FAQ

Can I just come for the weekend to social dance?
Yes. Weekend Pass registration is open. The pass will be for three nights (arriving Thursday, departing Sunday after breakfast). See “Costs” under the General Info tab.

Can I come only to the social dances in the evening?
Yes. You can register for a Party Pass, which includes the optional evening classes.

Can I just come for one social dance without booking accommodation etc.?
Nope. This has logistical and regulatory reasons, so we don’t allow this, sorry!

I would love to help out/volunteer at the camp. Is it possible?
Yes! When you register, include a note that you want to volunteer, or send us an email. There are lots of advantages (a small but important one is that it includes free espresso…). We would especially like to encourage MEN to volunteer, because it’s almost always just women who do this stuff. Please send an email to info@balboacastlecamp.de

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people from the balboa family. It creates a feeling of community, and it is important work, because without volunteers it would be hard to keep this event running the way it is running. You belong to a group of people that creates the atmosphere of the whole place, and that is just super nice. Plus, you might even learn new skills (like tapping beer and making coffee)!”   —Anna B., volunteer in 2018

Which airport should I fly into?
Either Berlin or Leipzig. Berlin: either of the Berlin airports will do. There are buses and trains from Berlin to Halle, which is near Beesenstedt. Detailed information can be found in the “Travel” section under the General Info tab.

Is there any camping?
Sadly we can’t offer camping, as the area next to the castle is no longer available.

Are there other hotels in the area?
You might find other places for accommodation in the neighboring villages. Find and contact them on your own. You will require a car or bike to get to these places. We don’t have any bikes to rent.

Will there be auditions for the different levels?
No. You will be placed in levels based on your questionnaire answers.

How do I find someone I can sign up with?
You can connect with people who want to come to this camp through our facebook page or through the Facebook event page itself.

What’s the weather going to be like?
As we have shifted the dates of the camp from September to October, expect the weather to be slightly cooler than in past years. October is a beautiful autumnal month but there may still be some sunny, warm days. Bring swimming attire for the “pool”. Bring a warm sweater and a jacket for a chilly night out in the crows nest.

What about the Sauna?
Yup, there is a sauna! It is standard in Germany to be naked, but you must have a towel to sit on… There is even a famous saying, “No Sweat on the Wood!”.

What is there to do in my spare time?
Be creative, think of something that will surprise someone else or yourself. You can also explore the Castle (it holds many secrets) and its surroundings, i.e. by taking a walk towards the village of Kloschwitz down an enchanted little valley. There is now a large flea-market shop in the village. Or take a dip in the “pool” located in the courtyard of the castle. And then, there is always the sauna…

Is there a bar in the Castle?
Yes there is a fully equipped bar. We run the bar ourselves 22/7 (we need two hours to clean) with our volunteers – you could be one!

Money
Cash, cash, cash! Bring cash. We cannot take card payments for anything (typical in Germany, even in 2019). There is a bank with a cash machine in Beesenstedt. If, for any reason, you still need to make a payment to us, we only accept cash.

Can I bring my dog?
Nope! No dogs in the castle.

Is there internet?
Yes, we’ll have complimentary Wifi internet access that reaches some but not all areas of the castle.

Can I smoke?
You can always go outside to the balconies before 10pm and this year we will have a small smoker’s lounge to make sure the bar and dance floor is kept smoke free 24/7. But make sure to stash enough cigarettes in your suitcase as we don’t sell them and we’re not even sure what kinds of cigarettes (if any) you can find in the village.