FAQ & Useful Info

Frequently Asked Questions and other useful information

Is the Vinland Music Camp open to adults as well as children? Our Camp is open to all ages, 4 years and up. The number of  participants is usually equally divided between children and adults of all ages.  Many adults attend on their own or with their spouse, children or grandchildren. It’s been our experience that everyone enjoys this mixing of age groups.

Do participants need to have some knowledge or experience in playing an instrument prior to attending? The Vinland Music Camp is for beginners as well as seasoned players – most workshops are divided into two or three levels, from beginner to advanced.  We encourage students to try a new instrument (or dance, songwriting, storytelling, etc.) in addition to their main one.

How many workshops should I take? Although there is no limit on the number workshops you can take,  most people find 4-5  is plenty  as you will need time for practise and recreation. Most workshops are 45 minutes long and continue at the same time every day (Monday-Friday). Some workshops (e.g. Kitchen Music ) are for one period only. Participants can change or add their selections throughout the week.

Can I take private lessons at camp? Private lessons may be arranged with instructors, time permitting, according to their schedule.

I would like to study harp – will I need to rent one? Harp instructor Gayle Tapper will have 3-4 harps at the camp which can be used in class.  Students wishing to practise outside of class time can do so by making arrangements with Gayle to use one of these harps at convenient times.

Is transportation available from Deer Lake Airport or would a car rental be required? Car rentals are available at Deer Lake Airport if you book in advance, though it isn’t necessary to have a car at Camp as all transportation is provided once you arrive onsite. Taxis are available at Deer Lake airport (about a 40 minute drive for Camp) for approximately $50 each way.

Is it a requirement that all students reside at Killdevil during the Camp? While it isn’t a requirement that students stay onsite, we highly recommend it, since part of the camp experience is the friendship that develop from being together. However, for those who need more comfortable accommodation than a camp setting can provide (such as a private bathroom or 24-hour electricity),  there are cabins available for rent nearby, such as the Lomond River Lodge . You can also camp at Gros Morne National Park’s Lomond Campground, about 1 km from Killdevil. Both facilities accommodate camper trailers.

For those staying offsite, is there a fee that includes only tuition and meals, but not accommodation? For those staying at other locations than Killdevil Camp, tuition and meals can be paid for separately.  The fee for tuition alone is $400 for adults and $320 for children (under 19);  the fee for meals alone (3 meals /day plus snacks) is $200/person (for the six days of camp). All prices include tax.

For those staying offsite and eating their meals away from Killdevil, the Park charges a site usage fee of $10/day/person for wear and tear of the facility. They waive this fee for those having their meals at Killdevil.

Is it possible to stay at Killdevil before or after Camp? You may be able to stay an extra day or two at Killdevil Camp before or after music camp. Please contact Killdevil Camp Director, Malcolm Turner (709-639-8712 mobile: 709-632-9648 email: killdevil.camp@gmail.com) to book accommodation.

Is tuition at Camp a tax deducible expense? Parents can claim up to $500 a year under the Children’s Art Tax Credit program for expenses at the Vinland Music Camp. Adult tuition at Camp isn’t tax deductible.

General Information for Vinland Music Camp

Accommodations 

Accommodations at Killdevil consist of 11 cabins and a main lodge.  The cabins have two rooms with six bunk beds in each room. There is a bathroom with showers in each cabin.  The lodge has two floors of 6 rooms each with 2-3 beds per room.  There are two bathrooms with showers on each floor.  While reasonably comfortable by camp standards, Killdevil isn’t a hotel. Campers will need to share rooms and pitch in with cleaning up. (Note that Killdevil is not on the main electrical grid and has its own generator; it turns off the electricity each night at around  11:00PM and turns it back on at around 7:00AM.)  If you require more comfortable accommodation and/or a 24-hour electrical connection we suggest you rent a cabin at the nearby Lomond River Lodge.

Camp Menu 

Killdevil camp provides a mix of basic camp-type food (pizza, spaghetti, fries, hamburgers, etc.) and other meals such as steak, turkey and fish. Kitchen staff will try to accommodate each camper’s diet as best they can  by preparing some meals separately. If you have special dietary needs (e.g. you are a vegetarian  or diabetic), we  suggest you bring extra items which do not spoil easily, such as tofu, tahini, TVP, cous-cous,  soybean butter.  There is a refrigerator in the dining room for campers’ use. If you have questions, discuss your diet with the camp cook when you arrive. Killdevil is not close to a large supermarket, so it’s best to bring anything that is not easily obtainable.  The camp director, Mac Turner, can sometimes purchase items in Corner Brook after you arrive in camp. Common items are available in the nearby community of Woody Point or in Deer Lake (a 30-minute drive from Killdevil).

Directions to Camp

Killdevil Camp is about a 30 minute drive north of Deer Lake, driving north on the Viking Trail (Hwy. 430). Turn left (west) at the intersection at Wiltondale, drive 13 km along the road toward Woody Point (Hwy. 431) and turn right (north) at the Lomond Campground/ Killdevil access road. Follow this mostly unpaved road until you see the sign for Killdevil Camp on your right, just before Lomond Campground. Watch out for moose on all roads, particularly at night!

Camp Essentials to bring (please make a checklist)

• Pillow and either a sleeping bag or sheets/blankets (these can also be rented from the camp for a $1.00/day, payable upon arrival).

• Swim suit,  towel,  sunscreen, rain jacket, sun hat and fly repellent. Flip-flops for the shower may also be helpful.

• Any required medicine (please leave with camp nurse unless you have permission from her).

• Flashlight and spare batteries (very important, as lights go out at approximately 11:00 PM each evening).

• Warm clothing, such as a fleece jacket or woollen sweater, for around the campfire. (Note that synthetic clothing can be adversely affected by sparks).

Things to bring to camp and things not to bring:

Musical Essentials

Bring your instrument(s), unless you have made specific arrangements for the camp to provide them. Also, a three-hole binder with paper,  pencils and an eraser are very useful. We operate a music store for the week of camp at which you can buy basic music supplies (picks, capos, rosin, strings, songbooks, etc.) so bring cash for these purchases.

Optional, but helpful, items to bring

A music stand, a tape or digital recorder and music manuscript paper (8.5 “x 11”) may be useful. Also, songbooks of Newfoundland & Labrador music you are interested in learning.

Electronic Devices

We advise students not to bring electronic devices such as video games and portable stereos, as they detract from the learning experience at camp.  An exception would be recording devices useful in the classroom,  such as digital recorders. If the stress of not having electronic  devices along is too great, please confine their use to your room and use headphones so as not to disturb others.  Cell phone coverage is spotty at camp, so you may need to use the camp phone (after asking permission from the camp caretaker).  Also, please check with an instructor or  the camp director or supervisor before video taping concerts or classes.  If possible, turn off the start-up beeping sound on any cameras you use at Camp.

Allergies

Students should inform us of any significant medical conditions that we should be aware of by filling out this information on the camp registration form, with special attention to life threatening conditions such as peanut allergies. This medical information is considered private and only made available to our staff.

How to find Killdevil Camp

Killdevil Camp is about a 30 minute drive north of Deer Lake, driving north on the Viking Trail (Hwy. 430). Turn left (west) at the intersection at Wiltondale, drive 13 km along the road toward Woody Point (Hwy. 431). Turn right (north) at the Lomond Campground / Killdevil access road. Follow this mostly unpaved road until you see the sign for Killdevil Camp on your right, just before Lomond Campground. Watch out for moose on all roads, particularly at night!



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