Who We Are | Surprise Lake Camp

Who We Are

We are living in an era when the world can be a tough place for kids.

Schoolwork, competitive sports teams, and peer pressure can be stressful. Watching the news is sometimes scary. And too many kids spend far too much time in front of a screen or monitor instead of breathing fresh air, having fun, and learning how to live with and get along with other people.

Surprise Lake Camp offers our kids a much needed vacation from these stressful situations. At camp, they benefit from healthy role models, spending time outdoors, nutritious meals, the chance to learn new skills, fun and interesting Jewish activities, the ability to develop self-esteem, the opportunity to learn basic human values, and the joy of forming friendships that enrich and sustain them for the rest of their lives.

At camp, we focus on building an inclusive community, working hard to make sure that every single person that comes to camp feels welcome, comfortable, and safe.

Our agency helps people in need, for one reason or another, and makes their lives better. We hear it from campers, staff, and parents who are still with us today, and we hear it from grayed alumni who remember their camp days with great gratitude and nostalgia. More than one of them have told us over the years that they believe Surprise Lake Camp literally saved their lives.

We have served thousands of children with distinction since 1902. We take great pride in our reputation, and we are confident you will be impressed by the caring of our staff, the beauty of our site, the quality of our program, and the joyful Judaism that your child will experience while they are here. We not only look forward to providing a rewarding experience for your child this summer, but we also hope to share in the joy of helping them to grow over many summers to come.

We hope that you are interested in joining our family and being a part of the special magic that we create. We invite you to explore our website to learn all that you can about us. If you would like to speak to someone live, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and provide you with more information about the exciting programs and opportunities that we offer.

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Winter Address:  520 Eighth Avenue - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Summer Address:  382 Lake Surprise Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Phone: 845-265-3616   Fax: 646-582-0138   Email:  [email protected]