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General info about AlgomaTrad Camp 2020

AlgomaTrad Camp 2020 is a residential camp. At this time, we only offer basic camping at the AlgomaTrad Centre (see below). For those not interested in camping, motel and B&B information can be found under the Accommodations tab.

All workshops, meals, dances, sessions, mini-concerts, and programming occur at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. The Tuesday evening  Staff  Concert will take place at the Richards Landing Centennial Grounds.

A summary of who will be teaching and performing at Camp this year, with links to registration forms, bios, etc, can be found HERE. Workshop schedules will be available by mid July – let us know your main areas of interest and study when you register and we’ll do our best to make sure it is on the schedule!

2020 Registration Fees

full registrant w/Work
Trade
DAYCAMPER Lunch only
Adult $700 $600 $600
Teen 13-17 $600 $475 $475
Youth 8-12 $425 N/A $340
Child 4-7 $315 N/A $260
Accompanying spouse or parent $425 N/A See below **
  • FULL registration includes all meals, workshops, evening programming and camping.
  • FULL registration with WORKTRADE is a reduced fee for up to 2 hours of work exchange each day.
  • Full fee for Accompanying spouse or parent includes all meals, Gathering, and evening events.
  • Daycamper registration includes lunch, workshops, and evening programming. Day campers 4 – 7 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian at all times. **Please inquire if Parent/Guardian would like to purchase lunch.
  • Children 3 years and under are welcome at no extra cost, but there is no specific programming for this age group.

The Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund is a needs-based bursary fund. Please inquire about availability.

Camping

At this time, camping, either in a tent or in a trailer, is the only option for accommodation at the AlgomaTrad Centre. Registrants 13 and under must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Please contact us if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to attend the Camp without a parent/guardian. There is potable water, washrooms, and showers onsite but there are no water/sewage hook ups. Electrical outlets are limited and restricted to light use (no AC).

Camp Brochure

Coming Soon.

Note about Covid-19 and AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2020

At the time of the opening of registration, the situation concerning the spread of Covid-19 was still developing. The AlgomaTrad: Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group will be following all Federal and Provincial Public Health guidelines and directives concerning public events and travel restrictions. In the event that the AlgomaTrad Family Camp is cancelled due to governmental directives, full refunds will be administered to registrants.

 

Classes and workshops

All workshops, meals, dances, sessions, mini-concerts, and programming occur at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. The Tuesday evening Staff Concert will be held  at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing, 5 minutes away.

Skill levels

Descriptions of levels are simply guidelines for instrument players and stepdancers only; if you have questions/need some guidance, please feel free to consult us by email or phone at 705-257-6106. We want your experience to be both fun and challenging!

Introduction– introduction to the basics of a new instrument.

Level 1 – has learned the basics, can play a few simple tunes.

Level 2/Novice – has a good grasp of the basics and can play or accompany approximately a dozen tunes at a slow speed.

Level 3/Intermediate – has mastered the basics, can play or accompany many tunes at a medium tempo with ease and proficiency, and has experience learning by ear. Advanced accompanists will be integrated with this level.

Level 4/Master Class – For highly experienced musicians who can play a large repertoire of tunes at dance tempos. Tunes will be taught quickly with greater attention to style and technique.

Schedule

A schedule of workshops is sent by email in mid-July so each camper can select workshop preferences. A schedule will be posted on-line at the same time. There are 4 classes during the day and an elective period in the afternoon that can be used for special workshops, practicing, swimming….or napping! Evenings are full of concerts, dances, sessions, and other special events. 2020 Workshop Schedule will be available in July. Though there will be lots of changes, you can see the 2019 Schedule for reference HERE.

Check-in

Overnight campers can arrive and check-in anytime after Noon on Monday, August 10th. 

All AlgomaTrad daycamper registrants may check in, complete registration details, pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc. from 2PM onwards.

 

 

Daily Gathering

The camp will begin with a community potluck at 5PM on Monday, August 10 followed by an orientation Gathering and introduction to the Instructors  at 6:30PM. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend!  A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering.

Attending the daily mid-morning Gathering is part of the community-building experience that AlgomaTrad endeavours to foster – you’ll find out daily information regarding elective period choices, special events, presentations and performances, PLUS you can take part in song sharing and other often unexpected fun stuff that occurs during the Gathering, AND, and you’ll get to know your fellow campers.

Accompanying parent or guardian

Children between the ages of 4-7 taking day classes must be accompanied by a guardian when not in class. Guardians are encouraged to attend classes for this age group. All children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered full-time guardian may attend lunch, supper, and evening events but is not registered to take any daytime workshops except when accompanying child/children under their care as an observer.

Camping

AlgomaTrad 2020 is a residential camp, but at this time there is only camping available at the AlgomaTrad Centre. A list of motels, B&Bs, and cabins are available under the Accommodations tab, or you can visit the St. Joseph Island Chamber of Commerce site – www.sjichamber.ca.

  • There are washrooms, showers, potable water on-site. Although trailers are welcome there are no water/sewage hook ups.
  • Electrical outlets are limited and restricted to light use (no A/C).

Registrants 13 and under who are camping must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please let us know if you are between the ages of 14 and 18  and are attending the camp without a parent/guardian.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our chefs and volunteer kitchen staff will prepare breakfast, lunch and supper plus snacks between workshops. We offer our campers a good selection of locally grown produce, August being the bountiful month up here for gardeners and farmers. Wholesome, delicious and nicely prepared food are a priority. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request. We do our utmost to accommodate dietary restrictions, please let us know if you have any.

 

In-house live and silent auctions

On Friday night we will have our Famously Fun Fundraising Auction. The proceeds from this auction go towards our needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund  as well as towards educational programming throughout the year. We welcome campers to contribute handmade items, art, services, disservices, massages, dinner, babysitting, hair braiding, holidays, whatever you can imagine. This is a fun event, and your imagination can make it even more fun!! Smaller items will be placed in the Silent Auction area.

                                             Safety

While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of campers, The AlgomaTrad Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of illness or accidents. Adequate health insurance is recommended. Day class registrants 8 to 18 not accompanied by a parent/guardian are asked to provide their Canadian Health Insurance card number upon registration and a emergency contact number. There is a NO SMOKING policy on the AlgomaTrad Centre site.

About Covid-19 and AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2020

At the time of the opening of registration, the situation concerning the spread of Covid-19 was still developing. The AlgomaTrad: Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group will be following all Federal and Provincial Public Health guidelines and directives concerning public events and travel restrictions. In the event that the AlgomaTrad Family Camp is cancelled due to governmental directives, full refunds will be administered to registrants.

Personal belongings

The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.

What to bring

Aside from your usual camping gear and toiletries, instruments and accessories we suggest bringing a recording device as most workshops are taught “by ear”. A few weeks before camp we send out a final letter with a specific list regarding last minute details.

Registration payment options

Registration may be paid by cheque payable to AlgomaTrad via snail mail, by email money transfer to music@algomatrad.ca, or by credit card through PayPal  (FYI: Although not mandatory, please consider adding 3% to your registration fee to cover the 3% Paypal charges AlgomaTrad for each transaction). Visit the registration page for fees and options.

Scholarships

There are limited openings for campers in need of financial aid to receive scholarships from the needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund. Please inquire about availability.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation refunds are available up to July 31 minus a 5% administrative fee. Cancellations after July 31 are eligible for a 90% refund. No fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.  Please see above under “Safety” for a policy statement concerning a possible cancellation of the AlgomaTrad Family Camp due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Use of photos, videos and recordings

Sidekick and Cowboy Jim

Sidekick and Cowboy Jim

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use digital media (photos, videos, audio recordings) for camp promotional and archival purposes, and we welcome your contributions to our YouTube channel and web albums.

Internet

At this time, there is no Wifi at the AlgomaTrad Centre. The local library is 5 minutes away and offers high-speed internet and/or WiFi at a nominal fee.

Local/regional weather

For up-to-the-minute local weather forecasts shieldsweather.com is the best source. Nights can be damp or cool and days can be pretty hot or cool at this time of year.  Bugs are minimal this time of year and it is unlikely you would need insect repellent, but if you do bring some, please use something that is non-toxic.

How to get to camp

AlgomaTrad Centre

AlgomaTrad 2019 takes place at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, ON on beautiful St. Joseph Island in Ontario. View the map here where you can print out detailed directions.

Click on a photo to learn more about this year’s talented teachers and performers. We are still in the process of confirming some staff… more to come!!

There are several available options for registrants who do not want to camp. Following is a list of motels, B&Bs, and cabins, or you can go to the St. Joseph Island Chamber of Commerce site.

The Clansmen Motel

H-K Units & Suites, high-speed wi-fi, cable TV, phones, in-room coffee, senior discount, weekly rates, seasonal pool, snowmobile trail, 5 minutes from AlgomaTrad. RR#2 Richards Landing, Teresa & Neil Caughil.

705-246-2581 | clansmenmotel.ca  | clansmenmotel@gmail.com

Fred’s Trailer Park and Laundromat

Walking distance to downtown Richard’s Landing. Full boat hook-ups, boat launch and docking. Laundromat open 24/7.

705-246-2572 | Nancy and Heather Littleton

Hilton Beach Inn

Year round accommodations in Hilton Beach. Guest rooms and suites, some with kitchens.

705-246-0063 | 866-946-0063 | hiltonbeachinn.ca

Maria’s Cabins

Quaint, lakeside cottage resort ,   1 km outside of Richards Landing. Fully equipped housekeeping cabins with bicycles, canoes and kayaks, operating year round. Operated by Daniela and Detlef Gebhart.

705-246-1570 | daniela.gebhart@sympatico.ca | mariascabins.com

Stonefield House B&B

An idyllic country retreat on 80 private acres.  Three spacious rooms, all with en suite baths and satellite TV.  Irish Pub-themed breakfast room, close to amenities, open all year.

705-246-1616 | stonefieldhouse@live.com | bbcanada.com/12610

Sunset Bay B&B

Paul and Rilla Higgins
705-246-2177 | sunsetbay.bb@gmail.com | sunsetbay.ca

Sunnyside B&B

1328 Sailor’s Encampment
Richards Landing P0R 1J0
705-246-1555
sunnyside1328@gmail.com
www.sunnysidebnb.com

In addition to updates on this page, in early August registered campers will receive detailed information about all aspects of camp.

Camp dates

Monday, August 10 to Sunday, August 16, 2019.

Arrival time

for those camping: anytime after 12PM on August 10.

Registration

At the AlgomaTrad Centre: August 10, 2pm onwards for all registrants to pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc.

Orientation Gathering

Monday, August 10 at 7pm at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend! A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering.

Workshops

Workshops take place daily from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Workshop options will be sent out mid-July. You will have the opportunity to build your own schedule at this time. Workhshop Schedule from 2019, for reference, is available HERE. 2020 Workshop Schedule will be made available to registered campers in July.

Departure time

August 16 after Final Morning Gathering. Volunteer wrap-up bee will follow.

Evening events

Evening events will include concerts and dances. On Tuesday evening, August 11th there will be the Staff Concert featuring all the AlgomaTrad staff. Wednesday and Thursday will feature dances open to the public. Friday will feature the ever amazing Live Auction at the Legion Hall, which raises money for our Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund that helps learners access camp and our programs throughout the year (There is a Silent Auction at the same time). On Saturday there will be a Student Showcase concert  followed by a dance in the Pavilion at the AlgomaTrad Centre. Evening schedule for campers will be sent directly to them, or will be available at the camp.

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Cancellations

Cancellations and refunds are available up to July 31 minus 5% and no fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.

Registration and payment of fees

Everyone must register, sign waivers and pay before the beginning of camp or before the gathering on the first night.

Parent/guardian

Overnight campers under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please contact us if you are 14 to 18 years of age and would like to attend camp without a parent. Day campers between the ages of 4-7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered Guardian may attend lunch and evening events but is not registered to attend any daytime workshops except when accompanying a child/children under their care as a helper/observer.

Community

AlgomaTrad attempts to create an atmosphere of community and in this regard all campers will be encouraged to participate in Dining Hall preparation and clean up and Camping Site maintenance.  For safety reasons, only registered full campers and volunteers are permitted to camp on site.

Conduct and behaviour

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to dismiss campers deemed to be behaving in a way that threatens the safety and/or well-being of themselves or others, or who place at risk property or campers. Refunds will not be granted.

Smoking

There is a no smoking safety policy in all areas of the AlgomaTrad Centre property.

Personal belongings

The AlgomaTrad Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.

Safety

While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of campers, The AlgomaTrad Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of illness or accident. Adequate health insurance is recommended.

Digital media

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use photos, videos and audio recordings for archival and promotional purposes in print or online.

Contact information

By registering for Camp, I agree to let AlgomaTrad share my contact information with participants at this year’s camp and understand that my name/email will be added to the AlgomaTrad mailing list (to which I may easily unsubscribe or manage my subscription at any time).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid disappointment, please register early!

Note about Covid-19 and AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2020

At the time of the opening of registration, the situation concerning the spread of Covid-19 was still developing. The AlgomaTrad: Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group will be following all Federal and Provincial Public Health guidelines and directives concerning public events and travel restrictions. In the event that the AlgomaTrad Family Camp is cancelled due to governmental directives, full refunds will be administered to registrants.

Scholarships

There are limited openings for campers in need of financial aid to receive scholarships from the needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund. Please inquire about availability.

Camper registration form

To register, fill out the form below. You’ll be able to add additional campers as necessary. Once submitted, you will be taken to the payment page where you’ll choose the appropriate fees to match. Payment may be made by cheque, email money transfer, or online through Pay Pal. (FYI: Although not mandatory, please consider adding 3% to your registration fee to cover the 3% Paypal charges AlgomaTrad for each transaction).

You can also optionally download the PDF version of this form to print, fill out and mail to us with your cheque.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question or problem; an interruption in your internet connection can occasionally cause mysterious things to happen – but don’t worry, we can always fix it :).

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*Note that PayPal retains 3% of your payment. Please consider payment by Email Money Transfer to music@algomatrad.ca or cheque payable to "AlgomaTrad", RR#2, Desbarats, ON P0R 1E0.
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Click on + Add another below to register more campers.
This helps us establish our core workshops. You will have the opportunity to create your own schedule and there will be a vast selection of secondary workshops available.

Please select a level for your primary interest; ex. if you're mostly a pianist, tell us where you're at in your playing. This is only required for instrumentalists and stepdancers.
Please indicate whether you are omnivore or vegetarian and tell us about any dietary restrictions, allergies or important health issues that we should know about (ex. if you carry an EpiPen or are allergic to foods, bee stings, etc.).

Consent

By checking the box below I state that I have read and hereby accept and agree, on behalf of all campers I am registering, to abide by the Terms & Conditions of the AlgomaTrad Family Music & Dance Camp during my stay.