Announcing the 2011 BGA Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship Program

For the second year, the Barista Guild of America and Barista Magazine are teaming up to offer baristas a special opportunity to attend the BGA’s annual Camp Pull-A-Shot, with the 2011 Camp Scholarship Program.

Sandy Bledsoe (right) was the recipient of the 2010 BGA/Barista Magazine Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship. Sandy made great use of his time at Camp last year, learning enw skills, making friends and building coffee community.

Recognizing the fact that many baristas face financial challenges in attending the annual coffee retreat, the Camp Scholarship Program was developed by the BGA Executive Council and Barista Magazine to provide travel, room and board for free to a barista who deserves to attend Camp and needs support in order to do so.

BGA Executive Councilmembers will judge the video submissions for this year's BGA/Barista Magazine Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship Program to determine the most deserving barista for the all expenses paid reward.

Baristas are invited to submit video entries to be considered for the Camp Scholarship Program. Entries should communicate why the barista deserves to attend Camp for little or no cost: for example, has the barista volunteered for any SCAA sanctioned events? Is he/she active in promoting quality at the café where he/she works? Baristas are encouraged to be creative in exemplifying why they deserve this opportunity. Videos should convey examples of how this barista is committed to promoting excellence and coffee education in his/her café and community.

Camp Pull-A-Shot will take place October 24–27, 2011, at El Capitan Canyon, a beautiful nature lodging resort 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, California. For details about the activities offered at the 2011 Camp Pull-A-Shot, download the brochure at http://baristaguildofamerica.net/camp.html.

PRIZES

First Place: Airfare (domestic), room, board, and registration to Camp Pull-A-Shot, plus one-year subscription to Barista Magazine

Second Place: $100 off registration to Camp Pull-A-Shot, plus one-year subscription to Barista Magazine

Third Place: Barista Guild of America track jacket, plus one-year subscription to Barista Magazine

A superfly BGA track jacket, shown here, will be awarded to the third place video in the 2011 BGA/Barista Magazine Camp Pull-A-Shot Scholarship Program!

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RULES

• All video entries must be emailed to Sarah Allen at sarah@baristamagazine.com by September 26. Videos will be posted to Barista Magazine’s blog, Pasteboard (baristamagazine.com/blog) as they are received.

• First, second and third place winners will be announced on Barista Magazine’s blog and the BGA blog on September 30, 2011

• Videos must be no longer than three minutes.

• Videos will not be judged based on professionalism of shot footage.

• Videos must communicate why the barista deserves to attend Camp Pull-A-Shot

• Videos will be judged by the members of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council. Council members will each vote for a first, second and third place video. Votes will be tallied, and first, second and third places determined by how many votes each video receives.

About the Author

Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.