Surprise Lake Camp

44 consumer reviews
Average Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
29
4 stars
6
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
6
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

    Highest Rated Consumer Review by the Community

  • A Wonderful Experience For Any Child

    Nov 24, 2000 by GravityGirl is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Kids & Family
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great kids, great counselors, wonderful Jewish life, wonderful camp
    Cons: it only lasts two months

    Summary: While I thoroughly disagree with the poorly rated epinion about Surprise Lake Camp (hereafter SLC), everyone is entitled to their own opinion, which is why I am choosing to share my opinion with you so that you can gain another perspective about SLC. ... read more

  • Not Highly Recommended

    Sep 28, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: A few of the counselors were SUPER nice.

    Teenside has small groups.
    Cons: The regimen of forced participation.

    Too much of a prison mentality.

    Summary: I applied for a job one summer and was sexually harrassed during the interview and then denied a staff position for complaining. I went back for a second interview after the offender was fired and the woman who interviewed me the 2nd time acted like she ... read more

  • Being a Camper for 8 Years and Staff for 3, Why I Keep Coming Back:

    Dec 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great camp experience, People from all over the world, Great friends
    Cons: Only two months long

    Summary: To all the disgruntled attendees of Surprise Lake Camp, An Epinions user wrote a review bombarding SLC after only one year of being staff. I made a comment on this review and I thought I’d share it: I have been a camper at Surprise Lake for 8 ... read more

  • Pleasantly Surprised by Surprise Lake Camp!

    Jul 18, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Caring camp "community" Parent concerns addressed
    Cons: cake for breakfast? Mail takes forever to get there

    Summary: Like any mother of a first time sleepaway camper, I was a little anxious about sending my 9 year old son to sleepaway camp, but at the recommendation of my fiance, I signed my son up for 2 months. A few days later, my son and I were talking and we ... read more

  • A Real Life Horror Story

    Jul 2, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Not Applicable
    Cons: My closest experience to death

    Summary: I find it fascinating that all the positive reviews regarding SLC are written by the people on the payroll, sometimes posing as campers who 'really enjoyed the experience'. Personally I'm not aware of any camper that would enjoy the experience of living ... read more

  • the only way to spend the summer

    Jun 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great lake, awesome friends, a million memories
    Cons: food isn't the best (they're working on it) bad plumbing

    Summary: I've spent every summer for the past 9 years as a camper at SLC. To me its the only way to spend a summer. I've made so many friends and I've learned how to do so many things. I've learned to swim, kayak, canoe, play hockey, take care of the environment ... read more

  • Still talk about my time there 15 years later...

    Mar 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Amazing hiking, separate bunks (older kids), fun activities, friends I made and memories Ive kept.
    Cons: food

    Summary: I must have started going to SLC when I was about 6 years old....give or take a year. I went to the camp until I was about 12 or 13, stopped right before teen side. At first I was apprehensive about going away for 2 whole months, but quickly became ... read more

  • Much more than just a sleepaway camp...

    Jan 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The eager campers, the passionate staff, the beautiful environment
    Cons: It goes by so fast

    Summary: I was really upset to read any negative comments regarding Surprise Lake Camp. This summer will be my 10th summer at Surprise Lake, so obviously, I am in love with it. I think it's a great experience for everyone. For some people it may be harder to ... read more

  • The Best Camp...

    Jan 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: I costs 1/4 of the amount other camps cost!!!
    Cons: It not open all-year round ;(

    Summary: Camp is AMAZING. Any parent reading this should send their child here without hesitation..especially if your a Jew..or even if your not! We get to eat splendid chicken soup and challah bread on friday nights..we even light the candles (there are 2!)Even ... read more

  • camp was a huge influence on me

    Jan 28, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: the memories of stupid things you do in the bunks w/ your friends
    Cons: foods awful usually there that one kid who always brings too much...be his friend

    Summary: i was a camper here for many years and i have met all my closest friends at slc. as a camper you can find your own group of kids to chill with. if you like to play magic cards their are kids who do it...a few too many for my taste...and if you want to ... read more

  • ive made my best friends here

    Jan 27, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great friends, great location
    Cons: overnights suck, who likes sleeping in the woods

    Summary: Surprise Lake Camp is one of the best things ive done in my life. I was a camper there since i was 7 and have continued to be a staff member since. There are many things that make me come back to camp summer after summer, its the friends that ive ... read more

  • camp rocked

    Jan 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: amazing people, beautiful scenery, and a place you will NEVER forget
    Cons: it ends.

    Summary: SLC is the best place you could possibly send your child. a summer at SLC is like an entire lifetime anywhere else. you're born into it - your first day, your first friends, your first night away from home - and you grow up... by the end, the last ... read more

  • My home away from home

    Jan 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic staff, beautiful setting, lifelong friends
    Cons: Doesn't last long enough

    Summary: Surprise Lake Camp has been like a second home to me for over a decade. Since age ten I have been going, without fail, every summer. SLC is set in beautiful surroundings, with a mile long lake and fantastic scenery. The staff returns year after year, ... read more

  • A home away from home

    Jan 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Friends made, Location, Staff, Activities, Salaries
    Cons: Food

    Summary: Surprise Lake Camp has been my home for nearly 5 summers. While I did not work last summer, I did work the two summers before that, and before that I was a camper for another 2 summers. I can safely say that the previous long comment from a staff ... read more

  • SLC: Amazing summers

    Jan 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Staff, Beautiful Location, Diverse activities, Memories that last a lifetime
    Cons: Too short

    Summary: Surprise Lake Camp has been my home away from home for almost 12 years. I was a camper there for seven years, and will be entering my fifth year as staff this summer. There is no other place like it in the world. Each summer is filled with enough ... read more

  • My home for the past 30 summers

    Jan 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great caring staff, beautiful camp setting, creative program that offers a wide variety of activities
    Cons: only open 2 months a year out of 12!! Breakfast can be a little later!!

    Summary: I was a camper at Surprise Lake since I was 10 years old. I continued on as a staff member for many years. I am back again as staff,with both of my children who are campers at SLC. I am sorry to read that someone had a bad experience there, it happens, ... read more

  • Where Would I Be Without SLC?

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Summers you won't want a break from; amazing friends, experiences, and a great time,
    Cons: foods not great but getting better; bathrooms not always attached to bunks

    Summary: Five years as a camper and close to the same as staff. There has to be something keeping people like me there after all those years. I Always planned my schedule around volunteer day and loved staying the night before in whatever camp building had a ... read more

  • An oasis in the woods

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful surroundings and caring staff
    Cons: No horseback riding

    Summary: I grew up going to expensive camps with all the amenities and I was skeptical of the relative bare bones nature of Surprise Lake Camp. My wife is a second generation camper (her Dad went there during the depression) and she has always spoken lovingly of ... read more

  • A+ Report Card

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: 110% about the campers
    Cons: only 8 weeks

    Summary: I was a counselor at Surprise Lake Camp in 2002, did not return in 2003, but will be coming back to work as a counselor again in 2004. I had a good idea of what to expect before ever stepping foot on the camp grounds, but the impression SLC left on me ... read more

  • I LOVE SLC >> iTS THE BEST !! =]

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything about the camp is GREAT! The friendships and memories are irriplacible.
    Cons: It only lasts for 2 months,and the time goes by TOO fast =[

    Summary: I have been a camper at SLC going on 6 years. I can say that I love camp proudly without hesitation. This is the place where I have made my best friends in the whole world. The people here are so interesting and fun. Camp is something that is always ... read more

  • SLC Is The Place To Be, You Will See, Take It From Me!!!!

    Jan 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendships, memories and lessons learned at Surprise Lake Camp through great administration and staff!!!
    Cons: It only lasts for 2 months :-{ Why can`t Surprise Lake Last all year :-[

    Summary: Surprise Lake Camp is a childs dream. It is a great place for kids to escape the hardships of city life and come to a beautiful oasis filled with a rich tradition and caring staff members who go the extra mile. The staff members and administration are ... read more

Showing 1-20 of 44 reviews
Page 1 2 3


Related Deals You Might Like...

Coleman Clear Lake Warm-weather Sleeping Bag For Camp Camping

Coleman Clear Lake Warm-weather Sleeping Bag For Camp Camping

The Coleman Clear Lake Sleeping Bag is great for warm-weather camping. It measures 33-Inch wide by 75-Inch long, and fits most people up to 5-feet, 11...
eBay

$103.13

+$3.97 shipping
Camp Run - A - Muc Dip Bowl & Spreaders Set Lodge Log Cabin Or Lake Style

Camp Run - A - Muc Dip Bowl & Spreaders Set Lodge Log Cabin Or Lake Style

Camp Run - A - Muc Canoe Dip Bowl Set Offered by HUDSONVALLEYEMPORIUM.COM This fun Camp Run A Muc ceramic canoe holds your dip and the two spreaders a...
eBay

$12.50

+$6.50 shipping
Genji Sports Fishing Chair Rod Holder Organizer Tackle Seat Camp Beach Lake Pond

Genji Sports Fishing Chair Rod Holder Organizer Tackle Seat Camp Beach Lake Pond

Genji Sports Fishing Chair with Build-in 3 Fishing Rods Holder, Umbrella Holder and an attachable accessories organizer with zipper bags. Best gift fo...
eBay

$66.95

FREE Shipping
Camp Crystal Lake Sign

Camp Crystal Lake Sign

It looks so idyllic...as long as you don't go into the lake itself! Welcome your Halloween party guests with this Camp Crystal Lake Sign, and heighten...
HalloweenCostumes.com

$18.99

+$4.99 shipping
Lake Fork Ring Fry

Lake Fork Ring Fry

Here is a popular Lake Fork Bait that is also a favorite of Pro fishermen everywhere. The Lake Fork Ring Fry by Lake Fork fishing tackle company- LFT...
Outlet Bait & Tackle
Camp Club Girls & the Mystery at Discovery Lake eBook

Camp Club Girls & the Mystery at Discovery Lake eBook

Buy Camp Club Girls & the Mystery at Discovery Lake by Renae Brumbaugh and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebo...
Kobo eBooks

$4.99

FREE Shipping
Lake Lures Hanging Rack

Lake Lures Hanging Rack

Go fish with this Lake Lures Hanging Rack. Its perfect for towels or wine, just pick out what you need to hang in your man cave or cabin home and catc...
Kirkland's

$36.99

+$8.95 shipping
Sevylor Lake Lounger

Sevylor Lake Lounger

The Sevylor Lake Lounger is an ideal product for those who love to relax in a swimming pool, creek or lake. This inflatable pool lounger features a Sn...
Walmart.com

$26.59

+$4.97 shipping
Lake Cottage Children's Playhouse

Lake Cottage Children's Playhouse

Lovely Lake Cottage with folding door and window. Walls with engraved funny motifs. Comfortable porch with columns and fences. Easy to assemble. Brigh...
Toys R Us

$419.99

FREE Shipping
The Curse of Camp Cold Lake by R. L. Stine

The Curse of Camp Cold Lake by R. L. Stine

Free Worldwide Delivery : The Curse of Camp Cold Lake : Paperback : Scholastic US : 9780439724043 : 043972404X : 01 Jun 2005 : Camp is supposed to be ...
BookDepository.com

$5.71

FREE Shipping

Ads by Google