November 18, 2015

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

September 18, 2015

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!

June 9, 2015

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.

April 7, 2015

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!


February 27, 2015

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


January 13, 2015


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

December 15, 2014

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