Ontario Camp

SCMC Ontario is committed to musical excellence and spiritual vitality. We welcome you to experience the beauty of God and the challenge of building musical skills, all in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

ON PermaCamp 2024: July 21-28

Countryside Christian School
3745 Herrgott Rd
Wallenstein, ON N0B 2S0 Canada

General Registration will open
March 1, 2024 @ 6:00AM EST

You may sign up as a full-time, part-time, or choir only student.

Meet the 3 C’s of your learning experience:

Chapel. Class. Choir.

Biblical Challenge. Musical understanding. Choral training.


Opening Weekend

Sunday, July 21, 2024
7:00Opening Assembly & Orientation
7:45Community Hymn Sing
9:15Camper Reception

Monday - Friday

8:20Class Period 1
Rudiments I-IV
10:35Choir Rehearsal 1
1:10Class Period 2
Sight Singing I-IV
2:20Choir Rehearsal 2
3:40Class Period 3
Class Voice
Elementary Music Ed I
Leading Congregational Worship
6:15Women's Choir Rehearsal
Men's Choir Rehearsal
7:30Mass Choir Rehearsal

Closing Weekend

Saturday, July 27, 2024
9:30Mixed Choir Rehearsal
1:30Choir Rehearsals on Stage
7:00Dress Rehearsal
Sunday, July 28, 2024
9:30Worship Service
1:00Choirs Rehearse
3:30Choral Festival
7:00Choral Festival


How old must I be to attend Music Camp?

Ontario Camp adult students must be at least 16 years of age. Children ages 8-17 may participate in Children/Youth Camp.

Should I have music training prior to attending?

No previous instruction is necessary. This camp is for anyone who is interested in taking their musical abilities to the next level. The starting place is less important than the desire to learn and the willingness to be taught. Our goal is simply to help each person attending take “the next step” forward in their pursuit of excellence.

What classes should a first-year student take?

We recommend that students begin their music study with Rudiments and Sight Singing alongside choir participation.

How many classes should I plan to take?

Due to homework assignments and the full schedule, we recommend enrolling in two classes and using the additional class period for study and homework.

Will I have homework?

Homework is a regular requirement of SCMC classes. Because the schedule is full and study time is minimal, campers should plan to use one class period as a regular study period.

May I change class selections after I’ve enrolled?

Changes to class selections are permitted until June 15 for Ontario Camp, after which a $25 fee will be charged. Desired changes should be directed to the Ontario registrar via the Contact Us page. Changes requested by instructors during the camp week will incur no charge.

What choir will I sing in?

SCMC campers participate in both a mixed choir and mass mixed choir. Choir members complete a questionnaire (choir rubric) which guides the process of creating balanced choirs. Students may also participate in the Mass Men’s and Mass Women’s choirs if they care to do so. See the Choirs page for more details about the choirs.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted through July 15. However, applications received after May 1 will incur an additional fee, $35 CAD, to cover additional processing expenses. Applications received after June 15 will incur an additional fee of $70 CAD. We do not guarantee the availability of books and music for students applying after June 15.

What are attendance expectations?

Your attendance at chapels, classes, and choir rehearsals maximizes your camp experience. Your absence impacts you and your classmates and fellow choir members. Absences require communication with administration.

What are my options for lodging?

Lodging for the week is available in area homes Sunday – Sunday (8 nights). Lodging before or after these dates may be arranged upon request. If you prefer, you may arrange your own lodging.

Does the Ontario camp offer a Family Package?

If you are interested in attending as a family (both parents attending as students) and cost is an issue, check out our Family Scholarship. More details can be found on the Scholarships page. No childcare is provided.


Application Fee

Application Fees are nonrefundable, and applications will be processed only after the application fee has been received.

January 15: $135 CAD
May 1: $170 CAD
June 15: $205 CAD
Applications are accepted through July 15. We do not guarantee the availability of books and music for students applying after June 15.

Private Registration Fee$50 CAD
Students arriving after normal registration closes on the first day of Music Camp will need to make an appointment for private registration. Students may avoid this fee by arriving on time for registration.

Tuition, Materials, & Lodging

Tuition: $575 CAD (Due July 10)
Lodging: (Due with application)
Adult: $145 CAD
Spouse: $55 CAD
Children: $40 CAD

Textbooks & Music: $70-$140 CAD (Due with application)

Textbooks and materials are available for purchase or, in some cases, rental. Exact cost will depend on the textbooks required for the classes you select and the music required for the choirs you are in. You will be given the option of purchasing or renting your textbooks and purchasing your choir music when you complete the application.

Part-time Students

All fees are due with application including an application fee of $40 CAD. Applications are accepted through July 15. We do not guarantee the availability of books and music for students applying after June 15.

  • Class: $140 CAD
  • Mixed Choir: $265 CAD (Includes choir music & folder)
  • Mass Choir: $105 CAD (Includes music & folder)
  • Men’s/Women’s Choir: $65 CAD (Includes music & folder)

Meals are included with tuition for full-time campers. Part-time campers may purchase a meal package when filling out their application (payment due with application). Choir Only students receive supper on both Saturday and Sunday of ChoralFest weekend.

  • Lunch Package (M-F): $75 CAD
  • Supper Package (M-F): $75 CAD
  • Sunday Lunch: $15 CAD
Refund Policy

All fees are refundable minus the Application Fee and processing fees through July 15. No refund will be given after July 15.

If you are waitlisted, you will not be charged unless you are accepted due to a cancellation.


If you need financial assistance, visit the scholarships page to see if you qualify to apply. Click here or on the Scholarship Info button below.

Make Cheques Payable To

Attn. Jerry Drudge
43721 C-Line Rd.
Wroxeter, ON N0G2X0, Canada

Or send an Interac e-Transfer to [email protected]



Music Camp isn’t just for adults. It’s for children too! Classes, choir, games, and more are waiting for your children when they attend Music Camp.

Dress Code

The dress code can catch people by surprise, so be sure to take a good look.

The goal of our dress code is to reflect the beauty of Jesus Christ in our personal appearance. We hope to promote biblical modesty and propriety, and to enhance an atmosphere of serious and disciplined study. Please follow your local congregation’s standards wherever they exceed those of Camp.

Men, please:

  • Wear dress pants and full-button shirts with tails tucked in during the camp day. Blue jeans are allowed for recreational activities.

  • Do not wear neckties.

  • Wear shoes.

  • Keep hair neatly trimmed.

Program Attire
  • Solid-colored black dress pants.

  • White long-sleeved dress shirt.

  • Black belt, socks, and dress shoes.

Women, please:

  • Wear dresses or jumpers without slits.

  • Have sleeve lengths be a minimum of near the elbow and skirt length be at least half way between knees and ankles.

  • Ensure necklines are near the base of your neck.

  • Wear shoes or sandals (no flip-flops).

  • Cover your hair with a veiling.

Program Attire
  • Loose-fitting, solid-colored black dress (no pinstripes or pattern).

  • Hosiery and black dress shoes.

  • Sleeves at or below the elbow.


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