BACDS American Week: 2020 and Beyond
Hello! After 38 years, BACDS American Week is on hiatus while we take stock of what our community wants. Over the past several years, attendance has been declining and especially this past summer, our enrollment was too low to make camp financially viable. So, we are not programming for Summer 2020. However, we are seeking your input on what you've loved about American Week, what aspects might be changed to make it a stronger draw for dancers and musicians, and--if it is time to allow space for something new to fulfill an evolving interest--what might that event look like?
Recently we tried to uncover and remove some barriers by offering partial-week attendance, a sliding scale camp fee, and gender neutral calling. More significant changes such as time of year, length of camp, location, and/or activity focus might be the necessary change, or perhaps it is simply time to allow something brand new to emerge. We'd like to gather your ideas in the following survey (anonymously, if you wish), and if you are motivated to take more action, we invite you to join a conversation early this fall to brainstorm together what will come next. There's no obligation to commit beyond that, though it will take a team of eager and fervent visionaries to revitalize and breathe life into AmWeek 2021 in whatever shape it takes.
All questions are optional; you do not need to respond to all of them. Section 1 is for general topics (some with short answers), and Section 2 is more about how you prefer to spend your time at camp. (If you attended camp this year and already responded to the AmWeek 2019 Camper Survey, that will suffice as this is based on that form, but you can respond to this "Beyond" survey.) Thanks for your time and effort. Your input is greatly appreciated!
David Buesch and Jen Bamesberger, co-managers 2018 & 2019
Over its 38-year history, how many times have you attended American Week?
Have not attended
First time this year!
2 or 3 years
4 or 5 years
6 to 10 years
What would make a camp compelling to you and attract more of your peers?
FOCUS: AmWeek has been programmed as a "dance camp for musicians & a music camp for dancers." Has the dual focus worked for you, or would you prefer mostly dancing or mostly music? What sort of programming would make you really excited to attend?
TIMING: Does the first week of July work best for you? If not, which summer week(s) would be better? Are there conflicting events that made it difficult to decide to attend AmWeek--which ones?
LENGTH: AmWeek was designed to run for six days to allow for relaxing into a different daily rhythm. As currently configured, if camp is fully-enrolled, it costs $750/camper to run camp. Is that cost prohibitive for you/your peers? Is it too hard to get away for six days? What is the ideal length for camp?
Would your attendance be affected if camp were shorter and scheduled as a long weekend?
No! Don't shorten camp!
I''ll come no matter what!
LOCATION: Does the Camp Jones Gulch location work well for you? Do you have suggestions for other locations?
If we continue using gender neutral calling (larks and ravens) at camp, [select all that apply]
I would be more likely to come
I'd be less likely to come
It wouldn't affect my likelihood of coming
It would be easier to bring my friends
It would be harder to bring my friends
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Are you willing to receive (infrequent, limited) future feedback questionnaire(s) as we reshape AmWeek or create something new?
Are you interested in participating in a real-time conversation (in person or by conference call) in September or October to brainstorm what's next? Check all that apply:
Yes: In general, weeknights around 7pm work for me
Yes: In general, weekend morning works for me
Yes: In general, weekend afternoon works for me
I would like to attend in person
I would prefer to participate remotely (via speakerphone or FaceTime, etc)
Optional: What is your name and contact info? (If you'd like to keep these responses anonymous but still want to participate in the brainstorming session, email us at
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