Kamp 2021 - Covid-19 Response and Preparation

Donna and I and all of the Kamp Staff want you to know your safety and well being are our primary concerns during this period of Covid. We are in contact with the college for any changes that may occur to our current situation. Other music camps have begun to postpone for yet another year to 2022. If that happens to us, all of your current funds will simply move over to the new dates of June 12-18, 2022 for Traditional Week and June 19-25, 2022 for Bluegrass Week.

Bottom line as far as registering for Kamp, if you register now we will have hopes to see you in June. And if things get postponed again, we will move your registration to 2022. You will have plenty of time to change instruments, levels and other items you will have chosen for 2021.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at steve@flatpik.com

If Kamp occurs, we will have a smaller Kamp this year in order to give the CDC and the World Health Organization's guidelines of Social Distancing in the classrooms, cafeteria, concert halls and dorm rooms.
It is our hope that by April and May of 2021 restrictions and case numbers will be significantly lower but as of today, this is the way we will safely have Kamp in June.

We will start by asking everyone attending to Self Quarantine or Isolate as much as possible for Two-Weeks Prior to Kamp

If you feel sick, Do not come to Kamp. Be sure to let us know. Even if it is at the last minute.

We plan to do temperature checks at Registration.

Wear masks at all times in public. Even in the cafeteria if you are not actually eating, during Jam Sessions and concerts.
We are talking about masks that hook to your ears. Not the scarf mask that pull up. These will not count or be permitted.
Double Layered Cloth Masks or N-95 masks or the like. We will have disposable masks to distribute if need be.

The college has Hand Sanitizer Stations easily within classroom reach. You will also get a Personal "Keep it Kleen" Hand Sanitizer in your registration packet. Be sure to use them and take advantage of them.

For the concerts, we will be in the big Clayton Center for the Arts which seats 1,400 folks but with the CDC guidelines we will max out at 200. That is the Social Distance needed for everyone.

There will probably not be a Contra Dance during Week One and we are still working on details of the big Kamp Ensemble.

Maryville College has worked diligently to create risk mitigation strategies for students to return.  And it is working!  We are having in-person classes, students have filled the dorms, and the cafeteria is feeding everybody!  Although we hope the pandemic is behind us by summer, we plan to institute these same strategies for the summer season.  Things may change, but it is best to plan for the worst, but hope and pray for the best.

The College is requiring several things to create a safe environment for everyone:

• Masks must be worn at all times

• Everyone should practice physical distancing

• Create touchless systems and eliminate sharing of items (papers, pens, equipment, etc.)

• Scheduling should allow for rooms to be cleaned in between sessions. This will vary for each event and will be discussed in individual meetings, but generally, 1 hour should be allowed.


To safely accommodate residents, all the bedrooms are now single occupancy. This has reduced our total capacity to 426+.  When possible, members of the same household (siblings, spouses, parents/children, etc.) will be allowed to share dorm rooms.  This will increase capacity.

At this time, we are not sure we will be able to provide bed linen. We are researching biodegradable linen and pillows (yes, that’s a thing!) so that each set is new and only used once. Campers can recycle or take home and reuse. We will announce our findings in the coming months.

Food & Beverage

The cafeteria has removed self-service buffet lines. All service areas allow campers to choose their meal items and a cafeteria worker make their plate. Some items like desserts and salads will be pre-plated.  Pizza and deli bar items are still being discussed.

The tables have been set so that everyone is physically distanced.  Larger tables may have plexiglass dividers so diners can sit together. The Profit Dining Room has been added to the general eating area, so it will no longer be a private dining room. Together the capacity of the dining room is 150-175. We have also calculated that it will take about 20 minutes to serve 75-100 people so mealtimes may need to be adjusted so that everyone has time to eat.


The capacity of every room has drastically changed and depends upon the room setup and how people are seated. In rooms with theatre seating, households may sit together, but individuals are spaced 6 feet apart.

For the Future

We will be back to normal in 2022. We are almost positive of this but who thought this would last this long. We appreciate your patience observing these rules and guidelines. They are in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. We want to see you back in 2022.

Our primary goal is the safety and health of all our Kamp students, staff, our community and the College staff. For those students who do not comply, you will be asked to leave Kamp and the College with no refund.