The Handmade Music School is excited to announce the Third Annual Floyd Youth Get Together Camp for kids ages 7-16. These amazing five-day traditional music and dance summer camps will take place July 8th-12th and 15th-19th, 2024 at the beautiful EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia! 

We’re thrilled to offer two sessions this year to meet the needs of our growing youth community. The first week is geared towards beginner and intermediate players ages 7-11 and runs from 9:00-1:00pm Monday – Friday. The second week is for more advanced players ages 12-16 and runs from 9:00-3:00pm Monday to Friday. Lodging for families is available on-site.

Registration is open!

Handmade Youth Stringband Program

The Floyd Youth Get Together Camp will be a fun-filled week immersed in the traditional music and dance of Southwest Virginia. Our camp will offer exciting and interactive classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, singing, bass, and dance. Morning and afternoon sessions will feature instruction, performance, presentations and enrichment activities with visiting musicians. Kids will jam together, be involved in square-dancing and square dance calling, perform and learn about the long history of music and dance in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The first session for 7-11 year olds is geared towards beginner and intermediate students. The second session is for experienced students looking to take a deep dive into music and dance. Please reach out to info@handmademusicschool.com with questions about where your child would fit best.

The camp will take place at the Floyd Events Center, which is part of the Floyd EcoVillage. The facility features a beautiful and secluded setting on 75 private acres just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the charming town center of Floyd. There is lodging onsite for families coming from farther away wanting to make a week of it. Camping, cabins, and bermed lodge rooms can be booked through the Floyd EcoVillage.

Our mission is to ensure that kids coming to our Youth Get Together camp experience the community and joy found in our traditional music and dance.

Registration & Payment

Registration

Registration is now open! Please complete the registration form and pay below.

Cost

The Floyd Youth Get Together Camp is $250 for the 7-11 year old week, and $300 for the 12-16 year old week. Early Bird registrations will save 20% off. Early Bird Registration continues until April 1st, 2024.

Families who have more than one child registering may receive a 10% discount on additional siblings.

The camp includes a special Handmade Music School Youth Get Together T-Shirt, snacks, and all learning materials are provided. Camp participants will need to bring their instruments, however instruments may be provided by Handmade Music School if requested.

Scholarships

Families may apply for financial support through the Handmade Music School’s Share the Music Scholarship Program. Scholarships can cover up to 50% of the fee and in some cases will provide a full scholarship, based on need.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are fully refundable if cancellation is made 14 days before the program registration is closed. If cancellation is made after registration is closed, only 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. Registration will end 14 days prior to the first day of camp. (*In case of emergency, refund policy can be discussed with Handmade Music School faculty).

If you have questions about our registration, costs, or discounts please contact info@handmademusicschool.com.

Please submit the registration form before purchasing your tickets. If you are applying for a scholarship, we will contact you with further instructions before making your payment.

Meet Our Teachers

2024 Teachers will be announced soon.

Teacher Qualifications

Our Instructors have a long affiliation with the Handmade Music School and with Floyd’s Junior Appalachian Musician program as well as being long-standing and caring members of the Floyd musical community.

The Handmade Music School is extremely careful when considering who will be teaching at our Youth Get Together Camp. All of our teachers are experienced teachers, mentors (and some parents) who have been involved in our traditional music and dance community and have produced and worked for youth music programs for many years.

All of our teachers are required to go through our safety procedures before hired. This includes:

  • A background check
  • Mandatory HMS teacher meetings that include program training, policy updates, and emergeny preparedness training
  • Certain teachers are certified in First Aid & CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
  • Qualified to teach music and dance curriculum and produce activities that are fun for the children while offering educational value

Schedule

Daily Schedule

Daily programming, enrichment time, and class periods include Appalachian dance opportunities, singing, rhythm practice, immersive Appalachian music and dance history, visiting musicians, group jamming and instruction, and outdoor play on the beautiful grounds of the Floyd EcoVillage. The week wraps up with a final performance. More details will be announced soon.

Snack Break

Snacks are provided by the HMS but you are more than welcome to have your student pack a snack, especially if they have allergies.

We recommend students bring their own water bottle but we do have water available at the EcoVillage.

Policies & Procedures

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Policy

Drop-off and pick-up will take place in front of the EcoVillage. Please park in the parking lot in front of the EcoVillage Event Center. Parents/guardians are asked to walk your student(s) into the main lobby of the Event Center. (Please do not send your student in without the accompaniment of an adult chaperone.) A Handmade Music School staff person will check your student(s) in for the day.

Pick-up: Parents/guardians are asked to come inside to the Event Center to pick up their child between 2pm and 2:15pm. Please do not arrive later than 2:15pm. If there is an unexpected reason to be late, please call (540) 251-2571 and let a HMS staff person know.

All students must be signed out by a parent/guardian. If someone is there to pick up your student(s) and they are not listed on the “allowed pick-up” section of your registration form, we will call the main parent/guardian contact we are given for approval. Your child will not be allowed to leave before we can get a signature, we require this signature as a safety precaution for our students.

Contact With Student

If you need to contact your student at any time throughout the day, or drop something off to them, please call 540-251-2571 to alert a HMS staff person.

*Please make sure that all individuals that have permission to pick your child up are listed under “allowed pick-up” on your registration form. We will not allow your child to leave until we have parent/guardian approval. If there is anyone who is not allowed to pick up your student, please list this in the “NOT allowed to pick up” area on the registration form AND notify us so we have that information ahead of time.

HMS Behavior Policy. If the student was to interrupt the program due to bad behavior (screaming, name calling, not following instructions, not respecting the space, etc.) the following steps will be taken:

  1. A staff member will speak to the parent/guardian about the situation day of occurrence. This will be considered the first verbal warning. A staff member is required to fill out the first behavior report including all appropriate signatures.

Injury or Emergency Procedures

If the student’s parent/guardian cannot be reached and the program staff have followed the emergency procedures below, the parent/guardian agrees to assume all expenses for moving and medically treating this student.

  1. In a life threatening emergency ONLY, 911 will be called first.
  2. In a non-life threatening emergency, the program coordinator will call home. If there is no answer the parent or guardians employment will be called or the emergency contact given. The director will administer First Aid as needed.
  3. If none of the above answers, the program coordinator will call an ambulance if necessary to transport the child to a local medical facility.
  4. Based upon the medical judgment of the attending physician, the child may be admitted to a medical facility.
  5. The program coordinator will continue to call the parents, guardians or physician until someone is reached. Please make sure you provide correct emergency contact information

Closures and Inclement Weather

More information coming soon.