Welcome to the Staff Testimonial Page!

Hear what Southwoods Counselors have to say about their experience at summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

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“I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding summer job…the kids really touched my heart and made me realize how much I enjoy working with them.”
-Valerie, Cabin Specialist - New York

“Words cannot express how much fun I had at Southwoods. It was the time of my life and arguably had the best summer of my life. I met people whom I will never lose touch with, and the staff treated you like one of their family.”
-Joanne, Lifeguard - Canada

“Imagine teaching someone to sail who has never set foot into a boat before. Once they are out on the water by themselves and aren’t scared, but instead smiling, you can clearly see that improvement. It makes you feel like you are making a difference.”
-Jenipher, Sailing Instructor - Texas

“It is a great experience. I loved teaching the kids to swim everyday. The campers are a delight and made my summer. I know I want to work with kids!"
-Aleah, Waterfront Director - Kentucky

“You won’t know the feeling of being a counselor for 9 weeks until you leave the camp. It’s indescribable how much you miss everyone and everything. You get to know not only the campers as friends, but the counselors as best friends. If you want to be a camp counselor you have to do it at Southwoods, there’s just no other place.”
-Cole, Program Team - Ohio

“(The biggest accomplishment this summer was) helping a child have an amazing summer. It was a great feeling when the kids told you that you helped them achieve a goal, like making it up the climbing wall.”
-Darryl, Cabin Specialist - Canada

“It was better than I could have imagined. It truly is something you have to experience because it is unexplainable.”
-Chelsea, Ski Instructor - Colorado

“As for being “camp sick” nobody I know understands why I miss camp so much. This summer was by far the best experience I have ever had. The expectations I had before I went to camp were not only met during the two months I was there, but I got more out of this summer than I could have ever imagined.”
-Matt, Cabin Specialist - Kentucky

“I have loved it here. You have made me feel at home and comfortable enough to be myself and have the summer of a lifetime. I can’t wait to come back.”
-Esther, Tennis Specialist - England

“I had another amazing summer here with you all and I wouldn’t trade a moment of it. Camp makes you learn and grow in a way no other experience can.”
-Kyra, Group Leader - New Hampshire

“It was the time of my life I can’t wait for next summer!”
–Jayme, Cabin Specialist – Kansas

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