We’re using an online platform to centralize our gathering for the weekend. In other words, this event is more than just a series of Zoom meetings—we’re creating a digital village. Beginning Wednesday, August 12th, you’ll receive an invitation to join our online space, which, while initially designed to recreate the functionality of community office spaces, is about to receive a Balkan twist. On the surface, it’ll look like a regular office building, but you’ll see rooms named for familiar places like the Front Desk, which will have volunteers ready to take your questions; the Arena, where you’ll enjoy an afternoon class; and the Dance Hall and Kafana, where we’ll gather for live music and dancing. You’ll even be able to locate where your friends are within the map and casually hang out (i.e. video chat) around the Kafana Grill and other organic gathering places.
For official programming, each “room” of our office space contains a direct link to a Zoom meeting where the real magic is taking place. We strongly recommend that you download the latest version of Zoom for the optimal experience. But if you want to take a break from class, there are plenty of areas to relax with friends and catch up contained within our online village.
Virtual Camp runs on Eastern Time from Friday evening, August 14, to late Sunday afternoon, August 16. Classes begin Saturday morning and continue on Sunday. A selection of instrumental, vocal, and dance classes at all levels are offered across six 90-minute class slots.
The early-evening programs include folklore presentations and group sings with musical accompaniment. Live-music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will delight your feet; and the party continues in the Kafana, with a variety of musical sets by you and your fellow campers.
We welcome families! Children are welcome to participate alongside their parents and guardians in any adult class.
There are many opportunities to help us out behind the scenes! Please email our Site Manager, Corinne, here.
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register. After Wednesday, August 12, campers will receive an orientation video and be invited to join the Sococo platform and begin exploring. Please note: If you are registering after 5 p.m. Eastern, you will receive your camper letter and Sococo invitation at 9 a.m. Eastern the following day. Workshop updates are announced on the EEFC listserv discussion group, and on our Facebook page.
Staffing still in process—check back for more soon!
Will music and video be available?
Class materials, such as lyrics and song files, will be made available to campers at the teacher’s discretion. See the Resources & Materials tab on this page. Classes will not be recorded and disseminated for this edition of Virtual Camp.
Do I need a Facebook account to participate?
No. We are using Sococo and Zoom. Beginning Wednesday, August 12, campers will receive a link to an orientation video and will be invited to join the Sococo platform and begin exploring.
With which browsers is Sococo compatible?
Only Google Chrome browser is supported by the Sococo web app. Campers have also had success with Microsoft Edge. If you do not want to use Google Chrome, you must download the Sococo desktop app. It has additional features to facilitate use and troubleshooting. However, desktop applications are only available for Windows and macOS, and using the Google Chrome browser is the best option for Linux and other users. If you want to skip Sococo altogether, we provide a “cheat sheet” with links to all the Zoom meetings, so you don’t have to miss a thing!
How can I avoid lag on Zoom?
We’ve had years to hone our in-person workshops, and we know their ins and outs like the back of our hands. This is a new endeavor for our organization, and while we are doing our best to anticipate your questions, you might have one we haven’t thought of yet!
Contact the EEFC Office if you need tech support or further clarification. Our staff and volunteers are eager to help, and your feedback will help us review and hone our processes. There is no question too small. See you at Camp!