Cancellation Announcement

Dear Directors and Handbell Musicians,

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the decision, based upon the guidelines of the healthcare experts, to cancel this year’s Friends and Family Handbell Camp.

We are sure this announcement comes as no surprise to most of you. Our top priority is, of course, the health and safety of our directors and ringers and to keep everyone safe.

Since this is a biennial event, held alternatively with Festival Conference, the earliest ‘camp’ will be held is 2022.

Thank you to everyone who has worked on this event – Directors, Workshop Leaders, and of course, our Handbell Musicians!

Jane and Donna

Friends and Family Handbell Camp 

Family Handbell Camp is back! Join us in June for 2 1/2 fun-filled days of ringing, learning, sunshine, and fun! Ringers and non-ringers of ALL ages are welcome. 

When:  Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT – Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT
Where: Camp Wightman, Griswold, CT

What is family handbell camp like?

Registration and Details

Click here for event details and online registration


2020 Rates:

  Early Bird
‘til February 29
March 1 – May 6, 2020
Adult Ringer $ 295.00 $315.00  
Adult non-ringer $ 245.00 $265.00  
Ringer 8-18 $ 295.00 $315.00  
Child 4 -8 $ 295.00 $315.00  
Child under 4 $ 100.00 $110.00  
Commuter $ 225.00 $245.00  
Adult Ringer + Thursday evening $ 346.00 $366.00  

Camp Wightman has offered a Thursday evening arrival, for a (lodging only) cost of $51.00 per registrant in addition to the camp registration costs noted above

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available on a variety of levels for members of the Handbell Musicians of America and the ensembles they direct. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend this event, please review the scholarship information and application directions on the scholarships page of the Area 1 website.

Jubilate Ringers is offering a special scholarship just for up to four need-based scholarships are being offered to first time registrants of Area 1’s 2020 Friends and Family, June 26 – 28, at Camp Wightman, Griswold CT.  Applicant(s) may receive a partial or full scholarship, depending on the number of applications received. Applicants must submit an application for financial assistance by May 1, 2020. Decisions will be made by an anonymous committee. Click here for the announcement.  Click here for the application.


Dan Moore, Bronze; Ed Henderson, Coppers; Andy Wallace, Tins

Schedule tbd

Onsite camp registration will take place Friday morning from 8:00 – 8:45 AM with rehearsals beginning at 9:00 sharp. For those traveling a distance, Camp Wightman has offered a Thursday evening arrival, for a (lodging only) cost of $51.00 per registrant. You will be on your own for Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast, there are fully applianced kitchens available for your use.

nal. This information is for planning purposes only. Attendance may alter the final choices offered.


Donna Horan –


You will be advised of the selected repertoire after you have registered. You may either
purchase it, on your own, or it may be available in your group’s (or your friends’ files). We are selecting repertoire from previous Festival/ Conferences to save on costs and to revisit some of our older favorites.
Please practice your music prior to camp. We will try to provide Director’s notes with selection


We require a minimum of 28 registrants in order to make this event ‘happen’ so please
spread the word. We also have a maximum of 65 registrants – meeting the max would be terrific!
All registrants between ages 8-18 MUST participate in rehearsals and workshops. All free time
MUST be under the supervision of an adult.
There will be NO childcare provided by camp staff.


Barbershop – 2 Session Track – Open to men and women Sight Reading – Open to All
Cup Stacking – Open to all Rhythm Games – Open to All
Ensemble Ringing – Adults Music Theory – Open to All
Mallet Musicality – Open to All

Please indicate your interest in the workshops being offered by selecting no more than four workshops.

Barbershop is a 2 session track, you will choose 2 additional. This information is for planning purposes only. Attendance may alter the final choices offered.