if my registration cost is reduced because of an Early Bird Special or other discount. Will I still receive a rebate of $100 for volunteering? Yes.

(3) What will I do as a volunteer?

A list of the volunteer assignments, with examples of the types of work for each position, appears below. You may indicate your top choices, and we’ll try to accommodate your preferences.

(4) What qualifications do I need to volunteer?

You must be at least 18 years of age. Also, you need to commit to be on time for your volunteer shifts, be helpful to others, and look for ways to solve problems. You also need to commit to not attempting any work that might be difficult for you (such as heavier lifting than you’re able to do) and to letting the Volunteer Coordinator know if you are not able to perform any task assigned to you.

(5) How will my volunteer hours be chosen?

As described below, you will send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator indicating the types of work you prefer. Unless you tell us that you’re fine with a volunteer assignment during class hours, your assignment will mostly likely be on Friday morning just before Camp begins or Sunday afternoon, just after Camp ends.

(6) May I volunteer for more than 6 hours?

Yes, but $100 is the maximum rebate.

(7) May I volunteer with a friend?

For a few of the volunteer positions, two or more volunteers work together. If you’d like to volunteer with another camper, indicate that in your email, and we’ll try to arrange it.

(8) How will I find out exactly what I’m supposed to do for my volunteer assignment?

You will receive an email from the Volunteer Coordinator specifying your volunteer assignment, supplemented at a meeting of volunteers that will take place on the morning that Camp begins.

How to Become a Volunteer:

If you are interested in volunteering at either Guitar & Mandolin Camp North or Banjo Camp North, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator, Marcia Goodman, at info@musiccampsnorth.com with the following information:

1) Which camp you’ll be attending (Banjo Camp North, or Guitar & Mandolin Camp North)

2) Your name, address, email address, and cell phone number

3) Your preferences for volunteer assignments (see list below)

4) Whether you will be able to be at Camp at 9:30am on the morning that Camp begins

5) Whether you will be at Camp through Sunday at 3pm (or later if your preferred volunteer assignment requires it).

6) Any times during non-class hours you will not be able to work.

Description of Volunteer Assignments

Below are volunteer assignments with examples of the type of work. Please review these descriptions before you send an email to Marcia Goodman that indicates your preferred volunteer assignments. (Please note that the information in this chart is subject to change.)

Volunteer Assignment, with Examples of ResponsibilitiesEstimated # of Volunteers NeededShifts & Approximate Time Slots for Each Shift
1) Set-Up Crew-Heavy Lifting: Place signage on road and on premises outdoors. Carry sound system and other heavy items; help set up sound system and performance backdrop, etc. Hang signage from rafters2 volunteersFri
9:30am - 12:30pm
2) Set-Up Crew-Non-Heavy Items: Post interior signage in dorms and other buildings on Hilltop and Pondside; carry non-heavy items from one location to another, etc.4-6 volunteersFri
9: 30am - 12:30pm
3) Greeter: Greet campers right after they park and direct them to the Registration area.4 volunteersFri
11:30 am - 12:45 pm (2 volunteers)
12:45 pm - 2 pm (2 volunteers)
4) Registration Assistants: Register campers who have previously paid, as well as campers who have not yet paid. Help resolve any issues that arise. Also answer general questions such as where buildings or activities are located on campus, what activities are going on at that moment, etc. 4 volunteers at the registration deskFri
11:30 am - 2pm
5) Concert Assistants: Help arrange chairs for concert; assist sound person; assist MC in notifying performer that he or she is on soon or next; create list of songs being performed for sound person.1-2 volunteers during each shiftFri
6) Camp Table: Help staff Camp table; field questions.Up to 2 volunteers during each shiftThroughout weekend; volunteers will not be expected to volunteer during class hours or guided jams, but volunteers for these hours will be welcomed.
7) Take-Down Crew-Heavy Lifting: Remove all interior signage in dorms, etc. Check every room, including workshop rooms, dorms, cafeteria, and vendor area for any personal items that a faculty member or camper may have left behind and give that item, along with a note of the room in which it was found, to the Volunteer Coordinator.2 volunteersSun
3:15pm-4:45pm (may be earlier)
8) Take-Down Crew-Non-Heavy Items:  Remove all interior signage in dorms, etc. Check every room, including workshop rooms, dorms, cafeteria, and vendor area for any personal items that a faculty member or camper may have left behind and give that item, along with a note of the room in which it was found, to the Volunteer Coordinator.3 volunteersSun
3:15pm-4:45pm (may be earlier)
9) Floaters: A "floater" is a volunteer who is able either (1) to substitute for a volunteer who is unable to work his or her assigned shift, or (2) to do any type of work upon request by the Volunteer Coordinator. Floaters need to remain available by cell phone and will be notified of a work assignment by cell phone. Floaters who make themselves available at all times for up to 6 hours of volunteer work, will be given credit for completing the volunteer assignment even if not called upon to work. Floaters need to be available during class hours and jam hours.1 or 2 volunteersNo specific assignment

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the Camps’ Volunteer Coordinator, Kathie Ferraro at info@musiccampsnorth.com.