Food, Health & Wellness

The health, safety, and emotional well-being of our campers are the top priority of every Surprise Lake Camp staff member. We hire our staff carefully and train them extensively so that each camper will get attentive, caring, skilled support all summer long.

Food: Healthy, Kosher, and Allergy-Sensitive

SLC food is delicious, healthy, and kid-friendly, with lots of choice. The salad bar at every lunch and dinner is full of fresh vegetables. Vegetarian options are always available. Themed dinners and barbeques add even more variety. For picky eaters, we have pasta and other simple choices available at most meals, in addition to fresh fruit available throughout the day.  

Our kitchen is Kosher and overseen by a mashgiach (kosher food supervisor).

We can accommodate most allergies and many special diets with advance notice. Please contact Sheryl, the Camp Director, if your child’s diet requires extra care.

Camper Care & Health Center

SLC’s summer Camper Care Team includes licensed social workers. Personable and experienced, these specialists help watch for and address any potential issues, from homesickness to social dynamics. Campers know them as friendly listeners who can help them think through challenges, while counselors turn to them for advice on supporting their campers.

The SLC Health Center handles any physical issues and ailments. In addition to our staff of experienced Nurses (RNs and LPNs) available 24/7, our Nurse Practitioner has office hours three times each week. We have two Health Centers: a fully equipped facility on Mainside plus a satellite on Teenside. Whenever needed, we can take campers out of camp for x-rays, lab work, or other procedures.

Our nursing staff can meet the needs of campers requiring daily monitoring or medications. Your camper enrollment application will prompt you to complete medical forms for your child and indicate how to arrange for your child’s medical needs to be handled at camp.

Check out a sample one-week menu

What’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? SLC serves up variety, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options.