Cordova 4H Music Camp
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Hawaiian Camp

(ages 6-8)

Hawaiian Camp is currently at max capacity! New registrations will be wait-listed and contacted if space becomes available.

This experience will provide an immersion into Hawaiian music, arts, crafts and lifestyle, and will hopefully provide inspiration for the children to share what they have learned with others. Teachers will also instruct the students in basic hula, and lead discussions on Hawaiian culture, stories and lifestyle. Students will also do themed arts and crafts activities that explore the Hawaiian culture, and have the chance to learn ukulele and guitar or fiddle. Hawaiian Camp is open to ages 6-8 (must have completed Kindergarten). A completed Registration Form, signed Release Form, and 4H Code of Conduct Form, as well as payment, are all due by Saturday, July 13th.


St. Joseph’s Parish
220 Adams St.
Cordova, AK 99574



July 15-19, 2019


Tuition for camp is $150 for Cordova locals and $250 for non-locals. You may now pay online with your registration!

Click above to register your camper, then click “add to cart” below to pay online.

As of June 7, 2019:

Hawaiian Camp is currently at max capacity! New registrations will be wait-listed and contacted if space becomes available.

Choose one:

If you are on the waitlist, please do not submit payment until contacted by camp staff.

Family Activities

Open to all

Subject to change

Family activities are held in the evening during the camp, and are a big part of the Cordova Camp community! Further details, including locations, times, staff, etc, will be listed on the students' schedules.


Square Dance in the Library Parking Lot - 7pm - 8:30pm

Teen Jam at Baja Taco - 8pm-9pm (13 years or older)


Staff Concert at Mt Eccles Elementary School - 7pm


North American Jazz Alliance Concert - 7pm @ The Cordova Center (learn more)


Hawaiian Night! Squirt Gun Fight, Blackboard Concert, and Potluck at Skater's Cabin - 6pm-8pm


Camp Concert! Mt. Eccles Elementary School
Hawaiian Camp Performance - 6:00pm
Bands - 6:30pm


Old-time Square Dance 7 pm to 10 pm at the Pioneer Building

Activities & Daily Schedule

For Hawaiian music campers

Subject to change

9:30am - Storytelling (Option to attend Big Kids Camp with Parent)

10:00am - Class 1

11:00 - Snack

11:15am - Hawaiian Folk Songs

11:45am - Lunch

12:45pm - Class 2

1:30pm - Break

1:50pm - Class 3

2:30pm - Hula/Storytelling

3:00pm - Dismissal (Option to attend Big Kids Camp with Instructors, except Tuesday)

*The Classes are divided into small groups, and rotated between Ukulele, Arts & Crafts, and an elective choice of Beginning Fiddle or Beginning Guitar)


Hawaiian Camp Classes

All students will be taking part in each of the following classes, either in a whole group scenario or a small group scenario.  Students will also be able to choose between an elective of Beginning Fiddle and Beginning Guitar.


Students will engage in Hawaiian Storytelling, as told by our Hawaiian Guest Teachers. 


Students will be immersed in learning about the culture of Hawaiian Folk Songs, and a few Hawaiian folk songs to sing.


No experience necessary. Students will learn very basic hula steps, and be able to dance to an entire Hawaiian song by the end of camp.


No prerequisite.  Students will learn basic chords on the ukulele, how to strum and tune the instrument, and a few songs.


Students will have an opportunity to make various Hawaiian themed crafts, including decorating a hula skirt for their final performance. 




No prerequisite. This class is geared towards students who have no or very little background in playing fiddle or violin. Students will learn how to correctly hold and bow the instrument as well as a few basic fiddle tunes.


No prerequisite. Students will learn 3-4 basic guitar chords, how to strum with a pick, and a few basic bluegrass and folk songs.


Morning Activities:

Mon.- Registration and Sing-a-long
Tues. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming
Wed. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming
Thurs. - Square Dance or Sing-a-long/Jamming

Afternoon Activities:

Mon. - Band Workshop
Tues. - Camp Bands Hike to Ski Hill (Big Campers Only)
Wed. - Camp Picture at 3:00pm/Jamming or Blackboard Concert
Thurs. - Jamming or Blackboard Concert

Morning and Afternoon Activities are a variety of all-campus activities, in which students get to meet and interact with their fellow campers doing activities such as jamming, square dances, blackboard concerts, performance workshops lead by the guest artists, and sing-a-longs. Hawaiian Campers are welcome to join with parent permission. “Bands Around Town” is an opportunity for the bands to travel around town to play their performance songs and other jam tunes for tourists and the lunch hour crowd. Donations to the bands will be given to the camp to help for next years’ expenses: new instruments, fixes to older instruments, new strings and picks, songbooks, etc. The Cordova Music Camp Board will select locations for each band, which will be listed at camp and on students’ schedules. 

Camp Policies


Instruments, arts and crafts, Hawaiian snacks, and other materials will be provided by camp.


We have a closed campus policy meaning students are to be signed out at the end of the day. On the Release Form, parents may choose to not sign their child out, which means the child may leave camp without a parent signature after the day ends. If a parent indicates that they would like to sign their child out, they must come inside and sign the child out each day, or provide a handwritten note at the beginning of the day. If no ones signs a child out, Cordova 4H Camp calls the parents around 4:30pm. We do NOT require a sign-in for the morning as we take roll each day and a phone call is made to the parents if there is a child absent. If you would like to call in a student absent before or during camp, please contact Kate at 907.350.2562.

Students from Hawaiian Camp are dismissed at 3pm, but may choose to stay with parent permission until 4pm to join the 4H Music Camp for Afternoon Activities, except for Tuesday. Big Campers will be racing up ski hill with their bands. Staff will bring Hawaiian Camp Campers over to 4H Music Camp, and back over to Hawaiian Camp at 4pm for pickup.


The Cordova 4H Music Camp will be centrally located at Mt. Eccles Elementary School, 201 Adams St, as well as other locations around town. Hawaiian Camp will be located at St. Joseph’s Parish, 220 Adams St. Details on other locations will be on student’s schedules, as well as available at camp.


Please bring your instruments, water bottle, and a coat or rain gear. Lunch is provided by the Cordova School District, but you are welcome to bring your own. Students are expected to be responsible and prepared for every class: bring their instrument and songbook to each class, and tune their instrument, or if they are still learning how to tune, bring it to the Instrument Table to be tuned by a volunteer.


We have many opportunities for parents to volunteer and become involved in the camp. You may choose to sign up on this registration form, online when you register, or anytime during camp. Someone will contact you to confirm, as well as put your name on the Volunteer Board located at camp. When you arrive at camp, please find Kate to receive your job duties.

Camp Volunteer jobs include:

  • Preparing for Camp (up to a month before camp) - Print and bind songbooks, shop for camp supplies, make nametags, put schedules in books, collect donated instruments and food, put up posters around town and school, promotion and marketing as needed by Board, put together mailers.

  • Camp Set-Up (2pm-5pm, Sunday) - Put schedules in songbooks, set up chairs and rooms, tune and tag instruments, set up Stations for Registration, help move instruments to apppropriate rooms.

  • Registration (8:30am Monday) - Manage a Registration table, welcome students and parents to camp and direct to stations, hand out schedules to teachers after being printed.

  • Morning Caretaker (9:30am-1:30pm, each day) Afternoon Caretaker (1:30pm-5:00pm, each day) - There can be different volunteers for each time slot. Jobs include: keep camp area secure, help students to class, help students and teachers find instruments, make photocopies for teachers as needed, answer parent questions, gather band names and band songs for Camp Concert Program, make and print Camp Concert Program, make sure students sign out at the end of the day, supervising lunch area, help to prepare lunch for teachers, cleaning teacher lounge if needed, make sure coffee, tea, and water are available for teachers, etc.

  • Lunch Duty (12:00-12:45pm, each day) - Supervise lunch area

  • Evening Family Events - Depends on which evening you sign up for, but duties can include: setting up chairs, sweeping, helping to set up the sound system, grilling food for the potluck, supervising students, etc.

  • Bands Around Town (12:30pm-2:00pm) - Help escort or drive bands to their Bands Around Town locations, take pictures for the Cordova 4H Music Camp.

  • Concert Set-up (5pm, Friday) - Set up chairs, help with sound system if needed, pass out programs, welcome parents

  • Camp Clean-up (2pm, Friday) - Put away chairs, vacuum, take down signs, collect teacher supplies, put instruments in cases and take them back to where they belong, etc.

  • Concert Clean-up (after concert, Friday) - Put away chairs, mop floors, etc

We would also appreciate donations of fish, meat, or veggies (fresh or frozen) for staff meals. If you would like to donate any of these items, please indicate so on the Registration Form.