Since 1902 Surprise Lake Camp has been committed to providing wonderful camp experiences for children regardless of their ability to pay. We consider this to be the cornerstone of our agency’s mission.
We provide assistance for our families using a fee scale that is based on family size and income. To apply, families need to:
- Complete the camper application and scholarship forms listed below. (4 pages)
- Submit a registration fee of $350 per session for each child. If the family chooses not to enroll, the registration fee will be returned in full.
- Submit their most recent tax return and W-2’s.
Families may also submit other supporting information and/or a letter explaining their circumstances if they feel this will be helpful in understanding their situation, but these things are not required.
Once the information is received, an interview will be arranged to meet the child and privately establish a fee with the parent(s)/guardian(s). This interview is not needed for returning families and can be conducted by telephone for families who do not live in the greater New York area. To apply for a scholarship, please print and complete the required forms below and mail them to Surprise Lake Camp, 307 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, together with your check and income information. You may also fax the information to 212-924-5112 or scan and email them to our registrar.
If you have any questions, we welcome you to call us at 212-924-3131. Our staff will be happy to walk you through the process!
Camper Registration Application 2013
(You can register directly online by clicking here, but we must receive the forms below in order to set a reduced fee.)
Scholarship Application 2013
4506-T IRS Form
Camper Information Form (Chrono) 2013