Dates & Rates

After "Get Your Feet Wet," I saw my child in a completely different way: much more capable, adventurous and open to new things.

– SLC Parent

First-Time Campers

SLC offers different ways for first-time campers to join in and feel at home! Families, we’re always glad to chat with you by video, phone, or in-person about camp, your child, your priorities, and any questions you have about our approach, tuition assistance, and more. Options include:


Tours, Zoom & Home Visits

We are happy to schedule tours of camp, a phone call, or zoom with one of our directors.  We will also meet with your child to answer any questions they may have.

We suggest you watch our  camp video with your child before me meet.


Choose Your Ideal Session

Dive in! Give your child all that Surprise Lake Camp offers. In 2, 4, or 8 weeks, your child can fully settle into camp life—and make deep friendships that enrich your child’s sense of community all year.

Staff are fully trained in how to support both first-time and long-time campers, integrating everyone fully into the unit, group and bunk from the first moments of camp.

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)

All grades are completed as of June 2023

Tuition for Current 1st Grade through 4th Grade

New Family RateRegular Tuition
Full Summer
Session One
Session Two

Tuition for Current 5th Grade through 6th Grade

New Family RateRegular Tuition
Full Summer
Session One
Session Two

Tuition for Current 7th Grade through 10th Grade

New Family RateRegular 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

Mini Camp

For current 1st-4th graders • Thursday, July 27 – Wednesday, August 9

In this shorter session, counselors specially trained to support younger first-timers help campers have a fantastic introduction to sleepaway camp. Because the entire unit is Mini-Campers, everyone goes through this new adventure together while making friendships they can continue in future years. Mini-Campers get to try activities throughout camp, and share in two Shabbat experiences.

Get Your Feet Wet: 5 Days

For current K-4th graders • August 23 – 27, 2023

Wrap up your current K-4th grader’s summer with Get Your Feet Wet. This mini-adventure helps your child dip their toe into the magic of sleepaway camp. Campers will experience a hike, a Shabbat program, a campfire and s’mores, daily swims in our lake or pool, an ice cream sundae party, singing, ballfield activities, boating, arts & crafts, drama, and much more!  

Get Your Feet Wet is staffed by dedicated volunteer alumni and hand-picked summer staff members who bring with them electric energy! Aquatics are supervised by certified lifeguards and a nurse is present at all times. Spirit, caring, and outstanding supervision are guaranteed.

Questions about Get Your Feet Wet? Email us  or call 845-265-3616.

Families who take part in Get Your Feet Wet and then register their camper(s) for the following summer, will receive a portion of their Get Your Feet Wet tuition as a credit toward the following summer.

Rookie Day

Try camp for a day!  Our Rookies will get to experience the magic of Surprise Lake Camp as they participate in a typical day of activities, while traveling with their own camp group (lunch will be provided).

After checking in your child and waving a quick goodbye, we invite all parents to take a tour of camp with plenty of time included for Q&A with our Directors.  We will then send you on your way into Cold Spring to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.

This camper experience runs Sunday, July 16,  10:00am – 4:00pm; check in begins at 9:30am

This camper experience runs Sunday, August 13,  10:00am – 4:00pm; check in begins at 9:30am

To register please login or create an account through  CampInTouch.

Please reach out to Dena Stevenson with any questions at  [email protected]  or 845-265-3616.

Additional First Time Camper Discounts

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 31, 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.

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.

Experienced, Caring Leadership

Enroll your camper with confidence. You can trust the leadership of Surprise Lake Camp to make sure your child is safe, well cared for, and having a successful first summer here. We’re always glad to talk with parents, too.