National Women's
Martial Arts Federation

What to Expect at Camp


The details on this page are current for Camp 2019 and are being updated as we receive more. If you have questions, please reach out to

Now available: Tentative trainer & class list!


For information about financial assistance, click here.

Total cost of camp will include tuition ($500-620) and housing ($81-160 if staying on campus), plus your own travel or separate housing arrangements. You can also buy t-shirts ($20 each) and rent a vendor table at the Saturday night expo ($15 each) on the registration form.

Registrations received after June 26 will carry an additional late charge.

Full camp tuition:

  • Non-members: $620
  • Adult members: $550
  • Student and youth members: $500
  • No classes, meals only (for parents, etc.): $180

Super Saturday tuition (ALL GENDERS WELCOME):

  • Non-members: $135
  • Members (all types): $100
  • Super Saturday tuition plus Thu-Sun meals (for people staying for full camp but only participating in Super Saturday): $300

Register 5 people from your group or school, get the sixth registration free! Applies to full camp or Super Saturday. Email for instructions and restrictions.

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).


Like last year, classes for self-defense instructors will be integrated with martial arts and healing arts-focused classes. Main classes begin at 1pm on Thursday, and the closing ceremony will end at noon on Sunday. Informal self-defense content will begin Wednesday evening.

Classes run from 8:30am to 9:30pm. Most classes are 90 minutes long, with several offerings during each block of time. There are 30-minute breaks between classes, and breaks for meals as well.


North Central College has made rooms available to us in Res Rec and Ward Hall. Res Rec rooms ($81-111 for 3 nights) are dorm rooms (single or double occupancy) that share a communal bathroom down the hall. Ward Hall is composed of suites where single- or double-occupancy rooms ($90-120 for 3 nights) are arranged around a common space/bathroom(s) (the most common configurations are four double rooms or five single rooms to one suite, usually with two bathrooms—there are other layouts as well).

If you would like a specific roommate, please connect on your own before registering (check out the member directory if you need help!). 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.

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

Due to a large conference arriving Sunday, campers will need to check out of their rooms by 10:00am that day. NCC will provide secure luggage storage in Res Rec until all camp activities are over.


Meals will be served in the Kaufman Dining Center. Full camp tuition includes meals from Thursday breakfast through Sunday breakfast. Super Saturday tuition includes Saturday lunch and dinner.

NCC has taken steps to ensure that meals move smoothly, and does not expect a high level of congestion during mealtimes.

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 is also 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:

  • First aid/safety - Some prior first-aid training required; team members receive discounts on their camp tuition. 
  • Accessibility/accommodations - Requires expertise or skills related to accessibility (e.g. ASL interpretation, accessibility committee work, etc.). May receive tuition discount.
  • 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.
  • Performance showcase coordination - Decide on lineup of performances; run rehearsal; run AV during the performance.
  • 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.

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