Tuition and Registration
I preregistered; how do I pay?
To complete your registration:
Mail a check for payment in full and a copy of your vaccination card to:
Maine Fiddle Camp/ Jo-Anne Bouthot
PO Box 55
New Portland, Maine 04961
You can also email a copy of your vaccination card to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations to all camps include tuition, meals, music downloads, bunk/tent site, and a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Balance of fee not refundable for cancellations after May 25 for June sessions, or July 16 for August sessions.
Can I make a tuition payment thru PayPal without registering again?
You can make a payment thru your own PayPal account by sending funds to email@example.com. We will receive a notice of your payment. Of course if possible, sending a check snail mail is appreciated.
How do I apply for a work exchange discount or financial aid?
MFC offers financial aid and work/exchange discounts to those who qualify, on a first come first serve basis. Please use the comment section of the registration form for these requests or contact Doug Protsik at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Is there an additional fee for staying in a cabin?
There is no extra charge for the use of a bunk in a cabin. However we do have a limited number of bunks. To reserve a bunk, please select this option on the registration form. Lower bunks are reserved for special needs campers.
Do the camps fill up? Is there a waiting list if they do?
Yes, our camp sessions do fill up, especially the August camps. When we have our maximum number of campers registered, we do set up a waiting list online on the website, but registering there does not guarantee that you will be able to attend. The best bet is to sign up early!
Travel and Accommodation
Are there any public transportation options to MFC / Pilgrim Lodge?
Portland International Jetport (PWM) is 1 hours away.
Bangor International Jetport (BGR) is 1.5 hours away.
There are some small regional flights available to Augusta State Airport (AUG – 20 minutes away) as well, including Cape Air flights from Boston.
They both have car rental and limo services.
Uber is available: https://www.uber.com/
Do I need to bring bedding if I’m staying in a cabin?
Yes you would need to bring bedding. The mattresses are of the vinyl covered kids camp style. Sleeping bags are easy, but many prefer to bring sheets and blankets, or a combination of both. Maine weather is unpredictable, where you may need the sleeping bag AND a blanket on one night and then just a light blanket on another. Don’t forget your pillow!
Is there RV parking?
Yes, we have space for RV and camper parking in a large ball field surrounded by tall pines. We have parking attendants on duty during registration to help you find a suitable spot. We do not have hookups of any kind. Please be advised that there may be limitations on the use of generators, as they can cause many health difficulties for the surrounding tent campers.
Are gas-powered generators allowed at Maine Fiddle Camp?
Gas powered generators, both stand alone and ones that are built into a trailer or RV, are NOT allowed on the main campus of Fiddle Camp. This applies to the ball field, and camping areas in and around the ball field. Generators are allowed at designated “off campus” areas. Solar powered electrical generation is allowed and welcome.
Message to registrant with trailer or RV:
A common sense policy that has always existed but never written down is this: Gas powered electrical generators are not allowed at any time in the main campus of Maine Fiddle Camp. This means the ball field and camping areas in and around the ball field. This applies to stand alone generators and those built into trailers and RV’s. Since these areas are shared by tenters, the noise and exhaust emissions are not welcome and not healthy. Campers who NEED to use generators are asked to park in designated off campus areas. Solar powered electrical generation is allowed and welcome.
Can I rent a tent?
Yes, we offer a tent with a camping “double” bed, good for one or two people.
Cost: an additional $100 for a weekend, $200 for a week. Camper would need to reserve in advance.
Can I sleep in my car?
Yes, sleeping in your car, van, or truck is allowed in the ball field, but not in the tenting area along the water.
Do you offer carpooling?
Can I arrive early on registration/opening day?
Arrival time is 4 pm on the first day of a camp session. We ask that you do not arrive early. We are not prepared to greet you, as we may still be in the process of setup. When camp sessions running sequentially, as with the June camps, we need the time for the current campers to depart before allowing new campers to set up.
Are pets allowed at Maine Fiddle Camp?
There are no pets allowed at camp. We will post a list of boarding facilities near our new location soon.
If you have a medically necessary trained service dog please let us know.
Can family join us for concerts, dance, or other evening activities?
Due to many reasons including safety and security logistics, family/friends are not allowed on the campground without expressed permission from Doug Protsik, including the Final Concert on the last day of the camp session.
Instruments & Classes
Do you have to bring your own instrument?
Yes, campers bring their own instruments. We may have a few extras available, but we cannot guarantee an instrument for you.
Large items like piano keyboards or acoustic basses are often a problem, especially if campers are flying or taking other public transportation. In this case contact Bill at email@example.com and we might be able to set something up or point you to a place locally to rent an instrument,
such as: Buckdancers Choice at 207-774-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Starbird Music for keyboards here’s their website; http://www.starbirdmusic.com/rentals/ Both of these music stores are in the Portland area..
Do you need to know how to play an instrument to attend?
No, you do not. On the registration form, you rate your musical ability within the 6 categories, the first being “Beginner beginner” which means you know very little about your instrument, or how to play it.
How do I change levels if I find my class to easy, or too difficult?
As adults, if you discover that you are in the wrong class, for whatever reason, you are free to find another group more to your liking.
Youth campers are required to attend the class assigned and must consult with the teacher about switching levels. The teacher will advise you which group to join.
What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
Nothing. They are the same instrument, but played differently.
There is a saying: The violin sings and the fiddle dances!!
Do I need to be able to read music to attend?
No. We teach in the traditional “by ear” method. We do publish musical score for your own home practice, or to take to your personal music instructor, but we do not teach or use the scores during MFC sessions.
Do I need to know the yearly published tunes to attend camp?
The yearly tunes are published for repertoire building and are not required learning to attend MFC. They are intended for enjoyment, and are many times used as common jamming tunes on opening night.
Children at MFC
Are children welcome at Maine Fiddle Camp?
All children are welcome at MFC. Children 2 years or younger are free. Children must be 11 years or older to attend without a parent or guardian. A child must be 6 or older to attend classes without parental supervision, although these guidelines can be flexible under specific pre-arranged circumstances.
Any child with special needs should indicate the situation on their registration form and must have a parent or qualified attendant with them at all times.
Anyone 17 years or younger must follow all rules, stay on site, attend all organized activities, obey the curfew, and expect to behave as a responsible person needing minimal guidance.
Parents attending MFC with children must be responsible for supervising and monitoring all their children’s activities, no matter what age. (See: minor child supervision guidelines.) The fee is the same for all attendees and parents, even if they just camp and don’t take classes. Everyone is expected to eat the meals, pitch in, volunteer, participate in the concerts and dances, and be a supportive audience and community member.
Is there a minimum age requirement to attend MFC without a parent/guardian?
Our minimum age to attend overnight without a guardian, is 11 years old. We have no minimum age if attending with family members. All attending campers must be registered, no matter what age.
What is meant by a “guardian” and can I tent if I’m under 18 years old?
The MFC guidelines for minors attending without their parents is that they need to be accompanied and supervised by an appropriate adult that serves as a parent substitute if they are not bunking under the supervision of a cabin parent.
The intent behind “parent substitute” is that this be a person of appropriate “parental” age to the minor, such as an older couple or family unit with children of similar ages. The guardians must be tenting and if the minor is in their own tent, this tent must be within sight and hearing distance of the guardian’s tent.
We do not allow minors to tent with older siblings that are under 21 years of age as guardians, and really discourage young adults (21-28) from taking on this responsibility when possible.
We are striving to maintain a consistent policy concerning minors and “guardians”.
What if I left clothing or an instrument at camp? Do you have a “lost & found”?
We have an area designated for “lost and found” during the camp session. Please check it out before leaving camp, because someone may have found something you may not know that you have lost!
If camp is over, you may contact email@example.com for clothing and accessories. We keep stuff for a few weeks after camp sessions finish.
If you have left an instrument, Doug Protsik would know if something was found. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 522-3800.
Is there cell reception at Pilgrim Lodge?
If you are with a national carrier, there is no problem.
Will I be able to charge my phone?
NEW at Pilgrim lodge: There is electricity in the cabins for charging and a charging station at the dining hall for tenters.
Do you have instrument accessories and supplies at camp?
We do have a “Camp Store” with limited instrument supplies such as batteries and guitar picks. (We also carry our staff CDs, t-shirts, stickers, bag tags, and tote bags.)
Our teachers sometimes have small items like tuners, strings, chin rests, whistles and harmonicas. (Pam Weeks brings many items). A notice of when and where to purchase these items will be posted in the dining hall.
Please remember that all sales are on a cash or check basis. We do not accept credit/debit cards.
Health and safety
What type of health care is available at camp?
The volunteer nurses/ EMTs at camp can provide basic first aid only. For more urgent/ emergent health issues or injuries, Maine General Hostpital in Augusta is the closest emergency department. Any sick or injured child with a parent on site, should come to the first aid station with that adult, if care is needed. Unaccompanied minors will also receive first aid, and then be sent to the hostpital, after a call to parents, if deemed in need of further medical care.
Where are pharmacies and health care options near camp?
943 Western Ave.
40 Main Ave.
Maine General Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic
5 Central Maine Crossing
Sat-Sun 8am- 5pm M-F 8am- 7:30pm
Maine General Medical Center
35 Medical Center Parkway
Concentra Urgent Care
219 Capitol St. Suite 2
I’m being dropped off at camp; will my driver/ visitor need to be tested?
No, short-term visitors will not be screened or tested. They will however wear a mask the entire duration they are on campus.
Will I stay in my car for testing/ screening?
Initially you’ll receive a screening form while all campers are parked in vehicles along the entrance road. Complete that form and sign it. When our ground crew indicates that a space in the screening tent is available, you’ll walk over to the screening tables and start the process, leaving your cars parked alongside the road. When satisfactorily completed, you can proceed to the adjoining registration area to sign in and pick up your button.
What if I forget my testing kits?
MFC will not provide free testing kits. Please bring at least 7 unopened kits to camp. If you don’t have or can’t get that many, there will be tests for sale in the MFC store. They cost around $10 each so get the free ones if you can!! covidtests.gov.
What if I forget my vaccination card documenting all vaccinations and boosters?
Please remember your vaccination data, these are official cards with your name and dates of vaccinations. Entrance to camp depends on this data. Pictures on your smart phone are accepted. It’s best to forward that data to JoAnne B. digitally so we can all get into camp more quickly.
Will someone help me do my rapid antigen test?
The Health Team will be able to assist you somewhat; please read the testing instructions ahead of camp to facilitate your process. Be aware some test kits have a dwell time of 45 minutes.
What if my health screening and /or testing is positive?
Any campers with positive findings will proceed to the Nurse Triage table, where the screening and antigen test are repeated. If findings are of concern, campers will leave the campus to head home, or a walk-in clinic for PCR test. Campers are ineligible to return until PCR demonstrates negative results. Please have a plan in place to leave camp if test is positive.
If I feel sick during camp, who will I contact?
You will call the camp nurse and receive another health screening and rapid test. There aren’t any quarantine cabins/ beds for campers. If you are ill, you must leave camp. Please have a back-up plan for this possibility.
Should I bring masks to camp?
YES!! We are asking everyone to mask whenever indoors. We will also encourage campers to eat outdoors whenever possible.