Housing & Dining Information
EXPERIENCE CAMP LIFE
Music isn’t the only reason that you come to camp! It is also a chance to experience what living and learning in a collegiate setting is all about. Staying overnight at camp gives you a chance to relax & socialize with new friends and see what happens at camp when we put down our instruments and take time out for fun!
Students have the option of attending camp as a day camper or as an overnight camper.
Students who attend camp as a day camper must be staying at home or with a Tallahassee relative over the age of 21. Day campers are required to attend all rehearsals, performances and classes and should plan to attend camp daily from 8:00am-5:00pm and some evenings from 7:00pm-9:30pm if there are required music activities after dinner (this primarily applies to Workshops). Recreation activities are not required for day campers, but they are certainly welcome to attend any camp activity they choose.
Overnight campers stay at the Southgate Campus Centre. Southgate is an air-conditioned, private dormitory just a five minute walk from the College of Music buildings.
The rooms are safe, close to our music buildings and are typical of a college dorm room. Each room is 220 sq. feet and will house four (4) students. The room has it’s own bathroom and will contain two sets of bunk beds, two wardrobes for storage, one overhead ceiling light, a shower curtain and toilet paper.
Students will be required to bring their own bedding and towels, as well as other standard living items. After all, this is camp! A full packing list will be provided in the Parent & Camper Handbook. Students may bring a TV, ipod, video game system or other items for use during free time if desired, however, the Camps are not responsible for any items that may be lost, stolen or damaged at camp. There is also not a lot of room in the dorm rooms, so we encourage you to pack only the essentials so you and your roommate will have plenty of space for everyone's belongings.
Males and females are separated by floor, though it may occasionally be necessary at our larger camps to have mixed gender floors. In these rare cases, males & females will be at opposite ends of the same floor. Under no circumstance will members of the opposite sex be roomed together.
If you know someone else who is coming to camp, you may wish to request a roommate. Campers may request one other person to room with and you will be sent a request form after you register for camp. We will do our best to room you with your preferred roommate, however, it is not guaranteed. If you do not have a roommate to request, don’t worry, most students don’t! Rooming assignments are done according to age as well as camp, hometown & other factors.
NEED AN EXTRA NIGHT?
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult getting your child to and from camp. To help make travel more flexible, we offer extra nights in the dorm. Extra nights are available to students who need to arrive the night before camp begins and leave the day after camp ends** due to travel arrangements. Extra nights are also available to students who are attending consecutive camps (for example, Double Bass Workshop and then String Orchestra Camp).
The cost for an extra night of housing is $50.00 per night. This includes housing, supervision and all extra meals. A form will be included in your information packet after you are registered which will allow you to request this service.
- Extra night stays are limited to one night before and/or one night after camp starts and ends.
- Extra nights are required if you are arriving any time the day before check-in OR anytime between midnight and 8am on the day of check-in.
- Campers at Choral Ensemble Camp, Piano Camp, Piano Institute, and Jazz Ensemble Camp for Middle School can not book an extra night before the start of camp - all campers at these camps must arrive after 8am on June 9.
- Campers at Middle School Band Camp can not book an extra night at the end of camp - all students at this camp must check-out after the performance on July 13.
Good nutrition and well-balanced meals are essential to our campers health during their busy camp session. And when it comes time for meals, our campers have many options available. The dining hall is set up like a food court & buffet. It will always includes a hot entree station and beverage station at all meals. During breakfast, cereals, bagels, english muffins & made to order eggs are also available; during lunch, a salad bar, sandwich station and dessert station are added; during dinner, a salad bar, pasta station and dessert station are added. See below for a sample menu.
“Campers-Choice”, food-court style dining can be new for some campers who are use to having meals prepared for them at home. For students who don’t immediately see anything that they like we are sure that there is always something available - from hamburgers & hot dogs to soy milk & yogurt. All they need to do is ask!
For students with special dietary concerns (allergies, religious restrictions & other), the dining hall director can make special arrangements. Please contact the dining director at Southgate at least three weeks prior to camp to be sure that they can accommodate your needs.
Three (3) meals per day are included with the cost of camp for overnight campers and the meal plan begins with dinner on the first night of camp. There is no meal plan included for day campers. Day campers may choose to bring lunch with them or to purchase meal tickets for the dining hall.
Two camp stores will be set up; one in the dorm and one at the College of Music, which will sell snacks and beverages throughout the day and evening.