NJ Family Welcome

Our kids love Surprise Lake Camp! It is a second home for them.

– SLC Parent

 Welcome NJ Family Readers!

Surprise Lake Camp is extending a warm welcome. Considering sleepaway camp for your child?  We offer a rich history in camping, conveniently located in the Hudson Valley. Our inclusive community welcomes campers from all kinds of families and backgrounds.

SLC offers different ways for campers to participate:

Full Summer (8 weeks)

Individual Sessions (4 weeks)

Mini-Camp (2 weeks)

Get Your Feet Wet (5 days)

Rookie Days (1 day)

Scroll down to learn more about Surprise Lake Camp, complete the form below or attend one of our virtual open houses for more information. 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!