We've compiled a list of the questions we get asked the most often. To jump to the section you're most interested in, simply click on one of the links directly below. If you don't find what you are looking for, you can email us anytime!
• How much is the camp's tuition?
• Where is camp located?
• How old must campers be?
• How do I register?
• How will I know my registration went through?
• If this is my 8 or 9 year old's first year at camp, must I accompany her/him?
• What is the “Folk Arts Sampler” class?
• Should I bring my own lunch?
• Does Alaska City Folk Arts Camp have a closed campus?
• When can I drop off my child, and when do I pick up?
• What if I don't have an instrument?
• How can I become a Camp Counselor?
• Is there an End-of-Camp Concert?
• Is there financial aid available to help with tuition?
• How can I volunteer?
• Are cell phones allowed at camp?
• Who can come to the camp Evening Programs?
• Are there Workshops available for folks 18 and older?
• How did the camp get its name?
• Who designs the camp t-shirts?
• What are Saturday Sessions?
Tuition is $310 when you pay by check. Paying by check will cost you less, and we prefer it! You may also pay online with PayPal. Their service fee will be added to your total. Tuition can be refunded through May 20th, minus an $80 registration fee.
Alaska City Folk Arts Camp is held every June at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road at Lake Otis Blvd, in Anchorage, Alaska.
To attend Alaska City Folk Arts Camp students must be between the ages of 8 and 17 on or prior to the first day of camp.
Go to our Register page and fill in the fields. Choose your classes using the pull-down menus, and fill out the Releases & Agreements form. You will be directed to the Payment page. You may pay by check, or online. You may also download our forms, print them out, and mail them, completed, to us with your check. Classes are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.
After you have completed the Payment page, you will arrive at our Thank-You page. This will indicate that you have successfully registered. We will email your class schedule to you prior to camp. Contact us with if you have any concerns or questions.
Yes, all first time campers 8 or 9 must be accompanied by a parent or a designated guardian. The experience for kids this age is much more meaningful if they have someone to help them navigate the week.
All first time students 11 or younger must enroll in our "Folk Arts Sampler" class. Kids sample the music, dance, and arts classes offered at our camp, and get a feel for our offerings and philosophy.
Pack your own lunch for lunch break (12:30-1:15 Monday-Thursday, and 12:30-1:30 on Friday). A water bottle and an afternoon snack are also recommended! Some snacks will be available for purchase at lunch and after camp.
We have a closed campus. Students, of any age, may not leave campus unless they are accompanied by a designated adult, or have a written note from a parent or guardian. Students who need to leave prior to 3:15 pm must check out at the front desk (with their adult) before leaving campus. While at camp, we ask all students and family members to be respectful of the plants, lawns, buildings and spirit of our campus. St. Mary's Episcopal Church has been our camp's home for many years. This wonderful community has opened its doors to us and helped us build our community. Parents, please discuss this with your children.
Before and after camp we offer activities for campers and families too! From 9:30 to 10:20 am folks can join a Sing Along hosted by various faculty members in the Sanctuary, or meet in Waldron Hall for a Contra/Square Dance, complete with a live band and professional caller! Classes run from 10:30 am to 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday (Friday's schedule is different, so please review the Camp Events page). After camp, between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, there will be an Open Mic Concert in the Sanctuary, where campers sign up to perform, or listen and support the performers from the audience. A Jam Session will also be held in Waldron Hall for campers wishing to play tunes and learn new ones. Remind campers that they need to be participating in one of these before or after camp offerings if they are on campus before or after camp classes.
In general, students should bring their own instruments. Label every item and instrument brought to camp (and put a name card inside the case for good measure). If you want to take a class but do not have the required instrument, don't be discouraged. First try all of your own resources. If you are unsuccessful, we can help find someone willing to loan you an instrument for the week. Contact us for a list of instruments for loan. You will need to make the connection with the owner, have the instrument ready for camp on the first day, and get it safely back to the owner at the end of camp.
Students 14-17 years old with past camp experience may apply for counselor positions. Counselors help set the tone of the camp, serve as examples and moral support for younger students, and assist with the day-to-day operations of the camp. It is a great way to bond with new and old friends and build leadership skills. If you are interested, answer YES to the Camp Counselor question on our Registration form!
On Friday there will be a final concert beginning at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All students have at least one performance class, and will have a chance to share what they've learned with their friends and families in the audience. The concert usually runs between 90 and 120 minutes. We ask you, if at all possible, to stay and support all of the performers. In addition to witnessing the amazing talent and outright enjoyment exhibited by our students, you will be modeling thoughtful, polite audience behavior – values we promote and hope to instill in our campers.
Everyone is welcome to donate to this fund (see our “Optional Student Financial Aid Donation” box on the Payment page).
Indicate on the Registration form that you would like to volunteer. Contact us at email@example.com.
Cell phones must be turned off during classes unless students are using the record function to record a tune or part of a lesson.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings will feature events that everyone can enjoy! Events begin at 7 pm at various locations (see the “Camp Events” page). Tuesday is our Teen Jam Session. Counselors and some faculty folk will get the session started – all teens welcome. Wednesday is the Faculty Concert, and Thursday is the Camp Dance, both of which are open to the public. Parents are responsible for supervising children at all of these events.
Camp-organized workshops will not be offered this year. If you'd like a private, or group lesson with one of our instructors let us know and we will pass the request along!
“Alaska City” is the name that Anchorage's early 20th century settlers voted to call the town back in 1915. The U.S. Post Office prevailed, and the name was never changed. Mary Schallert thought it would be nice to honor the name choice of those early voters.
Our dear friend and renowned illustrator and author, Mindy Dwyer, created our camp logo, and has designed all of our camp t-shirts since 1999! She and her children have been part of our camp from the start, and she and her son, Jack, continue to teach at camp when schedules permit. Visit mindydwyer.com for more information.
Our director, Mary Schallert, offers musical sessions on Saturdays in the fall and spring. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced groups meet at her studio and play favorite tunes and learn new ones. Various repertoires are represented, and session protocol is learned. Opened to all ages. Contact Mary for fees and schedules at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp is loads of fun, but it can be intense. During this week we recommend keeping other activities to a minimum so that the participants can concentrate and enjoy the experience!