It just gets better every year for my kids. SLC makes me wish that childhood was much longer.

– SLC Parent


On behalf of our community of campers, staff, alumni and Board, we welcome your family to ours!

Surprise Lake Camp is a special place, a home away from home for generations of young people. We believe in the value of community and friendship. Our Jewish values and identity shape our days and our connection to nature. We’re dedicated to helping young people unplug, grow, and develop values, confidence, and skills to last a lifetime. And we are fortunate to share this extraordinary place, this setting of incredible natural beauty, adding to SLC’s storied history as the nation’s longest-running Jewish sleepaway camp.

Please let our campers, families, staff, and alumni tell you why they are so passionate about SLC:

Take the next step: explore our first-time camper experiences and request more information. Then come for a tour! SLC’s leadership team and our caring staff are committed to providing an extraordinary experience for your child and your whole family. We can’t wait to welcome you here.

See you soon!


Sheryl Kirschenbaum
Camp Director
[email protected]

Just The Facts

Year founded


Jewish camps in the USA older than SLC


Choices of activities & electives


Number of staff (approx.)


Beautiful wooded acres


Miles from New York City