Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp

Alex Jurgensen and Matthew Alvernaz stand, facing the camera. Matthew is holding his Saxophone with Alex in the background.
From left to right: Alex Jurgensen (16) and Matthew Alvernaz (13), two friends who met at Camp Bowen. Photo by Stuart Davis for the Vancouver Sun

COVID-19 Notice

Please note: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact British Columbia, we are once again offering our special Virtual Music Camp this year. We know many of you hoping for in-person music camp this year may be disappointed to learn that it is virtual in 2022. All of us at Camp Bowen definitely are disappointed we can’t do in-person music camp this year and we can’t wait to see you all again in-person as we return to in-person camps in 2023. We miss you all and look forward to seeing all of our old and new friends at Camp Bowen as soon as possible. In the meantime, let’s go forth and have fun this summer at Virtual Music Camp!

Description

Camp Bowen’s Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp brings together up to twenty-four blind, low vision, and Deafblind youth ages eight to eighteen from across the country for seven days on Bowen Island, BC, to learn the basics of playing musical instruments, make friends who experience some of the same challenges they do, have fun, and gain confidence essential for full and equal participation in school band and other music programs in their communities alongside their sighted peers.

Campers will explore the beginner band curriculum and will demonstrate what they have learned in an end of camp concert that their families, friends, donors, and the Bowen Island community will be invited to attend. Camp Bowen staff are very pleased to be working alongside volunteers from the West Vancouver Youth Band and their Executive Director, Doug Macaulay, to provide this exciting program.

Blind, low vision, and Deafblind students face significant challenges when beginning in music programs due to the highly visual nature of the methods commonly used in beginning band and other forms of music instruction. This program is designed to give students a foundation of skills and confidence that they can use to bypass visual instruction by taking them through the first part of the beginner band curriculum in a non-visual manner that sets them up to succeed in mainstream band and music programs alongside their sighted peers.

Like all of Camp Bowen’s summer independence camp programs, the Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp balances recreation and skills learning, with a focus on fun! Campfires, hikes, community outings, self-defense, swimming/boating, and board games are just some of the activities Camp Bowen offers. The skills taught through these fun activities prepare youth for truly life-long independence and build their confidence.

For the Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp, the COBd: Camp Bowen team is working with long-time supporters of Camp Bowen, the West Vancouver Youth Band and Long and McQuade. The West Vancouver Youth Band has been involved with Camp Bowen since 2004 and has provided Camp Bowen with instruments and the instructors that have made the program possible. Most recently, Doug Macaulay, Executive Director of the West Vancouver Youth Band, was involved in training blind mentors to teach the next generation of campers. Long and McQuade has had a similar length of involvement in the camp, providing additional instruments at no charge to the program.

Next Session

Summer 2023 (TBA)

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