First-Time Campers

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

Beginning July 26, 2021 we are happy to schedule tours of camp. We are also happy to schedule a phone call or Zoom or home visit with one of our directors and you also might want to watch our camp video.


Choose Your Ideal Session

Our regular five, three, and eight-week sessions are designed to give each camper ample opportunity to bond and grow.

Second Session - Three Weeks

For current 1st – 11th graders • June-August

Perfect for first time campers – Dive in! Give your child all that Surprise Lake Camp offers in our three week long Second Session. 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.

Get Your Feet Wet: 5 days

For current K-4th graders • August 24 – 28, 2022

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!  The 5-day program ends with a special Show/Graduation & BBQ lunch for families.

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.

If your child loves SLC, then Get Your Feet Wet can be effectively free: Families who take part in Get Your Feet Wet and then register their camper(s) for the following summer will receive their entire Get Your Feet Wet tuition as a credit toward the following summer.

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.