Camp Southwoods

5532 Rt 74,
Paradox, NY 12858
All bookings are free!
Camp Prices 2020
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Acting, Adventure, Archery, Arts&Crafts, Baseball, Basketball, Camping, Canoeing, Ceramics, Cheerleading, Culinary, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Film and TV, Fishing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Kneeboarding, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Music, Nature Exposure, Paddleboarding, Photography, Pottery, Radio, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Sailing, Sculpture, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Water Polo, Water Skiing, Woodworking, Yoga, Zip Line
Southwoods is a four week, co-ed, sleepaway camp located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, New York. Situated on pristine, spring fed Paradox Lake, where the majestic mountains of the Adirondack Park slope to our water's edge.

Children feel safe to explore and grow in our interactive and exciting four week summer camp experience. They are immersed in a wonderful variety of outdoor, waterfront, arts and sports programs. Our cabins and activities are facilitated by a handpicked, mature and motivated staff who teach, inspire, comfort and foster life-long memories and friendships.

Our unique combination of extreme fun, child-centered philosophy, and physical location set in the heart of the Adirondack Park, makes the Traditional Sleepaway Summer Camp Experience at Southwoods one not to be missed.
camp overview
Southwoods is the premier four-week summer camp in the country and is considered a community where children can grow, discover, build confidence and form lifelong friendships. We build our camp experiences around people.

Southwoods is a recognized leader in the youth development field. Campers continue to take their invaluable summer camp experiences from Southwoods with them into adulthood. They then return as staff to help create those same experiences for the next generation of campers. Southwoods is an institution families trust!
Southwoods is located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. We are 4 1/2 hours North of New York City and 2 hours South of Montreal, Canada. Looking at a map? We are between Lake George and Lake Placid. Search for Schroon Lake.
Southwoods is committed to empowering people. Our goal is to build confidence and self-esteem by reinforcing positive human values. We achieve that goal through cutting-edge programming implemented by a carefully selected and fully trained staff whose investment in children, like our own, is unparalleled.
Waterfront Activities
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boat Riding
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Inflatables
  • Kayaking
  • Knee Boarding
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Pontoon Boating
  • Sailing
  • Slalom Skiing
  • Tarzan Swing
  • Swimming
  • Tandem Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Wake Boarding
  • Wake Surfing
  • Water Polo
  • Water Slides
  • Water Skiing
Outdoor Adventure
  • Camp Crafts
  • Campfires
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • Frog Catching
  • Giant Swing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature
  • Orienteering
  • Rappelling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ropes Course
  • Zip Lining
Creative Arts
  • Bracelet Making
  • Ceramics
  • Cooking
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Film Making
  • Guitar
  • Improv Acting
  • Knitting
  • Mural Painting
  • Music
  • Newsletter
  • Photography
  • Piano
  • Pottery
  • Radio
  • Sculpting
  • Singing
  • Stain Glass
  • Theatre
  • Tie Dye
  • Videography
  • Wood Working
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Roller Hockey
  • Skateboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Street Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
S'mores Program
Dates: Friday July 31st - Monday August 3rd, 2020

S'more Camp is a unique, extended weekend program, for children who are planning to attend Southwoods for the first time in the summer of 2021!

S'more Campers will be exposed to all the excellent facilities and programs that Southwoods has to offer. They will take Boat rides and enjoy many different waterfront activities, play games on our courts and fields, perform on stage and create arts and crafts projects in that safe Southwoods environment that families have come to know and trust over the years. The active overnight program will engage and challenge your child at his or her level. And our mature, hand picked staff, will provide our S'MORE CAMPERS with an Adirondack experience they will never forget!

We have planned and created a wonderful first Adirondack sleepaway camp experience. Like every program Southwoods offers, S'more Camp has been developed for maximum participation and fun. We can assure you that this is an ideal way to provide you and your child with an extremely comfortable and positive first overnight summer camp experience away from home.

We will be providing transportation to and from our normal pick up sites in the NY Metro Area; NYC, WC & NJ.

As we have limited space available, we expect to be wait listing potential S'more campers quickly. So, register your child today!
Super Senior Program
The 2020 1st Session Super Senior Program is Sold Out!

Our Super Senior Program is for returning Upper Senior Campers Only. These young adults get to put all they have learned at Southwoods as they travel, participate in community service projects, and experience leadership opportunities. Places traveled to by past super seniors include Ohio, Ceder Point, Niagara Falls, Colorado, Utah, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San DIego. The westward adventure trip will not only include site seeing in some of the most beautiful places in America, but also amazing activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, surfing, sailing, and rock climbing!
Leader In Training (LIT)
Our journey to great leadership!

This program is an opportunity for Southwoods campers to return to the Adirondacks the summer following their Super Senior year! Learn about leadership skills and spend time interacting with younger campers. Spaces are limited to a total.

2020 Dates: Dates: July 10th - August 12th, 2020
A 5 week Leader in Training (LIT) program for campers entering 11th grade in September 2020.

What we promise?
We will take LITs on a journey, which will help them develop skills to become confident leaders within the camp community, as well as in their everyday lives.

The 4 Components:
  1. LITs will determine what skills good leaders use.
  2. LITs will have many opportunities every day to practice using these skills.
  3. In a safe environment, LITs will work together, as a group, to learn from and support each other.
  4. LITs will have fun while learning to become great leaders!

Where will our journey take us?

LIT Life: Working & Living Together as a Group
Teamwork, Respect, Motivation, Initiative

The Fantastic Four
Responsibility, Communication, Listening, Observation

Creativity is AWESOME!
Planning, Presenting, Enthusiasm, Problem Solving

On Your Way to Becoming a Superstar Leader
Group Leadership, Developing Positive Behavior, Managing Undesired Behavior, Persistence

How will we get there?
Modeling, Activities, Discussion, Reflection/Journals, Mentoring, Evaluations, Praise, Special Camp Responsibilities

Camp is fun!

Some other things that we will do throughout the program:
Special Events, Campfires, Disney World in Florida, Daily Leadership Sessions, Day Trips, Behind the Scenes at camp, Program Area Certification Courses: First Aid, Ropes Course, Sports Clinics, and so much more!
A Typical Day at Camp Southwoods
6:30am - Early Morning Risers
7:30am - Wake Up Fun!
8:00am - Clean Up Fun!
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am – Three Fun Morning Activities & Electives
12:30am - Lunch
1:15pm - Rest Hour
2:00pm - Two Fun Afternoon Activities & Electives
4:15pm - Snack
4:30pm - Free Play Fun
5:30pm - Lineup!
6:00pm - Dinner
6:45pm - Showers
7:30pm - Evening Activity Fun

Canteen + Lights Out varies with each age group
About the staff
Southwoods employs about 130 counselors seasonally. All staff are required to have completed one or more years of college. The average age of our staff is 21. We hire staff from all over the United States, Canada and Overseas.

About the campers
Our campers each reside at camp for a four-week period. Each session 300 boys and girls from 7-15 years of age participate in our program. Our clientele is from middle class and upper class backgrounds.

About the food
We provide lots of choices. We serve a hot family style entrée at every meal. Additionally we have buffet tables set up at breakfast with a dry cereal bar, at lunch a salad bar and at dinner a salad bar, and a pasta or potato bar. We serve a vegetarian option at every meal. We serve kid friendly and nutritious meals. And of course, there is always the standard PB&J.
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