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Come to camp in 2021

Each year we host 8-10 drum camps at the mikeslessons.com facility in Northern California. The camps are all about personal growth and forming lifelong friendships with your fellow campers. Watch the videos below to learn more!

July 18 - 24 Intermediate (SOLD OUT)
August 15 - 21 Intermediate (SOLD OUT)
August 29 - September 4 Advanced (SOLD OUT)
September 12 - 18 Intermediate (SOLD OUT)
September 26 - October 2 Intermediate (SOLD OUT)
October 10 - 16 Advanced (SOLD OUT)
November 7 - 13 Advanced (SOLD OUT)

**at this time we can not accept students who play left-hand set-ups**
If the camp of your choice is sold out, please email Amber with your reservation answers (amber@mikeslessons.com). She will add you to the alternate list in the event there are any cancellations.
**We would like to ask that anyone coming to one of our camps be COVID vaccinated.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF DRUM CAMP:
$1,200.00
(Does not include travel, food or lodging)
$400.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is collected at the time of reservation. The remaining balance of $800.00 is due 60 days prior to your camp arrival date.

WHERE IS DRUM CAMP LOCATED/HOSTED:
Drum camp is held at our studio in Northern California in the city of Folsom, which is about 20 miles east of Sacramento. We are in Old Historic Folsom, which is full of history, great restaurants, shops and an amazing bike trail along the American River. Each day will be spent primarily at the studio and when on breaks students can go into Old town to eat, get a treat, shop or even take a stroll on the trail.

WHAT LEVEL OR TYPES OF DRUM CAMPS DO YOU HAVE:
We have Intermediate and Advanced level camps. These are about all around drumming skills. Please check the other tab if you are unsure of your level.

WHERE DO THE STUDENTS LODGE WHILE AT CAMP:
Students stay at the Lake Natoma Inn (www.lakenatomainn.com) which is about 50 feet from our studio, across our parking lot. We have a special rate of $120 (tax included) per night. Our special rate includes a cold continental breakfast each morning with the option to upgrade to a hot breakfast buffet for only $3 each morning. Each student has the option to share a room at the hotel. You can share a double Queen bedroom and split the cost with another camper if you would like to save on the hotel cost. Each student who would like to share a room is paired by who is nearest in age.

WHAT AIRPORT IS BEST TO USE WHEN FLYING TO CAMP:
The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the airport to use.

IS A RENTAL CAR NEEDED:
No, unless the student feels they need/want one. All restaurants, shops, our studio, and the hotel are within walking distance of each other. You will need to get a ride from the airport to the hotel on your camp arrival date. You can use either Super Shuttle or Uber for a relatively inexpensive price. The airport is about a 45 minute ride to/from the hotel so book your flights accordingly.

HOW LONG IS EACH CAMP:
Each camp is 5 full days of classes. Students arrive on a Sunday for Orientation, Meet & Greet. Camp classes run from Monday thru Friday and the students depart on Saturday.
We require that everyone attend the Orientation unless your travel has unexpected delays the day of orientation.

WHAT DO THE DAYS LOOK LIKE DURING CAMP:
Each day begins between 11am and will typically end at 8:30pm.
Breaks for lunch and dinner are given.

ARRIVAL DATE - ORIENTATION:
Orientation is MANDATORY. It will always be on Sunday which is the arrival day of your camp and it is at 6:00pm so please make your travel plans accordingly to make it on time. Class begins on Monday at 11am.

DEPARTURE DATE:
There are no classes on Saturday so you are free to depart as early as you would like. Keep in mind that check-out from the Inn is at 11am. Plan your ride to the airport knowing that it's about a 45 minute drive from the Inn to the airport.

HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN SIGN-UP FOR EACH CAMP:
The limit is 8 students per camp to maximize personal attention and the student's experience.

HOW ARE MEALS HANDLED:
The Lake Natoma Inn provides a cold continental breakfast each morning for those staying there. There are about 15 restaurants in Old Historic Folsom to choose from for lunch and dinner. The types of foods and restaurants you'll find are cafes/bakeries, sandwiches, burgers, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and French. No fast food within walking distance. Each meal will be between $20-25 so please plan accordingly. The group will go out to meals together but is not mandatory.

AGE REQUIREMENT:
The minimum age for our drum camps is 16 years old. We have had a very broad range of ages at each camp, anywhere from 16 to over 60 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, you are required to travel with a parent or legal guardian. If having a parent or legal guardian travel with you is not an option, please email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com to discuss.
*At this time we can not accept students who play left-hand set-ups.
We do not have enough space to have two kits (righty & lefty) set up everywhere we need kits*

To reserve your spot in one of our drum camps, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $400.
If you are ready to reserve your spot, please copy and paste questions 1 - 12 below and then email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com with your answers. We will contact you within 24 hours about your camp reservation.

RESERVATION QUESTIONS:
1) What are the dates and level of camp you want to sign up for?
2) What is your full legal name, as shown on your ID or driver's license? If you are called something different or have a nickname, what is that?
3) Are you male or female?
4) What is your date of birth? mm/dd/yyyy
5) If you will not be 18 on the arrival date of your camp, what is a parent or legal guardian's full legal name and email address to sign the Camp Contract?
6) What are your email address AND phone number where I would be able to reach you, if needed?
7) What Country or State do you reside?
8) Will you fly or drive to camp?
9) Would you prefer to share a room with another camp student close to your age at the Lake Natoma Inn or would you like your own single room?
10) Do you play a right-handed kit?
11) What is your t-shirt size? If you are female, we need your women's size AND men's size t-shirt.
12) How do you plan to pay the $400.00 non-refundable deposit? Money order (only for US residents) or PayPal?

*We reserve the right to deny anyone a spot in our drum camps.
If you are questioning what level camp to attend...it's a tough one to answer without knowing your specific playing however this should help...
The lines between beginner, intermediate, advanced and pro are quite blurry. Imagine being able to play double strokes at 240bpm but not being able to play quarter notes over the samba. You would then have pro hand speed and beginner level independence.

That being said, here are the courses from our website that you can use to test yourself. If the following courses are extremely challenging for you then the intermediate camp would suit you best. If these courses are easy for you then the advanced camps would be best. No matter which camp you choose, our camps are small enough that I can pull things back or push things forward for you and your fellow campers if needed.

Hand Speed: Courses 1- 8
Foot Speed: Courses 1-5
Grooves: Courses 1-10
Fills: Courses 1-10
Independence: Courses 1-2
5 Day Camp $1,200.00 (Fees do not include travel, food or lodging)
$400.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is collected at the time of reservation.
$800.00 due 60 days prior to arrival date.
We have Intermediate and Advanced level camps. These all focus on all around drumming skills.