FreemantleMedia and 19 Entertainment have announced that Idol Camp -- the first performing arts summer camp based on the Fox reality competition series -- will be launch this summer in Northfield, MA. Open to children between the ages of 12 and 15 (Idol currently restricts its auditions to those between the ages 16 and 28 -- although that upper limit might change for next year), Idol Camp has been billed as a "fun-filled and non-competitive training ground" for future Idol hopefuls.
"Utilizing the power of the American Idol phenomenon, we can provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience," said 19 Entertainment's Mark Brittain. Added FreemantleMedia executive vice president Keith Hindle, "As in American Idol, the goal for our kids is to soar beyond their expectations; however, because Idol Camp is not a competition, every kid goes home a winner."
Idol Camp will include a variety of classes that will educate the youngsters on singing, dancing, acting, songwriting and audition techniques, all of which will be taught by guest performing artists, some former Idol favorites and other music industry professionals. And what summer camp would be complete without some of the more traditional activities like swimming and field sports, which will also be offered at Idol Camp.
"We want to honor a diverse cross-section of educational backgrounds and opportunities and provide a valuable experience to kids displaying a passionate motivation to learn and grow within themselves through the performing arts," said Hindle.
Idol Camp will be held on a "picturesque campus" in Northfield, MA, which is approximately two hours from Boston, MA and three-and-a-half hours from New York City. Enrollment is limited, and acceptance into the camp will be based on applicants demonstrating "enthusiasm, dedication, a desire to perform and a passion for the arts."
In addition, FreemantleMedia and 19 Entertainment said they will reward a certain percentage of students with fully paid scholarships to Idol Camp based on financial need. Idol Camp is not audition-based and does not provide students with an advantage when trying-out for the American Idol television series, according to FreemantleMedia and 19 Entertainment.
More information about Idol Camp -- including sample class schedules and how to apply online for the 2007 summer sessions -- is available on the camp's idolcamp.com website.