2020 Registration information

Registration information

Before you register please read this important information. We’ve tried to make this a comprehensive page that tells you everything about your registration options and other information for having a great time at camp. For quick navigation on this page use these links:

Essential info
Registration options, prices, discounts
Payment methods and deposits
Cancellation policy
Campers under age 18
Campuses, dorm options, map


The dates for the 2021 camps are:

  • Mandolin Camp North, April 23-25, 2021
  • Banjo Camp North, May 14-16, 2021

Both camps are held at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Mass. For directions and other travel info visit this page.


Tuition: For options that include classes, tuition is included in the room and board prices below.

Other instruments: Besides our main instruments – mandolin and banjo — we offer limited instruction in other acoustic instruments. At Mandolin Camp North this year we’ll offer classes for guitar and for fiddle, and at Banjo Camp North we’ll offer fiddle.

Non-participating campers: We have two categories of campers: participating campers, who play an instrument, and non-particiapting campers, who do not. Often a non-participating camper is a spouse, significant other, or friend of a participating camper. Full-weekend campers who don’t want to bring an instrument may register as a “non-participating camper” at a lower price. Non-participating campers may attend the faculty concerts, listen in on jam sessions, shop with vendors, and eat meals, but may not attend classes. There is no discount for non-participating campers.

Discounts: For some room types we offer a discount, which will be applied automatically if you are a participating camper and register by February 29, 2020. (Note to returning campers: We simplified our discount process this year. We eliminated most discounts in favor of a single Early Bird discount that is applied automatically — you no longer have to enter a discount code during registration.)

If your first choice of room is sold out: The number of single rooms is limited and they sell out quickly — often on the first day of registration. If your first registration choice is sold out, please contact us to be put on a waiting list. If you have a second choice, you may register for that choice and if your first choice opens up we will change your registration and adjust your credit card balance.

Single room with private en-suite bath, six meals (limited availability)

LocationEarly BirdFull
Pondside (Jamdorm or Lodge)$615680

Double room, six meals

LocationEarly BirdFullNon-participating
Hilltop, private en-suite bath$535$590$295
Pondside, shared bath down the hall$485$535$270
Jam Dorm on the Pondside Campus, all-night jamming$430$475$240

Commuter / RV, six meals

Car and RV parking are marked on the Prindle Pond campus map. There are no hookups for RVs. RVers are welcome to use the facilities in Sage Hall, the cafeteria, and the Lodge and Center dormitories. The bathrooms in Lodge and Center are gender-specific and have showers.

  • Early bird, $410
  • Full, $450
  • Non-participating, $225

Single day

  • Friday, classes, dinner, faculty concert, jam sessions, $140
  • Saturday, classes, three meals, faculty concert, jam sessions, $200
  • Sunday, classes, breakfast and lunch, $110


  • Friday, dinner, faculty concert, and jam sessions, $40
  • Saturday, dinner, faculty concert, and jam sessions, $40


The easiest way to register is with a credit or debit card online.

You may also register online and pay by check. When you reach the billing portion of the registration form, choose ‘Check’ as your payment method and mail a check for the appropriate amount to

Music Camps North
PO Box 674
Putney VT 05346

If you do not want to register online, call us and we will be glad to help you register. Our contact information is here.

Deposits: For some room and board options, when you register you may choose to pay a $100 deposit rather than the entire balance. If you pay a deposit when you register the remaining balance will be charged to the card you provide on February 29, 2020. After February 29 you must pay in full.


Contact us if you need to cancel your registration. The amount we refund depends on when you cancel. Here are the important dates for each camp:

Mandolin Camp North

Before March 1, 2020full refund
March 1 to March 31, 2020full refund less $100 cancellation fee
April 1, 2020 or laterno refund

Banjo Camp North

Before March 1, 2020full refund
March 1 to April 30, 2020full refund less $100 cancellation fee
May 1, 2020 or laterno refund


If you will be under 18 years of age at camp and would like to attend, please contact us before you register.


Music Camps North is held on the two campuses of Prindle Pond Conference Center — ‘Hilltop’ and ‘Pondside.’

Most double rooms have two sets of bunk beds, so no one has to sleep in an upper bunk unless he or she prefers.

Prindle Pond Conference Center does not provide blankets, sheets, pillows, or towels. You must provide your own.

Should I Choose Hilltop Campus or Pondside Campus?

The two campuses are about a quarter mile apart, joined by an unpaved path on which you may walk or drive. If you have a mobility issue, a van will be available to drive you back and forth. Both campuses provide housing that is comfortable but not fancy. All dorms are “quiet dorms” — no jamming allowed after 11 p.m. — except for Jamdorm where you can pick all night. Registration, meals, and evening concerts are all held on the Hilltop campus. Classes and evening jams are split between the campuses.

Pondside is the older campus, with dorms that are more rustic, and are priced lower than the Hilltop dorms. The dorms on Pondside have mostly double rooms with a shared bath down the hall. They also have a combined total of six single rooms with private (en suite) bath, which are priced at a premium and typically sell out quickly. Every building on Pondside that has space for jamming also has dorm rooms, so we’ve designated one of these dorms, Center, as a “Jam Dorm” meaning that jamming may take place all night in its two classrooms. Because of this, a double room in the Jam Dorm is the least expensive option for housing at camp. The other two dorms on Pondside are quiet dorms after 11 p.m.

Hilltop is the newer, more modern campus with two dorms that have mostly double rooms, and also have a combined total of 6 single rooms. Every dorm room on Hilltop — doubles as well as singles — has a private (en suite) bath, which is priced at a premium and typically sells out quickly. On Hilltop, one dorm has classrooms and is a “quiet dorm” only after 11 pm. The other dorm does not have classrooms and is a “quiet dorm” after 6 pm. The dining hall building does not have dorm rooms, and the 4 classrooms in the dining hall building are available for all-night jamming. All meals and the two faculty concerts take place on the Hilltop campus.