BAND CAMP

2021 Information Central



Hello Band and Guard Family!

Band Camp is almost upon us.  For some, this will be your last band camp.  For others, it is the first.  Regardless, below are some reminders and helpful hints to get your child prepared for the exciting marching season ahead!

Reminders:

  1. Band camp starts for all members on July 26th from 12-9 pm. 
  2. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be held on July 23rd, 6-8 pm with a mandatory parent meeting for parents preceding registration.
  3. Band camp is July 26th – July 30th; 12 pm – 9 pm, August 2nd – August 6th; 12 pm – 9 pm.
  4. Marching Band Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays 6 pm – 9 pm starting August 9th.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Have your child start drinking water right now.  It is important that they are well-hydrated during band camp.  During the first two days, they will most likely be indoors, but starting the following week, they will be outside on the field.  It gets HOT out there, so hydration is KEY.  In addition, have them spend some time outside during the heat of the day now to help their bodies become accustomed to the heat.
  2. Make sure they have a large sized water cooler.  Something similar to a one-gallon Thermos brand water cooler is best.  Volunteers will make sure they are filled up during the day and they get frequent water breaks.
  3. Don’t forget the sunscreen!  Have them put it on before they leave and send some with them.  They’ll need to reapply often!  A hat or bandana is also very helpful and protects the head from sunburn.
  4. Good strong tennis shoes or sneakers are required.  No open-toed shoes or sandals.  The artificial turf on the field gets to be well over 100 degrees so you want to protect their feet!  Socks are mandatory!
  5. Clothing that they can move in and keeps them cool and comfortable is required.  Please do not wear dark colored shirts or jeans to band camp or rehearsals.  That is a quick way of becoming overheated!  It is also recommended to bring a change of clothes (including socks), in case they rehearse in the rain or want to change clothes in general.  
  6. Have them eat a healthy breakfast / lunch in the morning.  Avoid dairy products.
  7. Pack a few healthy snacks for them, and some fruit and veggies for snack/break time.   Make sure your child has a healthy and nutritious dinner to get them through the rest of evening.
  8. While they do spend a lot of time on the field, they will also spend a fair amount of time indoors to give them a break from the sun and heat.  Of course, they will always be indoors during inclement weather.
  9. Our band directors and coaches are sticklers about being on time.  When band camp starts at 12 pm, they expect everyone to be at their designated area before 12:00.  It is suggested they arrive between 11:30-11:40.  Be early!!
  10. For Band Members –  have them start walking around on their toes!  Most of the backwards movements are done on their toes and this will help strengthen those muscles for band camp (and reduce cramping)!
  11. It is recommended that every band member bring a small towel or a “coolie towel”.  Coolie Towels are available at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.  You just put them in water and wrap them around your neck or head and they keep you cool for a little while.
  12. In order to chaperone during Marching Season or help out at band camp (which we hope you will – it takes a village), you must be a registered Dividend with SCPS.  Information can be found at SCPS Dividends Volunteer Program.  You MUST re-register each year per county guidelines.  (Please monitor SCPS’s website to make sure the volunteer application is for the correct school year.)
  13. The band is usually on the field the last hour or so of band camp.  Parents are always invited to sit in the stands and watch, and many do.  It is really exciting to see how much they can accomplish in a couple of weeks!