September 21, 2016

Our 2017 season is off to strong start with so many exciting plans in the works! It is hard to believe the leaves on our trees are starting to turn colors and that our Fall Fest Open House for prospective and new families is in a few weeks!

The leaves are starting to turn already! Such a beautiful site!
The leaves are starting to turn already! Such a beautiful sight!

We are so excited to be starting our 29th season as the finest day camp in the world! We are proud to have been voted, “The Best of Bergen” for two years running by Bergen Health and Life’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 and 2016! Our passion for giving our campers an amazing experience each and every day of the summer is what drives us to be so successful.  SLDC strives in providing a healthy and positive environment for your children!

All roads lead to SLDC. Exit 57 off of 287. Exit for fun!
All roads lead to SLDC. Exit 57 off of 287. Exit for fun!

Camper applications for 2017 are available on our website and many families are already taking advantage of our fabulous money-saving early enrollment incentives, so don’t miss out! Just take a look at our Dates, Rates and Registration section on our website for more information! Online enrollment is so quick and easy, starting with the click of your mouse on the home page where it says “Click Here to Register Online”!

SLDC is honored to be participating in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, also known as Gold Ribbon Awareness. For every application that comes in during the month of September, we will be donating $10 to Tackle Kids Cancer. Tackle Kids Cancer was started by the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. One hundred percent of all donations made to Tackle Kids Cancer benefit all of the research, clinical care and support services needed to find a cure. We hope you will help support this worthwhile and important cause.

Our SLDC Fall Fest Open House is Sunday, October 16th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and is always so much fun! The afternoon is filled with great activities including pumpkin painting, boating, a s’mores pit, bounce house, pony rides, zip lines, climbing wall – and so much more! And of course, tours are available as well! This is a great day for any parents who are thinking about joining our 2017 SLDC camp family for the first time! If interested in coming, just give us a call at 973-831-9000 to RSVP by October 10th!

Don't Miss Our Fall Fest For New Campers!
Don’t Miss Our Fall Fest For New Campers! Meet, Tour, Discuss Our program. Family Fun For All!

Only 277 days until the first day of camp! We can’t wait and we hope you can’t either! Seeing is truly believing at SLDC!

Can't wait to see you soon! Mitchell & Michelle Kessler
Can’t wait to see you soon!
Mitchell & Michelle Kessler

August 16, 2016

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.

January 11, 2016

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!!


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!