I am about to start our second day of HS band camp and I had a thought last night, but a little bit of back info.
We start school Aug. 12th. We have this and next week as our "band camp" and the three days prior to school starting (Aug. 9-11th) are without kids for district meetings and such.
I am once again frustrated that approximately 10-15% of the band didn't show up the first day of camp, many citing "I didn't know" etc. But there are also about a half-dozen kids who are still out of town or will be out of town the full first week, a few of them freshman.
So the thought occurred to me last night to have kids and parents sign a "Band Camp Acknowledgement" in late January or early February. It would set the dates for the band camp in the following Fall as well as outline registration date and what happens to a student if they miss any or all of band camp.
All of this would be to try to have parents make sure they know and schedule things around band camp once we start. Just as an aside, I don't believe in kicking out a kid if they miss band camp. We have a "secondary" marching unit that if a kid misses camp they are assigned to until a spot in the main drill block opens up.
Does anyone do this? If so did it help the issue?