After weeks of holding out hope, 4H Music Camp is canceled

Guitars rest against a log outside of Baja Taco as Hawaiian Camp students perform during the Bands Around Town event. (July 20, 2018) Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Cordova 4H Music Camp has been canceled for the year, organizers announced Saturday, March 28.

“It was hard to do because we feel so strongly about camp,” said Amy O’Neill Houck, co-president of the camp board. “But it was an easy decision to make from a public health standpoint. Everyone knew it was the right thing to do.”

Camp organizers are brainstorming for ways to remotely connect students with music instructors, Houck said. 4H Music Camp instruments are also available for students to borrow for home practice. Additionally, once the coronavirus pandemic diminishes sufficiently, a smaller music workshop may be organized to tide students over until next year’s camp.

Anyone interested in participating in 4H Music Camp’s ongoing programs is encouraged to contact organizers at, Houck said.

As recently as mid-March, organizers were still working with instructors under the assumption that the camp would go ahead. For Houck, as for many, it’s hard to believe that the coronavirus health emergency has escalated so quickly.

“July felt a lot farther away a couple of weeks ago,” Houck said. “Watching the way the crisis has unfolded in various places around the country leads us to believe that an abundance of caution is the best thing to have right now.”