Gaelic Roots: Camp Checklist
A list of some additional things you'll want
to bring to the Gaelic Roots music and dance camp.
by Eric Armstrong
- Space blanket
- Only one light blanket is provided in the dorms, and the nights can get
pretty cold, at times. If you're flying, you need a small, light, warm blanket
that doesn't take up too much room. If you're driving, bring a regular blanket.
- Small video recorder
- Use it sparingly, and only during classes, not performances. Recording
a musician makes it possible to see what they're doing. That shortens your
learning time. The same with recording a dancer. Don't record an entire
class, though! Just get the bits you intend to work on. For example, three
times through a tune is pointless! You only need it once through.
- Small roll of toilet paper
- You don't need a whole roll, but half a roll or less is a good idea. The
dorm ran out on Thursday, and we couldn't find any of the staff! I didn't
want to buy a whole package for the 2 remaining days, so I was in a quandry.
Fortunately, one of the fellows was a camper, and he had a roll in the car.
- Hot water heater
- One of the little immersion heaters they sell in travel stores, along
with a small cup. There's no microwave or toaster or anything in the dorms.
Just bare cupboards, a large refrigerator, and a stove. There's a convenience
store nearby with paper plates and plastic silverware, but no appliances.
- Extra bag
- Always a good idea when you're traveling. A small one that you can fold
up and take with you makes it possible to carry back all the loot you find
at the camp music store!
- Ice packs
- Emergency ones are good, in case they're needed. Or the reusable ones
you put in the freezer, to get you through the week!
- Duct tape
- The dancer's friend. Makes fiberglass taps less slippery. Makes rubber-soled
shoes more slippery. It creates the perfect surface for dancing, so you
have stability but can still spin.
- MSM Lotion
- This little wonder is better than Ben Gay for muscle soreness, and you
can find in the health food section of major supermarkets these days. It's
a naturally occurring form of sulphur (the only bioavailable form) that
has no side effects whatever. (You'd have to drown yourself in it to do
any harm.) It promotes healing with natural, flexible tissue instead of
the stiff scar tissue that immediately re-tears when stressed. They use
it to rub down the legs of million-dollar race horses -- and they don't
use just anything on those horses!
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