Working for Southwoods

#Staff Experience

About Working at Camp Southwoods

The Backbone of Camp: The Staff

Our motto is “Happy staff inspire happy campers.” We aim to make Southwoods not just a wonderful place to be a kid but a great place to work as well. Our staff have diverse backgrounds, come from all over the world, and bring many different skill sets to the table. What they all have in common is:

  • A desire to make a positive impact on the life of a child.
  • A team-work makes the dream work mentality.
  • A willingness to be silly! Southwoods staff are the first to get up a “commit to the bit.”
  • A commitment to clear communication, active listening, and mutual respect.

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About Working at Camp Southwoods

Staff FAQ

We are located in Paradox, NY in Adirondack Park.

Support Staff and Pre Camp Staff Arrival: June 9, 2024

Waterfront, Trek, and Leadership Staff Arrival: June 16, 2024

Remaining Staff Arrival: June 21, 2024

Staff Departure: August 18, 2024

Post Camp Staff Departure: August 25, 2024.

You are welcome to drive to Southwoods if you own a car. We have 3 pick-up dates at JFK Airport on June 9, June 16, and June 21. Outside of those pick-up dates, it is up to you to arrange your travel. We will drop off at JFK on August 18 and August 25, 2024. Departure outside of the drop off date is up to you.

Counselor Staff get one period off a day and alternating evenings out of cabin. Staff all receive one day off per week (excluding the first and last week of camp) and one evening off per week. Support Staff work 40 hour weeks. When they are not scheduled, they can have time off while remaining on camp. Support Staff receive the same one day and one night off per week as Counselor Staff.

Counselor Staff live in-cabin with their campers, as do some Leadership Staff. Support Staff live with roommates in separate housing.

Of course! Staff have access to offices, the Staff Lounge, the LIT training room, the Health Center, and additional areas on camp with WiFi access during their time off.

No cell phones are allowed in cabins or at activities. Cell phone use is limited to the Staff Lounge, Office, and time-off.

Payroll is run bi-weekly by direct deposit. A $300 completion bonus is withheld from ALL staff pay until the end of the summer. Upon completion of the contracted time, the staff member will receive their final pay check, plus the $300. Travel reimbursement is not given until the end of camp.

We do not expect staff to come to Southwoods already knowing how to be great counselors. Our staff training runs eight days and teaches you everything you need to know from policies and procedures to traditions and the inside scoop on Southwoods. By the end of training, you’ll feel ready for Opening Day!

Our Leadership Team work tirelessly to keep the ship off the rocks. Leadership Staff members must be 21+, have experience in the area they direct, and be able to keep the 30,000 ft view of Southwoods in the forefront of their decision making. When hiring Leadership Staff, the best candidate gets the job, regardless of whether or not they were a previous Southwoods staff member or camper.
Camp Southwoods The three Cs
Camp Southwoods The three Cs
Camp Southwoods The three Cs

At Southwoods, we promise to:

  • Promote an environment where staff feel comfortable communicating with leadership.
  • Provide rationale behind decision making.
  • Treat everyone equally and respectfully.
  • Be mindful and prioritize staff mental health.
  • Set realistic expectations and communicate them effectively.

Does a Southwoods summer sound like a good fit for you? Apply now or reach out to Maddie to set up a time to talk!