The Suwannee Spirit Kid’s Music Camp was born out of a dream by Miss Jean Cornett to have a camp for kids based out of The Spirit of the Suwannee that was similar to a kid’s bluegrass camp at The “Festival of the Bluegrass” Who Miss Jean and the Cornett family started.
In 2003 a group of volunteer instructors held the first music camp at the park for roughly 25 kids. And by 2005 Linda McCoy was coordinating the event and was a bi annual and then quarterly event averaging 35 kids learning guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and hand drums. Ms. McCoy was also instrumental in securing the initial donations of instruments that the camp still uses today. In 2006 Ms. McCoy handed the reins off to Charley Dame, A lifelong musician and artisan that had recently opened up a Wood Shop in the Craft Village at the SOSMP.
Today the Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp averages an attendance of 115 kids per camp weekend. Instruction includes guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, fiddle, harmonica, ukulele, vocals and hand drums. There are also regular guest appearances by regional and national artists. Not only do the kids explore music in this environment but they also get to experience an uplifting and rewarding social event created just for them.