This camp is for people who like traditional American music: largely bluegrass and oldtime, with a rotating third track at each camp of a related style such as swing, jug band, Celtic, or country. All ages are welcome, and core classes are offered in instrumental skills, jamming and band dynamics, and vocals. There are classes for beginners as well as intermediate levels.
We also offer a special class for younger children who are not yet ready for the full camp program, but would enjoy spending the morning playing music, singing, dancing, and taking breaks for arts and crafts, nature walks etc.
Camp starts the first day with registration, early-bird classes, a meet ’n’ greet jam, dinner, staff introductions, jamming, and dancing. The next three days will include assigned classes each morning with instrumental and vocal instructors, average 10-12 students to a class — these are the classes for which you sign up in advance. Afternoons feature a wide array of elective classes, including instrumental workshops, vocal harmony classes, clogging, band rhythm, music theory, music history, songwriting, and more — which you can choose at the time. Sample elective topics are listed at the bottom of the classes page. Evening activities include staff and student concerts, barn dances, and lots of jamming.
Cost to attend as a full-time camper depends on lodging and tuition options, see the Registration page--prices are listed at the bottom of that page. Add tuition price and lodging price to get the total.
All prices go up $50 after the first late fee date, and an additional $25 after the second late fee date.
SIGN UP EARLY FOR BEST PRICES AND CLASS AVAILABILITY! Some classes often fill literally hours after we open registration, be advised.
Various choices of nearby lodging are available for those who prefer more upscale accommodations. For details, see here.
On-site camping is available, for tents (check the weather forecast) or RVs (dry-camping, electricity available). Housing options are economy housing (bunk-style dorms and rooms), or semi-private rooms (motel-style rooms), all with shared bathrooms. A limited number of private single rooms are available.
Three delicious meals a day are served in the conference dining hall; campers and staff tell us repeatedly it's the best camp food they've ever had.
There is a camp store on site which sells instructor CDs and books, and a wide variety of instruments, other books and CD's and additional musical items. We also have a camp luthier on site. More information about the store and luthier is at the bottom of the Classes page.
Walker Creek Ranch is located in the rolling hills of West Marin County, about an hour north of the metropolitan Bay Area. It's scenic, beautiful, quiet, and has an abundance of wildlife, and miles of hiking trails. Other activities to enjoy on site are ping pong and other ball games, massage, yoga, and daily family friendly happy hours.
Scholarships are available for those who need them. For details, see here. We are especially grateful to all our scholarship donors for making this possible — thank you all so much! Special thanks to the Northern California Bluegrass Society for their help in administering our scholarship fund. Special thanks also to the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, California Oldtime Fiddlers Association, and the Sonoma County Folk Society, for their wonderful support of our camp and our scholarship fund.
For more information, see FAQs
For more information, call director Ingrid Noyes at 415-663-6030 (after 9 a.m.)
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a popular camp — for first choice of classes, and lodging, register early!
photos by Patrick Campbell