Volunteer Program

Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North

Volunteer Program

In 2015, for the first time, Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North will have a Volunteer Program for campers. This new Volunteer Program is a way to help management and faculty run the Camps smoothly and to help volunteer campers reduce the cost of attending the Camp. In exchange for volunteering for the required number of hours, the volunteer will receive a rebate of $100 off the Camp registration fee.

FAQ About The Volunteer Program:

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

To qualify for this $100 rebate off the registration fee, you will need to volunteer for 6 hours, consisting of 1-1/2 hours of training on the morning that Camp begins, and 4-1/2 hours (3 shifts of 1-1/2 hours each) during the course of the Camp. You must complete your 6  hours of volunteering 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 first, second, and third choices, and we’ll try to accommodate your preferences.

In addition to the specific responsibilities of each position, we are asking all volunteers to help make campers and faculty feel welcomed at the camp by simply being helpful. We’ll train the team of volunteers about the location of all buildings on campus, and we’ll give you other information so that if a camper or faculty member has a question, or even just looks confused, a volunteer will hopefully take notice and offer to help. As part of the volunteers’ orientation before Camp starts, we will take you on a tour of the campus, with map in hand. Also, we will have volunteer training and cross-training in all the key tasks.

 (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 shifts during which you prefer to work. We will make every effort to schedule you at a time that’s convenient for you. We will give you the opportunity to review the Camp Schedule before your assignment to a shift is finalized.

(6) May I volunteer for more than 4-1/2 hours? 

Yes, but $100 is the maximum rebate.

(7) May I volunteer with a friend? 

A few of the volunteer positions involve having two or more volunteers working 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?

At least several weeks before Camp, you will receive an email from the Volunteer Coordinator specifying your volunteer assignment, and scheduling your training at the Camp. We ask all volunteers to arrive at the Camp at 9:30 AM on the Friday that Camp begins for orientation and training. Your training will include a tour of the campus with maps in hand, review of your responsibilities, review of written guidelines, cross-training in the primary responsibilities of each volunteer position, and phone numbers to call if any unexpected questions arise or you need any assistance.

How to Become a Volunteer:

If you are interested in volunteering at either Mandolin Camp North or Banjo Camp North, please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator, Marcia Goodman, at marcia.goodman@comcast.net, with the following information:

  • Which camp you’ll be attending (Banjo Camp North or Mandolin Camp North)
  • Your name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for volunteer assignments (see list below)
  • Whether you will be able to be at Camp at 9:30am on the morning that Camp begins for an orientation and training.
  • Whether you will be at Camp through Sunday at 3pm (or later if your preferred volunteer assignment requires it).
  • Any times you will not be able to work. (Note: we will ask for your modification of these times once you see the schedule of classes, and we will try to accommodate your request.)

Please send your email to Marcia as quickly as you can. Preference will be given to applicants who send this email to Marcia the soonest and who have previously been a camper at Mandolin or Banjo Camp North at the Prindle Pond location.

Description of Volunteer Assignments

We want every camper (including volunteers!) and faculty member to feel most welcomed at the Camps. So, a responsibility that all volunteers will have — both during volunteer hours and during the rest of Camp — is to be helpful to campers and faculty. We’d like the team of volunteers to learn where all the buildings are and have other information at their fingertips so that if someone has a question, or even just looks confused, a volunteer will hopefully take notice and offer to help.

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. This is the first time we’ve had a Volunteer Program, and we’re bound to make changes as we gain experience with it.)

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.
2 volunteersFri
11am - 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.
1 or 2 volunteersFri
11am - 12:30pm
3) 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.
3 or 4 volunteers at the registration deskFri
12:30pm - 2pm
4) Workshop & Activities Assistant: Make sure that the faculty member is on time for the workshop or other activity; help faculty as needed, including making any needed last minute copies; keep the workshop rooms tidy and the chairs organized; make sure the noise in adjacent spaces is kept to a minimum. Once your tasks are completed, you may sit in on any workshop you'd like in your area (i.e., either Pondside or Hilltop), subject to your being on call.
During each shift, 1 volunteer for workshops on Hilltop + 1 volunteer for workshops on Pondside

10:45am-12:15pm; ,

5) Meal Monitor: Will be seated close to the start point of the buffet food line, and will check name tags to make sure everyone is registered before going through the line. Will need to be polite but firm if someone tries to enter without identification.
1 volunteer at each meal

6) Concert Assistants: Help arrange chairs for concert; assist sound person; assist MC in notifying performer that he or she is on soon or next.
2 volunteers during each shiftFri
7) Jam Assistant: Assist Volunteer Coordinator as needed1 volunteer on each shiftFri
8) Take-Down Crew-Heavy Lifting: Remove all exterior signage for the Camp. Help take down and carry sound system, backdrop, and other heavy items.
2 volunteersSun
3:15pm-4:45pm (may be earlier)
9) 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.2 volunteersSun
3:15pm-4:45pm (may be earlier)
10) 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 attend the volunteer orientation for 1-1/2 hours on Friday morning, and who make themselves available at all times for at least 4-1/2 hours of volunteer work, will be given credit for 3 completed shifts even if not called upon to work.1 or 2 volunteersNo specific assignment


If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the Camps’ Volunteer Coordinator, Marcia Goodman at marcia.goodman@comcast.net or 860-635-7711.