PO Box 7605
Portland, ME 04112-7605

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CAMP FAQS

IS BOSTON STATES RIGHT FOR ME?

The short answer is YES!! Our mission is to encourage players of any ability or age to learn, explore their own creativity, and most of all, to have fun. Our teachers are the best exponents of Scottish and Cape Breton traditional music and we want to celebrate that tradition by jamming late into the night, dancing, and singing at the top of our lungs. All teaching and learning is by ear because we believe that this is the BEST way to get inside the tunes and truly dive into style. Whether you are just learning the fiddle, you're a classical player, or you've been playing Scottish music for 40 years, we want you to have a place at Boston States.

CAN I BE A "DAY-CAMPER"?

In the spirit of late-night jamming and dancing and hanging out and COMMUNITY, we do not offer a day-camper option. We also ask that if you're local, family and friends only drop in for the ticketed Friday night finale concert.

CAN I COME IF I'M UNDER 18?

OF COURSE :) Boston States is an intergenerational camp where everyone is welcome. If you're under 18, you WILL need a guardian with you. Even though we are a nurturing community that looks out for one another, we don't have camp counselors or anyone on staff to look after kids, so a parent or designated guardian must be in attendance. We have a reduced rate ($500) if your guardian isn't taking classes.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Our camp takes place at Grotonwood Camp in Groton, MA. If you're driving, you can find the facility at 167 Prescott Street in Groton, MA. Signs will be posted to help direct you, but be aware that it's a VERY sharp turn right into camp coming from the south. If you are flying, we suggest flying into Boston Logan Airport or Manchester Regional Airport. If you are taking the commuter rail, we can coordinate a pick-up from the Ayer Commuter Rail Station. We will do our best to also help campers coordinate ride shares when possible. Talk to our transportation coordinator if you have questions.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

Mealtimes and healthy, delicious food are a central part of our community! Our head chef, the inimitable Nancy Bell, will provide vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options in addition to regular offerings. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, some late-night snacks will be available as well. We are aiming to source as much produce from local farms as possible. If you have other dietary restrictions and want to supplement our meals with your own food, there are fridges available near the dining hall that campers can use.

Campers are allowed to bring and consume alcohol if they are over the legal drinking age (21 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.) The camp has a zero-tolerance policy and you will be sent home if we discover underage drinking.

SUSTAINABILITY

As a camp and community, we want to get off on the right foot in terms of our impact on the planet. To this affect, we are trying to raise awareness by asking students if they can contribute $5 toward carbon offsets for instructors (at least two of whom will be flying internationally to Boston.) Additionally, we ask campers to carpool when possible, we won't have any single-use plastic at camp, and our kitchen will be working with Massachusetts and New Hampshire farms to source as much produce and meat locally as possible. Got other ideas? Let us know!

IS GROTONWOODS HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, to a certain extent. Both the quiet and party dorms accommodate wheelchairs, as do classrooms. Most paths are paved, but some are dirt and a little more unstable.  Please write to us or to Grotonwoods Camp with any questions or concerns about your specific needs.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO CAMP?

-instruments

-recording device

-bed linens and pillow (available for rental for $25 in limited supply ONLY for out-of-town campers)

-bath and beach towels

-bedside fan for dorms

-toiletries/shower shoes

-water bottle/mug/cup (we won't have any single-use cups at camp)

-bathing suit

-rain coat/umbrella

-sweater/hats for cooler nights

-cash/checks/cards for camp bookstore, coffee cart, and Screaming Goat Pub