21st Year • Endicott College • Beverly • Massachusetts • USA

Frequently Asked Questions

Are alcoholic beverages permitted on campus?

Alcohol can only be consumed on campus at events run by Beantown Camp and the Endicott College staff. Alcohol will be available for purchase on Monday and Tuesday at The Pub and at the Monday evening BBQ. It is not permitted to possess or consume alcohol on campus at any other time during Beantown Camp. If you do drink while on campus, be responsible.

You must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcohol, which is the legal drinking age in Massachusetts. All campers under 21 will have a pink wristband which must be worn while attending Beantown Camp. Providing alcohol to campers under 21 is grounds for expulsion from camp without a refund.

Is smoking permitted on campus?

Endicott College is a non-smoking facility. No smoking is allowed in any building on campus. No candles/open flames are allowed in any of the buildings.

Where can I park on campus?

There are plenty of parking areas on campus, including lots near all of the dorm buildings. At no time is parking allowed in fire lanes or in unauthorized spaces. All campus roads should be clear of parked vehicles at all times. Please ask at check-in for a parking tag and display it on your dashboard to identify you are with Beantown Camp. Refer to the Campus information for the closest parking locations.

Is there security on campus?

Endicott Campus Public Safety operates around the clock and is located at the main entrance to the campus. They can be reached by dialing 978-232-2222, or just 2222 on any campus phone (for on campus emergencies dial 1111 on any campus phone).

Are camp events open to someone not registered for one of the camp options?

All camp events, including evening dances, are only open to those registered for the corresponding period.

Who attends?

In past years there has been a big spread of ages attending camp, with many in their 20s to 50s, but with a fair number both younger and older. We have had people from all over the U.S. as well as internationally from such countries as Canada, England, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Japan and Australia. There is a mix of both singles and couples who come. Dance experience also varies from those who are new to Swing dancing to those who have been Lindy Hopping for very many years!

Is videotaping permitted?

Videotaping is only permitted at any of the camp classes with permission from the class instructors. You are free to videotape yourself or friends outside of classes. The camp videographer will be filming a Beantown Camp DVD with class recaps. Videotaping is not permitted at Beantown Bounce (the instructors show) as it could be potentially disruptive as well as interfere with the enjoyment of the audience. (Performances will be posted.) Videotaping is permitted at all other camp activities including competitions and class performances.

What will the weather be like at camp?

Good question! New England weather is known for its variability so there are no guarantees. In late June and early July, the average mean temperature is about 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) and average high about 80° Fahrenheit (27° Celsius). It is usually sunny, warm and pleasant in the daytime, cooler in the evening. It can be hot and humid, but usually that is more characteristic of later in the summer. Rain is always a possibility. Check Yahoo.com or weather.com for up to date weather information and check the latter’s climatological information.

Why is Boston called Beantown?

Back in Colonial days, a favorite Boston food was beans baked in molasses for several hours. Back then, Boston was sort of awash in molasses used for rum production. Rum production continued in Boston well after those early days. The Great Molasses Flood occurred on January 15, 1919 and killed 21 people. It was caused when a large tank holding molasses exploded in the North End.

Today, Boston Baked Beans are something of a rarity. There are no companies in the city making them and they are served in only a few restaurants. If you want to try them yourself here’s a Boston Baked Beans recipe. For more recipes, as well as a listing of restaurants in Boston that serve them, check About.com’s Boston Baked Beans information.

What if I need to do laundry?

All residence halls have washers and dryers as well as some vending machines. (You may want to bring laundry detergent.) The machines can only be accessed using a prepaid Endicott Gull Card and are not coin operated. The meal card you receive at check-in is also a Gull Card and to place money on it, there are two automatic money boxes located on campus in the lower level of Callahan next to the Beantown Café entrance and in the Halle Library. Money can also be added during business hours in the Bursar’s Office in College Hall where credit cards are also accepted. Money added to the card cannot be refunded so only place on it what you will need.

Can I use my laptop?

Wireless internet access is available in all campus buildings. Log in as guest—there is no need for a password.

The Cyber Café is located on the lower level of the Diane Halle Library and has computers available for public use.

Printers are available in both the Diane Halle Library and the Cyber Café and can be used with a Gull Card. The Meal Card you receive at check-in is also a Gull Card. Money can be put on these cards in the Callahan Center, Diane Halle Library and at the Life Science Building machines. Money added to the card cannot be refunded so only place on it what you will need.

Do I need to bring my own linens?

Linens are provided with all of the housing options. Linen packages are included which consist of a bath towel, pillow, blanket and set of sheets. There is no housekeeping service or linen exchange. You may want to bring extra towels (preferably bright colored ones so as not to get them mixed up with the linen provided), a mattress cover, and if you have a favorite pillow, bring that too! You do need to bring your own toiletries (face cloth, soap, shampoo, cups).

Should I stay on campus?

If possible, absolutely yes! There are several on-campus accommodation choices to choose from, all with meals included. Staying and dining on campus are huge enhancements to your camp experience and are offered at very good value.

What if I have specific dietary requirements?

Include detailed information with your camp registration. The food service has received rave reviews for doing an excellent job accommodating all special requirements.

Do I need to register for accommodations if I am sharing a double or triple/quad room?

Yes! All accommodation reservations are per person, so each person in a room submits and pays for their individual registration.

What if I would like to register for a double or triple/quad but don't have a roommate?

No problem. Each person registers individually for any accommodation option and we will match up those looking for roommates. It is also possible to post on the Beantown Camp Facebook page to find your own roommate.

Can I attend if I am under 18?

As required by Endicott College, minors will no longer be permitted on campus. Please see the Under 18 page for more information.

Do I need to register with a partner?

No. There are plenty of campers who attend on their own. With very few exceptions, classes will rotate partners.

Do I need to be registered for camp in order to compete?

Yes, all competition participants must be registered for one of the camp options.

What should I bring to camp?

See the What to Bring page for some suggestions.