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Santa Camp 2017 - New England Santa Academy School & Seminar

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Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center

108 Wally Stone Lane

Greenfield, NH 03047

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Registration deadline July 1, 2017.

Santa Camp is a relaxing and enjoyable setting for learning, fellowship and sharing. While it began as the venue for New England Santa Academy school for new Santas, it has become much more than that. Santa Camp still has education as the main focus, but additional group and individual activities contribute to a unique, memorable weekend of learning, camaraderie and fun. Recapture your youthful joy with a trip to summer camp.

The New England Santa Academy school for Santas is created and taught by New England Santa Society members. The event will offer two levels: a comprehensive course for beginners and a theme-based seminar for experienced Santas. The event will run Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The program is open to anyone 21 years old and over interested in becoming Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elf or other holiday character.

INTRODUCTORY COURSE: Preparing for the Sleigh - The introductory course for the new and beginning Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elf and others will provide a broad overview of the role, business and activities of Santa and helpers. Through a variety of lessons, panels, discussions and activities, participants will gain the knowledge and tools needed to take on the job of being Ole Saint Nick.

Topics to be covered include History of Santa, Role of Santa Claus, Looking the Part, Business Topics, Finding Work, Marketing, Santa's Performance, In the Chair, Santas Bag of Tricks and Resources for Santa. The program is open to anyone interested in becoming Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elf or other holiday performer.

SANTA SEMINAR: Polishing the Presentation - This year's advanced program will focus on enhancing the Santa performance. The session is for those looking for new ideas to improve their current presentations as well as techniques and skills to add to the repertoire. Participants will also have an opportunity to share elements of their presentations for feedback and improvement.

Lessons and activities will cover Santa character development, matching the performance to the audience and creating unique, entertaining visits. Topics likely to be discussed are connecting with children, techniques for quality photos, working with Mrs. Claus & helpers, using technology, doing adult parties, coping when things go wrong and interacting with special audiences.

Opportunities will be offered to develop additional skills in improvization, storytelling, Santa magic, puppetry, balloon twisting, music, video and other areas.

Participants should have completed an introductory Santa course of some kind and have three or more years experience with numerous appearances as Santa. If space allows, those will less experience may be allowed to participate.

The Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center, in rural southern New Hampshire, offers a secluded but modern facility. Located on Otter Lake and surrounded by woodlands, the site will provide an idyllic, natural environment for relaxation, reflection and recreation. Our group will have almost exclusive use of the facilities. Swimming, boating, hiking and recreational activities will be available.

The program fee includes all six meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), two nights lodging and program fees and materials. A number of housing options are available but are limited in number. In order to maximize the number of people who can attend, individuals are asked to share a room if at all possible. Contact us if you need a private single room.

Santa Camp fees vary by the lodging option chosen. Couples are welcome to attend. A “companion” option is offered to cover lodging, meals, use of the facilities and group social activities. It does not include workshop materials, giveaways or certificates; however, companions are welcome to sit in on workshop sessions if space allows.

  • St. John’s and St. Mark’s Lodges: These modern hotel-style lodges each have twelve bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have two beds, some with two double beds and others with a double and a twin bed. Each room has its own bathroom with a shower and is comfortably appointed to make you feel right at home. Bedding and towels are provided.

    • Lodge (hotel room) $380.00 per person double occupancy

      • Companion rate: $255.00 per person double occupancy

  • Adult-friendly Cabins: These cabins feature four twin beds, furniture, and hotel-style amenities. They have up to four-person occupancy available. Bedding and towels are provided. (Only 8 beds available.)

    • Adult Cabin (sleeps 4) $350.00 per person

      • Companion rate: $215.00 per person

  • Standard Cabins: The standard cabins have five sets of bunk beds and a bathroom with two toilets, sinks and showers. Guests provide their own bedding, towels and toiletries.

    • Standard Cabin (sleeps 5-10) $300.00 per person

      • Companion rate: $175.00 per person

To reserve a place at the Academy, you must select reservations for both (1) the program you wish to attend and (2) the lodging option. Participants are required to stay at the center to participate.

For more details, go to www.facebook.com/NESantas. Or contact us at info@NewEnglandSantaSociety.Org or P.O. Box 6362, Manchester, NH 03108.


Do you need to be or become a member of the organization to participate?

No. This is open to anyone interested in learning more about taking on the role of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elf or other characters. While not required, you are welcome to becore a member of New England Santa Society at any time.

How do I sign up to attend?

You must reserve a ticket for both the course you want to take (Introductory or Seminar) and your lodging choice. The latter includes all the charges for the school including your room for two nights, six meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) and the course fees and materials.

The free tickets allow us to monitor and control the number of participants in each program. The Seminar session is limited in size due to the nature or the program and to allow more spaces for the Introductory Course.

Can my Mrs. Claus, spouse, assistant, elf, helper or partner come to Santa Camp too?

The "Companion" option ticket covers all meals, lodging, use of camp amenitites and social events. "Companions" are welcome to sit in on program sessions (space available) but will not receive workshop materials, Santa Camp giveaways or certificates.

Can I reserve my place at the Academy now by reserving a free ticket for the school then select and pay for my lodging later?

While we would prefer you do both at the same time, you can do that now. After June 1, we will not be able to hold your spot without full payment.

However, keep in mind that many of the lodging options are limited and may sell out quickly. The only option that may be left is the Standard Cabin.

What can I do if the options I want are sold out?

Put yourself on the Waiting List for the item. Additional spaces may open up and you'll be the first in line for them.

If the lodging option you want is gone, you can select another one, but email us that you would prefer the other choice if it opens up.

What requirements are there for being Santa Claus? Do I need a real beard? Have experience working with children? Is there an age requirement?

It's not what you look like but what's in your heart that qualifies you to be Santa. The only common requirement for serving is Santa (and other characters) is passing a criminal background check.

While most think of Santa as an older man with a real white beard and big jelly belly, those are not prerequisites to playing the role. Physical attributes of the traditional Santa are a plus, but everyone can learn to look the part. That's one of the things taught in the course.

Since interacting with children is often a big part of Santa's role, being comfortable working with kids is helpful. Teachers, coaches, grandparents, etc., are great candidates for the role. However, there are many roles where working with children is not part of the job.

We are restricting participation in this event to 21 and over. However, elves, helpers and even Santa and Mrs. Claus could be any age.

What are the requirements for attending the advanced Santa Seminar?

Due to the advanced nature of the program and participants’ role in helping teach the introductory course, experience prerequisites are needed for participation. Applicants should have completed an introductory Santa course of some kind and have three or more years experience with numerous appearances as Santa. If space allows, those will less experience may be allowed to participate.

If you don't meet the prerequisites but want to attend the seminar, email us with your interest and experience.

Do I need to find my own room or cabin mate(s)? Or will you match me up?

If you already have someone to room with, you can book both reservations together. We will know to match you up in the same room or cabin. Or email us with the name of the people you want usto match together. Otherwise we will assign roommates.

Can I attend the school without staying at the Conference Center?

At this point we are requiring everyone to stay at the conference center to participate. Since all aspects of the program are important, including open time, meals, and social activities, it is important that everyone be available and participate. If lodging sells out, we may open up commuter tickets for the weekend. Individual day tickets are available as an option.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

The best way to reach us is send an email to info@NewEnglandSantaSociety.org.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Just be sure to notify us who will be taking your place.

What is the refund policy?

Full refunds are available until June 15, 2017. After that, we will only issue a refund if we are able to find someone to take your place.

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