Welcome to Camp 2010

Hi all,

Today is not a blog……it’s more of an update! 

Our Parent Handbook has been updated for the summer of 2010, and it is available online. This valuable tool integrates the vast majority of the information you need as a parent to make your child’s experience at Surprise Lake Camp as successful as possible. For those of you who receive material from us electronically, the handbook can be accessed on our website at http://www.surpriselake.org in the parent section. If you do not have access to this online, you may call (212-924-3131) or email info@surpriselake.org to ask for a hard copy.

This handbook is part of our continuing effort to maintain our parent communications. We want our parents to know more about how camp operates and we want to make sure our parents realize all the amazing things that are going on in our program. Other aspects of the initiative include:

*Bunk1 Services will continue to host our camp photos. This enables us to continue to post photos that are well organized and available for purchase.

*“What’s Happening At Camp”, which was a feature we added last summer that proved to be very successful. This section will have a periodic report on the highlights from each camper unit, and periodic update letters to our parents throughout the year!

*Info on how to access the blog, online photos, and summer updates is contained in the manual, but basically they are all accessible through our website (the photo and summer update features are obviously not yet posted).

*You can also become a fan of our Facebook page which is another way to get updates.

 Our summer programming is shaping up nicely. We will be placing emphasis on community service this summer. The community service piece will be a wonderful opportunity to experience the mitzvah of tikkun olam (repairing the world). The oldest teens will participate at a soup kitchen and the rest of camp will be doing age appropriate projects. In a community such as ours it is not enough just to talk about it but we also need to live it. It is our hope that this will be the beginning of a longstanding tradition at camp. Shomrei Adamah Day is a small part of the community service initiative that will present our teens with opportunities to improve the world as part of their camp experience.

The Mainside kitchen is being totally renovated. This will significantly upgrade our kitchen’s functionality and size, and improve our ability to maintain cleanliness and kashrut. The new kitchen, combined with our returning chefs (Dave and Aaron) will allow us to continue to raise the bar in terms of camp food!

The summer of 2010 is really shaping up nicely. Our staff hiring is going well and we anticipate a higher return rate than last year! Karen Morrison has taken over the helm as the Program Director and Evie Berger will be stepping in as Mainside Division Head. Our program staff is planning on kicking up the evening activities a notch so be prepared for an amazing summer.

We look forward to seeing you in camp! Always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at (212) 924 3131.




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