Band Camp will be held at Camp Tamarack in Ortonville, MI. The dates this year are Sunday, August 30th - Friday, September 4th. The full and complete band camp packet will be handed out on the first Monday of Pre-Camp, which will be August 17th.
If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Sare at (248) 684-8205 or by e-mail at Katy.Sare@hvs.org.
Going To and From Camp
Sunday, August 28 - we will all meet at Milford High School at 7:30 am. All of our luggage,
instruments, and equipment will be loaded on school buses and our equipment trailer.
Please note that a complete list of what you are able to take to camp will be in the
packet handed out during PreBand Camp. We will load the buses after all the
equipment has been checked and loaded and will travel to camp by school bus.
Friday, September 2 - Parents will travel up to camp and meet us at the
camp at noon (map will be provided during Pre-Camp). You can begin loading
your child’s luggage and personal items in your vehicle. We will have a brief
parent meeting at the pavilion near the field and will update you with the week’s
events and progress. At the conclusion of the meeting, the students will perform
their show for you for the first time! We will give you a short demonstration of what
has been learned musically and visually. At the conclusion of the performance, we
will ask you to assist us in clearing out of the camp —we have to pack up all our
belongings, load the trucks, and make sure the cabins and lodge are thoroughly cleaned. From there, students who play large instruments will need to load them up on the band trailer. This is typically finished by 2 pm.
Medical Form/Paper Work Important Reminder
Every student must have a current physical on file to participate—dated on or after April 15th, 2016. We also have an important medical form that will need to be filled out. This form includes information about any over-the-counter medicines your child may take, prescriptions that need to be administered,and the ability to seek medical care in case of emergency.
There will be several other permission slips and information slips due at this time, all of which will be handed out at the June camps. This paperwork needs to be turned in in a timely fashion as many companies from which we order require longer time periods to ship various items.
Finally, because Band Camp is one of our largest expenses, it is important that Student Accounts be up to date—we count of the fees collected to pay for camp.
Band Camp at Camp Tamarack
Camp Tamarack is a private camp located in Ortonville, Michigan. Ortonville is about 45 minutes northeast of Highland, located near the Holly State Recreation Area. We go away to camp for two reasons—to get as much done as possible without the distractions of life and home and to bond and become a true family. Although the kids are housed in cabins and stay at camp overnight, their schedule is very well balanced between work and fun—we rehearse no more than ten hours a day, with an hour for every meal, and free time every afternoon.
Boys stay in cabins on one side of the lodge with dads as chaperones; girls stay in cabins on the other side of the lodge with moms as their chaperones. Shower and restroom facilities are separate for each.
At camp, students are provided three meals a day and evening snack. Students are not allowed to skip meals—they are expected to be in attendance at every meal, which chaperones will verify. We have our own staff and chaperones present at camp, and the camp provides additional staff as well for preparing and serving meals, supervising swimming and other recreational activities, etc. We also bring our own camp nurse for the entire week. We have water available to students for all outdoor practices, and we have a curfew for the students every night after evening activities conclude. We do not allow boys in girls’ rooms and vice versa. The only exception to this would be in case of inclement weather, when music sectionals may be moved inside cabins. In this case, a staff member would be present.
4361 Perryville Rd.
Ortonville, MI 48462