So much has been going on today at SLC! Mountainview Boys and Girls had a special activity today: gymnastics.  They also have a pool party planned for later.  Idyllwood had a hike with Whammy and Journey’s Way and Highlands had Cupcake Wars with Jenn.  Upper Teens and Work Program went on a trip to Rye […]

“Tzedakah” is the Hebrew word for acts of charity or righteous giving.  In English: giving aid, assistance, and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. However, the nature of Tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy […]

Yesterday was an amazing and hot day at SLC! Timberline and Boulder Hill left camp and had a blast at Lake Compounce Amusement Park.  Cedarwood went on a hike to Bull Hill with Whammy, and Idyllwood had Fitness with their supervisor, Jamie.  Also, Work Program began working on their community service project.  At night, all of […]

It has been a fun day here at SLC! Last night, we had the longest fireworks in the history of camp! Everyone sang and listened to music on Lakeside after a long, fun-packed day at the Fourth of July Carnival. Today, Work Program took their annual trip to Ramapo for team-building activities.  Additionally, Timberline went […]

Well, the buses have come and gone, campers and parents have shared their tearful goodbyes, and Surprise Lake Camp has sprouted 400+ farmers, environmentalists, and activists for a healthy planet.  Their excitement about year two of the farm is quite evident.  Many have expressed amazement over the height of our vegetables and fruit.  Our grape vines […]

WOW! I heard it on the news, and in an email from the Farmer’s Almanac, so it must be true. Summer is officially here. If further proof is needed, Camp is positively teeming with people–new staff, cheering and singing and settling in–and the Surprise Lake Camp Farm is absolutely gorgeous and good to go.  (Holy […]

Over the course of the summer, we do a great many things on the farm.  We plant, and weed, and harvest, and eat; we do a lot of singing and dancing, and goofing around; we make mud, and pickles, and hunt bugs, and run through sprinklers. We also spend a lot of time talking about important […]