Frequently Asked Questions

May I bring a guest to the instructional guitar camp?

You may bring a guest to the festival (concert) provided you have registered and purchased the "Bring A Buddy" option. See event registration for details.

Is alcohol allowed?

Yes, alcohol (wine and beer) is allowed on the property and you are welcome to bring your own or purchase from our camp canteen during the nightly concerts (must be 21 to purchase alcohol). There is a beer store located 15 miles away. Please note that Camp Mitchell is located on a steep bluff. Please be cautious around the cliff areas when drinking alcohol. Also note that recreational marijuana is ILLEGAL in Arkansas.

If I don't purchase the food-service add-on option, what are my other food options?

You are under no obligation to purchase the all-inclusive food-service option which is most appropriate for those registered for the 5-day instructional guitar camp option). We will be firing up the grill and you can purchase on-site meals options OR you simply bring your own. There are grills and picnic tables located on the property (you bring grilling supplies). You may purchase snacks (chips, water, coffee, etc) from the camp canteen. Please note that unless you purchased a lodging option that has a kitchen, you may not have the means to keep fresh food refrigerated. for those registered for the instructional guitar camp, there is a free daily shuttle at 4:15 PM to the local grocery story and beer store. Sign up on the free daily shuttle transportation list at the camp office.

Is there a swimming pool at Camp Mitchell?

Yes! A beautiful concrete chlorinated pool that is hidden on a walking trail that rests near a natural water fall. It is available to registered lodging guests (VIP packages) only. It is open specific hours during the festival (see full festival and camp schedule for details). No life guard is on duty. Swim at your own risk ; )

What is the weather like at Petit Jean Mountain in September?

It varies but is still quite warm (mid 80s to upper 90s Farenheit in the day, and they nights can be variably cool (in the 50s or lower 60s). Bring layered clothing for both the weather and the cooler classrooms. And bring bug spray! September still mosquito season in Arkansas.

Will there be daily clearning service in my room?

No. It's more like renting an air-b-n-b. With that said, Camp Mitchell asks you to do the following when checking out: Bed/Bath Linens: Before leaving, please remove the fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcase from your bed (not the quilt/blanket or mattress pad). Place the used linens and used towels in your pillow case and leave at the foot of your bed. Kitchen Use: If you are staying in one of the lodgings that has a kichen (Grace, Darragh, Canterbury, Hamilton House), please wash all of the dishes (or load in the dishwasher and turn on). Please take or throw away any food in the refrigerator. Furniture: If you move any furniture, please move it back to the original locations. Trash: Please collect all trash in bads and leave INSIDE rather than outside. Placing trash outside will enable critters to strew it across the campus.

Is smoking allowed at Camp Mitchell?

Yes, cigarette smoking is allowed outside. No smoking is allowed in or near any building or under porches. Cigarette butts MUST be disposed of in proper containers.

Is WiFi available at Camp Mitchell?

Yes, wireless internet is available across the campus. Please use Camp Mitchell-Guest password: JOtey1841

Is there cell phone service available at Camp Mitchell?

Yes. Verizon works really well and ATT works in most places across the 600 acre campus.

What are the Festival Check In and Check Out Times?

VIP instructional guitar campers may arrive as early as 10 AM on Thursday, September 10th. Check out time is no later than 10:30 AM on Monday, September 14. You must turn in lodging keys (if applicable) when checking out, roll up your bedding an place it on your bed, and take the trash out.

What if my flight lands later than the appointed shuttle pick-up time?

The transportation schedule is listed on the festival registration site. If you purchased airport shuttle pick-up and your flight is delayed by more than 30 minutes, you will need to make alternate arrangements (Uber, taxi) to be transported to camp or wait for the next scheduled shuttle. You will be reimbursed the cost of your shuttle transportation add-on option if no shuttle is available. If you are expecting to be delayed by 30 minutes or less, please call 501-346-8228 so that our shuttle person will wait on you at the airport. If you have scheduled a flight to land later than our designated shuttle pick-up time, you wil lneed to make alternate arrangments (shared ride with other participants, Uber, taxi, rental car) to be transported to camp.

Are there bed linens, quilts, and pillows in all of the rooms?

All bedding options (except tent and bunkhouse lodging) come with fresh sheets and bed linens. If you purchased bunk house lodging or tent, you will need to bring a blanket and pillow or make arrangements at the camp registration desk upon your arrival. All other lodging options come with a bed linens and pillow.

What items do I need to bring?

A guitar (of course!) Sheet, blanket, and pillow if you purchased bunk house lodging or tent option Tent (if you purchased tent option) Shampoo and soap (only small hotel size size soap is provided) A light jacket for cool evenings Long pants if you intend to hike and probably a backpack A swim suit (there is a fabulous wilderness pool next to a waterfall) Any hiking gear (if you intend to do hiking activities) Cash, if you plan to purchase merch, food, and canteen items

Is there a guitar tech on hand in case I have a problem with my guitar?

Yes, Brandon Toney (luthier) of Renown Guitars will be on hand to provide any unexpected problems. A nominal fee may apply.

What outdoor activities are available in the area?

There are plenty of hiking trails and overlooks to explore in the area. Arkansas is called the "Natural State" for a reason! Check out the many activities loacated here.

Is there a climate-controlled place to lock up my guitar if I intend on camping in a tent?

Yes. We will provide a guitar-check station (like a coat-check station) behind a locked door in the camp office. A nominal fee of $3 per day will apply.

Are there shower/bathroom facilities if I chose the tent option?

Yes, a designated communal bathroom with a shower facility will be provided.

Is the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Competition a regional qualifier for the Walnut Valley Fingerstyle Guitar Competition?

No, our competition is totally independent from the Walnut Valley guitar competition.

Why is the Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival the same week as the Walnut Valley (Winfield) Festival?

We purposely scheduled our event to lead up to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas so that participants have the opportunity and convenience of participating in both. Theoretically, you would only have to take off one week from work (or life), making it extremely convenient for those who have jobs or are traveling from international destinations (thus saving you time and money).

Do I need a tourist visa if I am an international traveler?

Maybe. Please check the U.S. Department of State website for up-to-date requirements and information located here.

Are there other off-site lodging options available (e.g., hotel)?

Don't want to stay at the camp grounds? Hotels are available nearby. The small city of Morrilton is located around 15 miles away from the mountain and the larger suburban city of Conway is located around 25 miles away. We have secured discounted rates for festival attendees. Specific details are listed below: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morrilton 501.215.4924 8 Bruce St, Morrilton, AR 72110 5 Single King-Sized Rooms available; 5 Double Queen-Sized Rooms available Discounted Rate: $104 (not including tax) per night Group Name: “FretMonkey Records” Reserve HERE! ***MUST BE BOOKED BY AUGUST 30TH*** Super 8 Morrilton 501.242.5921 1818 Highway 9 North, Morrilton, AR, 72110 10 Single King-Sized Rooms available Discounted Rate: $69.30 (not including tax) per night Group Name: “Guitar Festival” and reference check-in ***MUST BE BOOKED BY SEPTEMBER 5TH*** Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Conway 501.358.3380 2475 Sanders Street, Conway, AR, 72032 5 Single King-Sized Rooms ($63 not including tax); 5 Double Queen-Sized Rooms ($67 not including tax) Group Name: Guitar Festival ***MUST BE BOOKED BY SEPTEMBER 5TH***

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