For Registered Suzuki Families
The Environment: The environment at Blue Lake is rustic. We are surrounded by beautiful trees, a small lake, foot trails through the woods, and simple buildings. The active campus spans more than 400 acres, with sandy foot trails and paths through the forest. The weather can vary wildly; evening lows can range from 40 - 65 while day highs can range from 65 – 95. Check the forecast for Twin Lake before you come to camp to make sure you’re prepared!
A Word about the Woods: We are surrounded by wilderness in every direction; therefore, we enjoy a wide variety of bugs and critters out here. During the summer months, most signs of wildlife stay far away from the hustle and bustle of daily camp activities. However, campers should be careful to follow our guidelines for storing snack foods (in sealable plastic containers) to keep unwanted guests from entering the cabin. Also, make sure to pack and use insect repellent daily while at camp to avoid bites from mosquitoes, spiders, flies, bees, and other creepy-crawlies.
Your Cabin: 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. Campfire rings and laundry facilities are available nearby.
Bicycles are allowed, please wear helmets.
Camp fires are permitted in designated areas only.
Campers under the age of eight should always be accompanied by an adult.
Suggested Packing List
Items for Music Lessons and Practice
Check-in: (Remember to attend Check-in before moving into your cabin or campsite.)
Your information packet will include a camp map, schedule of classes and daily schedule, your housing assignment, pool
hours, helpful camping information, dining menu, Fiddling and Art Barn hours, as well as other recreational information.
RV drivers must meet a BL staff member for site location upon arrival.
First individual lesson:
Each student will be asked to play a polished piece as a solo at the first individual lesson class. This will provide a means
for the teacher and student to get acquainted musically and give the teacher a basis for choosing a student for the
First orchestra rehearsal:
All orchestras meet the first afternoon at 4:45 or 5:20 pm, this will not be on the printed schedule.
Find your recital assignment:
For those who chose to participate in an Afternoon Recital, programs will be posted in Marek Hall North on the bulletin
board. Please check the programs to see which location, day and time your student will perform. If your child is chosen
to play on the Evening Recital, we ask that your child not play on an afternoon program. Recital request forms were
emailed in April.
Allow at least a full hour for arrival, check-in, move-in, and getting to the shell by 11:00 am
Haydn Orchestra, Blodgett Hall
We ask that you do not move into your cabins or campsites before attending Check-in at 9:00 am and that you do not move furniture between cabins.
- Parent Discussion Groups - Monday and Tuesday at 4:45 pm
- Student Solo Recitals - Monday and Tuesday at 4:45 pm, locations posted at Marek Hall North
- Parent Orchestra - Monday at 4:45 pm, 125 Marek – a “for fun” chance to play your instrument in a group, just sight-reading, no performance, all instruments
- Faculty Concert – Monday at 7:00 pm, Stewart Shell
- Piano Highlights Showcase and Fun Night - Monday 6:45 Kresge Lodge
- T-shirt Day – Tuesday, wear your home Suzuki program t-shirt if you have one.
- Piano Chamber Music Concert – Tuesday at 4:45 pm, Kresge.
- Student Evening Recital – Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Stewart Shell (Well-prepared students are chosen by their camp instructors to perform.)
- Final Concerts and Final Piano Solo Recital - Wednesday starting at 1:00 pm
- Parent Discussion Groups - Friday and Saturday at 4:45 pm
- Student Solo Recitals - Friday and Saturday at 4:45 pm, locations posted at Marek Hall North
- Parent Orchestra - Friday at 4:45 pm, 125 Marek – a “for fun” chance to play your instrument in a group, just sight-reading, no performance, all instruments
- Faculty Concert – Friday at 7:00 pm, Stewart Shell
- T-shirt Day – Saturday, wear your home Suzuki program t-shirt if you have one.
- Piano Chamber Music Concert – Saturday at 4:45 pm, Kresge.
- Student Evening Recital – Saturday at 7:00 pm, Stewart Shell (Well-prepared students are chosen by their camp instructors to perform.)
- Final Concerts and Final Piano Solo Recital - Sunday starting at 1:00 pm
Camp Store: Located in Central Park, Blue Lake’s camp store is open daily during Suzuki Family Camp and offers a variety of basic camping supplies, toiletries, necessities, Suzuki materials, musical supplies, and souvenirs. The Snack Bar is also open daily.
Lost and Found: Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. However, the camp does maintain a Lost-and-Found Department. If an item is discovered missing after your stay at Blue Lake, contact the camp at (231) 894- 1966. We will make every attempt to locate your belongings and return them to you. Please make sure that all belongings are clearly marked with your camper's name. Limited-value Lost and Found items such as perishables, toiletries, single socks, etc. will be discarded at the conclusion of the session. All other items will be held at the Blue Lake Administration Building until 30 days after the conclusion of the session. Unclaimed items will be donated to local charities after that time.
Recreation Activities: Blue Lake’s environment provides many options for enjoying the outdoors. The Suzuki Family Camp offers daily activities at the recreation field, pools, and the Art Barn. You’ll also find a large basketball court, gaga ball pits, volley ball nets, and picnic/campfire areas throughout the campus.
Dining Facilities: The Suzuki Family Camp provides daily meals in Marek Hall North. Meal times and a menu will be
provided upon arrival. You may view the menu at https://bluelake.org/Suzuki_menu.html. Each meal consists of two main entrees, side dishes, an extensive salad bar, breads, fruits, and drinks. 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.
Health Lodge: Blue Lake offers basic first-aid services to campers in residence at the Health Lodge, located in Central Park. The Health Staff, available 24 hours a day, can assist with basic needs, as well as serve as emergency response should circumstances dictate. Families will be given additional contact information for local health care facilities upon arrival.
Thank you for registering your child for chamber music. Chamber music students will be asked to learn new pieces in a short amount of time. We need as much information as possible to place your child in a chamber ensemble with students of similar proficiency and sight-reading skill. Your assistance in collecting this information is greatly appreciated. We need a current Student Questionnaire and Teacher Questionnaire on file for each student. Please print the Teacher Questionnaire and give it to your teacher. Your teacher can return it directly to Marla Smith. You and your child should complete the Student Questionnaire. Audio recordings are required from all students who are participating in our chamber music program for the first time. Returning students may wish to make a recording in order to show advancement in sight-reading skills. Please help your student make an audio recording using the guidelines given below. The recording may be a video or link to a publicly viewable copy of a video.
- LABEL the recording with: Session, Student name, and Piece names.
- First, allow a couple of minutes of study time for the first selection.
- Then record the first selection.
- PLEASE DO NOT ERASE THIS INITIAL TRIAL.
- If you and your child feel that improvement could be demonstrated by practicing up to five minutes, please do so and record it again.
- Continue recording selections (one or two times each) as long as the student feels comfortable with the level of difficulty.
Audio recordings, the Student Questionnaire and the Teacher Questionnaire must be sent to Marla Smith by May 15.
33619 Bernadine Dr.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Family time is an important part of Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp. Our extra recreational activities are often initiated and run by family members.Arts and Crafts in the Art Barn
We ask for your help in volunteering ONE HOUR once or twice during your time at camp to help with these activities. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the cafeteria near the information table. All materials will be furnished for the arts and crafts projects. If you have an idea for an activity that is not listed, we will be happy to arrange something with you in mind.Athletic Activities
Please play games such as soccer and Frisbee in specified areas only. There are basketball courts, gaga ball pits, volley ball nets and ping pong tables on the camp. Check the bulletin board in Marek Hall for planned athletic activities.Swimming
Everyone must have his or her name badge at the swimming pool. Children should not be left unattended in the pool area. For everyone’s safety, follow the rules of the pool and lifeguard.Pool Hours
Sunday 1:00 – 6:00
Monday 10:00 – 11:30
12:30 – 6:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30
12:30 – 6:00
Thursday 1:00 – 6:00
Friday 10:00 – 11:30
12:30 – 6:00
Saturday 10:00 – 11:30
12:30 – 6:00
The lakefront is available for sand play and wading. There must be adult supervision at all times. No lifeguard will be on duty outside the fenced-in swimming pool area. No boats on the lake. Fishing is allowed from the shore only. There is limited access to the lake.
Check the bulletin board in Marek North for additions or changes.