Hey Days Camp Culture and Special Events

"Warm people, relaxed atmosphere, great music and dancing, comfortable housing."

All dancers, musicians, and singers -- new and veteran -- will find a welcoming atmosphere and wonderful experiences. We invite you to join our community, and to be part of the fun that is Hey Days English Dance and Music Week!

"I loved the playful nature of the dancers who could laugh at their mistakes and keep the dance moving."

There is almost always something fun to do (and relaxing by the pool or exploring the beautiful grounds is a viable option).

You are a big part of what will make Hey Days a wonderful week to remember. We invite you to bring party ideas, items to donate, dances to teach, instruments to play, and talents, tales, or songs to share.  

The ever-popular Gathering has become an integral part of camp—a time for staff and camper music and dance performances, stories, jokes, silly skits, sing-a-longs, and more. Our Grab Bag sessions offer you an opportunity to propose a single-session class, music or singing jam, or discussion. And of course there's always Campers' Night: a chance for you to call and/or play for the evening dance along with your friends.

We have a number of planned and spontaneous special events during the week. In the past, after-hours diversions following the evening dance have included: pub night, Irish set dance, contra dance, French soirée, waltz party, international dance, and a show tunes sing-a-long. Planned late afternoon events have included pool parties and chocolate tasting. There is also room in the schedule for campers to organize parties. 

The late afternoon live Auction provides lots of camaraderie and laughs while supporting camp. We count on you to help make the live and silent auction a success. Auction items may be intangible. Services such as private music or dance lessons are always welcome. Consider offering unique events, such as serenades or concerts, offering custom-written dances or tunes, or catering a breakfast in bed. Desirable tangible items have included hard-to-find books, original artwork, handmade comestibles, and vintage dance clothing. Auction income augments camp fees, helping to make camp financially more accessible to everyone. After expenses, remaining funds support all BACDS activities, including future camps. 

The bookstore has a wide variety of offerings by staff members, and hundreds of additional items from the Country Dance and Song Society national store. This is probably the best selection west of the Mississippi for English and American traditional dance books, music, CDs, t-shirts, and great gift items. Shop early–many items are very limited!

For the health of all camp participants, we strongly encourage the use of nontoxic and fragrance-free products at camp.