FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
- be open minded! share openly, and receive openly
- be present: use your mobile device only when necessary and away from the activities (please do not give them to your children to play video games)
- be responsible: don't abuse any substances; smoke only in designated area
- be conscious of other people's need for space: respect sleeping space by keeping it a quiet calm place
- be waste free: bring only reusable (non-disposable) , natural (nontoxic) items to camp
key things to note:
- most of our time will be spent outdoors, so please remember to bring appropriate clothing. It gets very COLD at night and VERY hot in the day and sometimes it rains.
- schedule and announcements are posted by the main kitchen / dining entrance
- programs and a map of the camp will be available upon arrival
- we are not responsible for lost or stolen belongings (sorry!)
What happens if I have to cancel?
In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel our cancellation/refund policy is as follows:
If you must cancel your reservation, a $50 processing fee will be withheld from your refund, provided your written cancellation notice is received by our registrar prior to August 5th. If you cancel after August 5th, and more than 10 days before the start of camp, we will refund 50% of the amount you have paid.
NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations made 10 or fewer days before the start of camp.
Can I attend for a portion of the week?
We expect participants to attend Folk Camp for the full week. If you need to arrive a bit late or leave a bit early, please let us know what your specific situation is.
I am a Volunteer, Work Trade or Artist Residency, can you help me pay my travel?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide travel stipends to our scholarship recipients.
Can you provide me with driving directions?
Driving directions and a map are available on our website here.
I'm going to FOLK CAMP by train, but need to be picked up at Cobourg Train Station!
Let us know what your arrival time is and you train number. There is a $5 fee for pick up or drop off.
Bringing your kids!
Folk Camp has some workshops geared towards children, including Shadow Puppetry, Body Percussion & Vocalizing and there are many activities you can do with your child at camp. Please note that parents are responsible for their children at all times.
There are many activities in which you and your child can participate:
- outdoor swimming pool
- sports and games
- crafts - depending on your child's age/ability
- Reading - Folk Camp will have a library which includes children's books
- Nature walks
FOOD and ACCOMMODATIONS
What are the accommodations like?
- Cabins: dorm-style. Rooms have 7-10 beds, some of which are bunk beds. Some rooms will be designated co-ed, and others divided by gender. Each cabin has a separate washroom facility closeby with showers and toilets, and mirrors.
- Tents: bring your own. You will have space on grassy flat land to pitch your tent. Trailers are also welcome, but must be approved by the registrar.
What should I bring for my cabin?
Bedding is not provided. We recommend that you bring a sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night, and a pillow.
Can I stay with my friends?
You may make roommate requests. These requests should be emailed to our Registrar. We will do our best to accommodate you.
What kind of food will we be eating?
Food will be lovingly prepared by kitchen staff and volunteers, and perhaps you too! Most of our ingredients will be sourced from the gardens on the campground, neighbouring farms, and local organic suppliers. We aim to source natural, family-farm raised meat and dairy. All effort will be made to serve chemical and additive-free food, as close to the source as possible. Most of the menu will be plant-based. If you have grown/made food you would like to contribute (from your garden), by all means, feel free to bring it!
My diet is gluten-free, will there be food for me?
There will be a variety of gluten-free grains but if you have any serious allergies please make sure you have alerted us to this on your application.
Can I bring my own food?
We aim to provide you with enough food so that you don't need to, and we ask that you don't store food in your sleeping area.... However, if you have a special diet (gluten free or vegan, for example) you can discuss storage of your special food with us.
Can I keep food in the cabin?
We strongly advise you not to keep food in your cabins as it attracts animals (raccoons, mice, ants, skunks, etc.) If you bring food, please pass it onto the kitchen staff who will ensure it is safe.
WHAT TO BRING
What will the weather be like?
Be prepared for everything. The days are generally quite summery and beautiful but Plast camp is situated between Lake Ontario and a swampy forest, so the temperature can be much cooler than the city. Mornings can be chilly, evenings cool and nights cold! Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains a lot. Then again, the weather is often gorgeous and the days warm enough to go swimming in the lake.
What should I bring with me?
- Anyone with the intention of dancing (which should be all of you!) but especially those planning to attend the dance classes should bring comfortable shoes for dancing.
- For anyone attending singing/music workshops, we strongly recommend that students bring recording devices (cell phone/tape/minidisk/digital) in order to record lessons for later review.
- If you have a musical instrument, please bring it!
- Camera (optional)
- Flashlight - it gets quite dark at night.
- Bring your own sleeping bag / warm clothing!
- Bring your own towels and toiletries
- Flip-flops for the showers
- There are no laundry facilities. Please make sure that you bring enough clothing for the full week or a biodegradable laundry detergent to hand wash your clothing.
- We recommend that you bring warm clothing with you. It can get cold at night!
- Rain-gear (rain-jacket, umbrella, rain-boots)
- Despite the evening temperatures, the days can be very warm. You will probably want casual summer clothing for daily wear. Bring clothes that you can be comfortable in – think summer camp. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, and sandals.
- Some traditional cultural clothing or costumes to dress up for our evening celebrations and get into the spirit of things, something meaningful to dress up in for our final feast night
- Earplugs (for sensitive ears during classes or concerts, for sharing cabins with roommates who might snore….etc)
Should I bring money?
Yes! It is, of course, up to you how much money you bring with you to Folk Camp but there will be a market “bazaar” at the end of camp where you can purchase the crafts, books, and CDs of our faculty, and after your marvelous experience you will undoubtedly wish to do buy something! Participants are also welcome to sell or barter anything they’ve created/brought, such as handicrafts, foodstuffs (preserves, honey, maple syrup, tea), clothing, artwork, etc. Bring something to trade!
The store accepts cash and credit. (Cash is preferable)
How are the days structured?
Before breakfast, there will be yoga and time to wake up, take in the surroundings, and participate in communal tasks. There are normally two formal workshop periods per day, one before lunch and one after lunch.
Talks, guided walks, and discussions may run during in-between times or concurrently with the technique classes and open studio times in the afternoon. There is usually a dance after dinner followed by bonfire/storytelling time.
Do I have to attend all of the classes?
Registrants may attend as many or as few classes as they choose. Some classes require you to commit to a minimum number of sessions in the week.
Will I have free time?
The camp is organized to provide you with enough time to explore traditions and skills in depth, but there are a few hours in the day for downtime… so that is up to you!
Is there swimming?
The camp has a swimming pool. The pool and the lakefront are open at select times during the day. Please note that swimming is permissible ONLY during official pool hours and when the lifeguard is on duty. This policy is strictly enforced.
Can I smoke?
There is a designated smoking section, but a strict non-smoking policy within the camp grounds.
Is there internet access?
There will be no available internet for you to use.