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Dates, Tuition & Assistance

2021 Regular Sessions

Full SeasonThursday, July 1 – Sunday, August 22
Session 1Thursday, July 1 – Sunday, July 25
Session 2Tuesday, July 27 – Sunday August 22

2021 First-Time Camper Experiences

*Grade is based on the grade completed in June, 2021

First-time campers will feel right at home in our regular sessions. If you’d rather, sometimes a shorter session is just right. Find out more.

Mini-Camp II A • 1st-4th graders2 weeksTuesday, July 27 – Sunday, August 8
Mini-Camp II B • 1st-4th graders2 weeksSunday, August 8 – Sunday, August 22
Rookie Day • 1st-4th graders1 fun day!Sunday, July 11
Get Your Feet Wet • K-4th graders5 daysWednesday, August 25 - Sunday, August 29

Tuition

Surprise Lake Camp has two “sides” of Camp:  Mainside  and Teenside. Click here for more information about how campers are grouped.

Mainside (1st - 6th graders)

*Grade is based on the grade completed in June, 2021

New Families

Session 1$4,800
Session 2$4,200
Full Summer$7,900

Returning Campers

To get the lowest possible rate, simply re-enroll by the end of June.

Summer Discount until 6/30Fall until 10/30Regular Tuition
Session 1$4,800$5,000$5,200
Session 2$4,200$4,400$4,700
Full Summer$7,900$8,300$8,700

Siblings qualify for a reduced rate! Your oldest, longest-staying camper attends at the rate listed above. Each added sibling attending SLC at the same time saves $200/session or $400/full season. For details, see “Tuition Discounts” below.

Teenside (7th-11th graders)

*Grade is based on the grade completed in June, 2021

New Families

Session 1$5,000
Session 2$4,300
Full Summer$7,900

Returning Families

To get the lowest possible rate, simply re-enroll by the end of June.

Summer Discount until 6/30Fall until 10/30Regular Tuition
Session 1$5,000$5,200$5,400
Session 2$4,300$4,500$4,800
Full Summer$7,900$8,300$8,700

Upper Teen Trip in Session 2: We will share more information for 2021 when we are provided with the guidelines for out of camp trips.

Siblings qualify for a reduced rate! Your oldest, longest-staying camper attends at the rate listed above. Each added sibling attending SLC at the same time saves $200/session or $400/full season. For details, see “Tuition Discounts” below.

First-Time Camper Sessions

Rookie DaysChoose July 11No cost!
Full SessionsSee Mainside & Teenside above
Get Your Feet Wet August 25 - August 29$395*
Mini Camp II A (current 1st-4th graders)July 27 - August 8$2,750
Mini Camp II B (current 1st-4th graders)August 8 - August 22$2,750

*SLC will apply this entire amount toward future tuition—making Get Your Feet Wet effectively free—if you choose to re-enroll your camper in a Summer 2022 session by August 31, 2021!

Tuition Discounts & Resources

Tuition Assistance

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

Additional Resources

First-time campers may qualify for an additional grant through the Foundation for Jewish Camp OneHappyCamper 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 www.onehappycamper.org.

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 non-refundable. 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 15, 2021 and the balance by April 1, 2021. All camper summer tuition must be paid in full by April 1, 2021 and is not refundable after that date.

Tuition Refunds

We will provide a full refund when your camper is on a Waiting List for your desired camp session if at any time you choose to be removed from the list or if SLC is unable to place your child in that session.

You will receive a prorated refund if your camper must withdraw from camp due to a documented 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 to participate in normal camp activities; camper’s violation of any rules, regulations or policies at camp for which the camper has been provided notice and/or as described in our other written policies.

Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, 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.