SLC has a special sense of community you can’t find anywhere else.
– SLC Camper
Surprise Lake Camp offers lots of ways for you to stay in touch with your child and their activities all summer!
News & Updates
We urge you to start mailing letters about a week before camp begins, so that your child receives mail right away. Address letters to:
CAMPER NAME, UNIT NAME (or Mainside / Teenside if you don’t know the unit name)
Surprise Lake Camp
382 Lake Surprise Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Remember, we are ONLY accepting packages in the following cases (and in all cases – no food).
If you are sending a package for one of these three reasons we ask you to complete this form in advance.
- Your camper forgot or is missing an essential item.
- Its your camper’s birthday
- Your camper is staying for more than five weeks (we encourage you to send a care package during the week of July 31st)
Campers are required to write letters twice each week.
Camper Photos & Emails
Login to CampInTouch to see the hundreds of photos that SLC uploads each week. Look for your own camper or simply get a sense of what kinds of things are happening at camp. You can share these photos with friends and family.
Follow the “Email” link on your CampInTouch dashboard to send your camper a note of up to 50 lines. We print these emails each morning and deliver them with mail after lunch.
You’ll see that each costs one “CampStamp.” SLC will fill your account, at no charge, with five CampStamps per camper, per parent, per week. That means each parent can send an email almost every day, for free. If you wish to purchase additional stamps, you can so at any time with a credit card. Please note: we print these emails in black-and-white. You can say “no” to the colorful borders (which cost one CampStamp to add) because your camper will not see them.
Families also have the option to have their campers reply to their “eLetters.” With this option, campers can hand-write a reply letter that we can scan back to you through the same system. If you’d like, before you click SEND, you can check the box that says, “I would like a handwritten eLetter reply.” If you click this box, your camper will receive two pieces of paper: one is your eLetter, and the other is the eLetter Reply. The eLetter Reply is a blank piece of paper with your name and a barcode that is unique to you. Your camper can then hand-write you a letter on the eLetter Reply and give it to their counselor. The office will scan the letter to CampInTouch and the eLetter Reply will appear instantly in your inbox.
We recommend that you print a stack (an option found in the email section as well) of eLetter Replies in advance and send them up to camp with your camper. Don’t forget to explain what they are, so that they are sure to be used. Please remember that each eLetter you send uses one Camp Stamp, and each eLetter Reply we scan back to you uses one CampStamp.
Please note that our policy is for campers to write letters at least twice a week (some choose to write more). If a camper has already written their letter, they may choose to wait until their next letter writing day to respond to your eLetter.
If your child will celebrate a birthday at camp, we can pre-arrange a time for your child to call you from the camp office.
For campers who are staying more than four weeks, we will be arranging video calls on the 26th or 27th of July.
Otherwise, the only situations in which we permit phone calls are to help solve a problem or when a camper is sick .
This policy is standard at most sleepaway camps.
Questions or Concerns
Each side of camp (Mainside and Teenside) is led by a Division Head and two Head Counselors (one of whom focuses on camper support). Each camper unit is led by an experienced Unit Supervisor.
At any point if you have questions or concerns about your camper please feel free to call our main office (845-265-3616), let our staff know your camper’s name and we will put you directly in touch with one of theses members of our senior staff.
For minor, logistical and / or issues that are not time sensitive you can send an email to these members of senior staff at either: