Jamboree to feature toe-tapping bluegrass to raise money for Camp Sinoquipe
Travel up the mountains for a day of jamming at a jamboree to raise money for a local cause.
The 10th annual Sinoquipe Bluegrass Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 14, features fun and fundraising for the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Hagerstown, which owns Camp Sinoquipe in Fort Littleton, Pa.
“You should come to enjoy a wonderful afternoon in a beautiful place in the mountains,” said Jack Rhodes, camp ranger for Camp Sinoquipe. “Bring the kids and listen to some great music.”
Gates open at 11 a.m. with music, food, a climbing wall and a silent auction taking place from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in advance online through www. mdscouting.org.
The event brings performances by Circa Blue, a contemporary bluegrass band from Martinsburg, W.Va.; Remington Ryde, a bluegrass group from Hummelstown, Pa.; Cody Wilt and Mara Dorty, of southcentral Pa.; and Nothin’ Fancy, a bluegrass group based in Buena Vista, Va.
Scouts from the area attend the camp for exploration, to learn about nature and to earn merit badges. The camp has been the local scout camp for the area for more than 70 years.
“My hope is that everybody who shows up has a good time. If we make some money that’s a bonus,” said Rhodes, who started bringing a group of family and friends together to play music at the camp about 20 years ago and then had the idea to make it an official fundraiser 10 years ago.
New this year are commemorative “10-year anniversary” t-shirts made just for the event that will be available for purchase at the venue.
The jamboree has grown significantly throughout its 10 years.
Attendance at the event has increased from about 100 people to about 400 people a year with the fundraising amount growing to $10,000, according to Rhodes.
The funds raised from the event go directly to maintaining the camp and providing services to camp attendees.
“It’s a beautiful venue and you’re supporting a wonderful program,” Rhodes said. “We build productive adults out of young boys and girls and I’ve seen it. I can testify truthfully that I see kids who went through this program bringing their kids back through because they want to share it with their families because it was so valuable to them.”
Rob Stone, scout executive and CEO of the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, says that the funds greatly assist in their ability to provide the camp and other services to local scouts.
He says that it costs the council about $175 per scout above the dues that families pay to provide scouting services each year.
The council serves about 2,100 families.
“If you like bluegrass music and good food, there’s no question that it’s the place to go,” Stone said. “If you’re not sure if you like bluegrass, come out and find out for sure. It’s a full day of activities at a very reasonable price.”
Camp Sinoquipe is located at 677 Boy Scout Road in Fort Littleton, Pa.
Top photo: The Miller’s Station bluegrass band performs at Camp Sinoquipe during the Boy Scout Bluegrass Jamboree in 2017. (Submitted photo)