Summer Camps

With the uncertainty of the times, we regret to inform our Pick Along Camps for this year are now cancelled. We will miss them so much, but their health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. We hope to see you all return in 2021! In the meantime, we urge parents to encourage their kids to continue their curiosity of music with free online lessons or virtually with a local instructor. Post videos and tag us with their progress! @bcmmuseum #bcmmuseum

About Camp

Pick Along Summer Camp at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum provides a fun educational experience like no other in the region. In addition to learning about Bristol’s important role in the history of country music, kids get to learn the basics of a stringed instrument and apply the skills they’ve learned with live and on-air performances!

Children will receive instruction on several of the same style instruments that were used in the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings (including banjo, acoustic guitar and fiddle), in addition to learning fundamental skills in various music styles. Campers will explore the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, learn about the music of Bristol and our region, receive instruction in singing and dancing, get an introduction to our working radio station, and learn about other concepts and disciplines that make up the rich tapestry of country music.

No previous musical experience is required for Pick Along Summer Camps – only an interest in music and a desire to learn and have fun! These camps are designed for different levels of experience and anyone interested in our musical heritage. Whether you know just a little or absolutely nothing, this is the place for you!

Class size is limited, so register now!


Beginner camps are designed for children ages 8-14; these are for first-time campers or returning campers who wish to go over the basics again. Intermediate camps are for kids age 10-16; this is for return campers and those whom already have basic knowledge and skill with music.


We are offering one Junior Counselor position per beginner camp session. The Junior Counselor program has been developed to give previous Pick Along participants the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and teacher assistant skills. It serves to continue art education through young, enthusiastic musicians who are chosen for this leadership role. All eligible participants will be at least 13 years of age on the first day of camp, and not older than 15. A camp registration form must be completed, including 2-3 sentences explaining why they feel they would be a good fit for the Junior Counselor position. Their acceptance to the program must be approved by the BCM camp director, head curator, and finance director. For more information, please contact us at


All campers will have the option to attend half-day camp or full-day camp.

Half Day
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Includes individual instruction on instrument of choice, museum-related group activities and games, a healthy mid-morning snack, and group lessons designed to gain experience and knowledge in music performance and history.

Full Day
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In addition to half-day offerings, full days include extended individual and group instrument instruction, advanced engagement with fun museum-related projects/activities, and a healthy afternoon snack. Full Day campers will need to bring a bag lunch and drink each day.


  • Museum Members:
    Half Day $125
    Full Day $175

Half Day $175
Full Day $225

Junior Counselor:

Discounts available if signing up multiple campers; instrument rentals also available.

Other information

Our professionally trained camp staff includes contract and museum staff, along with volunteers. They work together to ensure a fun, safe, and enriching environment for music instruction as well as museum play, theme-related activities and experiments, healthy snacks, and friendship-building opportunities for everyone.

Instrument Details: Only instruction for string instruments listed (banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle) will be provided.

Scholarships: Want to sponsor a camper? With your donation of $200, you may send a child to Pick Along Summer Camp – contact us at to learn how! Any funds collected in excess of the needed scholarships will help with the camp activities.


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MUSEUM: 101 Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 573-1927

BUSINESS OFFICE: 416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 573-1927