I Love My Kid - That’s Why I Send Him Away for the Summer - Pop Sugar

5 Reasons Parents Send Their Kids to Summer Camp - Sunshine Parenting

10 Reasons to Send My child - Metro Parent - Southeast Michigan

Should I Be Sending My Children to Camp? - Huffington Post

How to deal with a homesick camper - Today's Parent

Sending your child to camp? Manage your worries - American Psychological Association


Frequently Asked Questions…

Please visit coronavirus-updates to learn more about Blue Lake’s plan for health and safety within the camp community in the summer of 2021.

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. Once enrolled, musicians, dancers, and actors will be asked to submit a video for ensemble placement prior to arrival at camp.

To apply for camp, visit APPLY TO CAMP. You will be asked to create a family account, and can then proceed with the application process by selecting Application 2021.

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

No, you cannot reserve a spot in camp over the phone. To register, visit APPLY TO CAMP. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-221-3796.

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. Campers who do not enroll in a minor class are supervised in their unit group during that time. All students, regardless of minor selection and schedule, have daily rest, recreation, and free time in the 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.

Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19 mitigation, campers who wish to be housed together must attend with the same major, 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 and artistic group assignment. However, cabin mate requests are not guaranteed and may not be possible due to restrictions. You may request only one cabin mate. Notification of housing assignment will be mailed with final instructions prior to camp.