Southwoods Camp

Paradox, New York    

Lantern Review of Southwoods Camp

The details matter here at Southwoods Camp, one of the country’s premier four-week programs. Yes, the beautifully maintained cabins and activity facilities on its scenic grounds are clues to the importance of the little things that work in concert to make a better camp, but it’s the smiling campers and caring pulse of Southwoods that tells the real story. From the day that the counselors arrive for training, they are challenged to show that they care for each camper. It is a common refrain that forms the very foundation of this community.

Rising from the shores of a pristine spring-fed lake, the Southwoods campus graces a hillside of the Adirondacks. The separate boys and girls cabins are gathered along both sides of the main bunkline area in the center of camp, keeping this part of camp the happy and lively pulse from which the entire camp program can be explored.

The setting is a wonderful home for the many programs that are offered, from traditional outdoor activities like archery to unique programs like wake surfing. The sports program is also first-rate with several impressive courts and fields for just about any sport. About half of each day is spent in cabin group activities, while the other half is left for the myriad of electives which allow campers to focus on skill development or learning new skills in activities that most interest them. A dedicated “free-play” period just before dinner provides an opportunity to play favorite activities like gaga, work on crafts or simply relax with camp friends and siblings; it’s a wonderful unstructured time that’s refreshing to find in a camp.

Though Southwoods is a relatively young camp in the camping fraternity, it’s created a dedicated following with return rates topping 90%. The intentional focus on creating friendships and community may be a large part of the reason for this impressive return rate and it may be best exemplified by their “Fuzzy” tradition; a small, fuzzy, weeble-like crafted creature. Campers nominate each other for a Fuzzy in recognition for demonstrating gratitude or caring. On the Fuzzy is written “I Got A Warm Inner Glow at Southwoods” and indeed those who come to this caring camp glow with happiness and loyalty.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • 250 Campers per Session
  • 4-week
  • Founded in 1998
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Southwoods is a leader of four-week, co-ed, sleepaway camps in the country! Situated on pristine, Paradox Lake in upstate New York, 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, 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. We invite you to keep reading and learn more about what makes a Southwoods summer so spectacular.

Program Highlights

  • 65 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Academic
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Waterskiing
  • GaGa
  • Caving/Spelunking
  • Tennis
  • Rocketry/Mad Science

Travel Information

We offer free bus service from NYC, Long Island, NJ, Westchester County, and PA. We also have chaperoned flights from Baltimore/DC area to/from camp. Albany airport is 1 hour away. Montreal International airport is 2 hours away. Amtrak train service station is 20 minutes away from camp.


Southwoods Camp

(914) 214-8780

(518) 532-7717

Scott Ralls