Questions to Consider While Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

Selecting a camp that is a fit for your child is not an easy task and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some questions to ask to get you off on the right foot with selecting a camp for your child.

Summer Day Camp or Overnight Camp?

While searching for the right fit for your child you need to know if you want to send them to a summer day camp or a sleep-away camp. If your child is ready for some independence and is ok with being away from home for a length of time, sleep-away camp might be an option for your child. However, it isn’t the right fit for everyone. Summer day camps allow your child to meet new people, make new friends, and have an awesome summer while staying at home.

What is the camp’s philosophy?

Looking at the camp’s philosophy is extremely important. Your child will be spending a great deal of time at camp so you want to make sure that the camp’s philosophy matches with your family’s philosophy.

What programs and activities does the camp offer?

Choosing the right summer camp for your child means that you need to do research into the programs and activities the camp offers. Choose a camp that aligns with your child’s passions and interests. This will make the summer more enjoyable for your child.

What kind of safety procedures are in place to offer the safest environment for children?

You want to choose a summer camp that has the safest environment possible for children. You may want to ask the camp director what kind of training the staff has in emergency situations. If your child has any food allergies, ask how the camp will ensure your child’s safety especially if they provide food.

Does the camp fit in your budget?

Sending your child to summer camp comes with a price tag. It’s important to know what your family budget is while narrowing down the best summer camps for your child. Start your research for summer camps early because some summer camps may provide a discount for registering early, payment plans, or discounts for enrolling more than one child.

Extra tip: Make sure you include your child when choosing the right summer camp for them.

Spring Lake Day Camp is a family owned and operated camp that offers activities for everyone: sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, and science/ecology. SLDC focuses on sportsmanship, leadership, determination, and cooperation; has an onsite health facility with registered nurses and a nut aware policy to ensure the safety of every camper.

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Stay Warm, Think Camp! SLDC Upcoming Open House Dates

Do you wonder what we do all winter at SLDC? Besides preparing 10 months for 2 months, we give lots of tours of our awesome facility on weekends, school holidays and weekdays. If you or a friend are interested in SLDC for 2016, now is a great time to visit us as our groups do start to fill quickly.

Upcoming Open House Dates:

Saturday, January 16th – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Monday, January 18th (MLK Day) – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, January 30th – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Tours typically last about an hour and are by appointment only. Please call our office @ 973-831-9000 or simply email us at to schedule your tour. Wondering if you should bring the kids on your tour? Absolutely! We will have a craft project and light refreshments so please bring the kiddos along. Do remember to dress warmly.

“Seeing Is Believing!”


Ever wonder what SLDC looks like covered in snow? It sure is pretty! Enjoy these photos taken last year during Snowmageddon 2015.

Winter Scene @ SLDC w/ Camp Dog Bo

Winter Scene @ SLDC w/ Camp Dog Bo


Our Beautiful Snow Covered Lake !


Picture Of Our Snow Covered Office.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!!

Remember….Stay Warm, Think Camp!!


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Thanksgiving Well Wishes & What’s Trending On The Campfront!

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives, take a moment to express our gratitude to others and appreciate the simple things we so often take for granted.

There is no time more fitting than the Thanksgiving holiday to say thank you. We would like to extend our appreciation to our camp families & staff for your loyalty and support, and most of all for being an integral part of our camp family.

We are thankful and privileged to be able to enrich the lives of so many children each and every summer. We want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

We have been enjoying this mild Fall at SLDC and thought you might like to see just how beautiful camp is Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall!

Panoramic View Of The Beautiful Foliage Taken From Our Food Pavilion!

Panoramic View Of The Beautiful Foliage Taken From Our Food Pavilion!

Breathtaking View Of Our Lake!

Breathtaking View Of Our Lake!

We have been busy this Fall making improvements on the “campfront.” Our multipurpose sports pavilion is complete and something right out of Architectural Digest magazine, if we do say so ourselves. Thanks to our in-house architect Mitchell for designing this masterpiece.


Multipurpose Sports Complex Looks Amazing!

Our amphitheater has a new stage which looks amazing.  Junior Ceramics has a whole new look and there’s more to come.


Jr. Ceramics Has A Whole New Look!



New Stage For Amphitheater!

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to all!


Mitchell & Michelle and your entire SLDC family

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Reflecting On 2015 & Looking Forward To 2016

Summer 2015 is now behind us, but what a great summer it was, filled with so many special friendships and unforgettable memories created by our campers AND our staff!  Our SLDC summer theme, The Power of Camp, carried us through the eight weeks with spirit, laughter, and camaraderie!  Color War was incredibly fun and exciting!  Our villains (Mitchell, Michelle, Arlene and Myron) had kidnapped Spirit the Hawk AND the mascots for Girls Camp and Boys Camp.  They were determined to ruin the end of our summer for everyone!  But alas, we all know that the bad guys never win!  Our Super Heroes (Boys Camp, Girls Camp and Junior Camp administrators) and Color War Captains of the White Marvels and Green Ninja Turtles saved the day with the help of every single one of our campers!

Mitchell & Michelle AKA The Riddler & Poison Ivy Get Into The Color War SPIRIT!

Mitchell & Michelle AKA The Riddler & Poison Ivy Get Into The Color War SPIRIT!

Our Administrators All Get Into The SPIRIT By Taking Part In Our Color War Break.

Our Administrators All Get Into The SPIRIT By Taking Part In Our Color War Break.

A Shout Out To Our Color War Captains Who Did An Amazing Job!

A Shout Out To Our Color War Captains Who Did An Amazing Job!

We hope that all of our campers and staff have wonderful thoughts and memories from Summer 2015, and are now on their way to having a successful school or work year!  We are already working hard to make Summer 2016 even better, with new bleachers, new bunks, additional bathrooms with healthy hand free systems, a new pavilion on the lower soccer and baseball fields, and so much more!

It’s never too early to think about camp!  Our online application, available on our website, is up and ready for our new and returning families to take advantage of our early bird incentives and traditional price freeze!  It’s quick and easy!

We surely welcome all of our new and prospective families to come and visit us at our upcoming open houses!  Our Fall Open House for prospective campers will take place on Sunday, October 18th from 12pm-3pm. Don’t forget to RSVP. Our 28th summer season has begun!  We hope to hear from you soon!

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We have started our final countdown with only 20 days to go until the start of our 2015 summer season! Our theme this summer is “The Power Of Camp” and we are ready for you!! Our Preview Day for new campers was a huge success. New campers and their families enjoyed our tree top ropes course, climbing wall, zip lines, euro bungee trampoline, boating, swimming and much more. A shout out to our amazing staff for their hard work and dedication. We are truly thankful for our SLDC family. Our new fields are looking great and are ready to go. We can’t wait to see our camper’s smiling faces soon. The “Power of Camp” is ready for you!!

Our new "Power of Camp " banner !!

Our new “Power of Camp ” banner !!

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SLDC stands for Sprit, Leadership, Determination, Cooperation!


Our mascot Spirit is ready for 2015!!


Our new SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) field looks amazing!


Lower soccer field gets a new look!


Baseball fields are looking great!


New campers enjoyed boating with their families at our new camper BBQ.


View of our Tree Top Ropes Course through our new gymnastics pavilion.


New campers enjoyed the frog slide at our new camper BBQ.

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Counting Down to The Power of Camp!

With less than 85 days till the first day of camp, our SLDC office is buzzing with excitement!  Our calendar is set, our Adventure Travel program is set, and our spring mailing has gone out in the mail.  Spring is finally in the air, and more of our outdoor improvements have already been getting underway!  The Clubhouse on the top of the hill has also been undergoing some great changes, with new pine walls throughout many of the rooms, and a renovated kitchen and legos/robotics area!  We know our campers will just love it!

Did you happen to look at some of our new features on our website?  We have added additional information about our Programs and Activities, as well as an Interactive Map of the camp with photos and video clips which we are both informative and fun to watch! More updates to come! Check it out!

When you come visit us this spring or summer, make sure you take note of our beautiful wooden specialty area signs, totem poles, and especially our new entry gates, all designed, carved and created by Walter Sansone of Gallery Works (  Walter began creating music and art as a young child, and learned how to widdle wood with his grandfather. He attended the University of Hartford and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.  Walter works with wood, stone and metal, and many of his unique and awe inspiring creations can be seen throughout our camp!


Our New Gate At The Front Entrance Looks Amazing!!

Our new Fiber Crafts Sign!

Our New Fiber Crafts Sign!


Dance Studio Sign!


Our Infirmary Gets A New Bumps & Bruises Sign!


The Art Shop Gets A Totem Pole!









SLDC just keeps getting better and better!


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Some Fun Facts about SLDC! Did you know that Spring Lake Day Camp offers on-site corporate events? Since 1905 our property has been hosting the world’s leading companies including Mercedes Benz, Novartis, GAF, Cantor Fitzgerald and Make-A-Wish Foundation,  to name a few! These events are run by our SLDC team and our own in-house caterers.  These weekend and off-season events help strengthen our presence in the community and sets us apart as the premier facility in the Tri State area.

Check us out at and see what we’re all about!


Mouth Watering Angus Burgers! Only The Finest Quality At Fountain Springs!


Water Slides! Fun For All!


Adult Relay Races Great For Team Building


Create Your Own Beer Garden In Our 3000sq ft. Open Air Pavilion!

500 ft Zip Line Over The Lake!

500 ft Zip Line Over The Lake!


Enjoy Micro-Car Racing!

The world’s best companies in the Tri-State area trust Fountain Springs Country Club, located in Ringwood, NJ, for their corporate picnics, product launches and team building activities. Our location, facilities, service and catering all combine to create the perfect setting for any occasion. We are located just 25 miles North West of the GWB, situated in the beautiful foothills of the Ramapo Mountains with our own scenic 5 acre spring-fed lake. Our friendly staff, event planning expertise and award winning chefs make Fountain Springs the perfect choice for your next function.

Making everyone’s day a success is our goal!

Please call or email Mitchell Kessler, Owner for more details: 973-831-9000 or


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With 2015 well under way, we are busy planning for an awesome 2015 summer!  SLDC is beautiful in the winter, but we love our summers here in the mountains! Believe it or not, there are only 167 days until the first day of camp! Bring it on!

Winter Scene @ SLDC w/ Camp Dog Bo

Winter Scene @ SLDC w/ Camp Dog Bo

We are happy to report that with so many campers already enrolled, some of our groups are filling up and getting ready to close! If you want to secure your spot but aren’t sure about the weeks yet, you can still complete your online camper application as a “TBD” (to be determined), and let us know your exact weeks at some point down the road!  So easy!

We are finalizing our summer 2015 calendar, selecting our delicious menu choices, setting up our Horseback Riding and Tennis programs, as well as the Optional Trips program for campers entering 3rd grade and up.  We are also working on scheduling our special days at camp such as Song and Banner, Spirit Day, Junior Camp Pajama Breakfast, Girls Side Cheer Competition and Boys Side Sports Breakfast,  and so much more! Mark YOUR calendars for our popular Carnival Day on Tuesday July 14th and Land and Sea Day on Tuesday August 4th!  Our campers never want to miss those special event days!

Color War Fun!

Color War Fun!

Girls Side Over The Rainbow Breakfast

Girls Side Over The Rainbow Breakfast

Red, White & Blue Celebration

Red, White & Blue Celebration

Splashdown Beach Trip

Splashdown Beach Trip

We hope everyone has been enjoying watching our 2014 summer video!  Friendships and forever memories!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more fun pics and videos of our SLDC families and staff!

Happy Winter!

Mitchell and Michelle and Your SLDC Family

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What’s New For The New Year?

Hello SLDC Families!  Welcome to our new SLDC Blog Spot!  We hope that you will continue to check in with us on a regular basis so that you can see what’s the latest and greatest at our camp!  We all know that Mitchell is always coming up with new and exciting activities and programs and the 2015 season has already been no different!

Before the first snow fell on the ground, we already saw two new Adventure Challenge components built — our Leap of Faith, which will definitely thrill our older campers, and our new Mini Zip Line over our stream which can be seen by the front entrance of camp!  They both look awesome!

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

New Jr. Zip Line!

New Jr. Zip Line!

And for our basketball lovers, new MVP Goalsetter Basketball Systems have been put up on our large basketball court sports complex.  Our campers will love the adjustable hoops and clear backboards!

Goalsetter Rims

Goalsetter Rims

Is there more???  Of course!  Venture down to our lower sports fields and you will find our new SAQ (Sports-Agility-Quickness) Field, which sits above our Soccer field and Archery area!  What a great spot for Boys Camp and Girls Camp to become stronger, faster and feel good about themselves with a fantastic view of the camp!

Path Leading To New SAQ Field

Path Leading To New SAQ Field

We’ve also been putting up new wooden activity area signs, which have been handmade by an incredibly talented craftsman we were fortunate enough to find!  Check out our new Art Shop Totem Pole!

Art Shop Totem Pole

Art Shop Totem Pole

Our new 2014 Yearbook/Promotional DVD is ready to be mailed to our families. It is packed with amazing summer 2014 highlights!  All of us here in the office have watched it over and over, smiling, singing and dancing each time we play it! We hope our 2014 and 2015 enrolled families will have the chance to watch and enjoy it too!  It makes us feel like camp is right around the corner!

We just love staying in touch with all of you throughout the year, and we surely love YOU staying in touch with US!  We especially love all of the pictures of our SLDC kids that we receive from you!  So please continue to check in with us on our blog, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!   We promise to have more exciting news soon!

Warmest wishes to our SLDC families for a happy and healthy new year!

Mitchell and Michelle and your SLDC family

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