This page is designed specifically for registered NEMC camp families. Bookmark this page – all updated information, forms, and important camp communications can be found here.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE COMING TO CAMP
- Download: **Camper and Parent Information Packet** IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU AND YOUR PARENTS READ THE CAMPER AND PARENT INFORMATION PACKET TOGETHER.
- Download and complete required forms by June 1. Scan and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Travel Form Boston flight/train arrivals should be before 1pm on the first day of camp – Boston flight/train departures should be between 11am-2pm on the last day of camp.
- Health Form
- Permission to Leave Camp Form
- Camper/Parent Permissions and Agreements Form
Other things you may want to download:
All campers audition on the first full day of each camp session. Auditions are for the purpose of placing you in the appropriate groups and ensembles. Be prepared to play something you know well, and also be prepared to sight-read and play scales. Saxophone players should prepare a classical piece.
Qualified campers may audition in front of a faculty panel of judges to perform in an Honor Recital. Auditions are held weekly. Students are permitted one solo performance for each instrument studied at camp. Six week campers may perform one solo piece in each session on each instrument studied at camp. Students interested in performing on an Honor Recital are are urged to come to camp prepared to audition as early as possible in each session.
In fairness to all, cabin assignments will be made strictly by chronological age. No exceptions will be made. Effort will be made to avoid housing changes at mid-season for all full-season campers; however, some changes may be unavoidable.
The office phone is not available for campers and staff except in an emergency. Public phones are available and a phone card is necessary. Campers may bring a phone card with them to camp, or they may be purchased at the camp canteen. We ask campers to make calls only when absolutely necessary, and to limit each call to five minutes. Campers may not make or receive calls during any class or scheduled activity or after 7:30 P.M. except in case of an emergency and then only with the authorization of a Head Counselor or Camp Directors.
Campers should not keep cash or valuables in the cabin. Most campers deposit approximately $75.00 – $100.00 per session into the NEMC Bank. Each camper then receives an electronic debit card and uses it for all money transactions. Camper debit cards can be used at the canteen, library, and office for treats, music, personal items, and off-campus trips. Balances remaining in Camper Banking are returned to campers at the end of the camp session.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO
The possession and/or use of alcohol or drugs will result in the offending camper’s IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL with no refund of tuition. Tobacco is prohibited on camp grounds and at any related camp activity.
TRAVEL TO CAMP
NEMC requires a Camper Travel form on file with the camp office regardless of whether you will arrive by private car, plane or bus. The Camper Travel Form can be found in this packet along with other important forms that you will send back to camp.
Arrival at camp – Registration at the Lodge begins at 1:00 PM. (PLEASE do not arrive early. We cannot accommodated early registrations.)
Departure from camp– campers must leave by 9:30am
Directions to NEMC
NEMC is located at 8 Goldenrod Lane in Sidney, Maine, 04330.
From the North:
- Take Route 95 South to exit 127 (ME-11/ME-137 toward Waterville/Oakland).
- Turn right on ME-11S/ME-137W/Kennedy Memorial Drive.
- After 0.7 miles, turn left onto Country Club Road.
- At the end, turn right onto Webb Road.
- After crossing over Middle Road, turn left onto ME-23S/Snow Pond Road.
- NEMC will be on your right after approximately 3.2 miles.
From the South:
- Take Route 95 North to exit 112B to merge onto ME-11 N/ME-27 N/ME-8 N/Civic Center Drive/New Belgrade Road toward Augusta/Belgrade.
- After 4 miles, turn right onto ME-23 N/Pond Road.
- NEMC will be on your left after approximately 7.2 miles.
NEMC Boston Chartered Bus
Arrival: Your travel arrangements should have your son/daughter arrive in Boston no later than 1:00 p.m. The bus leaves Boston at 2:00 p.m. to return to NEMC. Campers may bring only an instrument and a small carry-on bag on the NEMC bus (no suitcases, trunks, or duffle bags).
Departure: The bus leaves camp at 6:00 a.m. and arrives in Boston at approximately 10:00 am. Your travel arrangements should have your child depart from Boston between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Campers may bring only an instrument and a small carry-on bag on the NEMC bus (no suitcases, trunks, or duffle bags).
Luggage/Shipping: Round trip or return shipping can be arranged online from The Mailing Center in Augusta, Maine at www.mailingctr.com. Shipped luggage must be sent prepaid at least two weeks in advance by UPS or motor freight. Clearly address each piece to your camper at the camp and attach the label securely to the luggage so that it cannot come off in transit. Items should be addressed as follows:
8 Goldenrod Lane
Sidney, ME 04330
NEMC FAMILY WEEKEND
Family weekends, held on the last weekend of each session, give parents a special window into the NEMC experience! Parents are invited to attend rehearsals and classes and are invited to attend the POPS Concert or musical theater performance. Tickets will be available online – watch your email for when they go on sale!
PLEASE NOTE: The NEMC program remains in session during this special weekend and campers will be expected to follow the camp schedule. There will be very limited time for campers to leave camp with family members.
Families are invited to join us for the following scheduled events:
First Session: (see dates in calendar)
7:30 pm – Camper Honor Recital (Alumni Hall)
9:00 pm – Reception for parents following the recital (The Lodge)
8:00 pm – Follow your camper’s schedule; observe rehearsals and classes
11:45 – 1:15 pm – Chicken BBQ in The Grove (be our guest!)
1:30 pm – Enjoy family time with your camper (see leave policy)
7:30 pm – Pops Concert (Performing Arts Center, Oakland)
3:00 pm – Concert (Bowl in the Pines)
Evening Mid-Season Banquet for Campers Only
Second Session: (see dates in calendar)
6:30 pm – Reception for parents before the musical theater performance (The Lodge)
7:30 pm – Musical Theater Performance (Alumni Hall)
8:00 am – Follow your camper’s schedule; observe rehearsals and classes
11:45 – 1:15 pm – Chicken BBQ in The Grove (be our guest!)
1:15 – 2:30 pm – Enjoy family time with your camper
3:00 pm – Concert (Bowl in the Pines – Concert Groups)
Evening Final Banquet for Campers Only
3:00 pm – Concert (Bowl in the Pines – Symphonic Groups)
Evening Final Campfire and Candlelight Ceremony for Campers Only.
NEMC CAMPER LEAVE AND VISITATION POLICY
As administrators of NEMC, we assume responsibility for the care and safety of your child — a charge which is accepted with utmost concern. The policies outlined below regarding guest visitation and off-camp travel for campers have been carefully designed to (1) protect your child (2) preserve the integrity of our program and (3) achieve concurrence with the parameters of our liability insurance. All campers must have the Permission to Leave Camp Form on file with this office. REGULATIONS STRICTLY APPLIED. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST EXCEPTIONS.
- Campers with written parental permission may leave the grounds only as follows: (Verbal/phone authorization or emails will not be accepted)
FRIDAYS: 4:45 to 7:15 p.m. or the designated time
SATURDAYS: After last morning commitment to 2:15 pm and then again from 4:45 to 7:15 pm, or the designated time. IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: On Mid-Season and Final Banquet days campers may only leave after their last morning class and must return by 2:15 pm.
SUNDAYS: 11:00 am to 2:15 pm then again after the concert until 7:15 pm or the designated time. (Please note: Campers are asked to neither leave nor return during Rest Hour – 1:00 – 2:15 pm)
MONDAYS: After cabin duties until 7:00 pm or until campers return from the off-camp activity with PARENTS, IMMEDIATE FAMILY OR FACULTY ONLY. (Do not disturb rest hour 1:00 to 2:15 pm)
Parents who bring campers back before buses return from the off-camp activity must remain on camp with them until counselors arrive.
PLEASE NOTE: The policy for leave and visitation is different during Family Weekend: Campers with written parental permission may leave the grounds during Family Weekend only as follows:
FRIDAY: 4:00 to 7:15 pm
SATURDAY: (please note different times for session 1 and 2)
(SESSION I): 12:30 to 7:00 (if going directly to concert site) Campers are asked not to leave or return during Rest Hour (1:30 to 2:15).
12:30 to 5:30 (if returning to camp to take the bus to Pops Concert) All campers must return to camp on the camp bus following the Pops Concert.
(SESSION II) 12:30 to 2:30 Campers are asked not to leave or return during Rest Hour (1:15 to 2:15).
SUNDAY: 11:00 am to 2:15 pm. Please do not interrupt Rest Hour (1:30 to 2:20).
- Campers MUST sign out and sign in at the office upon departure and return.
- Adults who leave the grounds with any campers, regardless of whether it is their child, must sign an affidavit of responsibility at the Camp office before leaving.
- Permission for overnight leaves will not be granted.
- NEMC cannot and does not accept responsibility for any camper during the time (s)he is off the campus (except on official camp trips).
- Permission to leave camp is a privilege, subject to the approval of the Camp Directors. Time limits must be strictly observed. Campers and parents must plan their return so they will avoid any interruption to the camp routine.
- GUESTS AND VISITORS: Parents are welcome to visit camp anytime except during Rest Hour and the afternoon Recreation Periods (2:15 – 4:00 pm) It should be kept in mind that no camper may be released from any scheduled activity.
- Please remember that the cabins are the campers’ living quarters and should not be entered unless absolutely necessary.
- Except for the opening and closing days of each session, CARS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE CAMP GROUNDS. Please park your car in the main lot near the Office or at the Bowl.
- ALL dogs must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.
NEMC ELECTRONICS POLICY
New England Music Camp offers a traditional summer camp experience in a rural setting. In keeping with those traditions and sound youth camping guidelines and practices, personal electronics are not permitted at NEMC. These include, but are not limited to: cell phones, smart phones, personal computers, tablet computers. Mobile phones necessary for travel will be collected upon arrival at camp and returned upon departure.
NEMC campers may bring personal music listening devices, but they may not be smart phones. All personal property is the responsibility of the camper, and as such, campers are not encouraged to bring any belongings to camp that they cannot afford to lose.
NEMC Camper Social Media Policy
New England Music Camp views social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, etc.), personal Web sites, and Weblogs positively and respects the right of campers to use them as a medium of self-expression. When a person chooses to identify himself or herself as a camper of NEMC on the internet, readers may view the camper as a representative or spokesperson of the camp. Therefore, NEMC requires, as a condition of participation in the camp, that campers observe the following guidelines when referring to the camp, its programs or activities, its campers, and/or other employees, in a blog or on any social networking website.
- Campers must be respectful in all communications and blogs related to or referencing the camp, its campers, and/or other employees.
- Campers must not use blogs, websites or social networking sites to disparage the camp, campers, or employees of the camp.
- Any photos or messages that are linked or “tagged” from “friends” and attached to your site(s) or profile(s) that are inappropriate need to be removed.
- Campers must not post photos taken anywhere at camp that are inappropriate (bathrooms, shower houses, etc.).
- Campers must not use blogs, personal websites, or social networking sites to harass, bully, or intimidate employees or campers. Behaviors that constitute harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, comments that are derogatory towards race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, color, or disability; sexually suggestive, humiliating, or demeaning comments.
- Campers must not use blogs, personal websites, or social networking sites to discuss engaging in conduct that is prohibited by camp policies, including, but not limited to, the use of alcohol and drugs, sexual behavior, sexual harassment, and bullying.
- The use of our copyrighted camp name or logo is not allowed without written permission. This includes the creation of websites, blogs, Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, and/or any other internet properties.
Any camper found to be in violation of any portion of this Social Networking and Blogging Policy will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from camp, and/or appropriate legal action.
Health, Safety and Welfare
(Camp infirmary: 207-465-8323, after June 24th)
A Basic Health and Accident Insurance policy, which is to be supplemented by your insurance, will be provided by NEMC. The policy and group number of your provider must be listed on the health form.
We require you to have a physical examination within twelve months of your arrival at camp. The health form must be returned by June 1st, to the camp address or email to office @ nemusiccamp.com.
You must notify the camp immediately if you are arriving to camp with any pre-existing condition.
If you have been under the care of a mental health professional within the last three years, the treating physician must send a letter to the Camp Director by June 1st to help us facilitate your adjustment to camp.
Please note: All information will be treated confidentially.
If you take prescription or over the counter medications, please properly label and bring enough for your stay at camp. All medications will be deposited in the camp health center and dispensed by the camp nurses.
VERY IMPORTANT: Hospitals and doctors will refuse to treat you without parental permission. Therefore one of your parents MUST sign the authorization for treatment on the health form.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
Label everything indelibly! The camp is not responsible for lost or missing items. Clothes and other belongings left behind at the end of camp cannot be sent to you. The detailed packing checklist provided in this packet is intended to help you pack and collect your belongings before you leave camp.
Cell phones, tablets and personal computers are not permitted during camp. If you travel with a cell phone, you will be asked to turn it in upon your arrival at camp. Personal sports equipment is permitted for the sports we offer, but it is the responsibility of the camper. All personal archery equipment will be stored with similar camp equipment. All other personal belongings are the responsibility of the camper, and are brought to camp at your own risk. We do not lock our cabins during the regular camp operation.
- All campers – current method books and solos, metronome, pencils
- String players – mutes, extra strings
- Brass players – straight mutes (cup and Harmon mutes if you intend to be in Stage Band)
- Reed players – extra reeds (Vandoren single reeds recommended)
- Percussionists – one pair of concert drumsticks (Firth SDI or comparable), one pair of general tympani mallets (Firth Staccato or comparable), at least one pair of keyboard mallets
Check the attached calendar of events. As you pack for camp, please consider the “special events” so that you arrive prepared. For example, you may want to “get your act together” and bring certain equipment for the talent show, drama presentations, carnival and square dance.
Laundry is sent weekly, and returned the following day.
- Appropriate informal daily attire can include sneakers, jeans, shorts, T-shirts, etc.
- Jacket, sweaters, sweat shirts for cool evenings
- Swimsuits – all campers are required to take a swim test
- Rain gear: waterproof shoes or boots, waterproof jacket (activities continue regardless of the weather)
Required Performance Dress:
- Girls: black slacks (trouser style), white short or long sleeve blouse, black shoes or sandals (no leggings, capri pants, or t-shirt style blouses
- Boys: white shirt, long black tie, black trousers, black socks, black dress shoes
Evening Recital Dress (3-5 times per week):
- Girls: Dresses or dressy separates (nothing strapless); nice slacks, skirts, blouses; dress shoes or non-sport sandals.
- Boys: Collared shirts, dress slacks, dressy chinos, dress shoes (dress shorts and non-sport sandals for very warm weather)
Formal/Dressy Attire (Banquet week 3 and week 6):
- Girls: Formal or semi-formal dress
- Boys: Sports jacket and tie
- Towels and wash cloths (2 bath towels, 2 beach towels, 2 hand towels)
- 2 sets sheets (camper beds are twin size)
- 1 pillow
- 3 heavy blankets (Night temperatures often descend into the low 50s) Campers are not allowed to use sleeping bags except for outside bed covers.
- Sturdy laundry bag that closes securely (clearly labeled on the outside with camper’s name). Laundry is sent in these bags weekly to a commercial laundry.
Other Essential Items
- Water Bottle
- Insect Repellant
- Phone card
- General Toiletries