Frequently Asked Questions

This section is a collection of answers to the questions most commonly asked by our campers and their parents. 

If you can't find an answer you're looking for, just ask us.

  1. Does SAIL Camp provide an instrument for my student?

    No. You will need to get an instrument through Lincoln Public Schools or a local vendor. Please make sure you have the instrument in time for the first day of camp.

    If you qualify for free or reduced lunch through Lincoln Public Schools, you may apply to use a Fee Waiver Instrument. The current policy of Lincoln Public Schools states that only violins are available through this program. If your child registers to play violin at SAIL Camp, you can arrange with Mr. Swartz to receive a fee waiver violin. You may contact Mr. Swartz at (402) 423-5343; or email info@sailcamplincoln.org. All appropriate paperwork must be completed before camp begins. It is your responsibility to have the instrument in hand before camp begins. All Fee Waiver instruments must be returned to SAIL Camp staff immediately following the SAIL Concert.

  2. Are scholarships available for SAIL Camp?

    Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school qualify for a 50% reduction in SAIL camp fees. This reduces the fee for Beginner or Experienced Camp to $35.00 and reduces the fee for Honors Orchestra to $45.00.

  3. What if my child can not be in attendance for the full week of camp?

    It is possible for your child to miss one day of camp and still participate. If you know your child will miss the first two days or more, we ask that you not register for SAIL Camp, as this makes it difficult for our teachers to help your child learn the foundational material that is taught in the early days of camp.

  4. What if my child can not attend the final concert?

    Participation in the final concert on Saturday is optional. However, we highly encourage students to participate, as this gives them a performance opportunity as part of a large ensemble. Our final concert is also a wonderful way for parents and other family members to see and hear everything your child has learned at SAIL Camp.

  5. Can SAIL Camp accommodate a student with special needs?

    SAIL Camp is a non-profit organization that is unable to provide personal aides for individual students.

  6. What are the age and grade level requirements for SAIL Camp?

    SAIL Camp is open to students entering fourth grade and older. No students are allowed to come to SAIL Camp before fourth grade regardless of experience. Students entering fourth grade who have private lesson experience may attend the Experienced Camp session.

  7. My student has two years experience playing a stringed instrument. How do I know if my student is ready to participate in Honors Orchestra?

    Most students with only two years of experience are not ready for Honors Orchestra unless they have studied with a private teacher. However, there are always exceptions. If your child has completed, or nearly completed, the second book of the method they are studying in school, they may be ready for Honors Orchestra. It is a good idea to contact the instructor in your school to receive a recommendation. For most students with two years of previous string instruction, it is best to participate in one more year of regular camp before entering Honors Orchestra. Students in seventh grade and older are automatically entered into Honors Orchestra unless they are beginning students.

    Students should be reminded that Honors Orchestra is different from other camp sessions. There is no singing, play time, or Ship's Store connected with the Honors Orchestra.