Southwoods FAQs

Our Traditional Camp program is for children 7-14 years old. It is a “crazy-fun” schedule including a program of athletics, waterfront activities including sailing and ski, creative arts, performing arts, electives, evening activities, special events, tribal competition, and much more. Our ever-evolving and dynamic program continues to create one unforgettable summer after another.

Our S’more Camp program is for children ready to try the camp experience for the first time. It features 2 days and 3 nights at Southwoods participating in carefully designed activities. We will enjoy the waterfront, explore the Outdoor Adventure area, have an interactive campfire, and experience Southwoods and everything it has to offer. S’more campers will leave excited to return next summer.

Our Super Seniors program is for returning Upper Senior campers only. These young adults get to put all they have learned at Southwoods to practice as they travel, participate in community service projects, and experience leadership opportunities. Places traveled to by past Super Seniors include Ohio, Cedar 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 whitewater rafting, mountain biking, surfing, sailing, and rock climbing! 

What is the Southwoods Camp Philosophy?
Southwoods is committed to empowering children. 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.

How long is a Southwoods camp session?
Southwoods offers a choice of 2 sessions. Each camp session runs for 4 fantastic weeks. Session One begins the last week of June. Session Two begins the last week of July. Your child can be enrolled in either Session One or Session Two; each session is identical in programming.

Who will supervise my child?
All Southwoods staff are "hand-picked" on the basis of maturity, sensitivity, leadership ability, and a true desire to positively impact the life of a child. Owners Scott and Andrea Ralls work with, evaluate and observe every staff member as they attend an extensive orientation training program prior to camp; 7, 12, 14, or 21 days depending on their job requirements. Our awesome staff are ready each day to greet our campers with a big smile, participate with them, and take care of quality of life issues so as to insure they have the summer of their lives.

Where are you located?
We are located in Paradox, NY in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains High Peaks region. Southwoods sits on the shores of spring fed Paradox Lake where the mountains slope to the waters’ edge, about 15 miles from Fort Ticonderoga and 5 miles from Schroon Lake. Directions

What is the facility like?
Southwoods is operated on 100 privately owned acres. Our facility has been well planned and is maintained in excellent condition. A multitude of buildings house our athletics, creative arts, and performing arts programs. In addition we have the state-of-the-art outdoor facilities such as our Adventure program that contains a Climbing and Rappel wall, Giant Swing, Low elements, High elements, and Zip Line. Each year we continue to add to our facility meeting the highest of standards and the changing needs of our campers, with a careful eye not to lose the amazing natural setting and vistas we have been blessed with.

What is a typical day like?
Starting with our Early Riser program at 6:30am, Southwoods’ days are filled with excitement. Depending on the group, your campers’ day starts about 7:30 am and lasts until Lights Out. This ranges from 8:45 to 10:30pm. Each day is made up of 5 activity periods, of either bunk activities or electives. The camp schedule is very organized, but at the same time we are full of surprises and special events, which make every day something special. Daily Schedule

 Will my child swim at camp?
Southwoods waterfront is full of amazing water activities. Campers take part in both instructional and recreational swims.  Our American Red Cross certified swim program consists of 2 swim lessons per week. Waterfront activities include Trampoline with blob and log, Climbing Wall Iceberg, lap lanes, slide, diving boards, basketball, sailing, canoes, kayaks, fun yaks, skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, windsurfing and many great beach games like kickboard tennis. Waterfront

Are there any special event days at camp?
Everyday at camp is special. We do have Special Event days that have included in recent years Costume Ball, Mardi Gras, Luau, Scramble, Birthday Bash, and the extremely popular Carnival. Special Event day activities might include inflatables and dances but surprises like Dunk Tanks, Photo Booths, Bands, and Fireworks could be apart of the fun as well. Also one day a week is our Tribal Day – an intracamp competition, where included in the non-stop fun campers learn the value of great sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. Special Events

What happens when it rains?
We are always prepared to have safe fun even during a little liquid sunshine. Some popular traditions include: Southwoods Hall of Records; Say What Karaoke; Get to Know Your Counselor; and there’s always something new and creative to do while underneath cover at Southwoods – and typically in the Adirondacks, rain doesn’t stick around too long.

How will I know what is going on at camp?
There are several ways we will be in contact. First, our website is updated everyday and is a great way to see pictures of your child, stay up-to-date on current events, and to email your camper. Second, one of your primary contacts during the summer will be your child’s Head Counselor. They will keep parents up to date with the progress of your camper and how his/her camp experience is going. We also want you to feel free to call or email us anytime! We are happy to hear from you and to answer any questions you might have about your child.

How does camp laundry work?
We provide a laundry service once a week while the campers are at camp. The entire cabin’s laundry goes out together and is cleaned and folded by our laundry service. Nametags are a must!!

What are the dining options at Southwoods?
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, fresh fruit and yogurt bar, toast and bagels, at lunch a tossed salad and soup bar, deli meat station, and at dinner a salad bar, and pasta and 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. Dining Hall

Does Southwoods have a religious affiliation?
Southwoods is a non-denominational camp and does not hold services on any day throughout the summer.

Do you provide camp transportation?
We provide charter bus transportation to and from several towns. Locations include Westchester, Long Island, Manhattan, New Jersey, Montreal, and a Baltimore/Washington chaperoned flight. Please call to discuss other possible options with us.

How long is the camp day?
Our stimulating and exhilarating camp day depends upon the group of the camper. Typically we have programming from Early Morning Risers starting at 6:30am then breakfast, to Canteen and Lights Out concluding the day from 8:30- 10:30pm. Schedule

Is there health care at camp?
We have one doctor and two highly qualified Registered Nurses at camp 24 hours a day. They take care of all health needs with lots of Tender Loving Care. If your child has a specific health concern or allergy please contact our office to discuss how we can best accommodate your child.

Is Southwoods ACA accredited?
Southwoods is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Camps accredited by the ACA must meet standards above and beyond those imposed by local and state authorities. Less than one in four camps ever join the circle of ACA accredited camps. ACA camps aim to provide a meaningful experience for every child. Both Andrea and Scott are very active members of the NY and National Boards that govern ACA accredited camps.







How do I sign my child up for camp?

2017 Registration Form


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