What age group is this event for?
All ages! From newborns to wise owls. Anyone under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by their parent, caregiver, or guardian.

Where is this taking place, and how do I get there?
In the first years of Cahoots we went to various different camps across Ontario. Currently, we are hosted by Pearce Williams Summer Camp and Retreat Facility, which is in Fingal, ON, close to London Ontario. The Attiwandaron (sometimes called the Neutral) are the Indigenous people historically associated with this site.

Many people carpool to get to Cahoots, and we’ll try to help you find a ride, or otherwise arrange to pick you up from nearby transit.

Will I be able to volunteer at the festival?
Yes, Cahoots operates entirely by volunteers, so everyone who comes will be volunteering in some way. You might teach a workshop, scrub pans, pick people up from a transit station, or something else worked out when you buy your tickets. You can email us to talk possibilities if you are unsure: cahoots@scmcanada.org. Everyone volunteers and everyone buys a ticket – but if you need a lower-priced ticket, anyone can access a sliding scale ticket.

Do I need to buy a ticket in advance?
Yes. We need to know final numbers prior to the festival for planning meals and accommodation. We generally only have about 120 tickets available, so registering early is important!

What payment methods do you accept?
Usually you will pay by a credit card processed through the CanadaHelps site, but if necessary you can make a PayPal or interac transfer, or mail a cheque. Just remember to let us know when you register so that we know who has paid for what.

Can I get a refund on my ticket?
Depending on when you ask, yes. The specifics differ each year (we have to follow the system of the camp we are renting), but in general you can get a refund (except for a small processing fee) up to a month before Cahoots. Closer to the day, you can get 50% of the cost back since we’ve already started spending your money on food for the festival. Unfortunately there are no refunds in the week before we gather. All refunds will be made by cheque or e-transfer and will be processed within two weeks of the end of the festival.

Is the site wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is! But note that the festival is located at a camp, so the campground is mostly grass and mud. There are however ramps and solid paths between all cabins, session spaces, dining area, bathrooms, etc. You can learn more about the accessibility features of the camp on their website (Pearce Williams)

What about bringing my dog?
The camp we are renting does not allow animals, except for service animals. Please let us know if you are bringing a service animal.

Where will we be sleeping?
There are cabin accommodations available, so you will need to bring your own blankets and pillow. If you are part of a group, we can try to sort you into a cabin together. Alternatively, you may bring your own tent for camping if you prefer, or stay off site. Let us know when you register!

Are there washroom facilities?
There are ample indoor washrooms with showers, sinks and the whole deal. We ensure that a gender-inclusive washroom is available.

What will we be eating?
We will be providing three meals a day; all food will be vegetarian with vegan options, and many will have gluten-free options. All meals will be nut-free. If you have dietary restrictions and need to store extra food in the camp kitchen, you may do so but do keep in mind that space is limited.

Is there free parking for cars on site?
Yes, there is free parking.

Will there be special workshops for children?
Yes! They can attend the kids’ and DIY workshops or you can bring them to workshops with you if you want. There is no separate programming for kids in the evenings, but there will be an open mic night, a bonfire, and a dance!

I would like to attend for just one day. Are day tickets available?
Day tickets are often available, depending on the rules of the camp. Check this year’s registration to learn more. To stay overnight, a full festival ticket is required.

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