Q. How many people are at a Folk Camp?
A. Folk Camps have a maximum capacity of 125 people, sometimes fewer depending on the venue. Typically a summer catered camp has between 80 and 120 people. A workshop weekend is likely to be between 30 and 50, and a bank holiday camp between 60 and 100. We find that this size of camp is ideal for getting to know other people, making friends and developing a sense of community and belonging.
Q. What age do you have to be to attend a Folk Camp?
A. You can be any age, but if you’re on your own you must be over 18. Everyone under 18 needs to be in the care of a responsible adult. We’ve had tiny babies just a few weeks old attend Folk Camps together with octogenarians. Everyone is welcome. Think of a Folk Camp as a small village, where everyone helps their neighbours to have a good time. Some of our campers are fourth generation Folk Campers.
Q. Are there any young people, teenagers, at Folk Camps?
A. Oh yes, we have lots of young Folk Campers. To be on the safe side, if you aren’t a veteran Folk Camper, you can ring the office and take advice. Every Folk Camp has a slightly different flavour depending upon which volunteer staff are running it. Some attract more in specific age groups, some have a wide age range mix. Just ask our administrator which camp would be best for you.
Q. Can children stay up late and join in the fun?
A. As long as young people are behaving sensibly and not ruining other people’s enjoyment they are welcome to stay up late. However, you may have to suffer the consequences of over-tired offspring! There might come a time as the evening progresses when the dances get too complicated for the very young or the songs get a little bawdy.
Q. I’d like to come to a Folk Camp but I’m on my own – so should I be worried that there won’t be anyone to dance with?
A. Not having a partner with you isn’t an impediment to joining in at a Folk Camp. The chances are that someone will soon ask you to dance, and if they don’t ask you, it’s quite acceptable for you to ask them. That’s the folk tradition – anyone can dance with anyone else.
Q. I’ve wanted to come to a Folk Camp for years but my partner/spouse doesn’t dance, doesn’t play a musical instrument and has no interest in folk music at all. Should I bring him or leave him at home?
A. Lots of people have this dilemma and worry about their spouse or partner not enjoying a camp. Some come on their own, perhaps with children – not necessarily theirs, it could be grandchildren or nieces and nephews. For others, while one of them enjoys everything that Folk Camps have to offer, their partner goes out for the day, reads a book and does exactly what they would do on any other holiday. Taking part in the folk bit of a Folk Camp isn’t compulsory. But it’s really interesting to see over the years some who arrive with total disinterest can’t help joining in all the fun.