General Information for Staff

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp...
Founded in 1966, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer community of the fine arts serving more than 5,400 elementary, junior high, and high school students each season through its varied programs.  Blue Lake annually employs more than 700 faculty and staff, who work together to provide a diverse and enriching learning experience for campers.  Although Blue Lake is a fine arts training center, it strives to maintain a "camp" atmosphere in as many ways as possible through the natural environment, rustic facilities, and camper activities. 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is situated on Little Blue Lake in West Michigan's Manistee National Forest.  The camp consists of 275 rustic cabins, structures, and shelters spread throughout 1,600 acres of wilderness.  Located 12 miles north of Muskegon and an hour northwest of Grand Rapids, Blue Lake is within minutes of Lake Michigan beaches and parks.

Camp Philosophy
Blue Lake's primary goal is to motivate campers with two weeks of intensive instruction, sending them home with an incentive to pursue their art with new enthusiasm.  A well balanced set of values -- maturity, citizenship, and appreciation of formal study -- are encouraged by all faculty and staff.  Members of the Blue Lake staff strive to make the campers' stay meaningful by teaching them how to become good artists and citizens. Enthusiasm is contagious at Blue Lake as campers discover, learn, experience, progress, and succeed.

Musical & Other Artistic Opportunities
Staff members are encouraged to audition for positions in Blue Lake's Festival Band, Festival Orchestra, Staff Symphonic Band, Staff Choir, Staff Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles.  These groups rehearse and perform regularly scheduled concerts in Blue Lake's Summer Arts Festival.  With a recorded audition, staff members can also participate in faculty-coached ensembles, such as string quartets, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, euphonium-tuba ensemble, and other chamber groups.  Those who qualify may also teach sectionals and technique classes with Blue Lake's junior campers.  Blue Lake also offers a solo competition to staff during the summer.

Those with backgrounds in art, drama, and dance have opportunities to assist faculty and students in those areas, as well as explore their own artistic growth through individual studio time and/or participation in staff groups (such as theater improv, etc).  Those who qualify may also teach minor classes in art, drama, jazz studies, history of music, nature studies, or beginning instruments with Blue Lake's junior or central camp students.