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Frequently Asked Questions…

No. A student may choose to audition prior to camp in order to be considered for a scholarship. However, no audition is required to enroll. Students are evaluated on the first day of camp for ensemble placements.

Once you have submitted your electronic application, it will be reviewed by Blue Lake’s admissions office. You will then receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation of enrollment within one week, contact Admissions Office at 800-221-3796 or

Camp Bernstein is reserved for younger Band and Orchestra students (grades 5 – 8). Typically, these students are relatively inexperienced with their instruments, new to a camp environment, and are looking for a non-competitive learning experience to help build their confidence. Camp Bernstein offers a schedule tailored for younger, less experienced musicians while the Central Camp schedule offers a higher degree of intensity designed to motivate and challenge even the most advanced students. Camp Bernstein counselors – typically young music teachers or graduate students -- are actively involved in the instruction of their campers as well as cabin supervision. Central Camp students receive instruction from our faculty, who are separate from the counseling staff. All campers, regardless of program, have a well rounded daily schedule that consists of approximately 6 hours of instruction, plus time for recreation, rest, practice, free time, and evening events, performances, and activities.

Minors play an important role in the camp experience by providing students an outlet for creativity with a different arts focus. Minors for Camp Bernstein students are required. Minors for Central Camp students are optional. However, the majority of Central Camp students enroll in a minor, which allows them to complete their instructional day with an alternative structured activity. Students who are not enrolled in a minor use that time for rest or practice. All students, regardless of schedule, have daily free time in the late afternoon.

When one of our programs fills, we begin a waiting list for that program area. Students on waiting lists may be admitted to camp at a later date when an opening occurs, but other factors such as gender and age are also considered due to housing limitations. To be placed on a waiting list, you must submit an electronic application and payment authorization for the deposit. If we are unable to accommodate your student, you will not be charged. You may request to be removed from the waiting list at any time.

Once enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation with information on what to do next, including how to complete your camper’s health form, pre-orders (such as uniforms and care packages), deposit spending money in the camper bank, make payments, and more.

Campers who wish to be housed together must apply to camp within the same timeframe and request each other as cabin mates. Cabin mate applications must be submitted within 72 hours of each other in order to be considered. An attempt will be made to house students together on a first-come, first served basis, based upon housing availability. However, cabin mate requests are not guaranteed. You may request only one (1) cabin mate. Notification of housing assignment will be mailed with final instructions prior to camp.