Registration

  1. Review Blue Lake’s catalog, programs, camp policies, and registration information completely before submitting an application for enrollment. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required for registration. Note: if your student is in need of accommodations while at camp due to significant health or mobility concerns, please contact Blue Lake prior to submitting your application so that we may properly prepare for your camper.
  2. Print off the 2018 Summer Camp Application or locate the application in the center of the Blue Lake Summer Camp Catalog. All information is required. Please complete both sides (pages) of the application, including required signatures.
  3. Select your desired Session and Major. If space is not available in the session or major of your choice, the Admissions Office will contact you. At that point, you may choose an available alternative or secure a place on the waiting list. If Blue Lake is unable to accommodate your application, your full deposit will be returned.
  4. Select your desired Minor. Please note that minors for Camp Bernstein students are required. Minors for Central Camp students are optional. Campers choosing a minor will receive ten classes on their chosen subject over the course of the session. Campers choosing not to enroll in a minor will use that time for individual practice or rest. All campers, regardless of schedule, have additional free time for rest, relaxation, and recreation in the late afternoon.
  5. Mail your completed application, along with the non-refundable deposit, to:

    Admissions
    Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
    300 East Crystal Lake Rd
    Twin Lake, Michigan 49457

    Applications may also be scanned and emailed as a PDF to admissions@bluelake.org, but will not be considered until a credit card deposit of $200 has been received by phone. Do not email your credit card information. Instead, contact 800-221-3796. Do not fax your application.
  6. Those requesting a cabin mate must submit the two applications in the same envelope, or as attachments in the same email. No exceptions! Because we process applications on a first-come, first-served basis, we are unable to accommodate cabin mate requests that do not arrive together. Cabin mate requests will be considered but are not guaranteed. Notification of housing assignment will be mailed with the final instruction packet.
  7. Enrollment at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are processed in the order received. You will receive notification of your enrollment status within two weeks of the receipt of your application and non-refundable deposit.
  8. PLEASE NOTE: A student receiving a Blue Lake scholarship is not automatically registered in a camp session. A Blue Lake camp application must be completed and sent in with a $200 deposit in order to be enrolled. The camp application and deposit may be submitted prior to or after you receive notification of scholarship. However, if you are planning to enroll in camp regardless of any scholarship status, it is advisible to enroll as soon as possible to ensure your desired placement, as programs and sections can fill quickly. All Blue Lake enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a scholarship award does not guarantee or reserve enrollment for a student. Only one Blue Lake scholarship per student/ session.

 

General Info and Policies

Those requesting a cabin mate must submit the two applications in the same envelope, or as attachments in the same email. No exceptions! Because we process applications on a first-come, first-served basis, we are unable to accommodate cabin mate requests that do not arrive together. Cabin mate requests will be considered but are not guaranteed. Notification of housing assignment will be mailed with the final instruction packet.

On the Middle Sunday of each session, Blue Lake offers an optional non-denominational chapel service for the camp community. The 40-minute service is universal in nature, featuring readings, music, and time for personal reflection. Parents who wish for their campers to attend a specific type of service off-camp are responsible for making appropriate transportation arrangements. Blue Lake can not transport campers to off-camp worship services.

Early Arrival Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp strongly discourages campers from arriving a day early for their camp session. However, if necessary, students may not arrive earlier than 9:00am on Tuesday before their scheduled session (for sessions 2, 3, or 4); and not earlier than 6:00pm on Tuesday before Session 1. Uniforms, refreshments, and concessions will not be available for purchase until the Opening Wednesday. All early arrival campers must pay a fee of $75 per day, or any portion thereof, for all meals and supervision.

To register for this service, forms must be on file with the Admissions Office no later than 30 days prior to your camp session. To print the required form, click here. For more information, contact Admissions at 800-221-3796 or 231-894-1966.

Michigan State Law requires that all campers provide the camp with their health history and parent/guardian signed release statements for any health care. Campers will not be accepted on Opening Day without a health form. Michigan law also requires that all medication (prescription & non-prescription) be stored in the camp’s Health Facilities and dispensed there. Health history forms and other medical requirements are sent with final instructions after campers are enrolled and are due 30 days prior to arrival.

Health Facilities
The Health Lodge provides first-aid care for campers and deals with any emergencies which may occur. A camp nurse and other certified personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist campers with medical needs. Ambulance and hospital care are available 15 minutes from the camp. Transportation is provided by qualified health personnel.

Special Needs or Health Concerns
Arrangements for enrolling children with significant physical limitations, medical concerns, or cognitive or behavioral disabilities must be made prior to submitting the camp application. Examples include but are not limited to diabetes, life-threatening allergies, injectable medications, mobility concerns, and autism spectrum disorders. Call for further information prior to enrolling, and submit detailed information with the application.

Dietary Restrictions
While Blue Lake accommodates a wide variety of food allergies and dietary restrictions, there is not a separate gluten-, dairy-, or peanut-free menu. If your child is not able to consume menu items due to a significant health restriction such as a life-threatening allergy or a serious gastrointestinal disease, you may supplement our menu with personal food or beverage. However, some limitations apply. Call for further details and menu information prior to enrolling.

Campers who enroll in two consecutive sessions (including Dance Ensemble members) have the option of leaving with a parent/guardian during the session break or staying on camp in between the sessions. All campers staying on camp between enrolled sessions are subject to a fee of $150 for meals, supervision, activities, and accommodations.

To register for this service, forms must be on file with the Admissions Office no later than 30 days prior to your camp session. To print the required form, click here. For more information, contact Admissions at 800-221-3796 or 231-894-1966.

Refunds to those whose applications have been accepted will be considered and processed within 14 days of receipt of written notice, as follows:

  1. If written notice to withdraw arrives 30 days before the opening of the session, all payments made, less the non-refundable $200 deposit, will be considered.

  2. If written notice to withdraw arrives 10 – 29 days before the opening of the session, all payments made, less a $300 fee (incl. deposit), will be considered.
  3. If written notice to withdraw arrives 1 – 9 days before the opening of the session, all payments made, less a $400 fee (incl. deposit) will be considered.
  4. If a student withdraws from camp before the end of a session, all payments made less a $450 fee (incl. deposit), will be considered. The balance General Information and Policies will be pro-rated on the number of days left in the session. The parent/guardian must complete an Early Withdrawal Form at the Unit Director’s office.
  5. Fees for Minors are non-refundable unless notice to withdraw from camp or request to change Minor enrollment status is received 30 days prior to the opening day of the session.
  6. No refunds will be considered for withdrawals resulting from homesickness.

In 52 years of experience, we have found that it is best if communication between campers and family consists of letters and care packages. Calls home by campers are permitted only in the event of an emergency, or if the counseling staff deems necessary. If parents must reach a camper, the staff will assist with delivering a message. Cell phones are not permitted on camp.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp provides transportation to and from all commercial transportation depots located in Muskegon County for a $50 fee one way per student. Transportation to and from Grand Rapids costs $100 one way.

To register for this service, forms must be on file with the Admissions Office no later than 30 days prior to your camp session. To print the required form, click here. For more information, contact Admissions at 800-221-3796 or 231-894-1966.

The basic fee per two week session differs slightly per major, based upon the specific costs associated with each program, such as student/ teacher ratios, materials, equipment, and services. The fee includes instruction, room, and meals. Campers are admitted without charge to all camp events. Fees for minors range from $40 – $90. (Other camp expenses include: uniform costs and a small amount of money for incidentals). When paying fees or any camp charges, please make checks payable to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and specify camper’s name on the check.

Art, Dance                                          

$1,415

Theater, Harp, Piano                     

$1,405

Choir                                                    

$1,365

Band, Orchestra, Jazz                    

$1,325

Camp Bernstein                               

$1,365

Registration Fee
All applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $200 registration fee, which is applied to the basic fee. The balance of the fee must be paid 30 days prior to the first day of the session to be attended. A $30 charge will be added for session changes after enrollment.

Additional Camper Services:
Transportation Assistance, Early Arrival, and Enrolling in two Sessions

Campers opting to use Blue Lake’s services of transportation, early arrival, or staying on camp between sessions, are subject to additional fees associated with these services. To register for any of these services, forms must be on file with the Admissions Office no later than 30 days prior to your camp session. For more information, contact Admissions at 800-221-3796 or 231-894-1966.

A camp uniform is worn by all campers, faculty, and staff. The official camp uniform shirt is a light blue cotton/polyester knit polo with collar and short sleeves; the official camp uniform pullover is a navy blue v-neck sweater. (Past quarter-zip fleeces are also uniform). Both may be purchased in the Camp Store only. Shirts are $20 each, and sweaters are $30 each. The remainder of the uniform is provided by the camper, but must meet the following requirements:

Boys: For daily wear: Camp uniform shirt; solid navy blue slacks, jeans, or shorts; solid white crew socks. For Concert attendance or Performances: Uniform shirt; solid navy blue slacks; with dark dress socks; substantial shoes (no open toe, heel, or sides); camp sweater. No jeans or sweatshirts at performances.

Girls: For daily wear: Camp uniform shirt; solid navy blue slacks, jeans, skirts, or shorts; solid white crew socks; substantial shoes (no open toe, heel, or sides). For Concert attendance or Performances: Uniform shirt; solid navy blue slacks; skirts, or skorts (split skirt) with natural or navy blue nylons or navy blue knee socks; substantial shoes (no open toe, heel, or sides); camp fleece pullover; No jeans or sweatshirts at performances.

Cold or Wet Weather: In case of cold temps or rain, campers wear layered clothing as follows: 1. Fleece and/or Blue Lake sweatshirt over uniform shirt. 2. If additional clothing is needed, it must be worn underneath the uniform fleece or sweatshirt. 3. If additional clothing is still needed, non-uniform jackets, windbreakers, and raingear are acceptable.

Because part of the camp experience is learning independence, we strongly discourage visits during the session. While at Blue Lake, students spend their time in various scheduled and supervised activities. Participating fully in these activities, whether instructional classes, recreational activities, evening events, time with friends, or meals with cabin mates, is what makes the camp experience complete. Students have the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals, and the time away from family fosters independence in a well structured, educational setting. If family circumstances dictate that visiting is absolutely necessary, we require that it be limited to the middle Sunday, in conjunction with our camp schedule. Visitors are limited to parents, grandparents, and other immediate family.


Heritage Student Foundation (HSF) is the exclusive partner organization for enrollment of international students from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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