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Youth Scholarships

The Bay Area Country Dance Society offers several ‘Youth’ Scholarships for campers age 18-30 who demonstrate community leadership potential in display or country dance, music or song.

This scholarship covers half the full registration fee ($470). You reduce your cost further in several ways:

  • Apply to your local dance group for a matching scholarship. Many groups (including BACDS) are willing to help younger dancers and musicians attend a camp to improve their dancing/playing/calling. Our youth scholarship application includes a form you can submit to your local group to request matching funding.
  • Apply for a Work-trade scholarship which reduces the cost by $320.
  • Bring a tent and sleeping bag to save $200. Tenters have nearby bathrooms with showers, and often appreciate the quiet of a private accommodation.

To apply for a Youth Scholarship, check the Youth Scholarship box on one of the Hey Days registration forms from the registration page (a PDF to print and mail, or use the online form) or use the registration form in the brochure. Regardless of method, make sure to send a deposit of $100. If you get a full scholarship, your deposit will be returned at the beginning of camp.

And submit an online Youth Scholarship Application (this is our preferred method regardless of whether you send your registration via snail mail or online). Or you may print a PDF Youth Scholarship Application, fill it out and mail it with your registration form.

If you want your local group to sponsor your application, please print the PDF Group Sponsor Form and ask them to submit it.

The camp lottery deadline (in case of oversubscription) is March 17 (postmarked), so make sure to submit your application in time for the lottery. We will notify you in April of your status.

It is possible we may have some openings for youth applicants after this deadline, so check with the registrar.

We may accept applicants age 15-17 on a case-by-case basis if accompanied by a guardian or designated responsible adult if space permits.

If you are a group leader/organizer with a young adult in your community who you think would benefit from attending Hey Days, let them know about the camp and the scholarship and help them with the application process.

Registrar: Cat Fox (650) 703-2544,

Scholarships and Manager: Tom Colton (510) 847-5771,


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