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Trad Camp Weekend for Kids (and Their Adults)

JULY 28 - 30, 2023


Trad Camp Weekend is a music immersion family camp for kids 8-18 years old with the option for parents/caregivers to join in taking classes. Campers of all abilities are welcome. Camp begins Friday evening with a guided jam led by Joanne Garton and a concert featuring two of our instructors, Oliver Scanlon and Rose Jackson. Saturday and Sunday are full of classes in fiddle, ukulele, drumming, mandolin, guitar, ensemble, singing and more! The weekend days run from 9:00 - 4:30 pm. 

Camp will be held at the beautiful Orchard Valley Waldorf School campus, 2290 VT Rte. 14 in East Montpelier, VT. The class schedule will be coming soon, but to get an idea of what it will be like, see last year's schedule below.

Tuition is $190 for kids, $60 for caregivers. The Summit School offers partial and full scholarships for camp, so if camp cost is a barrier, please inquire.

Questions? Please contact registrar Tracy Loysen at





Oliver Scanlon began his early training with a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra and years in the Young Tradition Vermont’s Fiddleheads. Fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete Sutherland and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. In 2008, Oliver and a few talented middle school friends formed the group which became The Irregulars. In 2013 he co-founded Pete’s Posse and became the youngest member of Sutherland’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters.  Oliver now teaches private fiddle and mandolin lessons, performs at concerts and contradances, provides live sound reinforcement in and around Vermont, and works at local violin shop Vermont Violins.


Rose Jackson discovered contra dance music in elementary school, and began Morris and step dancing soon after. As an aspiring dance musician, she was lucky enough to study with fiddler Becky Tracy, and later learned a thing or two about song and arrangement from Pete Sutherland as a youth leader with the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group. She toured nationally with the contra dance band Polaris, taught at festivals such as the Dance Flurry, and lately has been playing gigs across New England with a rotating cast of musicians she admires. She knows the cool hip new tunes, but she most loves playing and sharing old gems from the archives.

natalie babij, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble
mark greenberg, jug band and intermediate/advanced guitar

jordan mensah, west african drumming
marianne perchlik, singing and ukulele


2022 Camp Schedule

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