Dates, Tuition & Assistance

2023 Dates

Full SummerWednesday, June 28 – Sunday, August 20
Session OneWednesday, June 28 – Tuesday, July 25
Session TwoThursday, July 27 – Sunday August 20
Mini Camp • 1st graders - 4th gradersThursday, July 27 – Wednesday, August 9
Get Your Feet Wet • K-4th gradersWednesday, August 23 - Sunday, August 27
Rookie Day • K-5th gradersSunday, July 16th (Select one date per camper)
Rookie Day • K-5th gradersSunday, August 13th (Select one date per camper)

2023 Tuition

Grades are completed as of June 2023

Tuition for Current 1st Grade through 4th Grade
Regular Tuition
Full Summer
Session One
Session Two
Tuition for Current 5th Grade through 6th Grade
Regular Tuition
Full Summer
Session One
Session Two
Tuition for Current 7th Grade through 10th Grade
Regular Tuition
Full Summer
Session One
Session Two
Tuition for Mini Camp and Get Your Feet Wet

Regular Tuition
Mini Camp • 1st graders - 4th graders
Get Your Feet Wet • K - 4th graders

*Campers who participate in Get Your Feet Wet will receive a tuition credit of their GYFW tuition towards their following summer registration as follows; 25% for Mini Camp, 50% for one session and 100% for a full summer registration

Rookie Day is offered free of charge. Registration required 

Tuition Assistance

Find out about the Surprise Lake Camp commitment to tuition assistance, and apply for assistance online.

First-Time Campers

For more information about our First-Time Camper experiences please Click Here.

First-time campers may qualify for an additional grant through the Foundation for Jewish Camp One Happy Camper program. Eligibility and grant amounts are determined by your local sponsoring organization in coordination with FJC. For more information and to find out your eligibility, visit

PJ Goes to Camp offers limited grants for a first-time overnight Jewish camp experience. You may also wish to contact your synagogue and/or local Jewish Federation to inquire about scholarship. opportunities for Jewish summer camp

The American Camp Association (ACA) also offers resources for families interested in pursuing tuition assistance. Click here to learn more about their resources.

Sibling Discount

Keep camp in the family and save! Your oldest, longest-staying camper attends at regular tuition. All your additional campers attending SLC at the same time receive a reduced rate of $200 off each session, or $400 for the full season. You may combine this discount with the Summer or Early Bird Discounts, for further savings!

Tuition Policies

Tuition Deposit

A completed application requires a $250 deposit (applied to the total charge) per camper per session.

The $250 deposit (per session, per camper) is refundable until December 1, 2022. We request that an application be submitted when families are ready to commit to taking a spot. This will help us reduce the number of campers being placed on a waiting list.

If you are unable to complete enrollment based on the level of assistance we can provide, a full refund of your deposit will be given.

Payment Schedule

You may choose to make equal monthly payments through April, or pay 50% by January 16, 2023 and the balance by April 3, 2023. All camper summer tuition must be paid in full by April 3, 2023 and is not refundable after that date.

Tuition Refunds

Full refunds will be given for campers on a Waiting List (those not able to be placed in their desired session at Camp) if at any time you choose to be removed from the list or are ultimately unable to be placed.

A refund, on a pro-rated basis, will be made for a camper who is withdrawn from Camp for a medical issue.

When No Refunds Will Be Issued

No refunds will be issued if a camper is withdrawn for any non-medical issues including, but not limited to: camper’s homesickness; camper’s refusal or inability to participate in normal activities at Camp; camper’s violation of any rules, regulations or policies at Camp for which the camper has been provided notice, and as described in our other written policies.

Our guidelines for acceptance and participation in camp are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, or national origin.

Tuition Assistance

Surprise Lake Camp is a non-profit organization committed to affordability for families. We believe that no child should miss out on the power of Jewish camp because of ability to pay. Thanks to many generous donors, SLC offers extensive tuition assistance to camp families who qualify.