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Howie Berk
Howie Berk
Alumnus, Donor & Board Member
Howie Berk

Howie Berk

Alumnus, Donor & Board Member

Why should I leave money to Surprise Lake Camp in my will? Really, why shouldn’t I? It’s a no brainer! It doesn’t cost me anything out of my pocket, it’s easy to do, and it ensures that SLC will be around forever. And I don’t have to be rich to do it!

Besides my family, SLC has been the biggest influence in my life. The lifelong friends mean so much to me. As a former camper, staff member, Alumni President, and current member of the Board of Directors and summer volunteer, I can’t imagine life without SLC. Some of my friends don’t understand, but they never got to experience the magic of camp like I have. My two nephews attend SLC. Supporting camp in my will means that they, and their future families, and other families can all continue to experience SLC.

Elaine + Paul Suchow
Elaine + Paul Suchow
Alumni, Donor & Staff
Elaine + Paul Suchow

Elaine + Paul Suchow

Alumni, Donor & Staff

Surprise Lake Camp is a magical place that has touched the life of each Suchow family member. It fills a special place in our hearts, and has created a foundation for meaningful Jewish experiences.

As a statement to our children, we have made Jewish philanthropy part of our legacy. What better way than to make a commitment to SLC, a place that we love? Being part of The 1902 Society makes us feel wonderful, knowing that the camp will be around long after we are gone. Thank you for this treasured opportunity and for the blessing of Surprise Lake Camp.

Zoe
Zoe
5 Years as Camper
Zoe

Zoe

5 Years as Camper

The friends that you make here turn into family. It’s a very loving community, and everyone here is so nice to each other. I really like going in the lake and all the activities, but the people are why I keep coming back. I think camp has made me a better person, because it’s given me more independence, learning how to live on my own, while having support from others along the way.

Before coming to camp, I never really knew what it meant to be Jewish. I would just light the candles on a menorah at Hannukah. But now I get to do Shabbat. It’s so fun: you sing the prayers, and you stand up and clap and dance with your friends. I really love it here.

Dylan
Dylan
5 Years as Camper
Dylan

Dylan

5 Years as Camper

My favorite activity at camp is probably the waterfront. I really like swimming, boating, everything that the waterfront has to offer, and the pool. I’ve been working on sailing and this year, finally, I passed the sailboat test! Every day is really fun but my favorite days are Olympics and All Camp Show. At Olympics you’re cheering, you’re shouting, and competing. The All Camp Show has the 5-year sweatshirts, ice cream, lots of cool traditions.

What’s most special here is the people. Everyone’s really nice, and people listen to what other people have to say. I think camp helps you grow and makes you a better person.

Jeff Berk
Jeff Berk
Alumnus & Donor
Jeff Berk

Jeff Berk

Alumnus & Donor

I view The 1902 Society as extremely reassuring. Around us, we’ve seen camps come and go. SLC’s incredible alumni and programs like The 1902 Society are what ensure that SLC will be around…and that’s what sets us apart.

Joining The 1902 Society gave me peace of mind, knowing that I’m doing my part. While estate planning can be a tough task, especially at a young age, this was an easy decision. The 1902 Society is a unique opportunity for every alumnus—regardless of current financial situation—to become a person who is essential for camp’s continued existence.

Ben
Ben
3 Years as Camper
Ben

Ben

3 Years as Camper

Surprise Lake Camp is a nonstop sleepover. My favorite activities are all the sports activities, like gaga and 9-square. I also really like the climbing wall. This year I’ve probably gotten better at soccer, better at dribbling the ball, and aiming my shots. I like all the Jewish stuff here. Shabbat feels like a vacation day, a day to sit down and think. And I really like getting into the woods, and playing with my friends all the time.

There are a lot of people here who know more than me, and I learn from them every day. Something that might stick with me is how good it feels to take a break from screens. When I get home, I’m going to try to put my phone down more!

Amilia
Amilia
First-Year Camper
Amilia

Amilia

First-Year Camper

I think camp is really fun! I love spending time with my bunk mates and getting to know everyone. This is the longest I’ve ever been away from my family, but I feel like it’s all going by super fast. I feel like it’s also making me more independent. One thing I think is especially cool here is how we get to learn a lot about Israeli culture. People come here from Israel, which is pretty cool.

To future campers, I’d say: Come to camp! It’s a lot of fun. It can be scary at first, of course, because being away from your family is hard—but it goes by so fast and is super fun.

Allie Golan
Allie Golan
Alumna & Donor
Allie Golan

Allie Golan

Alumna & Donor

Surprise Lake Camp has been such an important part of my life for the last 15 summers. I have made friends here that I treasure more than anything. I truly believe that camp changed my life for the better. Without it, who knows where I would be?!

In my eyes, The 1902 Society is the best thing I can do to ensure that future campers will have the opportunity to have the same experiences I have been blessed with.  Joining The 1902 Society is my promise that I will one day give back to the place that gave so much to me.