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Registration Notes - ABC 2023

Covid Polocy: Please read our covid-19 policy before registering.

Cost: The resident fee for the "Regular Camp" (the weekend after Labor Day, from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) is $820 per person; that includes tuition, room, & board. The abbreviated "weekend-only" fee (for Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) is $642 per person.

The commuter fee for the Regular Camp is $724 per person; that includes tuition & board. The commuter "weekend-only" fee is $576 per person.

The Spouse Rate: A spouse, parent, or significant other who does not want to take any classes can accompany a student attendee at a reduced Spouse Rate. The resident Spouse Rate for the Regular Camp is $410 (half-price) and entitles the "spouse" to meals, lodging, and evening activities (in other words, everything but the classes). The commuter Spouse Rate for the Regular Camp is $362 (again, half-price). The resident Spouse Rate for the "weekend-only" is $321. The commuter Spouse Rate for the "weekend-only" is $288. The "spouse" should fill in a separate registration form (see "Couples & Groups" below).

ABC Cost SummaryStudentSpouse
Resident Full Camp $820$410
Commuter Full Camp $724$362
Resident Weekend Only $642$321
Commuter Weekend Only $576$288
Note: PayPal or credit card payments add a small service charge

Deposit: Anyone registering before July 1, 2023 can send a deposit of $100 to hold a space until July 1, at which time the balance must be paid. All registration requests must be accompanied by at least a $100 deposit before July 1, and by full payment thereafter.

Payment: You can pay online using PayPal or a credit card (through PayPal). You can also pay with a check or money order. Please make checks or money orders payable to "American Banjo Camp." All dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars. We cannot take payments in any foreign currency via personal check. Foreign bank checks in US dollars are acceptable if made out to: "Ken Perlman for American Banjo Camp".

Cancellations: If you cancel for any reason before Aug 1, 2023 your entire payment will be refunded, although we ask that you consider donating the deposit amount ($100) to the scholarship fund. If you cancel between Aug 1 and the beginning of camp all but a $100 deposit will be refunded. If you cancel (or just don't show up) after the start of camp your entire payment will be forfeited. We can't refund any PayPal fee.

Wait List: Registration is first-come, first-served. If camp is already full when we receive your registration we will put you on the wait list and inform you that you are wait listed. We will also inform you if space opens up so we can register you. You can ask to be taken off the wait list at any time before camp starts and your deposit will be refunded. If we can't get you into camp from the wait list your deposit will be refunded.

Lodging: There are about a dozen cabins with two four-person bedrooms and bathrooms and a few two-person lodge rooms on site, along with two tent-camping areas and a parking lot for RVs (no hookups). These facilities are first-come first-served, so register early if you want to stay on-site. If you wish you can stay off-site at a reduced rate (see the "commuter" option). There are a number of motels in the area; we have arranged a discounted rate from the nearest one.

Birthdate: ABC is a camp for adults. We know that some adults are quite young chronologically — we need to know your age for several reasons. If you are worried about telling us your age, please bear in mind that we won't share that information with anyone else other than emergency medical personnel should they be needed (age is always their first question). We ask because it may be needed in an emergency, our insurance needs to know numbers of people in different age ranges, and because it helps us make better decisions about lodging, class locations, ability to climb stairs, etc.

Students Under 18: Minor students may attend ABC if accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult guardian. Parents must sign a permissions form that allows their child to attend (contact us and ask for a Youth Permissions Form). A non-parent may act as guardian, but must have a signed permission to do so from a parent (and they must sign a form acknowledging this responsibility). Parents or guardians may register for camp, but if they do not wish to fully participate in Camp they may register at the non-playing, discounted "spouse" rate.

T-shirt Size: We make a group order for ABC commemorative T-shirts. If you'd like one, enter your size in the appropriate blank on the registration form. You can order several if you'd like; if you want to order more than 3, send us email and we'll work it out.

Couples & Groups: To register more than one person please use more than one registration form! One form per person works the best; we need to know things like age, food allergies, emergency contacts, etc. for all attendees, including spouses. Spouses can ignore the FOCUS, SKILL, and INTERESTS sections on the form.

Registration Questions: Questions on the registration form like skill level, jam preferences, interest areas, etc. are there to help us in planning; you are not "locked in" to whatever you answer. In particular, you will choose which classes to attend at class time, and you can always change your mind.

Gift Registrations: If you want to give a session of camp as a gift for Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, a special birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, or even April Fool's Day, and you'd like to surprise the recipient, you can send us the payment with a minimally filled-out registration form showing the recipient's name and address as well as your email address and phone number, and a note saying it's to be a surprise. We'll reserve a place at camp and keep the secret until the time you've specified, at which point we'll collect the other registration information.

Registering Online: Fill out the ABC registration form and follow the directions there.

Registering by Postal Mail: Mail the completed form & payment to:

American Banjo Camp
9228 1st Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117-2003

If you're using a "whitelist," or a list of approved senders, or pretty much any "spam-blocking" technique to avoid unwanted email, be sure to add these four addresses to your list of approved senders:
+ psl@acm.org
+   psl@acm.org
+   PeterSLangston@comcast.net
+   KenPerlman@aol.com
+   tina.tinawebster@gmail.com
Otherwise you won't be able to receive your registration acknowledgement, directions to camp, status updates, or answers to your questions by email.

Email Problems: If your email to us bounces for any reason, or if you don't get a reply within a week (or two weeks in June or August), please send a copy of the bounced email (complete with all the headers, if possible) to us at <psl@acm.org> and make sure the Subject: is "American Banjo Camp" (to avoid spam filters). You can also send the registration info there if you're having trouble getting through to the regular email address.

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