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  • Camp Type: Overnight
  • Age of Campers: 6 - 15
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1902
  • Accreditations: 3

Since 1902, Surprise Lake Camp has provided a haven for Jewish children in the picturesque mountains of Cold Spring, NY.  What makes SLC the best is the beauty of the site, the richness of the people and the program, the sense of history and tradition, and the magic we create when the whole thing comes together. 

Our program is filled with camp favorites like soccer, volleyball, ropes courses, a zip line, basketball, tennis, gaga, floor hockey and more.  We also have more creative opportunities, such as extensive arts & crafts, drama, music, dance, photography, Israeli Culture and more!

Our waterfront program offers Red Cross swim instruction, swim teams, sailing, canoeing, row boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and aqua-jump water trampolines.

We have delicious kosher food service, two kinds of Shabbat services, fun & engaging Jewish activities, and a unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for those who never had the chance to have one. 

Surprise Lake Camp has a sliding fee scale based on family income and size



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    Art Activities
    • Acting
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Dance
    • Digital Arts
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Photography and Video
    • Theater
    Sports Activities
    • Archery
    • Baseball and Softball
    • Basketball
    • Field Hockey
    • Fishing
    • Fitness
    • GaGa
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Windsurfing
    Adventure Activities
    • Canoeing
    • Community Service
    • Environmental
    • Farming
    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Outdoor Camping
    • Paddle Boarding
    • Rock Climbing
    • Ropes Course
    • Sailing
    • Survival Skills
    • Wilderness
    • Zip Line
    Miscellaneous Activities
    • Talent Show
    • Travel-Trips
    Special Accommodations
    • ADD
    • Asperger
    • Asthma
    • Autism
    • Food Allergies
    Additional Activities
    • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring


    2021 Dates

    Full Summer:

    July 1-August 22

    Session 1

    July 1 - July 25

    Mini Camp IA (Current 1st-4th graders)

    July 1 – July 11

    Get Your Feet Wet (Current Kt -4th graders)

    August 25 - August 29

    Grades are as of 2020-2021 school year
    • A completed application requires a $250 non-refundable deposit (applied to the total charge) per
    camper, per session;
    • *SLC will apply this entire amount toward future tuition—making Get Your Feet Wet effectively free—if
    you choose to re-enroll your camper in a summer 2022 session before August 31, 2021!
    • Much more information about Camp can be found on our website:
    Siblings qualify for a reduced rate. Your oldest, longest-staying camper attends at the rate listed above. Each
    added sibling attending at the same time saves $200/session or $400/full summer.
    Surprise Lake Camp has a sliding fee scale based on family income and maintains a deep commitment to
    ensuring that camp is affordable to all families. If, at any time, you have questions about tuition assistance,
    payment, or deadlines, please call Abbe Wittenberg, Camp’s Registrar, to have a confidential conversation.

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