Why Donate?

When you make a charitable 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.

Surprise Lake Camp is part of Two matching gifts grant to maximize your impact!

During this unprecedented time, SLC has received generous matching grants from both UJA-Federation of New York and JCamp180. For every dollar you are able to give today, your gift will be matched     an additional   $1.50. For example, this means that your $500 gift would generate an additional $750 for Camp.

We hope the visionary leadership and generosity of both Harold Grinspoon and UJA-Federation has inspired you.  Philanthropic support is critical to Surprise Lake Camp in stabilizing our financial status as soon as possible, as we begin to plan ahead for the summer of 2021 and beyond.

Can we count on you to help us recover quickly and keep camp strong for all the summers to come?

Thank you for helping us continue our historic mission!     

Your Gift Matters

Welcome to the circle of alumni, parents, friends, and organizations whose passion sustains SLC.


Your Gift is Meaningful

1902 Legacy Society

Create a legacy beyond your lifetime, with lasting impact for the future of Surprise Lake Camp. You can be of any age and financial means. All it takes to join The 1902 Society is to sign a Letter of Intent, which says that you plan to make a gift to SLC in your will or estate plans. Hundreds of alumni, parents, and SLC friends are already members.

Camper Scholarships

True to its founding vision, Surprise Lake Camp is committed to providing the magic of summer camp to every child, regardless of ability to pay. Thanks to SLC’s generous donors, half of SLC campers can depend on scholarship assistance. We’re immensely proud that SLC commits more funds to this effort each year than just about any other Jewish camp in North America, according to the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Your support makes camp possible for many, many camp families.

Give for this summer’s campers

Sustain this promise for future generations

Learn how we responsibly manage SLC’s endowment funds.

Bunks & Facilities

Investing in the buildings and physical resources of SLC gives each camper the best, fullest, safest, most enriching experience possible. Generous donors help SLC enhance facilities, replenish arts and sports equipment, and give our beloved camp the care and upkeep it needs. From new lodges and bunks to maintenance of paint, roofs, and plumbing, the tangible aspects of camp matter to campers every day.

Looking for even more ways to give?

You can donate appreciated stock, set up a monthly gift, or honor someone with a tribute gift. Even volunteer your time and energies! Thank you. We are grateful for every gift and every supporter.


Please email our Development Office or call David Rosner, Development Director, in the camp office at 845-265-3616. If you prefer to give by check, please print and mail our donation form.