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Surprise Lake Camp

Cold Spring, NY (Other New York) Map

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.

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 Jewish 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 Jewish experience we create for our campers. We not only look forward to providing a rewarding Jewish experience for your child this summer, but we also hope to share in the joy of helping your child 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 donít 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.


Type of camp


Religious Affiliation


Average Camper

Co-ed, between 7 and 16 years of age and comes from NYC and Nassau

Dietary Details

Kosher food offered, Vegetarian food offered


Sheryl Kirschenbaum, Camp Director
307 7th Avenue
Suite 900
New York, New York  10001

Your Notes


Color wars, Creative Arts, Intercamp games, Olympics, Outdoor, Performing Arts, Science/Nature, Sports, Tennis, Gaga, Carnival Day, Arts and Crafts,Baking,Drama,Guitar Israeli Culture,Modern Dance, Music,Photography,Video, Camping/Overnights,Climbing Tower, Fishing,High Ropes Course,Hiking, Zipline, Survival Skills, and much more!

Activity Periods per Day




On-Site Medical



Electrified Cabins, In-cabin Showers, In-cabin Bathrooms