Campers stay in bunk beds in a large, rustic, one-room cabin with approximately ten new friends and one cabin counselor.* Six cabins form a unit, which is supervised by a Unit Director. Rest room facilities, camp fire rings, picnic tables, and recreation equipment are located within each unit. Cabins are inspected for cleanliness each day by Unit Directors. The cleanest cabin of the unit receives a special honor on their last day at camp. *The number of campers per cabin, unit, or session may adjust depending on current guidelines for camps at the time of summer operation.
Blue Lake’s counseling staff is comprised primarily of college students majoring in the arts and/or education. Most are upperclassmen, some are graduate students, and many have been Blue Lake campers before. The counseling staff supervise campers throughout the day, including all meals, recreation, free-time, and evening activities. They also assist faculty with class preparation and plan group activities for students. All of our staff members strive 24 hours a day to make each camper’s experience fun, safe, worthwhile, and memorable.
Who else is going?
Students are housed according to age and major, so you will be placed in a cabin with others who are close in age and studying the same discipline. Blue Lake celebrates the uniqueness of each art form, so you’ll also have the opportunity to share experiences with others who have different interests and talents. Most students who come to camp do not know others, so making new friends is a priority for everyone within the camp community.
A part of Blue Lake’s philosophy centers on allowing a camper to focus — without outside distraction — on their own growth and self-improvement, whether artistic or personal. In fact, this is a long-standing tradition within many American residential youth camps. Independence cannot flourish, but homesickness certainly will, with constant communication from home. Therefore, Blue Lake does not permit students to use land lines or personal cell phones while at camp. Campers should plan to leave their phones and other cellular devices with parents/guardians upon check-in, and families are expected to fully support this camp policy.