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VOLUNTEER for big ponderoo

Want to give back, work with your community, and earn a free festival pass? Volunteer with us! Our volunteer crew makes everything we do possible and we appreciate your support more than you know.

Volunteers shifts now open.

If you're interested in joining the team, here's how it works: 

1. Create an account through Better Impact, if you haven't already (this account is permanent for current and future volunteer opportunities).


  • If you've previously volunteered at a SFF Presents event, then you already have an account, username and password. Sign in to register for Big Ponderoo.

2. Once you've created an account, we'll send you email announcements with information on when volunteer sign up begins, details on positions, and important dates.* 

* If you have already purchased a ticket to the festival and wish to register for volunteer shifts, we may be able to refund you. If it's after April 26, 2024, please email us with your refund request prior to committing to volunteer shifts

All volunteers, regardless of their position, are expected to:

  • Represent SFF Presents with kindness and integrity.

  • Provide a valid email address and phone number for volunteer communications.

  • Use the Better Impact scheduling software.

  • Agree to Big Ponderoo's Participant Liability and Photo Release.

  • Have a positive attitude and be adaptable.

  • Refrain from smoking marijuana or consuming alcohol prior to or during your shift.

DISCLAIMER: Many of our volunteer positions require physical activity including standing, walking, and possibly lifting during your shift. Please respect your limitations when considering applying. Thank you for your interest!



Contact Kaela Fox at

  • Is there a minimum age to participate?
    Yes, participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • What is the recommended skill level for camp?
    Advanced-beginner and above, please. Intermediate+ is ideal. All players should be able to keep up playing along with traditional bluegrass songs at moderate tempo and be able to lead (introduce) a song or two comfortably. Guitar/mandolin/banjo players should be able to comfortably move between all open chord types with medium tempo songs. Having some lead/melody skills a plus. Fiddle players should be comfortable playing a few traditional bluegrass melodies. Bass players should be able to keep steady time on traditional bluegrass songs at medium tempo.
  • What is the camp schedule?
    Click the link!
  • Where can I stay?
    On site dry camping is available for tents and small RVs (less than 25') at Sisters Art Works with porta-potties, potable water and hand washing stations provided. Cost is per site, not per person. Camping is available for 3 nights, June 18-20. Campers may not stay the night after camp concludes on June 21. If you choose not to stay on site, other camping options can be found at Cold Springs Campground, Indian Ford Campground, and on the plentiful National Forest land surrounding Sisters. There are also many Airbnb, VRBO, and hotel options available. We strongly encourage campers to investigate lodging options well in advance as accommodations book up early in Sisters.
  • Can I arrive early?
    No. Campers may arrive no earlier than 10:00 am on Sunday, June 18.
  • Can I bring my spouse/partner with me if they are not participating?
    Yes, they are welcome to camp with you but cannot attend any of the Jam Camp programs with the exception of performances and the optional BBQ dinner add-on.
  • Are meals provided?
    There will be a community-building BBQ on the first night of camp included in the cost of registration*, then participants are on their own for meals. The camp is located within walking distance to several restaurants and food trucks. *Spouse or partners may also attend for a cost of $25.
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Only service animals are permitted at camp.
  • What is the refund policy for this camp?
    Full refund less $50 fee if cancelled by 4/18/23 (60 days); 50% refund less $50 fee if cancelled by 5/18/23 (30 days). No refund after 5/18/23. If camp is cancelled by Sisters Folk Festival Inc. full refunds will be issued to all campers.
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