Recent Posts

Post-Presidential Reflections from Kristina Vaškýs
Our Year in Review: 2023
Spring 2023 Letter to the Community
Our Year in Review: 2022
Craig Kurumada Changes Gears
Recenter. Regather. Renew.
2022 Workshops – Our Decision To Cancel
East Coast Virtual Camp 2021 Teacher Highlights
Our Year in Review: 2021
Our Year in Review: 2020
Fall 2020 Letter to the Community
Mid-Year Report: 2020
Our Year in Review: 2019
FY2019 Financials – Income & Expense charts
Meet Our Newest Board Member
Membership FAQs
Strategic Vision 2019
Camp Cabins Are Not Just Where We Sleep
Tips for Scholarship Applicants
Meet Our Newest Board Members
The Final Survey
FY2018 Financials – Income & Expense charts
Our Year in Review: 2018
Special Thanks: 2018
Summary: Spring 2018 Board Meeting
Tips & Tricks: Financing Your Trip to Balkan Camp
Growing Live Music
FY2017 Financials – Income & Expenses
Post Balkan Camp Disorder (PBCD)
Running Sound at Balkan Camp: Tips and Tricks
Jamming at Camp – Your Opinions Wanted!
EEFC 2017 Spring Board Meeting Message from the President
FY2016 Financials – Income & Expenses
Spread the Word
EEFC 2016 Fall Board Meeting Report
Macedonian Čalgija Musicians at Mendocino
Get the Official Registration Badge
Social Media 101: Youth to the Rescue or How to Promote the EEFC on Facebook
A Good Year for Giving!
FY2015 Financials – Income & Expenses
Just What Does the EEFC Board Do?
Supporting the Čoček Nation Youth Scholarship
FY2014 Financials – Income & Expenses
Fall 2015 Board Meeting Summary Letter
EEFC 2015 Fall Board Meeting Report
A Few Changes to Membership
2015-2016 Fundraising Appeal
Bay Area EEFC Scholarship Created
EEFC Donation Stores
Party on at Balkan Camp in Mendocino!
So Many Great Reasons…
EEFC and the Great Ripple Effect
A Banner Year for Scholarships
Kukeri in the Woodlands—Become a Magical Beast of the Forest
The 2014 Iroquois Springs Photo DVD from Margaret Loomis
Meet Volunteer Jenna Shearer, Marketing & Communications Committee
Spring 2015 Board Meeting Summary Letter
EEFC 2015 Spring Board Meeting Report
Letters to the Community — from the Board of Directors and Rachel MacFarlane
East Coast EEFC Community Forum in Boston
Message from Amy Mills on Behalf of the Board
Yes, you’re in the right place!
Earl Galitz
EEFC 2015 Community Forums
Share Camp. Spread the Word.
Balkan Music and Dance Workshops 2015
West Coast EEFC Community Forums Announced
Richard Herbert “Dick” Forsyth
Update from Executive Director Jay House
Fall 2013 Board Meeting Summary
Six-Month Update from Executive Director, Jay House Samios
Meet & Greet Events in NYC, Bay Area, Seattle, Chicago & Boston
Top 10 Misconceptions about Camp
ED Selection
Comments on ED Role May 2012
Board & Program Committee Update Feb. 2012
EEFC Board Meeting Notes: 1994 —2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Camille Holmes

Many of you know Camille Holmes, but for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, we’re excited to introduce this friendliest of west coast campers. Camille began her career with the EEFC in 2013 as an intern. She literally wrote the book on volunteering by helping us develop and organize our volunteer manual. Since 2015, she’s served on the Program Committee, and we are so grateful for her spirit and years of dedication!

How did you first discover our Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (Balkan Camp), and what keeps you coming back?

I first came to camp when I was 5 years old. Dragged by my dad the first time, it was the only camp that I ever had to be convinced of going to. Since then I’ve only missed 3 years and look forward to it each year. I keep coming back for the music, the dance, and most of all the community. I love being in nature for a week with such awesome folks, incredible music and dance, learning, and great food!!!

What is one of your favorite memories of Balkan Camp?

One of my favorite memories of camp is that moment when I was a teenager that I realized I could actually figure out some of these dances. That in sync moment when your hands swing in the correct direction with the rest of the group, rather than against the grain. Otherwise, the best memories are with friends and late night music. Drinking endless tea, dancing all night, and the smell of the redwoods.

What inspired you to start volunteering?

I was inspired to start volunteering, because I knew I cared for the EEFC and what they are doing. Camp has given me so much joy over many years, so I fully support the growth of the organization. I want to make sure that others can feel the overpowering joy that camp brings. It feels like a great way to give back and stay involved throughout the year.

Photo by James Hoskins

What has been your proudest moment with the programming committee?

My proudest moment was going to camp after being on the committee for a year. To experience what we as the committee had put together collectively was awesome. After the hours of calls, emails, and discussions, to attend a camp that was hugely successful made me feel proud that we made good choices with the schedules and staff.

What would you tell someone considering attending Balkan Camp for the first time? 

Try new things out of your comfort zone, and keep your toothbrush in your bag. That way you can always brush your teeth on your way home at 4am, rather than needing to stop at your cabin/tent first.