Frequently Asked Questions
Blue Lake is located four hours north of Chicago, one hour northwest of Grand Rapids, and 20 minutes north of Muskegon. The campus is approximately 10 miles from Lake Michigan. There is an airport in Muskegon (25 minutes away) and Grand Rapids (60 minutes away). Visit our “Find Us” page for more specific details, https://bluelake.org/directions.
Check-In is from 9:00 - 11:00 AM on the first day of each session. Family orientation follows at 11:00 AM in Stewart Shell, and classes begin at 1:00 PM. Classes end at noon on the final day. Piano recitals end by 2:30 PM and String concerts end by 4:00 PM on the final day of the session. Teacher training, classes begin at 6:30 pm for pianists and 7:00 pm for other instruments.
No, please move into your housing after going to check-in which is from 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Many families will pack up early on the last day and leave immediately after the final performance. If you are in a cabin, please plan on being out by noon so that housekeeping can clean for the next family coming in.
Check-In is in the lobby of the Student Arts Center, located just beyond the second drive on the right after entering the campus. You’ll find a parking lot just across the street. Family orientation takes place at 11am following Check-In in Stewart Shell in Central Park.
- CABINS: Cabins and facilities are rustic. Cabins have cot-sized beds and bunks and simple shelving. The cot-sized beds are slightly narrower than a standard twin size. Cribs are not available. Cabins have electricity, but do not have heat or air conditioning. Campers provide their own linens and pillows. Self-contained cabins have bathrooms. Shared facility cabins use a shared restroom/shower building. Families do not share cabins unless requested.
- CAMPSITES: Blue Lake offers 22 campsites are available with a 20 amp, 120 volt receptacle and a picnic table. There are three different areas of sites within the campus. Check the brochure or visit www.bluelake.org/suzuki/housing.php for specific site information. Additional, non-designated sites for tents in the forest are also available. For these rustic sites, there is no electric hook up or picnic table. Shared bathrooms are nearby.
- TEEN CABIN, 2ND AND 3RD SESSIONS ONLY: Students, twelve and older, may stay in the teen cabin with a counselor.
- Campfire rings and laundry facilities are available throughout the camp.
Some families commute or find housing in the nearby towns of Whitehall and Montague, which make up the White Lake area. For more information on local accommodations in the White Lake area, visit http://www.whitelake.org/. For Muskegon accommodations, visit http://visitmuskegon.org/.
We attempt to honor housing requests that are submitted early. However, there are no guarantees.
Enrollment and housing requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The self-contained cabins are limited and in high demand. They typically fill by mid February.
The Suzuki Family Camp provides daily meals in Marek Hall North. Meal times and a menu will be provided upon arrival. Each meal consists of two main entrees, side dishes and an extensive salad bar. Peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit, and beverages are available at each meal. Vegetarian options are always offered. Families dine together in a typical school cafeteria setting. Families are responsible for taking care of their trays following their meal, and helping to keep the community dining space tidy. The menu and dietary information can be found at: www.bluelake.org/Suzuki_menu.html
No. The meal plans are not mandatory. You may dine off camp or bring your own food in a cooler. Portable grills are allowed. Campfire rings must be used for any fires.
Yes. You can pay for individual meals at the information table in Marek Hall. Cash or check only.
Fruits, breads, and peanut butter & jelly are always available in Marek Hall. The camp store has a concession counter open from noon until 7:00pm with items such as hot dogs, burgers, pizza, beverages, snacks, and ice cream.
No. We do not have staff on hand to facilitate an early check in. There is another session immediately following and we cannot accommodate an extra night’s stay.
- Lake Michigan beaches, White Lake, Big Blue Lake, and the White River.
- Parks: Meinert Park, Duck Lake State Park, Muskegon State Park, Pioneer County Park, Hoffmaster State Park.
- Michigan’s Adventure: Michigan’s largest amusement and water park.
- The White Lake Area: Restaurants, beaches, golf, Howmet Theater, shopping. www.whitelake.org/.
- Muskegon Area: Farmer’s Market, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, Restaurants, shopping, Art Museum, Beaches. http://visitmuskegon.org/.
Each student has 3 or 4 classes daily. Parents attend lessons with their children. Drop-in fiddling classes are offered most hours with no additional cost. There are optional student recitals and parent discussion panels most afternoons. There is an activity or performance each evening at 7:00.
A highlight of the Suzuki Family Camp is the Art Barn, where different art projects can be created morning and afternoon. There are pools, recreational fields, a large basketball court, gaga ball pits, volley ball nets, and picnic/campfire areas throughout the campus. Swimming, soccer games, and parent led activities round-out most days. Fishing from the shore of Little Blue Lake is allowed. Parents may register for piano lessons or attend a parent orchestra session.
The best option for students who currently study two different instruments is to register for two sessions.
Wi-Fi is available in Kresge Lodge when classes are not in session and near the building when classes are in session. Many smart phones can be used as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot to allow internet access in any location.
Camp scheduling is an intensive process. Honoring requests would significantly complicate the scheduling. We make certain that students do not study with their home teachers while at Suzuki camp.
All students perform on the last day of camp. Piano students perform in solo recitals, string students in group concerts. Piano Chamber Music students perform on an afternoon recital the third day of camp, and String Chamber Music students perform on the last day of camp. There are afternoon solo recitals on the second and third days of each session for students who would like an extra performance opportunity. Students must have the permission of their home teachers to participate in the afternoon recitals. Recital information is sent in the spring.
No. We are not currently equipped to take online registrations. However, all program information is available online, and you may access a printable application PDF.