It's the best experience I can be giving my kids. SLC focuses on what's important and nothing else ... just community and togetherness."
– SLC Parent
Why Choose SLC
You’ll find as many reasons to choose Surprise Lake Camp as stars on a clear summer night. This community is exceptionally caring. We’re passionate about what we believe—and about our people, this place, and each camper’s experience. Choose SLC and see for yourself!
Warm, welcoming community creates lifelong friendships
Campers live “10-for-2,” dreaming all year of the two months they spend here with their closest friends ever.
Dozens of fun activities & electives build confidence & skills
Sports of all kinds, visual and performing arts, and so much more in a program that balances structure and choice, as well as skill-building and fun!
Engaging, energetic Jewish life nurtures joy and pride
Whatever your family’s Jewish background, you’ll love Shabbat and Jewish living here.
Excellent, skilled staff make safety and camper care top priority
Your child will be safe, known, and well-cared for by our year-round and summer staff.
Convenient location, just 60 miles from NYC
You can drive, send your child by Metro-North train or plane (by prior arrangement), or use our convenient bus service from NYC and NJ.
First-time camper programs make it especially easy to get started
Sometimes a shorter session is just right!
Deep commitment to tuition assistance: more than any other Jewish camp we know of
We believe that a Surprise Lake Camp experience should be accessible for every Jewish child.
Year-round programs offer a home for your whole family
Family camping, hiking, even Rosh Hashanah services by the lake!