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Frequently Asked Questions

Many, many questions are asked each year about camp. If, after reading this page you still have unanswered questions, contact the registrar.
To contact the Registrar, Samantha Armer, email, call 347-559-5869 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT, or send postal mail to PO Box 417, Leeds MA 01053-0417 USA.


A deposit MUST accompany a registration. If registering via postal mail, and there is no payment, your registration will be held until a payment has arrived, and the postmark date of the payment will determine your place regarding late fees and/or waiting list status.

There is no daily rate lower than $75 per day ($65 per day if you are between 18-25) regardless of how little you actually make. You can apply for work exchange (which pays $13.03/hr), for which you will probably miss some class time to accomplish your commitment.

Please note that fees increase after June 5, again after July 11, and again after Aug 3. (Late Fees: Postmarked or registered online after June 5: $25 / July 11: $50 / Aug 3: $75.) Late fees are waived for those coming to camp for the first time. The last late fee after Aug 3 is waived for young adults who are between 18 and 25.

PayPal Details

We believe a fair number of campers will take advantage of the convenience of registering and paying online. PayPal will deduct your payment from your account when you register. You can pay just your deposit, or your whole total, whichever you'd prefer.

PayPal charges for every transaction. For fairness, and for keeping DNE's costs as low as possible, each transaction fee needs to be covered by the camper. A simple fee of 2.5 percent will be added to your PayPal payment for camp, for whatever the amount is you are paying, from Membership renewal to all 10 nights of camp for a whole family. The online registration process will automatically calculate that for you.

It's pretty easy and quite secure to use PayPal. If you don't have an account with them already, you can create an account on the PayPal website.

PayPal pulls your payment from your credit/debit card or checking account right away. If you cancel, your payment will be returned to you according to the cancellation schedule.


You can also pay by online debit for your USA based checking account through Dwolla. Dwolla charges a small fee to Dance New England which is not passed on to dancers, so you can save the 2.5% Paypal fee if you use Dwolla.

When you click the Dwolla pay button, you will be sent to Dwolla’s login screen. If you are new to Dwolla, click the ‘Don’t have an account? Sign Up.’ link. Depending on your checking account, you may be able to make an instant payment or may need to confirm your checking account with micro-deposits, which will require your coming back to the login a few days later after you can confirm small deposits made to your checking account.

It is a bit more work to use Dwolla the first time you use it; if you have trouble you can ask the bookkeeper for help.

Why hasn't my check cleared?

Checks are processed in groups and may not be deposited for approximately three weeks after they have been received by the Registrar. The first batch usually won't clear before June 30th.

Can I mix and match days?

There are three standard options for attending camp. Dates are set out on the registration page.

Customized registrations are discouraged and cannot be guaranteed until at least August 5th. This means that you will not know until at the earliest August 13th whether you will be able to come exactly when you want. Since camp has had a wait list in years past, some customized registrations may not be approved. If you only write in customized dates you will be waitlisted.

There is a charge for customizing your registration: the charge will equal 50% of one day. For example if your rate is $80, and you are asking for a customized registration option which equals 5 nights, your total (assuming no late fees): $80 x 5 = $400 + $40 = $440.


As long as you received an initial email after registering, rest assured, your registration was received. Email confirmations will start going out some time after June 5th.

Work Exchange and Scholarship

You must register for camp before engaging in any conversations about work exchange and scholarship. If you are not registered, you will not be assigned any work. You must pay for camp entirely by the start of camp and will then be reimbursed for the hours worked. If you need a different arrangement, please contact Samantha, Scholarships are not given without work exchange hours also being performed. Please include the amount of assistance you are requesting on your registration. Our preference is that people pay for their entire camp fees prior by the start of camp and be reimbursed for the hours worked. However, we recognize that could present a significant hardship for some folks. We ask that at least 50% of your total be paid by the start of camp. If you need further accommodations, please contact Samantha,

Camp is Full?!?

Some of the registration options fill up, without fail, every year. It doesn't matter whether you are tenting or planning to stay in a cabin, a full camp is a full camp.

The only person who can confirm camp is full is the Registrar. If camp is full (usually for a specific registration option) and you would like to attend, send in your registration as soon as possible. Wait list placement is determined by timestamp on online registrations or postmark date on mailed registrations.

If your registration is for multiple people with different registration options, the whole registration is waitlisted until we can accommodate everyone.

It is not possible to accurately assess where you are on the waitlist as it a complex algorithm involving when you desire to attend, how many people are on the waitlist, cancellations, and the location of Pluto in the 7th house.

  • Offering to take more Chores will not affect your place on the wait list.
  • Offering dedicated service and daily massages to the Registrar will not affect your place on the wait list (but will endear you forever).

Your check is not deposited until you are moved off the wait list and are registered. Your PayPal deposit is collected when you pay online. Paying by check, if you cancel before you are registered we hold none of your money. If we cannot accommodate you, we hold none of your money.

Cancellations and Substitutions

If you inform the Registrar by July 9th that you can't attend you will get back half the deposit amount. If you paid in full you will get everything but 50% of your deposit returned.

If you cancel after July 7th nothing is returned except under extraordinary circumstances and you must write to the Registrar and she will forward your request if necessary to the registration committee to take your case under advisement.

If you cancel, it doesn't mean a friend or family member can simply take your place. If you know someone is going to cancel it doesn't mean you now have a slot. See the wait list section for more details.

Substitutions are not permitted under any circumstance. Period. Really. Even if it's your partner, daughter, ex-in-law, whomever.

Interested in Teaching?

All our teachers have been hired, but if you really, really want to check please contact the Teachers' Committee at We have to tell you, really, all the teachers have been hired by the time you are reading this.

Rides to Camp

Transportation information is posted here.

Camp Store/Fee for Service

If you have a question for the store for Camp 2017, or want to sell things in the camp store, please contact

If you're a body worker or other service provider (massage, reiki, tarot reader, face painter, etc.) and want to offer your time in exchange for money, please contact our Fee For Service coordinator at

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