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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 lots of 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 & Home Visits

The best way to get to know any camp is to experience it in person. We host tours of camp throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

SLC leadership is also available by video, phone, or in-person—in your home, our offices, or other convenient spot—to meet with you when camp is not in session. Let’s find a time to talk!

Try Camp! Rookie Days 7/14 or 8/4

Try camp for a day!

Come for a Rookie Day: choose Sunday, July 14, 2019 or Sunday, August 4, 2019.

Prospective campers ages 6-12 get to sample fun activities for a whole day (including lunch) with a buddy. Parents take a morning tour, with plenty of time for Q&A with the Camp Directors. It’s the perfect way to get a true taste of camp.

The camper experience runs 9:3oam-4:30pm. No cost; you’re our guests!

Our spots for 6-8 year old boys for the July 14th Rookie Day are full. Please consider our August 4th Rookie Day. Additionally, private tours are available throughout the summer. 

 

Choose Your Ideal Session

Our regular 4- and 8-week sessions are designed to give each camper ample opportunity to bond and grow. Yet sometimes a shorter session is just right for a younger first-time camper.

Regular Sessions: 4- and 8-weeks

For ages 7-15 • June-August

Dive in! Give your child all that Surprise Lake Camp offers in our regular sessions. In 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. As wonderful as shorter introductory sessions are, sometimes they end too quickly, just as your child is feeling fully comfortable.

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 ages 6-10 • August 21-25

Wrap up your 6- to 10-year-old’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 parents.

Get Your Feet Wet is run 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 Seth Stein, GYFW Supervisor or call 845-265-3616.

1f your child loves SLC, then Get Your Feet Wet can be effectively free: Families who take part in Get Your Feet Wet 2019 and then register their camper(s) by August 31, 2019 for a 2020 session will receive their entire Get Your Feet Wet tuition as a credit toward the tuition of summer 2020.

Mini-Camp I: 10 days

For ages 7-9 • June 27-July 7

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.

Mini-Camp II: 2 weeks

For ages 10-11 • July 7-21

First-timers ages 10-11: get ready for a special experience all your own. In this short session, counselors specially trained to support 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.

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.