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Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: What's the nearest airport to the American Banjo Camp?
A: Seattle-Tacoma airport (aka "Seatac" - airport code SEA) is about one hour (50 miles) from the camp where ABC is held. See the travel directions.

Q: If I stay at a local B&B or motel, do I get a break in the ABC registration fee?
A: Yes. Look for information about the "commuter" registration fee on the registration notes page. Also see our reduced rate at the local Red Lion Inn.

Q: Can I Still Attend American Banjo Camp Just from Friday to Sunday?
A: Yes, you can. You can still enjoy ABC even if you can’t take an extra day off. Our Weekend-Only Option begins with Friday lunch and the first workshop Friday afternoon. Included are seven hands-on workshops and all meals from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch. Also included are the two faculty concerts, staff-led jams on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a free jams later in the evening after a snack. Rates for the weekend-only option appear on the Registration page.

Q: What are the starting and ending times for the Full Camp?
A: Check-in for the Full Camp starts at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday; the program begins about 4:30 p.m.; the first meal is dinner (6:00 p.m.); and hands-on workshops start promptly at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. Camp ends following lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Q: I'm planning to attend ABC with a companion. Is there any way we can arrange to stay in a private room on site?
A: Although we can't guarantee private accommodations, we may be able to arrange lodging for you in a double-occupancy room - with bathrooms in the hall. If you need a guarantee of privacy or motel-level accommodations you can register as commuters and book a room at the Red Lion Inn right down the road, where we have arranged for a special rate.

Q: What's the weather like?
A: It's usually clear and around 70 degrees during the day, but on occasion it has rained or been chilly. At night it's usually in the low 60s or high 50s. Fall weather can vary a lot in the Puget Sound, so bring layers of clothing.

Q: Is there a way to share the photos and videos I took at Camp with other participants?
A: Yes! Our Facebook group page (www.facebook.com/groups/AmericanBanjoCamp) is set up for photo (and anecdote) sharing.

Q: I'm a vegetarian; can I sign up for the camp without the meals?
A: Meals are included in the price and we always have vegetarian options – and not just cheese sandwiches, either!

Q: I'd love to come to camp, but I can only come for one day; can I get a discount?
A: Yes, you can, but it will be a small discount since we get no discount on our largest expenses (travel and salaries for the faculty).

Q: I'm a musician, so I don't have much money. Can I get a deal?
A: Yes, probably. We have about half a dozen work/trade positions that offer a $100 or $200 discount for 5 or 10 hours work. If, even with work/trade, you couldn't afford to come to camp, there are some scholarships for up to one-half the balance. See the registration page.

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Please feel free to ask us. Email is welcome 24 hours a day (and may be answered at the strangest hours!) and phone questions are welcome in the afternoons and evenings. See the Contact Us page.

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