Don’t take our word for it, listen to our campers:


“There are simply not enough words that can properly express our sincere gratitude for SLDC. Lexie had ‘the best summer ever’ and she’s grown so much! Every day Lexie would come home sporting a tan and a smile across her face. Every day was better than the last. The big sister balloon/teddy bear gift was so appreciated! It literally brought tears to our eyes and warmed our hearts. We are blessed to be part of the SLDC family. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful gift for Lexie. See you next summer!”

Helen, Wayne, NJ

“We can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of camp for our children. This has been an amazing summer for all three of our kids. They have had the summer of their lives and it is because of you and your amazing camp. Our kids went to camp each day smiling and excited for every new day at camp! Every night we got to hear about the amazing staff and activists they participated in. To see the joy in their faces talking about their day at camp is truly wonderful . They woke up every morning early because they couldn’t wait to get on the bus. SLDC is their summer happy place where they are free to be who they are and not be judged. They are so sad for their summer at SLDC to end. We are already counting down the days to next summer!

We can’t thank you and Mitchell enough for providing our kids with a happy, safe, nurturing environment where they can grow and be happy. See you summer 2020!”

Jamie, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Many people only write letters when they have something to complain about. I love to write letters to compliment people and companies that are doing an outstanding job at what they do. Under your guidance and direction, with the assistance of your many dedicated employees, you make SLDC the place to be.

Last year was my granddaughter’s 1st summer. Her counselors were terrific and encouraged her to try new activities and foods. She had a blast, and was very sad when camp was over and that she had to wait so long to return. How happy she was when we started countdown to the 2019’s 1st day of camp. She is having a fabulous summer. With the gentle guidance and encouragement of her counselor, she is getting closer to experimenting with new activities.

This past Wednesday was visiting day for the Pearls and the Owls. What I saw was dedication to the well being of the children, making sure there was fun happening. Counselors as well as staff were visible and available. While sitting at the craft time, a few parents started to speak with each other. Some of the children came from Manhattan, others locally. The common theme of the conversations was how pleased they were that their child/children had an opportunity to attend SLDC.

We were all amazed how efficient and coordinated the visit was. It was made to look seamless and done with ease – you accomplished that. But, we all knew it takes a team, a dedicated team and much planning. Not only did the children enjoy showing off their skills, the parents enjoyed watching them show their achievements.

I along with many of the parents were impressed by your life guard staff. The great ratio of campers to guards, the encouragement of the guards to the children, the success in their achievements, and the happiness in the children as well as the life guards when the children reach a new level.

I said last year when I met you all that Spring Lake Day Camp is a sleepaway camp without the sleepaway. Continue to do what you are doing, because you certainly know what you are doing. Kudos to one and all for making Spring Lake Day Camp the place to be.”

Janice (Camper’s Grandma)

“We wanted to thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the AWESOME and AMAZING summer that you provided for Esther. From soup to nuts, to the moon and back and around again, there isn’t ONE single detail of the summer that wasn’t taken care of. We lived vicariously through Esther every day and were jealous of all of the fun that she had. From my own personal experience as a camper, I know the self-confidence and warm memories that will stay with her for the rest of her life from this experience and, hopefully, lifelong friends as well. Additionally, we are so thrilled that she finally learned to swim and gained confidence with and around the water. She began the summer not being a swimmer at all and is now a Level 2 swimmer. We are very proud and grateful. Minnie is our hero! We understand the hard work and dedication that you and your entire staff put into making the summer so incredible. We look forward to seeing you next year! The countdown begins until the bus picks Esther up next summer! Thank you so so so much!”

The Gabay Family, Fair Lawn, NJ

“This is just a quick note to thank you both for Channing’s great summer at camp. It was his first summer attending SLDC and he had an absolute blast. He was crying a week before the last week in anticipation of it all being over. I was not sure how he was going to respond to summer camp, but this clearly exceeded our expectations. I asked Channing whether he would be going back to SLDC next summer and he replied, ‘I’m going back EVERY summer!’ I think that says it all.Many thanks again and all the best to you and your family. Please also extend our thanks to the camp staff!”

Safiyah and Robert, Upper Montclair, NJ

“We are so grateful for the fun, love and adventure given to Lawler this summer! He loved going to camp each day and made some wonderful friends! He is already talking about next summer and cannot wait to be back! Our little boy was so well taken care of and we could not have been happier! Thank you for making this summer the best of his life so far!”

Julie and Thor, Fair Lawn, NJ

“Michelle, I just wanted to let you know you how unbelievably appreciative I am to you and Mitchell. We just happened to randomly come across your camp and what a wonderful decision we made. At the time, the girls and I were going a lot of uncertainty and fear. You gave them the love, happiness, calm and the ‘escape’ that they so desperately needed. For that I will forever be grateful! Our experience has been beyond my wildest imagination and words cannot describe how thankful I am.

You have a very special place in Spring Lake Day Camp and I’m not sure what our future holds, but one thing I know for sure is that we will be hard pressed to find another SLDC!”

Andy, New York City

“SLDC is truly the best! The entire staff is caring and nurturing for our children, while letting them experience new things on their own. The instruction is top rate. We cannot say enough about the level of expertise, especially in the swim program!

From your first meeting with Michelle, Mitchell and Arlene and all the wonderful people at the camp you truly feel like part of the SLDC family. When moving to Bergen County, it was never a question of “which camp” it was a question of “what age” should our children start!

We are proud parents of 2 very happy Junior Campers! SLDC is not just your summer camp, it is a year round experience in which reminiscing about summer fun and friendships happens daily (including breaking out into Cheer and Color War songs), and of course having a countdown to the next Summer occurs!

Thank you SPRING LAKE DAY CAMP – for taking such safe and wonderful care of our children from the minute they get on the bus to the moment they return home. Thank you for the amazing experience and thank you for being there for us!”

Stacy, Wyckoff, NJ
(Happy SLDC Parent and can’t wait to return!)

“Spring Lake and your team has been one of the best, smartest and most successful decisions we have made for the kids. It is the easiest 8 weeks we have all year as parents and probably the best my kids have also.”

Amy and Rob, New York City

“Spring Lake Day Camp was an amazing experience for my kids. My kids came home every day with big smiles on their faces and singing new camp songs. They were in the best mood for the entire summer. They could not wait to get on the bus each morning and literally cried on the last day.”

Lisa, New York City

“Thank you again for taking the time to take my mom and me on a personal tour of the facilities at Spring Lake. Looking back on my camping years, I don’t recall any day camp being THAT AMAZING! We truly were astonished to see what a beautiful, creative and exciting camp is in our hometown of Ringwood; it’s the best kept secret. We would definitely love to enlist our children in the day camp. Again, thank you for your time and also for allowing us to peek in on your camp family. It filled me with camp memories, ones that as you know -will last a lifetime.”

Melissa, Ringwood, NJ

“This will be Jordyn’s third summer at SLDC, starting camp when she entered kindergarten. We remember how nervous and excited we were for Jordyn that first summer but our nerves quickly went away when we saw how happy she was every day when she came home from camp. A reassuring phone call from the group leader helped ease our minds too! Jordyn quickly adapted to camp life with all of the activities, including swimming, dance, arts, go carts, basketball, science and her favorite activity, gymnastics. She loves trying everything at SLDC!! Not only does SLDC give Jordyn an opportunity to try new things but she has made so many new friends too. In our opinion we think it is the counselors and staff that make SLDC so special. They are warm and genuinely caring. At six years old Jordyn is already aspiring to be a camp counselor at SLDC, and as parents we can actually see this in her future!”

Shari and Billy, Oakland, NJ