Youth Scholarships

The Bay Area Country Dance Society offers several Youth Scholarships for campers age 18-30 who demonstrate community leadership potential in display or country dance, music, or song.

This scholarship covers half the registration fee to $610 ($425 if you stay off-site). You can reduce your cost further in a couple of ways:

  • Apply to your local dance group for a matching scholarship (see below). Many groups (including BACDS) are willing to help younger dancers and musicians attend a camp to improve their dancing/playing/calling. Our youth scholarship application includes a form you can submit to your local group to request matching funding.
  • Apply for a Work-trade scholarship which reduces the cost by an additional $400.

To apply for a Youth Scholarship, complete the Youth Scholarship section of the online registration form found on the registration page . Make sure to send a deposit of $100. If you have a sponsor group covering the balance of your registration fee, your deposit will be returned at the beginning of camp.

If you want your local group to sponsor your application, send them the link to the online Group Sponsor Form (our preferred method; and ask them to submit it. You may also print a PDF and have them mail it.

Make sure to submit your application in time for the camp lottery deadline (in case of oversubscription).

It is possible we may have some openings for youth applicants after this deadline, so check with the registrar.

We may accept applicants age 15-17 on a case-by-case basis if accompanied by a guardian or designated responsible adult if space permits.

If you are a group leader/organizer with a young adult in your community who you think would benefit from attending Hey Days, let them know about the camp and the scholarship and help them with the application process.

Registrar: Alex Bradley, (301) 789-5425,

Scholarships and Co-Manager: Loretta Guarino-Reid, 650-493-6012 (phone only, no texts),


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