Dear Registered BCN Campers,
I am sorry to announce that we are canceling Banjo Camp North 2020, which was scheduled for September 25-27.
This is a heartbreaking decision to make, but we believe it’s the right one. Even if COVID-19 were to subside by the September date, we couldn’t reasonably meet social distancing needs at Prindle Pond and still break even — that is, all dorm rooms for students and faculty would have to be singles which would reduce the size of the student body by more than half.
The health of our campers and faculty is, of course, our primary concern; and breaking even — that is having enough income to cover the cost of running the camp — is also important. Additional challenges for social distancing are the large number of shared bathrooms, the small number of large classrooms, and the size of the dining hall.
We will refund all of your money 100%. Please be patient as we work through our registration software for refunds. Unfortunately, our software system cannot carry forward payment to 2021.
We’ve begun planning for Banjo Camp North 2021:
- Date: May 14-16, 2021
- Big Celebration: BCN’s 20th anniversary!
- Faculty: So far, most faculty scheduled for 2020 have said “yes” to joining us in 2021.
Registration for 2021 will open in the Fall. We’ll send you an email as soon as we’ve set the date that registration opens. We hope to see at the 2021 camp if not before at other events.
Please remember at this time to support our faculty. They make their living teaching and playing for the public. Buy a CD, sign up for Skype lessons, become their Patreon subscriber.
Music Camps North is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you would like to support us and help us weather this storm, you can take some of what we reimburse you and give it back. We have a Go Fund Me campaign gf.me/u/wf7ut3, and you may always send us money any time. Donations are tax deductible.
Do not hesitate to reach out with questions. Prindle Pond, our faculty and staff, and our board wish you all to be safe and healthy.
President of Music Camps Northon behalf of the Board of Directors