National Women's
Martial Arts Federation

What to Expect at Camp

2014The details on this page are current for Camp 2020 and are being updated as we receive more. Please review this page before registering! If you still have questions, please reach out to


Registration is open! If you expect your tuition to be adjusted for any reason (or if you aren't sure), please choose the "Invoice Me" option at the end and contact Natalie at This includes if you paid a deposit last summer, if you are applying your trainer compensation to your registration, if you are applying for financial aid, or if you plan to be a first-aid volunteer.

Camp costs for attendees usually include tuition ($375-500), housing ($114-120 if staying on campus), plus your own travel and separate housing arrangements. You will also be able to buy t-shirts ($20) and rent a vendor table at the Saturday night expo ($15) when you register.

Early bird rates are in effect until March 31!

  • Main Camp (Classes Thu-Sun; meals Thu dinner thru Sun breakfast):
    • Non-members: $500
    • Adult members: $425
    • Reduced cost/Youth members: $375
  • Early Program (Classes Wed-Thu; meals Thu breakfast/lunch):
    • With main camp: $40
    • Early program only: $55
  • Super Saturday - ALL GENDERS WELCOME! (Classes and lunch/dinner on Saturday only)
    • Non-members: $125
    • Members (Adult, Reduced Cost, Youth, or Ally): $100 
  • For parents, family members, chaperones, etc.
    • Main camp, meals only, no classes: $110
    • Main camp meals PLUS Super Saturday participation: $185
Learn about and apply for financial aid here.

Register 6 people from your school or organization and one of those registrations is free! Deal details here.

Tuition may be reduced or waived for participants who (a) are attending in order to support a participant with a disability or (b) have signed up for certain volunteer roles (see below).


The early program will begin Wednesday, July 8, at 1:00pm. The main camp will begin Thursday, July 9, at 2:00pm, and will run through Sunday, July 12, at 12:00pm. 

This year's early program will consist of two intensive 3-hour classes—topics are restorative justice and developing an internet and social media presence—and a self-defense skill swap. Participants from martial arts, healing arts, AND self-defense are welcome!

Most classes will be 90 minutes long, beginning at 8:30am, with several offerings during each block of time. There will be 30-minute breaks between classes, plus breaks for meals. 


If you'd like to stay on campus, you have two choices. Canavan Hall has suite-style dorms with no air-conditioning, where 2-3 double rooms share a bathroom, which costs $38/night. Campus Apartments has four single rooms, air-conditioned, that share a living area and kitchenette, for $40/night. 

If you would like a specific roommate, please connect on your own before registering. You will need to request each other as roommates in order for us to place you together. If you do not request a specific roommate OR a single room/suite, you will be randomly placed with another camper(s) in the dorm of your choice.

Housing for Wednesday night will carry an early arrival fee of $40.

Daemen College will provide each camper with a pillow, two bedsheets, a blanket, two towels, and a washcloth. Bear in mind that these are dorm rooms: many campers choose to bring their own pillows, towels, and extra blankets for maximum comfort.

Amenities & Accommodations

The following amenities/accommodations will be provided during camp:

  • Accessibility orientation - A member of the NWMAF Inclusion Committee who knows the campus and knows how camp runs will lead a listening & orientation session designed for participants with diverse needs. 
  • 12-step meetings (at least daily)
  • Dedicated space & time for prayer and spiritual practice (Fri/Sat evenings & Sat/Sun mornings)
  • Quiet room 
  • Emotional support volunteers
  • Conflict resolution volunteers
  • First aid-trained volunteers

There will also be space on the registration form to let us know what you need, or to let us know what you'll be bringing from home (e.g. service dog, mobility device, etc.).

New campers can opt to be connected with an old hand before camp (and old hands can volunteer to be camp buddies for new folks!).

Volunteer Roles

We ask all attendees to pitch in! When you register, we'll ask which of the following areas you'd most like to help with. Larger volunteer roles may receive a discount on tuition. 

Major volunteer roles that we'd like filled ahead of time include:

  • First aid/safety - Some prior first-aid training required; team members receive discounts on their camp tuition. Read about first aid team responsibilities (with a link to the application) here.
  • Performance showcase coordination - Decide on lineup of performances; run rehearsal; run AV during the performance.
  • YMA coordination - Assist Youth Coordinator with creating, scheduling, and supervising a few social events or classes as needed; serve as point of contact for young attendees at camp; ideally, help attendees under 18 create an act for the Saturday evening showcase.

Everyone can help! And the more people who help, the less work any one attendee will have to do. Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Local runners - People from the area who can help run errands, post fliers, pick stuff up, etc.
  • Accessibility/accommodations - Check in before camp with registrants who request accommodations or assistance; help with accessibility tasks before and at camp (e.g. formatting large-print materials, setting up furniture or equipment in classrooms and workout spaces, etc.). Specific situations may require expertise or skills related to accessibility (e.g. ASL interpretation, etc.) and may receive tuition discount.
  • Check-in/registration help - Serve as point of contact for attendees, board members, and first-day volunteers.
  • Classroom helper - Show up a few minutes early to a class or two to help move furniture, pass out gear, or run messages.
  • AV troubleshooting - Projector wizards and HDMI whisperers, let us know who you are!
  • Bazaar/social event set-up/clean-up - Help set up for a social event or the bazaar by putting out tables, merchandise, chairs, snacks, etc., and/or help clean up afterwards.

And as always, we need volunteers for our member support teams:

  • Purple Ribbon Sisters - One-on-one support for participants experiencing difficult emotions or other internal struggles; training and/or experience in peer counseling, crisis intervention, or similar required.
  • Conflict resolution/mediation - Help resolve conflict and disagreement between attendees. No formal training required.

Upcoming events

Please help!

Volunteer tasks are posted in our Help with Camp forum—subscribe and watch your email for things you might be able to help with!

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