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.

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Regular opportunities include:

Springtime Volunteer Day


Join our most dedicated campers, staff, and alumni for a spring weekend day at camp to ready it for summer after the long, cold winter. Projects include painting, spreading wood chips, gardening, weeding, brush clearing, and more. If you are a teen or young adult, this is an excellent opportunity to fulfill community service or mitzvah requirements for school.  

Docks Installation Weekends

We occasionally ask for volunteers to help Harry Vogel and the lifeguards assemble docks at the start of each summer. Please check the Staff Calendar for this year’s dates, and email Sheryl, the Camp Director, if you are interested.

Summer Special-Guest Opportunities

What’s your superpower? Come enrich campers’ summers with your special skills and talents. Volunteer to run a special workshop in your area of expertise: sports, arts, performance, science, technology, or beyond. If you’ve ever wished you could work at camp but can’t get away for a whole summer, this is your perfect opportunity. Workshops can run a day, two days, or longer. To discuss the possibilities, please contact our Program Director, Dena.

Winter Office Opportunities

Come behind the scenes to help with the year-round camp effort. Volunteer in our camp office, helping with mailings, phones, filing, copying, and organization. Interested? Please contact Sheryl or Abbe in the Camp Office.

To learn more about volunteering, please call Surprise Lake Camp at 845-265-3616 or join the SLC Volunteer Email List!