Overview | Surprise Lake Camp



Since you are here, it must mean that you’re thinking about working at a camp for the summer.  Awesome! The big question is which camp should you choose?

The best answer is that you should choose a camp that is right for you. By reading through our website you will learn all about SLC, who we are, what we offer, and the benefits you will reap by spending the summer with us.


We break our staff down into four different categories. They are:

Counselors are the leader, helper, listener, and above all, the role model.

On our younger side of camp, Mainside, two counselors are assigned to a group of twelve campers, so responsibility is shared. On our older side of camp, Teenside, one counselor is assigned to a group of eight campers. The groups throughout camp are organized into units of 35 to 60 campers and seven to ten counselors. Each unit has its own supervisor who gives direction to the counselors and oversees the program.

We generally hire specialists in the following areas:  Archery, Arts & Crafts, Adventure (low ropes, high ropes, zip line, climbing tower and group-building activities), Digital Photography, Drama, Golf, Israeli Culture, Jewish Culture, Lifeguard, Physical Fitness, Songleader, Sports, Tennis, Video and Teva (nature, including overnight camping)

Each one is responsible to one of camp's area supervisors, or the Specialist Coordinator.  

In addition to their specific program areas, specialists live in camper units and are expected to assist counselors when not running activities.

Mainside Kitchen

Support Staff 
Surprise Lake Camp offers a variety of non-program staff opportunities.  These include kitchen, site assistant (driver), canteen, maintenance, housekeeping, nurses and office staff.  These positions play a significant role in the everyday operation of camp.   

If you are 16 or 17 years old, SLC did not forget you!  There are positions as parents’ helpers, office aides, kitchen aides, canteen aides, housekeeping aides and health center aides.  In addition, there are counselor aide positions available for staff finishing their junior year in High School.

A summer at camp creates lasting memories for both campers and staff.  Find out for yourself!

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Winter Address:  520 Eighth Avenue - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Summer Address:  382 Lake Surprise Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Phone: 845-265-3616   Fax: 646-582-0138   Email:  [email protected]