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MISSION: The Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp (keep reading grandma -- there's an adult camp, too!) was established in 1986 with the goal of promoting an inter-generational learning experience in a pastoral small town setting with minimal modern distractions in which young people could be tutored in the art of Missouri old-time fiddling by the master players of the day. The camp is organized to provide mostly one-on-one instruction in fiddle playing, along with traditional square dancing. Since its inception the Camp has provided this opportunity for literally hundreds of young people. Many have continued to practice this art as adults and have even returned as master instructors. Fiddling is a lifelong pursuit, hobby and for some a way of life!
The Youth Fiddle Camp this year runs from Sunday, June 9 to Friday, June 14, 2019.
 The fee for the Youth Fiddle Camp is $375.
The Aduly Fiddle Camp this year runs from Wednesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The fee for the Youth Fiddle Camp is $280.   
LOCATION: Bethel is small hamlet of 122 people (2010 U.S. Census) nestled in the rolling farm land in Shelby County, Northeast Missouri. It's an ideal location for studying the old tunes and immersing yourself in its history.
Where is Bethel Missouri
The town was founded as a utopian colony in 1844 by Dr Wilhelm Keil, a Prussian-born preacher. He and his followers, who were almost exclusively German immigrants to America, believed that the Christians should hold all property and means of production in common and they organized their Colony accordingly. No longer a religious organization, the Colony organization exists now to insure the preservation of the many historic buildings, of which Bethel is "chock-full". These historic structures from the 1800 along with the performance "barn" serve as the teaching spaces.
Wilhelm Keil
Wilhelm Keil - One severe old 19th Century dude,
but he doesn't come to camp anymore.
REGISTRATION: Ok, enough about how cool the Bethel Fiddle Camp is...HOW DO YOU REGISTER???
Visit the page for the camp that interests you.
Youth Camp 2019 Click Here!
Adult Camp 2019 Click Here! 
CONTACT: For more information contact

Wendy Brumbaugh (

Camp Director

Historic Bethel German Colony

127 North Main

Bethel, MO  63434


If you're a former camper or just want to enjoy sights and sounds from previous fiddle camps and festivals in Bethel, just pick a year and go.
1985 1986
1997 2016
Mo Arts Council Logo This event is sponsored by the Historic Bethel German Colony, private donations and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
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