General Information for Faculty

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Founded in 1966, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer community of the fine arts serving thousands of elementary, junior high, and high school students each season through its varied programs. Blue Lake annually employs hundreds of faculty and staff, who work together to provide a diverse and enriching learning experience for campers. Blue Lake combines a traditional summer camp setting with a focus on intensive fine arts instruction.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is situated on Little Blue Lake in West Michigan's Manistee National Forest. The campus 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. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, golfing, and swimming are all trademark summer activities of our area.

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 -- is encouraged by all faculty and staff. Members of the Blue Lake faculty 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. Because our teachers serve as positive and motivational influences for our students during their short stay at camp, faculty are encouraged to maintain a visible presence throughout non-instructional activities. Faculty routinely attend evening performances and events.

A Typical Day
Blue Lake faculty members spend approximately 5-6 hours per day teaching students in a variety of settings. Those involved in performing ensembles rehearse an average of two or three hours daily, depending on schedules and performance commitments. Non-music disciplines also have regular time for personal development. Evening commitments consist of recitals, concerts, master classes, workshops, and/or free time.

Blue Lake's Faculty Village, the central housing area for faculty in residence, consists of 62 rustic cabins, a central dining facility, picnic area, laundry facilities, vending machines, a recreation area, and an outdoor pool. Each cabin has nearby access to a camp fire ring and picnic area.

Qualifications, Salary, and Work Dates
Faculty are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and have extensive teaching experience with junior high and/or high school students. Masters and Doctorate level degrees are preferred. All applicants are expected to demonstrate mastery of their craft as performance and/or demonstration is a significant aspect of teaching at Blue Lake. For all instrumental positions, a recorded audition is required. For other faculty positions, samples of work must be submitted to the Department Chair.

Salary for faculty is based on degree(s) held and previous experience. The starting rate ranges from $546 (Bachelor’s) to $655 (Doctorate) per two-week session plus room and board. Travel to camp is not reimbursed, but those who commute to campus daily are reimbursed mileage. International applicants must be able to obtain a work authorization prior to employment.

Most faculty positions are two or four weeks in length and are divided between the Intermediate and High School sessions. The dates listed include faculty arrival/orientation day:

Session 1 high school June 21 - July 3
Session 2 high school July 5 - July 17
Session 3 intermediate  July 19 - July 31
Session 4 intermediate  August 2 - August 14

Employee Health History
All employees of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp are required to have a health history form on file with Health Services before arriving on camp. All information is required by the state of Michigan and is kept confidential.

Employee Background Checks
All employees of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp are required to complete two background checks during the employment process: a criminal records clearance (run by Blue Lake), and a central registry clearance (requested by applicant through home state). Any fees associated with the central registry clearance are the responsibility of the applicant.