2016 BCN Important Information

Important Information

Banjo Camp North is a fun-packed weekend for banjo players, and folks who want to become banjo players.

The weekend includes:

  • Classes and workshops throughout the weekend on a wide variety of topics for all levels of players, from Novice to Advanced players
  • Most classes and workshops are hands-on, while a few are lectures (such as music theory), and a few are demos
  • Faculty are leading musicians on the national scene — as well as regional favorites — who are also excellent teachers.
  • A variety of acoustic genres are covered, including bluegrass, old time, folk, jazz, and progressive.
  • Guided and informal jams throughout the weekend, also in these genres
  • Faculty concerts on Friday and Saturday night.
  • Lots of informal opportunities to “pick” with faculty and other students
  • A new mentoring program in 2016, for campers who are new or relatively new to the banjo and who would like professional guidance in how best to navigate through all the Camp’s offerings to meet your goals (and, if you’d like, to help you define your goals)
  • Good food (not gourmet, but good), with tables shared by campers and faculty
  • Good housing (not fancy, but comfortable)
  • Lots of camaraderie with other people who share your passion for the banjo
  • A luthier will have a vendor table to help you with your instrument; and CDs and DVDs by the faculty will be available for sale.


Cost of the Camp — Tuition, Room, & Board

Double Room: $550 (includes 6 meals: Fri dinner, Sat 3 meals; Sun breakfast & lunch)

Single Room: $675 (includes 6 meals) — limited number of singles: first come, first served

Commuter/RV: $450 (includes 4 meals: Fri dinner, Sat lunch & dinner; Sun lunch)

Non-participating spouse, partner, or parent: $275 – includes 6 meals

Discounts — Note: only one discount may be taken per registration. All discounts require a $100 minimum deposit. The balance must be paid in full by May 1, 2016, except that, for the Early Bird Discount, the balance must be paid in full by March 31, 2016.

  • 10% Early Bird Discount
  • 10% Senior Discount
  • 10% discount for members of the Boston Bluegrass Union
  • 10% discount for members of the Rhode Island Bluegrass Association


Volunteer Program:

Campers have the opportunity to volunteer to save some money and to help make the Camp a success. In exchange for volunteering for 6 hours during non-class hours, the camper will receive a rebate of $100 off his or her registration fee. (Most volunteer opportunities occur between 9:30 am and 2 pm on the Friday that Camp begins; and on mid- to late-afternoon on the Sunday that Camp ends.). For more information about volunteering, click here.

Suggested Packing List — Note:  The Conference Center does not provide linens.

  • Sheets & Pillowcase
  • Pillow
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Bath soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Shoes for walking
  • Audio recorder – highly recommended for classes; you’ll be presented with so much information that you’ll likely want to listen to your recording during the months that follow Camp.
  • Sweater or jacket (or both)
  • Rain jacket (to help ward off the rain)
  • Umbrella (also to help ward off the rain)
  • Clothes for Both Warm and Cool Weather
  • Writing Implements & Paper
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Medications
  • Cell phone
  • Watch
  • Alarm Clock
  • Your Banjo
  • Lots of Money to buy CDs and Merchandise
  • A Smile on Your Face


Prindle Pond Conference Center:

Located on 500 lovely wooded acres on the shore of Prindle Pond in Charlton, Massachusetts, Prindle Pond Conference Center offers clean, comfortable accommodations and ample space for classes, jams, concerts, and vendors.  The Center is fully handicapped accessible.

The dining hall specializes in healthful, tasty meals.  (Note: The Registration Form for Camp invites you to choose vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free options, or indicate other dietary restrictions, but if your need is very specialized, Prindle Pond may need advanced notice.)

The Center has two campuses: Hilltop and Pondside.  (See map of the campus, below.)  We will be using both campuses for classes, which are just a short walk apart.  Campers will be lodged in dorms on both campuses.  Most rooms have two bunk beds, but campers will be lodged two-to-a-room so no one has to take an upper bunk.  However, if you are in a group of three or four that would like to room together, you are more than welcome to use the uppers.  Rooms on the Hilltop campus have private baths.

The Center does not provide any linens, so please be sure to bring towels, sheets, pillows, and a blanket or sleeping bag with you. The buildings are heated, but we recommend bringing an extra blanket or two. (See Suggested Packing List, above)

Local accommodations are available in nearby Sturbridge and the surrounding area for those who want to bring the family or just prefer more privacy. A good place to start looking is www.sturbridge.com

RVs are welcome, but there are no electrical hook-ups, water or waste facilities on site.  If you’d like to look into local campgrounds, there are several available, including Wells State Park.  Just Google “Sturbridge area campgrounds” for options.



Directions to Camp (Prindle Pond Conference Center):

From Sturbridge and the West, near the junctions of I-84 and I-90 (Mass Pike):

Take Route 20 East for approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 169, then follow the directions below.

From Auburn and the East, near the junctions of I-90 (Mass Pike) , I-290, I-395 or Route 12:

Take Route 20 West for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Route 169, then follow the directions below.

From both directions:

Take Route 169 for three and a quarter miles to Brookside Road (the third left turn).  Turn left onto Brookside Road and go to the end of the road.  Turn left onto Harrington Road.  Go one mile, then take a right into Prindle Pond Conference Center.  This will put you on the Hilltop Campus, where registration and the dining hall are located.

The Center’s phone number is (508) 248-4737.