Frequently Asked Questions

When will camp start and end in 2018?

Camp starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, and ends with breakfast on Sunday, July 1. We must be completely out of camp by noon.

Is there a part-time option?

Yes, campers may attend part of camp, preferably starting on June 24. Part-time campers pay a daily rate.

What are the registration and payment deadlines?

Full payment must be received by May 1 for the discounted rate. Registrations received after May 1 will be charged the full rate. The $200 deposit required with registration is refundable until May 1, and the balance minus the deposit is refundable until June 15.

What does it cost to attend?

Our registration rates vary depending on a camper's age, registration date, housing preference, participation, and number of days at camp. Our rates are subject to change from one year to the next. Here is the registration form from 2017: Registration form.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Probably. Here's more information about our scholarships and how to apply: scholarships.

Can I bring my _____ (grandmother, dog, best friend)?

Yes, No, and Maybe. Contact Byron at for questions about camp companions.

Can children come to camp? What activities are available for them?

Children are welcome with an adult who is responsible for them. Children under 5 years of age come for free. If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to offer a children's program for an hour or two a day. Contact Byron at for more information and to connect with other parents for playgroup and other options.

Can someone assist me with getting to camp?

Possibly. Anyone needing help with hospitality or ride coordination must have all relevant information to by June 15. If you are flying into Boston or Manchester, please let us know, especially if you are willing to share a rental car, or have a room to share, etc. If you can offer rides, bring extra bedding, or offer hospitality, please let us know.

Can you provide me with a sample schedule?

This was our schedule in 2016.

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Dance Basics Nyckelharpa 3 Fiddle 2/3
10:10-11:10 Norwegian Dances Nyckelharpa 2 Fiddle 3
11:20-12:20 Swedish Dances Hardingfelelag
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Dance (varies by day) Nyckelharpa 1 Fiddle 2 Swedish Singing
2:40-3:40 Dance (varies by day) Hardingfele 1 Woodcarving
3:50-4:50 Gammaldans Band Hardingfele 2 Fiddle 1 Norwegian Singing
5:00-6:00 Flex time and happy half-hour
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:15-8:00 After-dinner program (varies by day)
8:00- Evening dance party Evening jams

Tell me more about dance classes.

Dance classes are designed for all levels of dancers. The Basics class introduces basic dance practices while teaching body mechanics and skills helpful for all levels of dancers. Swedish and Norwegian classes feature traditional regional dances. Special additional classes will review dances taught in previous years and enrich the offerings. You don't need to attend camp with a dance partner. We change partners frequently during classes and the dance parties. Evening parties include mixers, gammaldans (old-time dances), bygdedans (specific village dances), dances taught, and requests. We have live music for all classes and dance parties.

Tell me more about music classes.

Music classes are offered at three levels for fiddle, hardingfele, and nyckelharpa. Levels 2 and 3 presume previous playing experience. Singing classes include singing for dance and traditional songs. Classes are generally taught "by ear" but a music syllabus may be pre-ordered to supplement the classes. A limited number of Hardanger fiddles and nyckelharpas are available for loan at camp. Make a note of your interest on your registration. Gammaldans Band is open to all instruments and voices.

Tell me more about Camp Ogontz.

Camp Ogontz is on 350 acres in the New Hampshire White Mountains, southwest of Littleton off Route 10. It is on a lake surrounded by woods and sunny open spaces. The camp amenities include a large dining hall, swings, tennis and volleyball courts, lovely paths through the woods, swimming, canoeing, and, of course, dance halls and rehearsal spaces.

Tell me more about housing.

There are two types of housing: (1) open "Adirondack" cabins (with roll-down tarps for rain and privacy), which house 2–3 people, with shared bathrooms nearby; and (2) "Premium" cabins with four walls and more convenient bath facilities. Premium rooms range from dorm style to lovely cottages with living rooms and separate bedrooms. Apply early for those options, as there are a limited number available and will be assigned to full-time campers first. All units have beds with mattresses (not cots) and electric lights. Ogontz also has a few rental houses at extra cost. Contact Ogontz directly and go to for information and pictures.

Tell me more about food.

Ogontz bakes its own bread and desserts, and offers tasty meals with vegetarian (not vegan) options. The kitchen cannot cater to special diets, but a list of ingredients is available at all meals. If you have special needs, you will need to come prepared. Refrigerators for camper use are stocked with items such as yogurt, carrots, celery, bread, cheese, peanut butter, hummus, tofu, and soy and rice milk.

Tell me more about chores.

All staff and campers age seven and up are asked to sign up for a housekeeping, meal serving or other task. All jobs are a half hour or less per day, every day.

Does NFF have bylaws?