Coming to Camp?

Here's what you need to know!

What to Expect


BHSFS is a nurturing community of people of all musical levels, united by a common interest and purpose. It is easy to make friends here through the variety of classes and other activities offered through the week.  We enjoy the company of campers of all ages, from children and teens to empty-nesters and seniors, so you are sure to fit in.

What to Bring


Look here to see what you should bring to ensure a comfortable week at camp!



This year we will begin Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School on Saturday, August 10th on the mainland!  


Saturday's events will take place at the Arlington Masonic Temple, located at 19 Academy Street, Arlington, MA. The Saturday schedule is as follows:

1:00            Doors open
1:15            Welcoming remarks, details

1:30-2:15       Class 1
2:30-3:15       Class 2
3:30-4:15       Class 3
4:30-5:15       Class 4

5:15            Catered dinner

6:30-8:30       Session

Early to bed, early to rise to catch the 9:30 boat to Thompson Island the next morning!


On Sunday morning, all campers should plan to take the 9:30 a.m. ferry to Thompson Island.  Please be at the dock with your luggage by 9:00 a.m.  Our welcoming committee will be there to greet you when you arrive. The ferry will depart at 9:30 a.m. for our 25-minute ride to the island.

Camp ambassadors will be available to answer questions or provide assistance. Look for the red “Ask Me” ribbons on their badges.

When we disembark at Thompson Island, keep your instrument, welcome packet and any personal items you will need for the day with you. We will have a brief welcome meeting, then go right into our morning classes. The rest of your luggage will be waiting for you at your dorm when we check into our rooms in the afternoon.

There will be a campus tour following afternoon classes.


The ferry back to the EDIC Dock will depart Thompson Island at 1:30 PM.

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Ferry Service

Arriving by Air


Rooms are primarily for two people, although there are some that accommodate up to six people.  We have the use of four different two-story buildings, and each has a shared bathroom on every floor.  A limited number of single rooms are available for a $175 surcharge, subject to availability.  We ask for your housing preferences on the registration form and do our best to accommodate your needs. 



Three full meals a day are served in the dining hall, known to us as “Maggie’s Pancakes.” They are prepared on the premises by the island’s kitchen staff. A vegetarian option is offered at every meal. Other special dietary needs can usually be accommodated with advance notice. Questions about diet needs/limitations are asked on the registration form. 



We provide water and lemonade throughout the day in the main hall, referred to us as “Niel Gow Hall”, plus a variety of snacks in the evening.  There are no stores on the island, so if you have special treats you enjoy, plan on bringing them with you.  We seek to provide but do not guarantee a nut-free environment, so if you or your child have allergies please plan to bring your own snacks.

Alcohol on the Island


Alcoholic beverages for personal use are permitted on the island.  The island will operate cash bars on Tuesday during Visitors’ Day and on Thursday at the clambake.  At these two events you are asked not to bring your own beverage.  If you desire alcoholic beverages at any other time, please bring it with you.


The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21.  Underage drinking at BHSFS is strictly prohibited. There will be zero tolerance for underage drinking, and anyone under 21 found to have used alcohol will be required to leave the island immediately.

Daily Schedule


A detailed schedule for each day of camp, including mealtimes, class times, and evening events, will be handed out at check-in on Saturday.


Our daily schedule consists of music classes from morning through mid-afternoon. Review periods and slow jams will happen at various times. Free time is built in to allow time for practicing, socializing, and exploring the island. There are parties and sessions most evenings, and informal sessions go on into the wee hours.

Information Center


Late-breaking information will be posted in the dining hall (“Maggies Pancakes!) lobby.  Check at every meal!

Contact Information


Cell phones generally work on the island so you should be able to communicate normally with the outside world. 

Technology on the Island


You will be able to connect to the Island’s network with your laptop or tablet while on the island.  However, we hope you will limit the time you spend online while at camp – instead, focus on making music and friends, and enjoying the natural and unique beauty around us!

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