Europe Camp

SHMHA sadly announces the cancellation of Camp Fasola Europe 2020 that was scheduled for September 21-25 in Chmielno, Poland because of the continuing uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

We felt that this should be done now because of the time needed to make travel arrangements and for other planning for Camp. Deposits and fees will be refunded in full to registered campers. Awarded scholarships will be rolled over to Camp Fasola Europe 2021.

We have confirmed reservation dates for Camp Fasola Europe 2021: September 20-24 at Wichrowe Wzgórze in Chmielno, Poland.

We thank Kuba Choinski for his work in coordinating and planning all the arrangements in Poland!

Europe Camp • Sept. 21-25, 2020 • Wichrowe Wzgórze • Chmielno, Poland

Europe Camp Group 2012

Europe Camp Information

  • 2020 Dates: September 21–25.
  • Location: Wichrowe Wzgórze, 13, 83-333 Chmielno, Poland.
  • Fees: $500 or 1500 PLN (30 and up), $250 or 750 PLN (29 and under).
  • Deposit: $50 or 150 PLN due with registration. Final payment due Aug. 15.
  • Late fee: Add $50 or 150 PLN for final payment or registration after Aug. 15.

Europe Camp Details

Touring Chmielno in a Kashubian haycart at Europe Camp 2012.
Touring Chmielno in a Kashubian haycart at Europe Camp. Photographs on this page by Ewan Paterson.

Camp Fasola Europe has been held in even numbered years since 2012 at beautiful Wichrowe Wzgórze, which is located approximately 36 km/23 miles west of Gdansk and 400 km/250 miles northwest of Warsaw.

Lodging

Sleeping quarters at Wichrowe Wzgórze are motel style rooms with varying numbers of occupants per room. Some rooms have private baths while others have bathrooms that are shared with other quarters. Linens will be provided. Please let us know if you have special needs for lodging.

Sacred Harp composer P. Dan Brittain leads a song during a class at Europe Camp, 2012.
Sacred Harp composer P. Dan Brittain leads a song during a class at Europe Camp.

Meals

Meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served family-style in the Wichrowe Wzgórze dining hall. A specific vegetarian menu may not be provided, but salads and sometimes other vegetables are available. Snacks and tea will also be provided in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Coffee and other refreshments may be purchased at the dining hall during the day and in the evening.

Recreation

Recreation options are expected to include Kashubian pottery, canoeing, paddleboats, lake swimming, horse cart excursion, spa (extra charge), and indoor swimming pool (extra charge).

Lessons

We will have a good selection of lessons and electives, so you will have at least three hours of singing school lessons per day plus class singing each night. We will have sessions for all levels of experience from beginners through experienced singers.

Enjoying Lake Klodno by paddleboat at Europe Camp, 2012.
Campers enjoying Lake Klodno by paddleboat.

Counselors

Parents/guardians or grandparents are responsible for accompanying and supervising youth under age 18 at all times for all activities, meals, classes, and sleeping at Camp Europe. Campers are asked to perform some area of service to support camp operation during the week.

Other Singings

Europe Camp is usually held the week between the United Kingdom Sacred Harp Convention and the Poland Sacred Harp Singing Convention.

Transportation

Transportation to and from Camp Fasola is the responsibility of campers.

Arrival

Check-in will be conducted between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Monday. We request that you let us know if you will be arriving later. You will be issued your room assignment, Camp Fasola T-Shirts, and the final camp schedule of events. Our first camp meal will be at 6:00 p.m.

Learning the art of Kashubian pottery at Europe Camp, 2012.
Learning the art of Kashubian pottery at Europe Camp.

Venue

Wichrowe Wzgórze is located approximately 36 km/23 miles west of Gdansk and 400 km/250 miles northwest of Warsaw.

Packing List

Following is a packing list of suggested items. Be sure to bring appropriate comfortable, casual clothing for outdoor activities. Campers will wear three provided Camp Fasola T-Shirts for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Linens are provided. Do not bring illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, or any other dangerous or illegal item.

Comfortable and appropriate clothing for your stay at camp

  • T-shirts, Polo shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans, khakis, skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • Tennis shoes/shoes for hiking, sandals
  • Raincoat/slicker/umbrella
  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Cap/hat

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Comb/hairbrush

Other

  • Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition songbook
  • Throat lozenges
  • Medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Notebook and pen
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Beach towel (for swimming)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottle (optional)
  • Seat cushion (optional)

Camp Scholarships

Scholarship/work study support for camp fees for youth (under age 30) are available based on need. This is made possible through tax deductible donations by supporters of Camp Fasola. Our aim is for every youth who wishes to participate in Camp Fasola to have that opportunity. Priority for scholarship support is given to campers who otherwise would not be able to attend without financial support; who have multiple family members attending; and who have substantial travel expenses involved.

Please complete the camp scholarship form if you require scholarship support for camp fees. We also encourage campers to seek financial support from their local Sacred Harp community.

Other Information

For additional information, email camp@fasola.org or telephone 404.237.1246.