FAQ & Camper Tips

Recommendations on Choosing Classes

Conflicts

It’s very likely that sometimes you’ll look at our schedule and wish you could be three places at once. This is quite normal, and not grounds for alarm. In fact, our director feels he wouldn’t be properly doing his job as programmer if you didn’t want to be three places at once! The first time this happens to you, just follow your instincts and make your selection (you can’t go wrong, all the choices are good!). The next time you feel torn, try to select a class offered by a different teacher, the time after that by a third teacher, and so on.

Be diverse!

Try to sample at least one class by each of the instructors in your genre over the course of the weekend. Don’t feel intimidated about attending a class offered by an instructor who is well known or whose playing is complex. After all, if he or she can do the complex stuff, he or she can probably explain the simple stuff, too (and all our teachers are great explainers, or they wouldn’t be here!)

Hands-on vs. Demos

Most of our classes are “hands-on,” meaning that teachers have a set of skills or a tune or two in mind to impart, and that students should have their banjos in hand during class. On the other end of the spectrum are the few sessions labeled “demo.” Demos are presentations or mini-performances combined with explication and Q & A sessions (students will probably not have banjos in hand for demo classes). Somewhere in between are those classes labeled “demo-instructional.” Where they fall precisely in the continuum is up to the discretion of the individual teacher, but do have your banjos available.

Other Kinds of Classes

Other Classes: This may be primarily a 5-string banjo camp, but we do also offer full-time instruction in guitar and old time fiddle. We also offer a number of “special classes,” such as ukelele, ekonting and vocal harmony.

Artists’ CDs and Instructional Matierials

No doubt you’ll want to take home lots of CDs, books and vide os by your favorite banjoists. We’ll have an artists’ sales booth, run by volunteers, to help you fulfill this aim. We won’t be able to take credit cards at this booth. To make things easier for our volunteers, please bring along at least several personal checks or a reserve of cash. Thanks in advance for your cooperation on this!

Recording Devices

Many of our instructors teach by ear, so we strongly recommend that you bring recording devices so you can listen at home to the tunes and techniques you learned at Camp. Nowadays most mobile phones have inbuilt recording devices that are surprisingly good; otherwise there are quite a number of excellent inexpensive options on the market.

Logistics

Entry
As you continue on 75th Rd off US 90, you’ll reach the gates to Cerveny Conference Center. Just head down the main road; you’ll pass the RV and tenting complex on your left and eventually reach the Cenference Center itself (flags and a big parking area). Come through the main entrance into the courtyard and look for our check-in table at the Dining Hall. We’ll give you your room assignments, schedules, etc.
Climate
Early April weather in North Florida can be extremely variable. Daytime highs can be anywhere from low 60s into the 80s, while night-time lows can vary from the 40s to the 60s. Mornings can be chilly, but temperatures can warm up dramatically by early afternoon. Our best advice is to dress in layers. In addition, it might not be a bad idea to bring an umbrella or rain gear, just in case!

ABOVE ALL, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK THE WEEKEND FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING HOME.

Sleeping Arrangements
Those staying in the cabins need to bring their own sleeping bags (or bedding) including pillows. They also need to bring toiletries and towels. You won’t have to worry about the temperature too much since the cabins have climate control.
Other Things To Bring
Towels, soap, shampoo and whatever else you need for personal hygiene. Bring an alarm clock, too!
Flashlights
Those staying in the cabins and at the RV/tenting site, should probably bring flashlights AND extra batteries!
Insects
We haven’t had too much of a problem at SBC with mosquitoes, but you might as well bring repellent just in case. Plus at this time of year it is always prudent to be on the lookout for ticks. This means that when showering, you should routinely check for unwanted “passengers.”
Music Stands
Some classes may wind up outside if the weather is nice. So if you bring a music stand, bring some kind of clip to hold paper fast when the wind is blowing.
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