What’s Stopping You?

I have heard it all over the years. I couldn’t make it because:

The time is not right for me

When is the time ever right for something like this. Since we began the program in 1994 we have never had a student that regretted the time spent here. Generally they leave relaxed, and renewed by their time with us.

They have acquired new skills in clowning, of course. But they have also relaxed, laughed their butts off, and made friends. They have learned that they are not alone in how they look at the world. Sure, they gave up a week in the real world. But the real world was right there when they got back.

It was that time they could not spare that changed. It became a life changing week instead of “just another week”.

I can’t justify the time off from work

Let us help you. If you have a normal clown or entertaining type business, the week you spend will pay for itself over and over. If you pick up just one tip that helps you book yourself more parties, or adds to the kinds of events you can book, you can’t afford not to take a week off. What you learn here will bring more profit to your business, and you will more than make up the lost income.

If you are in any other business, and you are reading this, you must be spending a portion of your work time wondering “what would it be like to really be a clown…”, or “I really love being a clown, but what can I do about it”. Just think how happy you and/or your employer will be when you stop wondering. You will come home relaxed and no longer wondering. You will deal with stress differently. You will laugh more. They will love you at work even more than they do now…

You will be more effective!

People will think I’m nuts…

We love this one. Everyone go through this one. We have walked around our whole life feeling more than a little different. We see the world differently. We crack jokes when most would not. We entertain kids out of

habit, and make faces at the kid in the pew ahead of us because…WE CAN’T HELP IT!

So if that’s you, and you think people think you are nuts because you believe in playing and love and laughter and fooling around and making people laugh, then you have to come to camp. It’s time you met the people who are just like you.

We don’t sell that. You can’t put it in a program. But it happens every time. We are stopped dozens of times at every camp we do by people who say, “Thank you! I thought I was the only person like this. No one understands me. But everyone here is just like me! I feel like I belong!” So come join the rest of “the nuts”.

I’m not sure if I want to be a clown…

This is the easy one. Come try it and find out. If you never clown again, you will still have tools that you will use the rest of your life. We have had bankers, senators, plumbers, writers, college kids, Seniors in retirement, State Department employees, FBI agents, Web heads, everything you can think of. They all go home with new tools. They learn to do a little something funny. They learn how to talk in front of people a little. They learn to laugh at themselves. They learn how to look at things differently.

So try it. Find out. Then you will know, and you can move ahead.

You won’t spend the rest of your life wondering.

It’s a camp for CIRCUS CLOWNS…

This is another one of our favorites. NO, It’s NOT! It’s a camp that teaches clowning. We offer several types of clown training as our courses reflect. When you look at the list you see the variety of types. There is Birthday party, Hospital, Beginning Clown, and Circus.

The reason we are perceived as a circus clown camp is because of the show at the end of the week. It is such a big experience that people talk a lot about the show. When newspaper or TV media come to camp, they will try to show the wildest stuff they can find. So they tape the show. They capture the wacky stunts and falls. And when the students write reviews, they comment on the show. When you meet people who have been here before, they talk about the show. They do things in it that they will never do again. But what a thrill to have done it BIG at least once in their lives! Who wouldn’t make a big deal out of it when they get home from camp?

It’s a shame the All Star Clown Show gets all the press, really, because the majority of the clowns in the show are not going to pursue employment as a circus clown. They do their specialties and learn and work and do other stuff in the show that does not involve pratfalls and getting pied in the face.

There are magic and juggling displays in the big show. There are gags that teach you comic timing and working with a partner, and now you can take them home and teach them to your alley. There is the kazoo band, which can work for anyone.

But the hospital/caring clowns visit the nursing home and we don’t let anyone film that. It’s not about the media and it is an invasion of privacy. So you don’t hear much about it. Hospital clowns tend to be subtle.

The show is your graduation. It is not a declaration of Circus Clowning. It is a slice of clowning. But you will have spent the bulk of your week on your specialty area, that you choose. Then you will finish with a taste of circus, of meet and greet, of face painting, of magic, of children laughing, of walking in front of a crowd as a clown!

We teach Clowning. All types of it.

It’s too expensive to go to camp

If you choose the Complete Package, Moose Camp will cost you about $154 a day. That includes your room (comfy air-conditioned double room with its own bathroom), food (14 hearty meals plus 24-hour snacks and beverages), education, all your training for the All Star Clown Show, your PEP talk with Pricilla, Clown e-Workbook, Red Nose Pin, iron-on Moose Camp patch, a few other gifts, lots of fun, a healthy boost of self-confidence, and a graduation certificate suitable for framing. Whew!

Now, let’s compare that to other things you could spend your hard-eared money on:

Disney costs $100 a day just to get in the gates, not including food and lodging!

A regional 3-day clown workshop still ends up being over $100 a day, when you figure hotel and food. Often it’s quite a bit more.

What about a national clown convention? Getting a hotel room, 5 days of meals, and registration…now you’re talking about $200 a day.

Hey, Mooseburger Camp is looking pretty good by now, right?

When you go to a clown convention, you spend time on things beside education. At a convention, there are competitions, meetings, a banquet, and all kinds of social stuff. It is designed to be a convention; it’s designed for fun. So you don’t get as much education in your day. The time goes to other things. At Moose Camp, your value is increased by the fact that we spend our time and our focus all week on education, period. Oh sure, we have fun, but we know you’re here to learn and you’re here to improve yourself as a clown and entertainer. We know you chose Moose Camp for that reason and we aren’t about to waste your time or money.

Put side-by-side, no other clown education event stacks up like Moose Camp. After you budget it out, Moose Camp seems more than reasonable. We do our best to keep it that way. But you know what? Even after you compare the cost of other clown events to Moose Camp, there are a few things you simply cannot put a price tag on or stuff in your suitcase at the end of camp. To name two of the biggies: Self-Confidence and Education.

We believe that great clowning comes from a heart that is not only full of love for its audience, but also loves itself. At Moose Camp, you will steadily grow in your confidence and learn to love yourself. You will recognize your strengths and embrace your weaknesses. There’s no one single course we can recommend that will give this great gift you, because it develops all week long no matter which course you take. Every step of Moose Camp is formulated to help you grow and gain confidence in yourself and in your ability as a clown. And it doesn’t stop there; Moose Camp is only the beginning of this new world of opportunity! Ask any alumni, and they’ll tell you that they left Moose Camp with tons more Self-Confidence than when they first arrived.

The other intangible we guarantee is your education, which is priceless. You have a bounty of clown arts education before you; the cream of the crop! Just reach out and pick the best course for you (with help from Pricilla during your PEP talk). Add to that the new tricks you pick up from labs and jams, the skits and gags you learn from the All Star Clown Show, and the demonstrations you watch during workshops. Now add to that the tips you gain from meal-time conversations with staff, the friendly advice you hear from your new clown friends, and countless examples of new ways to do old things. By the time you go home, your head will be full of so much new information that you won’t have any room left to remember your return airplane flight number! Rest assured that we will not only cram your brain full of education, we will also show you the practical, real-world application of everything you learn.

Countless times we have heard it from alumni that they have made more money in their clowning business because of what they learned at Moose Camp. They expanded their clientele, they increased their program/party offerings, they upgraded their costume or props, they added a whole new repertoire, etc. The bottom line never lies, and we love to hear from them time to time when they call or email us to say “Thank you for doubling my business!”

There is also the question “What does it cost you NOT to come to Moose Camp?” Will you miss clown jobs or new business opportunities or become something other than a clown if you don’t come? So I guess I wonder “Is it too expensive to stay home…”

It’s my busiest time of year for clowning. I don’t have time.

You can’t give what you don’t have. It is important to keep up on your skills and refresh yourself when it comes to clowning. It is easy to keep your nose to the grindstone and take every job that comes your way. At first that works. But talk to any long time clown and they will tell you the way they kept at it was taking time to refresh and renew their skills and clown spirit! Clown burnout is real. Mooseburger Camp is the place to come to be with people who share your funny point of view. A week of learning, laughing, and networking will fill your tank to make it the best year every!

It looks like there is some kind of religion involved with the place they hold it or in the program.

We have always been at some kind of a religious setting for Mooseburger camp. It has nothing to do with the camp. It has everything to do with the fact a retreat center is perfect for what we do. There are rooms, food, friendly people, teaching space, and outside space to do what we do. They work perfectly.

But we are not affiliated at all. They are simply our hosts. We have never held a single class in ten years in conjunction with any religious connection. We do clowning.

This year, we have changed to a facility that is normally a retreat center for Catholics. We promised to behave and they promised to pretend we are normal and let us do our thing. We will be in their center, but we are their only secular event of the year.

So you will see a statue now and then, and the two priests that live there will certainly be around, but we are on our own.

The Moosecamp program has no religion in it. A few staff may teach some Gospel clowning, and it is from a Christian perspective. But we will teach how to use all the same tools in clowning for whatever faith you happen to be (via carney). But for most of the time, most people go through Moose Camp without religion coming up at all. It’s completely up to you.

So it’s like faith should be. It’s around in many many flavors. We have had pretty much every faith on the planet in our campers. I personally love that having been around quite a bit myself.

But the conversations will not start with us. We do clowning.

I’m too old to start clowning, aren’t I?

Did you know that a large number of our campers are over 50 years of age? Yes, seniors make up a large percentage of clowns these days! We are well-prepared to help Moose Campers of ALL ages become wonderful clowns. The Art of Clowning isn’t just about pratfalls and cream pies; there is SO much more to clowning that is open to you. We can help you recognize your abilities and limits, and work with you on your level. Our staff is trained to work with all types of clowns, no matter what their experience level. Our staff is the greatest — some will hold your hand when you need it, and others will kick your butt! They work very hard to make sure everyone has the time of their life, guaranteed!

We take very good care of our beginners; the Clowning 101 course is designed to get you started on the right, big, funny foot. Did you know that our most popular Morning Course is Clowning 101? That means we have LOTS of “baby clowns” come to Moose Camp who have never put on makeup before in their life! We have clown skits all developed for you to participate in to get a taste at performing as a clown.

Another reason to take the time to become a clown: not all clowns are meant to be hilarious! Clowning is about giving. Sometimes it is more important to give a smile and share your happiness than to be a great comedian. Clowning gives you the vehicle to share. If the physical comedy isn’t your thing, maybe face painting will be. Or why not try your hand at Gospel Clowning or visiting hospitals and nursing homes? If you have a desire to brighten someone else’s day, then we can show you numerous ways to do so, all within your abilities and comfort level.

Mooseburger is the place for beginners and all levels of clowns, no matter the age or background. Each year we have folks who are seasoned professionals and folks who have never put on makeup before in their lives. By the end, everyone leaves with a higher level of confidence then when they came. We have trained clowns in every style, from all over the country and the world. They have ended in living rooms, hospitals, churches, schools, daycares, malls, nursing homes. They continue to make us proud of them. It is a privilege to count them as part of our Mooseburger Camp Family!