In June, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will open its doors on a new season as the first campers of the summer arrive, meet their counselors, and pick out their bunks. They will reluctantly -- or enthusiastically -- say good-bye to their parents and go about the business of adjusting to a new experience, thriving in a creative environment, and, like many others, having a lot of fun at camp.

The final Sundays of each session, when we celebrate our last moments together before heading home, help students realize a sense of personal accomplishment, a renewed enthusiasm for the arts, and perhaps a newfound gratefulness for family, home cooking, and a comfortable bed. Personal growth is common at Blue Lake. Yet after more than fifty years of early mornings, classes and rehearsals, camp songs, walks to and from Marek Hall, performances, letters home, and new friendships, Blue Lake still provides a unique experience for its campers. And now more than ever, when the constant distraction of cell phones and social media pulls us away from focusing on the here-and-now of our lives, Blue Lake offers a much needed break for students to look up, take in the moment, embrace screen-free human interaction, and truly discover their potential for independence, collaboration, and support for one another.

Blue Lake’s impact on shaping young lives is defined by our past students and the thousands of dedicated counselors, staff, and faculty who have served Blue Lake since its inception. Our original mission to inspire young artists to achieve their potential has not wavered since our first day of camp in 1966. We are pleased to continue that tradition in 2020 and look forward to meeting Blue Lake’s future alumni this summer.