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. If you have questions, please reach out to


We expect to open registration on January 1, 2020. 

Camp costs for attendees usually include tuition, housing (on or off campus), and your own travel. You will also be able to buy t-shirts and rent a vendor table at the Saturday night expo when you register.

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).


Classes will begin Wednesday, July 8, and will run through Sunday, July 12. Martial arts and healing arts classes will begin on Thursday, July 9, and Wednesday and Thursday will feature an intensive self-defense instructor track. (Self-defense instructor classes will be offered less intensively through the rest of camp as well.)

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

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.
  • 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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