Aug 7-11, 2017
Family Camp

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Family Camp
Monday, Aug 7-Friday, Aug 11, 2017

An all-ages, hands-on experience in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, nature, crafts and pure play! Something for the whole family.

Here’s a video from last year’s camp… Tom Krumm’s Contra Band Practice


Join us at Ashokan Family Camp this summer. Bring your parents, your kids, and your friends, and share music, dancing, singing, storytelling, puppet-making, nature trails, traditional crafts, and quality time in the great outdoors… age-old activities that enhance well-being and bring people together.

This is not a simply a kid’s camp, but truly an experience for all members of the community, with or without children. Librarians, teachers, and anyone who works with children will find ideas and materials to enrich their curriculum.

From babies to teens and parents to grandparents, Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts full of music and family memories that will last a lifetime.

• Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo.
• Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call & response, and more).
• Enjoy square and contra dancing and Appalachian clogging.
• Hike nature trails, swim, and enjoy other outdoor games and activities.
• Make puppets and join a puppet show.
• Try blacksmithing, broom-making, and tinsmithing. Bring home a family heirloom.
• Take part in jam sessions.
• Join the band. Join a parade.
• Make musical instruments from junk.
• Write songs and learn to lead songs.

About Classes and Age Groups

We offer classes in a variety of age groupings. This year’s camp will feature two classes a day based on age groups: “Early Childhood”, “Younger”, “Older”, and “13 and Up”. Other classes will be for mixed ages, and of course we will all gather to sing, dance, jam, and listen to stories twice each day. In all mixed-age classes, we request that children 4 and under be accompanied by an adult.

2017 Family Camp Staff To Be Announced

Tentative Class List

Subject to change Teen Band, Fiddle, Mandolin, Ukulele, Guitar, Banjo, Singing (Rounds, Harmony, Singing for the fun of it), Folk Dance (Squares, contras & more), Home Made Instruments, Puppetry & Puppet Making, Community Rhythm, Slow Jams, Nature Walks, Talks & Crafts!

While the 2017 schedule is being developed, you may view information from Family Camp 2016.

Tuition and Meals

Tuition for 2017 To Be Announced. Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals.  Work exchange will be available.

Lodging is additional.

You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may hold your place with a partial deposit per person. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.

Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.

Please refer to our official payment/cancellation/refund policy for important deadlines and dates for this camp.


Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.

What to Bring

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
  • Flashlight, camera.
  • Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.

See this What To Bring/Camp Summary for more details about what to bring, the schedule for camp, directions to Ashokan and other important information.

Work Exchange

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of available positions can be found here.

Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.

Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email for details.


Registration will once again be available online. Watch for our announcements on facebook (see below).

Would you like to be notified about upcoming Ashokan Music & Dance Camp events and announcements regarding camp registration dates? Sign up to receive our emails!

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Please do not call to register or send in your check before registering online.


View photos from Family Camp 2014 by Stewart Dean on Flickr

View photos from Family Camp 2015 by Stewart Dean on Flickr

View photos from Family Camp 2016 by Stewart Dean on Flickr