It's expensive enough on its own. Add the $300+ airline ticket and you're hurtin! I say we just roadtrip from washington down there. If a bunch of us baristas get together and pitch in for gas we're set!!!!
I'm not involved in planning the camp but it's really not that expensive. Under $600 exclusive of airfare to/from LAX - and this includes ground transportation to/from LAX to the camp location in Santa Barbara, as well as lodging, classes and meals for three nights at what looks to be a pretty nice lodge.
don't know where you are in the world, but airfare on Southwest Airlines from BWI (East Coast) to LAX can run you as low as $300 r/t. Add a couple hundred dollars for pocket expenses and alcohol and you've got yourself a nice professional educational trip for under $1000. It's really a helluva deal and considering the variables involved, the BGA has done a great job keeping it as affordable as possible.
Consider that the El Capitan Canyon rents the Safari Queen Tent (for 2) for $155/night on those nights and that roundtrip transfers from LAX to Santa Barbara can easily cost $200 or more, plus meals and whatever the BGA normally charges for the classes it's giving and the cost is quite notable.
Of course, there are things to gripe about - like it's non-central United States location, meaning that East Coasters or MidWesterners MUST fly, but Camp can be had for a very reasonable price even considering airfare with enough planning.
It sounds like a great time and I wish I could make it out there. Maybe next year. As far as pricing goes, as Jay has already mentioned, it really is a great deal.
The Roaster's Guild retreat that is going on this weekend in Stevenson Washington is a great time also and I feel the two that I have attended were worth my money. The price of that event is about $100 more than the BG Camp and that does not include lodging or the price of a shuttle.
I'm actually surprised the BGA was able to secure such a good price with lodging included. Have fun it should be a great time and it should be money well spent. The road trip also sound like an awesome idea.
I'm not sure if you've also heard yet, but there is a referral program for Barista Camp as well.
Refer 10 baristas, get $500 back!
But, we wanted to offer you the opportunity to save even more by referring your fellow baristas or, if you're a cafe owner, sending your whole staff. If you refer 10 attendees, who register and pay, you will be given a $500 credit on your registration!
Here's how it works:
• Tell your referees to enter your name as instructed during the registration process online
• Only one referral per paid attendee
• Once you achieve 10 paid attendees, Marcus Boni will send you the credit or discount code via
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