2010 Agility Camp
July 31-August 1
Sugar Bush Farm, Stephentown NY
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, July 31-August 1, 2010
Location: Sugar Bush Farm, 760 East Road, Stephentown NY
Open to: all dogs currently
competing or getting ready to compete
NOTE: There is an error on the registration form.
CONFIRMATION LETTER FOR CAMP
Thank you for coming to the AgileDogs Agility Camp 2010. I hope you all enjoy yourselves and learn a lot. Just remember, camp is the place to try new things and see how they work for your dog. All of our instructors will strive to teach you the best that they know and will make every attempt to help each team succeed, but you have to do your part by keeping an open mind, trying new things, and learning something in the process! And, feel free to step back whenever you need to, to give your dog a rest, as this will be a busy 2 days for you and your canine partner.
1) It is absolutely required that you pick up after your dog. Failure to do so will result in being excused from the grounds.
2) Bring your own chairs, and shade if you wish. We will have a large tent and some smaller tents by the lower rings, and another large tent by the upper ring, for shade during sessions. Campers and their dogs may use the tents during sessions. Auditors may also use the tents, but we ask that auditorís dogs not use the space under these tents for shade unless there is room available after campers have arrived.
3) Wading pools and a water hose will be available for cooling your dogs. In addition, the pond will be available during camp for both dogs and humans to cool off. Make sure you follow the Chittendenís rules about the use of their backyard for this camp and in particular the use of the pond, since the pond is located in their back yard!
4) Remember that ticks abound in this area, so be sure to check your dogs for ticks, especially if you walk them in the woods.
There are 4 working groups. These groups are based on the survey and information you provided to me about you and your dog. These groups ensure that you're with other teams of similar experiences and goals for camp, as much as possible! Your group information has already been emailed to you; in addition, the welcome bag that you receive at check-in will include the schedule for your group. There are approximately 8 dogs per working group, so you'll get plenty of attention and chances to work your dog through the course of the 2 days. Please stay with your group during each session if you're working your dog, and please be there on time for the start of each session. If you take a break from working your dog for a session, you're free to sit in on any of the other sessions if you so wish. If you're not working your dog for a session, you can also take your dog to the pond, fields, etc, as long as you don't interfere with any of the working sessions.
You are free to work your second dog whenever you wish. Many of you have previously specified to me details about your second dog; if you havenít done this, please make sure that your second dog is at least at the same level of experience as the first dog.
Canine Water Sports:
Lisa will be a participant in camp (sheís working Pistol, her Boston Terrier, in
Group B). She has also agreed to be
available during break times for anyone who would like either a beginner lesson
or continuation of Fridayís camp session in Canine Water Sports.
For those of you not coming to the Friday mini-camp, this is a chance for
you to learn about this sport!
Please note that she is not getting paid by me as an instructor during camp, so
please arrange with her your lesson fees, and also respect her need to work her
own dog during sessions. Her email address is
you'd like to contact her before camp.
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to contact her before camp.
Check-in for camp: From 6:45-7:00am on Saturday, check-in is at the large tent by the lower rings. Make sure you've picked up your welcome packet before 7am. We will be meeting at 7am SHARP for camp welcome and announcements!
Treats for dogs: Make sure you bring several types and plenty of quantity of treats for your dogs. Also, bring different types of toys if your dog is toy motivated, as you're sure to use them at some point during the sessions.
Animal ER of
Parking: Pretty much anyplace goes as far as vehicle parking locations. As long as youíre not too close to a ring with a barking dog in your car, and arenít blocking an access pathway or road, you can park anywhere. If you need a handicapped spot close to the rings, please contact me. Iíll mark off a few spots by each ring for you.
Parking for RVís, overnight campers: Please see Craig Chittenden upon arrival to help guide you to your camping location.
Setup: You are free to set up at the site after 4pm on Friday. We will have mini-camp in session at that time, but most people will be down by the water in Lisaís Canine Water Sports session. If you wish to arrive earlier than that, please contact Trisha (Trisha@agiledogs.net, 518-331-7814).
Questions, etc: Both myself (Trisha Stall) and Debbie Wlodarski will be available to answer any questions you might have throughout camp. Please find either one of us if you need anything. Iíll be floating from group to group; Debbie will be in Group D. If you have any questions specifically about the site and canít locate Debbie or myself, look for Craig Chittenden, owner of Sugar Bush Farm.
Directions to Camp:
Sugar Bush Farm is at
From the East:
Mass Pike to the end. Continue on I-90 to the next exit, B-3 in
From the West: Take I-90 East to Exit 11E - Route 20 East. Continue on Route 20 East until it joins Route 22 North. Follow Directions from the 22/43 Intersection below.
from the 22/43 Intersection:
North on Route 22, you'll go up a hill where 22 becomes 2 lanes. It goes back
down to one lane after you get to the top of the hill and you will pass a mobile
home park on your right. Just after that there is a brown house with a small
satellite dish. The road right next to that house is
Camping available on site
Registration form available now. There are still openings!
agility camp thing all about?
Itís a perfect opportunity to give you and your dog
exposure to new and wonderful instructors, and over the course of 2 days to
learn many new things and become a better team in the process.
Who can attend?
Any dog currently competing at any level, in any venue, or ready to compete can
Can I just attend one day?
Unfortunately, no; because of the rotating instructor format and material to be
covered, you must attend both days for the full camp experience.
The cost is $350 for two days of camp.
A deposit of $100 (non-refundable) is required to guarantee a spot, and
should be sent in with your registration. The
balance of $250 is due by June 1st, 2010.
Can I audit?
Yes! Audit fees are $80 a day or
$150 for both days. All levels of
experience are welcome to audit.
Whatís the schedule?
Working groups will be set up based on experience level and problem/focus areas.
Max number of 12 handlers/dogs per group.
Each group will stay together for the course of the weekend, rotating
from instructor to instructor for working sessions each day.
There will be breaks between working sessions, as well as a lunch break.
I work a second dog?
You may only work one dog at a time.
However, if you want to substitute a second dog working at a similar or
higher level to your first dog, please contact me so I can approve the
substitution. You may bring as many
additional dogs to camp as you wish to that you are not working in camp.
Are cancellations allowed? For cancellations more than one month prior to the start date of the camp, all but the $100 deposit will be refunded if the spot can be filled. For cancellations less than one month prior to the start of camp, no fees will be refunded. Bitches in season and aggressive dogs are not allowed on the grounds. If you plan to attend with an intact bitch, you should plan ahead and arrange to have an alternate dog of similar skill level available to work. No refunds for bitches in season.
Local hotel information:
Berkshire Spur Hotel,
Best Value Inn,
Chatham Travel Lodge,
598 Route 295,
∑ Cozy Corner Motel 284 Sand Springs Rd. & US 7, Williamstown, MA (413) 458-8006; www.cozycornermotel.com
∑ Crowne Plaza Hotel, Route 7 & West St on Park Sq, Pittsfield, MA; 800-749-4789; $25 pet fee; www.crowneplaza.com
The Hancock Inn,
Howard Johnson Express Inn,
The Inn at Shaker Mill,
∑ Jericho Valley Inn, 2541 Hancock Rd, Williamstown, MA, (413) 458-9511; pets allowed in cottages only; www.jerichovalleyinn.com
Knights Inn Lenox,
∑ Pleasant Valley Motel, 42 Stockbridge Rd (Route 102), West Stockbridge, MA; 413-232-8511
Rodeway Inn Castleton;
1666 Columbia Turnpike,
∑ Shaker Meadows Bed & Breakfast, 14209 Rte. 22, Canaan, NY 518-794-9385; Pets allowed only in suites (sleeps 4, in 2 separate rooms) and farmhouse; www.shakermeadows.com
Travelodge Gt Barrington,
∑ The Villager Motel, 953 Simonds Rd, Williamstown MA; 877-986-6835; www.williamstownvillager.com