We are happy to have you with us and are looking forward to an exciting camp week! We hope the following information will help in you planning for the week.
Round trip bus transportation for those who require it will leave from the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College. Note: please do not call Montgomery College for directions. The college has nothing to do with camp. (Directions > Montgomery College.) The buses will load up near the tennis courts at the north campus entrance. The busses will leave at 12:30 PM sharp on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Please be there no later than 12:15 PM. The departure time from camp is approximately 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
Directions: The drive to camp is about 2.5 hours. Check in time is 4:00 PM on July 29. The Blue Ridge School does not allow anyone to arrive before 3:00 PM. Please plan your trip accordingly. Check out time is 8:45 AM on Saturday, August 6. Students who have not been picked up by that time will be sent home on the bus. Unfortunately, in such an event, a bus fee of $50 will have to be assessed.
Parking is allowed in designated areas only. Cars must be moved from the bus lanes by the times the buses arrive at 4:00 PM. Your personal vehicle is for arrival and departure only. Once there, you will be asked not to use it for any reason without prior arrangements with Mr. Tompkins. This rule is strictly enforced.
Upon arrival, students will move into their rooms, tour the grounds, and meet staff and other students. The first workout will be at 8:00 PM on Sunday. All workouts are mandatory and students should dress out unless otherwise instructed. The dress code at camp requires gi pants, belt, and t-shirt. Students should have gi tops available for certain workouts. Full gi is required on the exam. Please bring adequate clothing for the week as no washers or dryers are available.
Dorm space will be allocated by sex and age. Students may not move into rooms set aside for a different age group without permission from Kim Moake. Permission may be given to move out of the assigned floor at camp only to permit siblings to room together. Dormitories have been newly renovated. STAFF WILL CONDUCT DAILY ROOM INSPECTIONS. MESSY ROOM CONDITIONS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. It is very important for you to impress upon your camper that rooms must be kept in perfect condition from the time they arrive until the time they leave the Blue Ridge School. Students will be sleeping in bunk beds. Your camper may be sleeping in a top bunk.
You may bring (or purchase at camp) any karate weapon you wish to study. Weapons classes such as bo, sai, nunchaku, shuriken, cane, sword, tonfa, gusari, escrima, yawara, and kama have all been offered in the past. All weapons must remain in your room when not in class or working with an instructor. Instructors may confiscate any item that is deemed dangerous or disruptive. All weapons are to be used ONLY during supervised times. All items should be marked with your name, especially gis. Use indelible markers whenever possible. Please remember that, regardless of your age, you must carry what you bring.
Cell phones may be used only in dorms or during recreation time. Cell phones are not permitted at any meetings or workouts (this will be strictly enforced). TKA staff will not be responsible for any camper's cell phone under any circumstances. For best results, leave cell phones at home.
Please do not bring valuables to camp. We can not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Mr. Tompkins will be responsible for all valuables given to him personally that are marked with your name and phone number. Please use an envelope for small items. Your need for spending money will be small. The snack bar at Blue Ridge will be open for limited periods. Remember that the best prices of the year on karate merchandise will be available at the TKA Camp Store. Plan your spending needs accordingly.
Meals will be served cafeteria style at 8:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, and 6:00 PM. A salad bar is provided at lunch and dinner and no one goes away hungry. No visitors are allowed to partake of any meals (sorry, this includes parents).
Note: If you have any questions, please call us before camp week at +1.301.840.9262. The TKA office will be closed the week of camp, therefore, we will not be able to respond to any calls or messages left on the TKA office phone.