Skill Swap is ten days away (ohboyohboyohboy!!), and we’re writing with last-minute planning details. This is the last you’ll hear from us until the big day, so please take the time to read all the information included.
Please note that Epic Skill Swap this year is sold out! Because of this, we’ll be accepting new folks only if we have cancellations. If you know someone who wants to come but didn’t register in time, have them email email@example.com to be put on the waitlist, instead of just showing up. If you have registered and can’t come, please notify us ASAP so that we can give someone else your spot. We take cash or check for registration fees upon arrival.
If you indicated an interest in carpooling and have not been contacted by the rideboard coordinator, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, we intentionally leave space in our schedule for last-minute workshop additions. We do this in order to ensure that people who may have heard about Skill Swap recently can have a chance to teach, and to make space for inspiration as it strikes. This space will be given out to teachers on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on Friday afternoon. If you’ve got an idea for a workshop, please find Meghan after you arrive.
Camp Wilmot, our home last year and this, is a wonderful place, boasting a pond, cabins, camping areas, a wonderful barn, a spacious dining hall with a commercial kitchen, and beautiful woods. A few things to remember:
- It is located on N. Wilmot Road in Wilmot, NH. Here’s a map.
- It is a summer camp. That means rough surfaces, shared bathrooms, no hot water on site, etc.
- There’s no ATM in the vicinity, so bring cash with you
- It’s a bit of a hike to the nearest grocery store, so if you anticipate needing snacks, be sure to provision before you arrive
Camp Wilmot is an indoor/outdoor space, so plan accordingly. Bring:
- Layers! May in New Hampshire can be unpredictable.
- Rain gear (which you hopefully won’t need)
- Sunscreen/insect repellant
- Bathing suits and towels
- If you are teaching a workshop, anything you might need in order to do so
- Anything you might need for participating in workshops (for example, if you’re planning to take the yoga or rockclimbing classes, you’ll want to have appropriate clothes for them)
- A pen and a notebook, because more likely than not, you’re going to want to take down some notes about something you learn over the weekend.
- Musical instruments if you want to jam/teach/whatever
- A tent, if you’re planning on tenting
- Sleeping bag/bedding for tent and cabin alike
- Headlamp or flashlight
- A water bottle
- A blanket or camp chair for sitting on the ground
- Snacks if you anticipate wanting them
- Your wonderful selves, your bright smiles, and your village-building attitudes!!
We will provide vegetarian meals three times a day on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast on Monday. Most of the meals are also sensitive to gluten- and dairy-free folks. Feel free to supplement this bounty with your own ready-to-eat snackies. If you have specific dietary needs and have opted out of group food when you registered: a small refrigerator will be reserved for you. Please note, however, that group meal prep will take priority in the hours directly before meals. If you are preparing your own food, please take that into consideration. You may want to bring a camp stove.
Friday evening is a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share, and please remember to label what’s in it for those with allergies and dietary restrictions.
Other important notes:
- Dogs: We love our furry friends, but there is a no-dogs policy in place at Epic Skill Swap (except for service animals).
- Interwebs: There is spotty wireless internet at Camp Wilmot and the password will be available; however, please be conscious of helping us cultivate mindful interactions between people, and limit your web use to the physical spaces we’ve set aside for it.
- Kids: We love kids! Kids are the future! They should teach and learn with the best of ‘em. We have several workshops that are specifically designed for kids, and a number that are kid-friendly! However, we are not set up to provide childcare at this juncture. You are welcome to bring your children–we love it when people do–but if you do, they remain solely your responsibility. If you are under 18, you must attend Epic Skill Swap with a parent or guardian.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted at Epic Skill Swap due to a gracious flexibility in policy on Wilmot’s part, but please drink responsibly.
- Drugs: Illegal drugs are absolutely not allowed at Epic Skill Swap. If you use illegal drugs, you will be asked to leave. Please understand that failing to observe this puts the organizers in a very awkward position, and there will be no exceptions here.
- Legal Stuff: When you check in, you will be asked to sign a standard liability form. This basically indicates you understand what you’re getting into and you won’t hold the organizers or Camp Wilmot responsible should something go amiss. We will also have event insurance for the weekend. That said, please take care of yourselves and be safe.
Epic Skill Swap is a socially inclusive, non religiously-affiliated event open to people of all backgrounds, religions, ages, abilities, genders, and orientations. We are so very much looking forward to sharing this weekend with you!
Meghan, Alison, Charis, Jamie, and Jay