Ways To Give

Why Donate?

When you make a philanthropic gift to Surprise Lake Camp, you give children life-changing experiences. You partner with us to provide campers confidence, growth, friendships, and Jewish identity. You strengthen camp programs and enhance camp facilities. And you become part of more than a century’s commitment to tuition assistance. Financial support from people who deeply value SLC is critical to our long-term well being. People like YOU!

Double Your Impact!

Many companies support causes that are important to their employees–and sometimes even their retirees. Corporate matching gift programs typically double the donation, at the very least! We will gladly help in the process of any matching gift program your company offers.


Annual Drive Campaign

Symbolically sponsor a child and give the gift of camp! Whether you sponsor a whole summer or a whole day, your dollars make a whole lifetime of memories!


Capital Drive Campaign

A donation to the capital drive ensures that all the grounds, cabins, and program spaces in which summer camp memories are made will continue to be bright, safe, and well-maintained for many years to come!

Looking for other ways to donate?

Tribute Gifts

Celebrate a counselor, relative, friend, or colleague. Recognize an accomplishment or a milestone. Express your appreciation. When you make a donation to the Surprise Lake Camp Tribute Fund, you can dedicate your gift in honor or memory of someone. Complete the form below, and be sure to include the additional information to finish your dedication before you complete your gift. Tribute gifts prompt a personal letter of acknowledgment in addition to a letter to your honoree!

Endowment Giving

A gift to SLC’s Endowment helps to ensure that Surprise Lake Camp will continue to thrive well into the future! Built up from many donations, the endowment fund’s original dollars are invested, and the income from the investment is used in support of SLC’s campers, programs, and grounds. 

1902 Legacy Society

The 1902 Legacy Society empowers every camp alum, parent, grandparent, and friend to fulfill Surprise Lake Camp’s mission: to provide the magic of summer camp to every child, regardless of ability to pay.


CHAl8 Monthly Giving

With a minimum tax-deductible donation of $18 each month to our Annual Drive, support the year-round effort it takes to guarantee our ever-growing camper tuition assistance program. Not only will you have peace of mind knowing that you are working to support a worthwhile cause every month, but you will also remain connected to Surprise Lake Camp through regular communications and special updates from Camp Leadership. What could be better?!

Stocks & Securities

Donating stock is easy and can come with financial or tax advantages, as well as allow you to make a gift with a larger impact, at lower cost to you. Please consult your financial planner or tax advisor to learn how these advantages may apply to your circumstances.


Volunteering makes a huge difference at Surprise Lake Camp. When you help, you sustain the best possible experience for campers and staff–and get to spend time at camp yourself. Your gift of time and energy gives you something, too: the chance to immerse yourself directly in the mission and success of this community and lifelong home.

Donate My Day

The Donate My Day Campaign empowers our most dedicated supporters to share their love and support of SLC with their friends, peers, and colleagues. This site allows you to dedicate your special event, day, or milestone to the deserving families and campers of Surprise Lake! Starting a fundraiser is quick, easy, and impactful.