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As we embark on our exciting future, and in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we encourage you to join us….and become a donor.

How can YOU help?     


Support our Annual Scholarship Drive

Camper fees are set according to a sliding scale based on income and family size, with approximately 50% of the campers receiving reductions. In 2017, over $1M in total scholarships were provided, making Surprise Lake what we believe to be the most generous Jewish scholarship camp in the country. The Scholarship Drive supports current year scholarships and this is camp's greatest need! The Drive runs annually from January 1 – December 31. (formerly known as the Alumni Drive)

Join the 1902 Legacy Society

Planned giving is a Mitzvah and a way for you to support camp with a commitment greater than you may have thought possible. The 1902 Society was created to help fulfill our mission of providing the magic of summer camp to every child, regardless of ability to pay, for generations to come far into the future. This is critical to who we are and the vision of our founders. Through the 1902 Society, we acknowledge the philanthropic intent of individuals who have made provisions in their estate plans, or other means, to benefit Surprise Lake Camp, which was founded in 1902. “Just as my parents planted for me, so do I plant for my children.” Please visit our 1902 Society page to read more about Surprise Lake Camp's Legacy Society.

A bequest in your Will is the simplest and most common method of making a planned gift. You can provide for SLC’s future by including the following statement in your Will, however we encourage you to become a member of the 1902 Society so we can recognize your generosity.

“I give and bequeath to Surprise Lake Camp the sum of $________, or_______% of my estate.”

Support our Scholarship Endowment Funds

Your gift will support future camper scholarships, in the name of beloved camp icons and honored friends. Surprise Lake Camp is committed to responsibly managing the endowment funds that were created for the benefit of the children we serve. In keeping with this, we follow the requirements and guidelines of the New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“NYPMIFA”), which was signed into law on September 17, 2010. Click here to review what this law requires.  

Support our Capital/Building Fund

A camp that has been in existence for 115 years requires lots of love. Your gift will support maintenance and annual upkeep at SLC.

Support our Tribute Fund

A gift that continues to give to others is truly the ultimate gift, and a donation through the SLC Tribute Fund will help us to continue our historic mission. The Tribute Fund creates a meaningful way to honor someone special, celebrate an occasion, or memorialize a loved one. Prompt personal letters of acknowledgment are sent for these (and all!) gifts.

Gifts of Stock

Charitable contributions to Surprise Lake Camp are tax-deductible. However, there is an additional benefit to giving appreciated stock. If you hold marketable securities that would result in a long-term capital gain if sold, their outright gift to SLC could mean significant tax savings since you are not required to pay capital gains tax on securities you donate, but can still deduct the full value of the gift. Matching Gifts Many companies support causes that are important to their employees. Click here to see if employer matches donations. Matching gift programs typically double the donation at the very least! We will gladly help in the process of any matching gift program your company offers.

Do you shop on

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Surprise Lake Camp every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SLC. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be asked to select a charitable organization – we hope you’ll choose SLC! Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to camp!

Thank You!

We are so grateful that you have chosen to partner with us in providing life-changing summer experiences to campers who need it most. If you have any questions, or would like to make an automated monthly recurring gift, please call our Development Director, David Rosner, at 212-924-3131.

If you prefer to pay by check, please click here to download and print our donation form.  


SLC is a 501(c)(3) charity, and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Click here to view our most recent IRS 990 Form.


Winter Address:  520 Eighth Avenue - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Summer Address:  382 Lake Surprise Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Phone: 845-265-3616   Fax: 646-582-0138   Email:  [email protected]