Choose Your Minor

An important part of an artist’s development is creative exploration of other areas beyond their chosen discipline. This focus can help a young artist build new skills that indirectly compliment their knowledge base, while also providing an opportunity to learn more about themselves and their interests. A student’s instructional program at Blue Lake is completed by the choice of a minor.

During the summer of 2021, minor course offerings will be prescribed based upon a student’s major arts interest and limited to four options per major, with 14 students in a class. If operational guidelines relating to COVID-19 ease prior to the start of camp, more minors may be added. For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.

Camp Bernstein (Junior Camp)

In addition to daily recreation and free time, Bernstein campers also participate in a minor class. The minor class introduces campers to a new discipline through creative projects, games, lessons, and group activities. Select your major below to view the minors available and specify your choice when completing your application. All Bernstein campers are required to take a minor, and there is no additional fee for the course.

Art
The Art minor provides students the opportunity to explore their own creativity through visual art. Activities might include projects such as drawing, painting, ceramics, fibers, mixed-media, working with natural materials, and collaborative works, allowing campers to exercise their individual creativity while making cool stuff at camp!

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of mini-workshops in acting and other basic elements of theater as an art form. Each class will help students develop skills in vocal production, movement, improvisation, and ensemble work. This course is designed for students new to theater and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, collaborating with others, and fun!

Intro to Jazz
The Intro to Jazz minor introduces student musicians to Jazz, a uniquely American art form. Students will learn about musical concepts and styles unique to jazz, as well as the fundamentals of jazz improvisation. The legacy of Jazz history will be explored as students learn to identify its many styles including blues, ragtime, swing, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, fusion, and other trends. Students also have the opportunity to experiment musically as they explore elements of jazz improvisation and other musical techniques at the heart of all Jazz genres.

Sasquatch Club: Nature Studies
The nature studies minor allows students to experience the natural resources of the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Students learn about the variety of plants and animals that make Blue Lake their home, as well as what they can do to help preserve our natural wonders. Blue Lake’s forest and lakeside trails provide students with a perfect outdoor classroom for extensive exploration, including the ongoing quest for a Sasquatch sighting.

Art
The Art minor provides students the opportunity to explore their own creativity through visual art. Activities might include projects such as drawing, painting, ceramics, fibers, mixed-media, working with natural materials, and collaborative works, allowing campers to exercise their individual creativity while making cool stuff at camp!

Theater
The Theater minor offers students a series of mini-workshops in acting skills and other basic elements of theater as an art form. Each class will help students develop skills in vocal production, movement, improvisation, and ensemble work. This course is designed for students new to theater and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, collaborating with others, and fun!

World Music through Strings
In the World Music through Strings minor, students discover a variety of ethnic, cultural, and indigenous music from Asia, Israel, Ireland, Europe, Russia, India, and the Americas. Students will listen, learn, sample, and perform different cultural string styles and influences from around the world as well as our own back yard. Students will gain an understanding of where this music comes from, what it looks like, its history and roots, and how much fun it is to play! Open to all strings.

Sasquatch Club: Nature Studies
The nature studies minor allows students to experience the natural resources of the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Students learn about the variety of plants and animals that make Blue Lake their home, as well as what they can do to help preserve our natural wonders. Blue Lake’s forest and lakeside trails provide students with a perfect outdoor classroom for extensive exploration, including our ongoing quest for a Sasquatch sighting.

Central Camp Minors

While most Central Camp students choose a minor, campers who do not enroll in a minor class are supervised in structured activities within their housing area during that period. Led by camp staff with activities rotating on a daily basis, this time will include group games, camp crafts, unit projects, hikes, or individual practice. All campers, regardless of schedule, have additional time for rest, relaxation, store, and recreation in the late afternoon. Select your major below to view the minors available and specify your choice when completing your application. The fee for Central Camp minors is $98 for ten class sessions.

Creative Writing
The Creative Writing minor introduces students to techniques for sharpening their short fiction and poetry writing skills. Students will work on short, engaging writing assignments in a workshop format, receiving feedback on their creations from the instructor as well as their classmates. At the end of the session, campers publish their writing pieces in a class magazine that they may take home.

Nature Studies
The nature studies minor allows students to experience the natural resources of the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Students learn about the variety of plants and animals that make Blue Lake their home, as well as what they can do to help preserve our natural wonders. Blue Lake’s forest and lakeside trails provide students with a perfect outdoor classroom for extensive exploration.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and fun!

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Conducting
Through group instruction and practice with scores and recordings, students learn to conduct basic beat patterns, preparations and cutoffs, cues, fermati, tempo changes, and dynamics. Other activities include observation of staff or festival ensemble rehearsals. Ability to read treble and bass clefs recommended. A conducting baton is provided.

Jazz Improv
The Jazz Improv minor introduces student musicians to Jazz, a uniquely American art form. This class also allows students to explore elements of improvisation, a musical technique at the heart of all Jazz genres. Students will learn about the melodic, rhythmic, and articulation concepts unique to jazz, as well as the fundamentals of basic improvisation. The legacy of Jazz music will also be explored as students learn to identify its many styles including blues, ragtime, swing, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, fusion, and other trends. Students focus on recorded musical examples to study musicians, performance practices, and musical elements that define jazz, and also have the opportunity to experiment musically. Enrollment is available for all band instruments, including instruments which would be considered non-traditional for jazz (ex: double-reeds, euphoniums, etc).

Music Theory
The Music Theory minor introduces beginning and intermediate students to the fundamentals of music theory. A solid foundation in music theory is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding and playing music accurately. The Music Theory minor helps student musicians learn more about the mechanics within the written language of music. An initial placement survey assists instructors in assessing students’ individual abilities, and all students will be challenged at a level appropriate for their understanding and development.

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and fun!

Radio Broadcasting
Taught by professional broadcasters at Blue Lake Public Radio, this course will introduce students to radio programming, music selection, broadcast equipment, producing and editing programs, and remote recording. Using equipment in one of the broadcast studios, participants will record their own voices doing introductions, announcements, and station identification.

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Yoga
The Yoga minor introduces students to the benefits of creating balance in the body along with awareness of how the mind and body work together. Young artists have fun learning yoga poses, postures, and relaxation techniques while developing both strength and flexibility. The yoga minor is taught by our outstanding dance faculty and held in the dance studios.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and fun!

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Yoga
The Yoga minor introduces students to the benefits of creating balance in the body along with awareness of how the mind and body work together. Young artists have fun learning yoga poses, postures, and relaxation techniques while developing both strength and flexibility. The yoga minor is taught by our outstanding dance faculty and held in the dance studios.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and FUN!

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and FUN!

Radio Broadcasting
Taught by professional broadcasters at Blue Lake Public Radio, this course will introduce students to radio programming, music selection, broadcast equipment, producing and editing programs, and remote recording. Using equipment in one of the broadcast studios, participants will record their own voices doing introductions, announcements, and station identification

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Conducting
Through group instruction and practice with scores and recordings, students learn to conduct basic beat patterns, preparations and cutoffs, cues, fermati, tempo changes, and dynamics. Other activities include observation of staff or festival ensemble rehearsals. Ability to read treble and bass clefs recommended. A conducting baton is provided.

Cross Cultural Strings
In the Cross Cultural Strings minor, students discover a variety of ethnic, cultural, and indigenous music from Asia, Israel, Ireland, Europe, Russia, India, and the Americas. Students will listen, learn, sample, and perform different cultural string styles and influences from around the world as well as our own back yard.  Students will also have the opportunity to view and listen to unique ethnic instruments in our Museum, demonstrated by our Blue Lake Faculty. Students will gain an understanding of where this music comes from, what it looks like, its history and roots, and how much fun it is to play! Open to all strings.

Music Theory
The Music Theory minor introduces beginning and intermediate students to the fundamentals of music theory. A solid foundation in music theory is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding and playing music accurately. The Music Theory minor helps student musicians learn more about the mechanics within the written language of music. An initial placement survey assists instructors in assessing students’ individual abilities, and all students will be challenged at a level appropriate for their understanding and development.

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders. Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Yoga
The Yoga minor introduces students to the benefits of creating balance in the body along with awareness of how the mind and body work together. Young artists have fun learning yoga poses, postures, and relaxation techniques while developing both strength and flexibility. The yoga minor is taught by our outstanding dance faculty and held in the dance studios.

Theater
The Theater minor offers a series of workshops in acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Each workshop will be rooted in transferable skills such as vocal production, movement, improvisation, textual analysis, singing, and dance. This course is designed for students with minimal to moderate experience and emphasizes playfulness, exploration, creativity, ensemble, and fun!

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders. Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​

Art: Drawing & Painting
The Drawing and Painting minor offers students of all ability levels an opportunity to focus on their creativity at their own pace. Instruction in the art studios will include the exploration of pencil, charcoal, pastel, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. One piece of artwork will be included at the Final Art Show.

Choir
Through full ensemble, the Choir minor introduces students to a variety of vocal and choral styles including traditional (sacred and secular), contemporary, popular, swing, and Broadway. Instruction in vocal production, diction and interpretation, sight-singing, and musicianship will be emphasized. This course is for students with minimum to moderate vocal experience – all abilities welcome!

Creative Writing
The Creative Writing minor introduces students to techniques for sharpening their short fiction and poetry writing skills. Students will work on short, engaging writing assignments in a workshop format, receiving feedback on their creations from the instructor as well as their classmates. At the end of the session, campers publish their writing pieces in a class magazine that they may take home.

Leadership
The leadership minor introduces campers to basic concepts of leadership through participation in group activities, discussions, and reflections. In the context of servant leadership, students will increase self-awareness and their understanding of others’ perspectives in order to become more effective leaders.  Campers are challenged to think about leadership from an arts education perspective with the hope that they can use what they’ve learned to inspire, influence, and impact their home arts community.​