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Welcome to National Youth Music Camps

Information for parents and carers

Guidance for parents/guardians of the youngest (8 year old) campers 

Do have a look at all the information on the website to find out more about camps - hopefully it will help you work out if it is suitable for your child. We do limit the numbers of very young campers (8 year olds) and we do advise that they have a good level of personal independence and confidence.

We recommend that they have had some experience of nights away from home without parents (ideally residential trips with a school or group such as Cubs or Brownies etc), and ideally some camping experience as well. It is also useful for us to know on the application form any additional information about their musical experience and musical confidence so we can plan a good camp experience for them. If you have any specific questions about this please get in touch with us at

Campers Contract

All campers must sign a Campers Contract. This states that the spirit of camp requires the camper to be fully immersed in camps socially and creatively for the entire week and therefore the following items should not be brought to camp. Any such items are likely to be confiscated if found in your possession and the camper will be sent home at the Director’s discretion:

  • Mobile phones/tablets 
  • I-pods/CD/Mini-disc players/MP3 players
  • Radios

In particular the following transgressions will not be tolerated and may result in the camper being sent home:

  • Bullying, physical and verbal abuse
  • Smoking
  • Possession of alcohol
  • Possession of any illegal substance
  • Leaving or attempting to leave the campsite without either written permission of the Camp Director or being accompanied by a member of staff

Sending campers home is regrettable, but may have to be done for the well-being of all other campers and staff, who are entitled to a full and rewarding camps experience without any problems and disruption caused by a minority of campers.

Students from abroad

We sometimes get asked for advice on campers coming from abroad and what standard of English they would need to take part. We welcome children from other countries, but they do need to speak the language well as all activities are taught solely using English. The camps have a very busy programme of music making and the tutors cannot guarantee to have the time to provide additional support to anyone who may struggle with understanding the language.