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Traditional Music in a Timeless Setting

Location

West Olive, MI

Camp Date

October 6,7 & 8

Instructors

8 Award-Winning Musicians

Students

30 remaining

About this event

Come Join in on the Fun!

We want you to leave this camp with new techniques, concepts, approaches and inspiration. It is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience for all. By design, classes will be small so everyone has personal time with the instructors. The camp has limited availability so register now!
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Camp Mission

A fine team of amazing human beings have since come to the table to create a music camp that offers classes, performances, discussions and demonstrations for the purpose of inspiring music lovers to keep music dear, pass it along and continue to learn and grow. In our inaugural year we will offer mandolin, guitar and fiddle tracks.
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Scholarship Program

The GLMC offers a youth scholarship program at the camp for those under 16 years of age who wish to attend. We know it can be difficult to raise the next Bill Monroe with the cost of lessons, private education and instruments so we want to help!
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Instructors & Staff

Darol Anger

ABOUT

Fiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent.
Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.

 

He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.
Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games.

 

In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com.


WEBSITE

www.darolanger.com


SESSIONS

Darol will teach 4 classes, perform at the staff concert, join in on the saturday benefit concert and make a cameo or two at the hosted jams. His class descriptions will be available shortly.

Darol Anger

Lead Instructor – Fiddle

Matt Flinner

ABOUT

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year.

 

Since then, he has become recognized as one of the premiere mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. He has toured and recorded with a wide variety of bluegrass, new acoustic, classical and jazz artists, including Tim O’Brien, Frank Vignola, Steve Martin, Darrell Scott, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Dave Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Alison Brown, The Ying Quartet, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.


WEBSITE

www.mattflinner.com


SESSIONS

Course Descriptions Coming Soon. Please stay tuned for details. Ross Martin will be teaching guitar and performing at The Great Lakes Music Camp friday, saturday and sunday.

Matt Flinner

Lead Instructor – Mandolin

Kenny Smith

ABOUT

Kenny is in great demand at guitar workshops and master classes, teaching at the renowned Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend series, Kaufman Kamp, Acoustic Music Camp, Augusta Bluegrass Camp and at guitar workshops at major events such as IBMA. He has released a two-DVD instruction set on AcuTab Publications.


WEBSITE

www.kennysmithguitar.com


SESSIONS

Rhythm studies for guitar – Are you tired of playing the same old chords? Are you looking for a way to liven up your rhythm playing? You’re in luck! We will look at some devices and techniques that you can apply to quickly become everyone’s favorite bluegrass rhythm player.

 

Accompaniment on the Guitar – Here we will introduce a few ideas that will help guitarists diversify what you can do during other instrumental breaks, solos and melody sections. This takes us one more step down the road of rhythm/back up playing and how we can reinforce the tunes and the band.

 

Composing a Bluegrass Solo – It’s time for your solo! Where do we begin? How do we create melodic phrases? What are some of the tips, tricks and listening exercises we can use to form cohesive thoughts on the guitar when we step into our solo section. Let’s dive into

 

Tone, Attack, and Technique – How do we draw out the best tone of our instrument? How can we attack our notes to bring out the best in our playing? What techniques can we incorporate into our playing that clean up our tone, improve our dynamics and help us play with consistency and clarity.

Kenny Smith

Lead Instructor – Guitar

Don Julin

ABOUT

Don Julin, author of the best-selling Mandolin For Dummies (Wiley 2012), and founder of Mandolins Heal The World is regarded as one of the most eclectic mandolin players and top mandolin instructors on the scene today. Julin’s patient yet detailed teaching style is appreciated by students of all levels. His workshops, classes, or private lessons feature a hands-on approach focusing on developing good left- and right-hand skills, along with a dose of ear training and music theory.


WEBSITE

www.donjulin.com


SESSIONS

Building a Traditional Bluegrass Style Mandolin Break

So you have learned a bunch of fiddle tunes and can strum chords fairly well but still are not sure how to approach an instrumental break in a bluegrass song. By using the simple method shown in this workshop, you will be able to construct great traditional sounding mandolin breaks. This method is demonstrated with the classic bluegrass song “Long Journey Home.”

Intermediate Level

 

It’s All In The Right Hand

Alternate picking and it’s cousin the tremolo are considered the most important techniques for the mandolin player to master. Whether you play fiddle tunes, rags, bluegrass, classical, jazz, or Led Zeppelin, a well-organized right hand is essential to mandolin playing. This workshop includes a series of exercises designed to build right hand strength and coordination along with two tunes that make good use of these important mandolin skills.

All Levels

 

Jamming For Dummies: Everyone Can Improvise!

Ever wonder how some musicians can just make up solos on the spot? This workshop explains some of the basic elements of the language of the improviser including two common types of improvisation used in a variety of musical styles.

  • Melodic improvisation: improvising based on the melody.
  • Harmonic improvisation: improvising based on the chord structure.

This workshop is open to all levels and can be useful to all instrumentalists.

 

Experiencing the Power of Pentatonic Scales

Pentatonic scales are responsible for many of the most recognizable licks and melodies of all time. The guitar lick from “My Girl”, the melody of “Amazing Grace”, Lester Flatt’s famous G-run are examples of major pentatonic scales. Classic rock songs “Voodoo Child” (Jimi Hendrix) and “Sunshine of Your Love” (Cream), are built around minor pentatonic riffs. David Grisman’s mandolin standard E.M.D. also is based around the minor pentatonic scale. These scales are not only easy to hear, they are easy to master on the mandolin and are a favorite choice among many improvisers. Come learn how mastering pentatonic scales can take your mandolin playing to the next level.

Intermediate Level

Don Julin

Lead Instructor – Mandolin

Ross Martin

ABOUT

Guitarist Ross Martin has performed in concert halls, honky-tonks, theaters, rock clubs, living rooms, on festival stages, television programs and everywhere in between. He grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, with brief stints in East Tennessee, attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, then headed west. After ten years in the front range area of Colorado, he relocated to the east coast and has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past ten years.

 

His musical path has covered as much territory as his physical one. Reflecting his love of diverse genres like jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental, and classical music, Ross has always felt at home with fellow musicians who seek to reconcile, through their music, the incredible wealth of styles available to listeners in this global and digital age. He has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, Sonya Kitchell, and many others.


WEBSITE

www.rossmartinguitar.com


SESSIONS

Course Descriptions Coming Soon. Please stay tuned for details. Ross Martin will be teaching guitar and performing at The Great Lakes Music Camp friday, saturday and sunday.

Ross Martin

Lead Instructor – Guitar

Betse Ellis

ABOUT

Badass fiddler and Ozark fireball Betse Ellis brings an edgy fire to every note she bows, strums, sings or shouts. Part old-time celebrant and part contemporary songwriter, Betse is committed to purveying the breadth of possibilities within the folk format. She blends traditional source material with her own original works and presents a diverse sound that refuses to be labeled concretely. Citing influences from John Hartford to Joe Strummer, she traverses musical realms and pushes the boundaries of how folk music can be understood and imagined in the modern age.

 

Notorious for her powerful stage presence, Betse weaves tales of folklore and personal history throughout her performances, offering audiences an intimate live experience that is strikingly honest, uplifting, intense and humorous all at once. On stage she is a tour guide, taking listeners on a musical journey that explores her own “personal folk”, including reimagined punk and art rock compositions given new life through her own brand of fiddling prowess and passionate vocals. Betse’s presence is undeniably dynamic; one minute she’ll shred hairs from her bow on a fast-paced tune—shouting lines fervently over her fiddle—and the next she’ll quietly serenade a heart-breaking confessional song on tenor guitar. Her expertise at the challenging task of singing while fiddling distinguishes her as a solo artist, as well as an acclaimed instructor of fiddle workshops across America.


WEBSITE

www.fiddlebetse.com


SESSIONS

Howdy Theory: Hold up your hand… look at it… wave your fingers. You have in front of you five essential tools for grasping basic music theory!

 

Iconic Bowing Elements: Recognizing the ways that notes and bowings go together will help you to learn and absorb tunes more completely. Discover how to break a tune down to these essential aspects.

 

Ozark Heroes Tunes: Learn some great tunes from Ozark master fiddlers, like Violet Hensley, Bob Holt, Gene and Cecil Goforth, and Emmanuel Wood. (Note: Iconic Bowing Elements and Howdy Theory will help you learn the tunes more easily.)

 

Old Time Fiddle in Cross Tuning: The archaic tunings of old time fiddle are deeply rooted in the music. We’ll start with GDGD and then GDGB, and go from there. (Do you have good working pegs and fine tuners? That will help.)

 

Expression and Tone Coloring: Want to make your music more musical? Want to make your fiddle sing? You can, and you will, during this workshop

Betse Ellis

Lead Instructor – Fiddle

Bruce Ling

ABOUT

Award winning musician Bruce Ling plays fiddle, flat-picks guitar, and picks mandolin in their sets of music. Becca Ling, a world class old time rhythm guitar player, provides accompaniment and joins on the vocals. Bruce has been teaching music for over 30 years, and is regarded as one of West Michigan’s most talented fiddle and mandolin players, as well as an accomplished guitarist.

 

Bruce educates his audiences on where this old music came from, the origin of a song, or an amusing bit of history about the performers and events of the past. His understanding of the evolution of traditional music is expressed in his performances, where the audience is treated to colorful facts about the homegrown music of the 19th and 20th centuries in America, and the immigration of music from the British Isles in those periods. He has taught and lectured at many Universities and Schools as well.

 

Hawks and Owls string band is also an excellent Contra Dance band, having been the House Band for the Grand River Folk Art Society for over a dozen years. They have played for a regular, once-a-week Irish Ceili dance in Grand Rapids at the 6th Street Hall for over 14 years, in addition to the GRFAS 4th Friday of the month Contra Dance, other bookings for private Contra Dances, and dances at major music festivals. They are able to provide a professional Caller for your dance, if need be.

 

Bruce has taught workshops on Flatpicked Guitar, Mandolin, and old time Fiddle at a number of music festivals across the state, including Blissfest, The Wheatland Music Festival (Spring and Fall festivals), Farmfest, Grinfest, Shady Grove Fiddle Fest, and smaller one day affairs where he has been booked to perform. He provides handouts of tablature for the tunes taught in his classes. Becca has taught rhythm guitar accompaniment for old time fiddle tunes.


WEBSITE

www.hawksandowls.com


SESSION

Simple fiddle tunes for Contra/Square Dances: You will learn some tunes that work well for dances, as well as for jam sessions; tunes we will explore will be those that are played commonly in sessions across the US.

 

The crooked fiddle tunes of Henry Reed: You will learn some of Henry Reed’s crooked tunes, tunes that have extra measures or uneven beats in the  A and B sections.  Henry Reed is the “Source” for many tunes that we play today.

 

Before it was bluegrass w/ Hayes Griffin & Bruce Ling: A look at the country, blues and Appalachian music in the early part of the century and how it influenced the bluegrass emergence in the 1930’s and 40’s. We will focus on one, or, all of the following tunes and look at how they evolved with the passage of time.

 

Maddy Groves to Shady Grove: with a few variations on today’s Shady Grove plus a 20th century source

 

Gilderoy to Little Beggarman to Red Haired Boy: from 16th century King James V to Bill Monroe

 

The Carter Family to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: “Can the Circle be Unbroken”

Bruce Ling

Multi-Instrument Instructor

Hayes Griffin

ABOUT

Hayes was raised in central Ohio and started playing guitar at the age of nine. Inspired by the sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Tony Rice, Hayes completely immersed himself in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music at a young age. As a teenager, Hayes gained recognition playing in local bluegrass bands and winning local flatpick competitions. Around this time his musical interests started to broaden, and Hayes began studying bluegrass and jazz music under the supervision of Andy Carlson, Tom Carroll, and Casey Cook at Denison University, where he eventually earned a B.A. in Music Performance in 2010. After his time at Denison, Hayes became an active member of Boston’s vibrant acoustic music scene while pursuing a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory under the instruction of the late, great John McGann.

 

Upon graduating from NEC, Hayes was given the opportunity to tour for nearly four years with renowned Canadian fiddler April Verch, where he hit the road nearly 250 days a year, playing in over 12 countries and 38 states. In 2015 Hayes left the April Verch Band to pursue teaching opportunities in Columbus, OH. As of 2016, Hayes lives in Grand Rapids, MI and tours with the Lexington, KY-based bluegrass band, NewTown.


WEBSITE

www.hayesgriffin.com


SESSION

Friday Night Hosted Jam: with Jason Wheeler and Drew Najor – Friday Night Bluegrass Jam

 

Creating Melodic Improvisations: This class will cover how to deconstruct bluegrass/old-time fiddle tunes and build melody-based variations that can be used for improvised solos.

 

Flatpicking 101: This class will be geared toward “advanced beginners” and intermediate level players. Topics will include bluegrass and old time rhythm technique, creating solos based on vocal melodies, cross-picking, and other must-have tools for the acoustic guitarist.

Hayes Griffin

Guitar Instructor

Drew Najor

ABOUT

Drew Najor is a Grand Rapids based musician who primarily enjoys playing old time, bluegrass, and swing music. As a student at Michigan State University, Drew discovered his passion for traditional acoustic music while jamming with The Pretty Shaky String Band, an East Lansing institution of old time musicians who have been jamming together weekly for more than 25 years. These formative experiences fostered Drew’s commitment to passing on traditional music.

 

Though mostly self-taught, Drew has been attending camps such as Earful of Fiddle and workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia in order to learn from the masters of our time. A working public school educator, Drew greatly values education and has a deep commitment to community building. He is tremendously excited to be the jam facilitator and jam with campers at this year’s Great Lakes Music Camp.


 

SESSIONS

TBD

Drew Najor

Jam Facilitator

Jason Wheeler

ABOUT

With a strong passion for traditional music and music theory, Jason Wheeler has been a dedicated mandolinist for more than 15 years. He has, and continues to study with mandolin master Don Julian, Bruce Ling and Don Stiernberg among many others as well as often attending music camps and workshops. Jason has also participated in numerous recordings, some of which have been recognized for various local music awards, used in commercials and also in corporate promotional materials.

 

Wheeler joined the nationally touring neo-bluegrass outfit Fauxgrass in 2011 and has performed more than 500 shows with the band since that time. In June of 2013,  a chance encounter brought Wheeler together with long time rhythm & blues guitarist, singer and bandleader Junior Valentine. The two began performing roots music in 2013. Wheeler has performed with Bill Kirchen, Hal Ketchum, The Matt Flinner Trio, Fauxgrass, Glean Infusion, Hawks & Owls Stringband, Karisa Wilson, Heather Maloney and many other notable artists over the years, playing everything from mountain to island music, hoping to bring joy and love through it all!

 

Jason teaches mandolin, guitar lessons, festival workshops and is the president of The Chris Wheeler Family Foundation which focuses attention on music, art, community, environmental and basic human needs. Through the blessing of music, Jason continues to develop and strengthen a healthy community, weaving his love for music with his love for family, farming and non-profit work. Jason is a fine instrument collector and appreciator, a father and a truly dedicated student of mandolin and its infinite possibilities.


WEBSITE

www.fauxgrassmusic.com

 

Jason Wheeler

Executive Director

Rick Meyering

ABOUT

Rick has been with Camp Blodgett for over 11 summers; dating back to 2002. He was originally a cabin counselor, then Camp Director for 7 years’ managing the summer staff and kid’s camp program. He is currently Director of Operations for Camp Blodgett overseeing rentals, facilities, volunteering and community engagement. Rick has been both a big fan and avid supporter of Michigan and midwest music for many years. He is excited to collaborate with Great Lakes Music Camp and for the future of arts, community and great music on the lakeshore.

Rick Meyering

Camp Director

Daily Schedule

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14:00 - 17:30
Camp Check-In

Welcome to the Great Lakes Music Camp!  We’re excited to have you here on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.  At this point, you’ll grab a bag of goodies and answer any questions you may have.  If you’re planning on lodging at Camp Bodgett, feel free to find your room, get settled, take a tour of the campus, or check out some inspiring views on the beach.

Jason Wheeler
Executive Director
18:00 - 18:15
Welcome and Introductions

Get to know your fellow campers and musicians.  We’ll have a brief overview of the camp, meet the instructors, make some exciting announcements and look forward to the evening’s activities.

18:30 - 19:15
Dinner

Dinner time, let’s eat!

19:31 - 20:45
Staff Concert

Sit back and relax as our staff and instructors crank out a variety of traditional, old-time, and bluegrass tunes for your listening pleasure.

Ross Martin
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Matt Flinner
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Kenny Smith
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Hayes Griffin
Guitar Instructor
Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Darol Anger
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
21:00
Hosted Jams

Join our instructors for some fun evening jam sessions.  This is a great opportunity to get warmed up for Saturday’s classes, as well as familiarizing yourself with the musical stylings and skill sets of your fellow instructors and campers.

Drew Najor
Jam Coordinator
08:00 - 08:45
Breakfast

Rise and Shine!

08:45 - 09:00
Morning Briefing

Instructors will provide a quick overview of their course offerings as we kick off our first set of classes for the day.

09:15 - 10:30
Instructor Courses – Session 1

Don Julin in Room A – mandolin

Matt Flinner in Room B – mandolin

Betse Ellis in Room C – fiddle

Ross Martin in Pavilion – guitar

Kenny Smith in Dining Hall – guitar

Darol Anger – Fiddle

Ross Martin
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Matt Flinner
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Kenny Smith
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Darol Anger
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
10:45 - 12:00
Instructor Courses – Session 2

Matt Flinner in Room B – mandolin

Betse Ellis in Room C – fiddle

Ross Martin in Pavilion – guitar

Kenny Smith in Dining Hall – guitar

Bruce Ling – fiddle

Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Matt Flinner
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Kenny Smith
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Ross Martin
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
12:15 - 01:00
Lunch
13:15 - 14:30
Instructor Courses – Session 3

Don Julin in Room A – mandolin

Matt Flinner in Room B – mandolin

Bruce Ling in Room C – fiddle

Ross Martin in Dining Hall- guitar

Hayes Griffin in Pavilion – guitar

Darol Anger – fiddle

Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
Matt Flinner
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Ross Martin
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Hayes Griffin
Guitar Instructor
Darol Anger
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
14:45 - 16:00
Instructor Courses – Session 4

Don Julin in Room A – mandolin

Hayes Griffin in Room B – guitar

Kenny Smith in Dining Hall – guitar

Betse Ellis in Room C – fiddle

Bruce Ling in Pavilion – mandolin

Darol Anger – fiddle

Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Hayes Griffin
Guitar Instructor
Kenny Smith
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
Darol Anger
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
16:15 - 17:30
Break/Open Jams

Open Jams in Room B and Room C

Drew Najor
Jam Coordinator
17:30 - 18:15
Dinner

Dinner time, let’s eat!

18:15 - 19:00
Hosted Jams with Betse and Bruce

Betse Ellis and Bruce Ling host old-time jam in Room B & Open Jam in Room C

Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
Drew Najor
Jam Coordinator
19:00 - 22:30
Matt Flinner Trio Public Concert Event

Great Lakes Music Presents The Matt Flinner Trio (doors @ 7:00pm)

  • Fauxgrass opens show 7:30-8:00pm / Don Julin 8:15-8:45pm / Matt Flinner Trio 9:00-10:30pm
  • proceeds benefit for The Grand River Water Festival and Camp Blodgett

Jason Wheeler
Executive Director
Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
09:15 - 10:00
Breakfast

Rise and Shine!

10:00 - 10:15
Morning Briefing

Instructors will provide a quick overview of their course offerings as we kick off our first set of classes for the day.

10:30 - 11:30
Instructor Courses – Session 5

Matt Flinner in Room A – mandolin

Ross Martin in Dining Hall – guitar

Betse Ellis in Room B – fiddle

Bruce Ling/Hayes Griffin – old country music in Pavilion

Kenny Smith – guitar

Darol Anger – fiddle

Don Julin – mandolin

Matt Flinner
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
Ross Martin
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Betse Ellis
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Bruce Ling
Multi-Instrument Instructor
Hayes Griffin
Guitar Instructor
Kenny Smith
Lead Instructor - Guitar
Darol Anger
Lead Instructor - Fiddle
Don Julin
Lead Instructor - Mandolin
11:45 - 12:45
Lunch
13:00 - 13:45
Q & A with Instructors

You’ve crammed and jammed a lot of musical knowledge over the last two days–let’s discuss and answer up any lingering questions so you can take your new found talents home and continue your personal growth as a musician.

14:00
Thank You’s and Departures

Goodbye’s are always hard, but we’re glad you came and enjoyed some awesome music on the Lake Shore!  Hope to see you next year!

14:30 - 05:00
Contra Dance

Contra Dance ($10 suggested donation)

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Accommodation Options

Camp Blodgett

If you’re attending the Great Lakes Music Camp, Camp Blodgett is a natural choice. Their lakeshore campus offers great lodging accommodations only steps from classroom sessions, dining hall, and inspiring lake views and beach experiences.

Lakeshore Inn

Less than a mile north of Camp Blodgett on the shores of Lake Michigan, this fully restored 6,500 sq.ft. mansion was built in 1941 on 200 feet of private Lake Michigan beach frontage. This classic estate exudes charm, style and ambiance too rich to describe.

Outdoor Adventures

Located 5 minutes from Camp Blodgett, Outdoor Adventures Resort is a great alternative if you’re looking for a campground experience. Pitch a tent, park your RV, rent a cabin/chalet. Lots of alternatives with great amenities.

Grand Haven Hotels

If you’re looking for more traditional lodging options, there are a variety of hotels in the beautiful town of Grand Haven–less than 10 miles from Camp Blodgett. Check out our list of reputable hotel and Bed & Breakfast options in the links provided.

Camp Registration

A variety of class options to fit your needs and preferences

Weekend Camper Deluxe
$750
1 person
  • Weekend of Classes, Jams, and Activities
  • King Bed, Private Room
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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Weekend Camper Plus
$650
1 person
  • Weekend of Classes, Jams, and Activities
  • Double Bed, Private Room
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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Weekend Camper
$550
1 person
  • Weekend of Classes, Jams, and Activities
  • Single bed, bunkhouse
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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Day Camper
$400
1 person
  • Weekend of Classes, Jams, and Activities
  • Camp Blodgett Lodging
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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Day Camper
$300
1 person
  • Weekend of Classes, Jams, and Activities
  • Camp Blodgett Lodging
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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Saturday Only
$200
1 person
  • Saturday Activities
  • Ticket to Matt Flinner Trio Concert
  • Daily Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Meals
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