Activities & Facilities

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Activities and Facilities

No matter what your camper loves, we have something for them at Southwoods. With extensive activity selections in athletics, arts, aquatics, and adventure, every camper has the opportunity to discover new passions, go outside their comfort zone, and do their favorite thing in their favorite place.

With our location in the heart of the Adirondacks, Southwoods is arms reach to some of the country's best outdoor recreation sites. Countless miles of river to canoe, New York’s high peaks to explore, and craggy granite prime for climbing, there is no shortage of wilderness adventures our campers can choose from. Our team of experienced and certified guides lead all our expeditions in-house, so we have the flexibility to work around the weather's many moods. It’s our life’s work to provide experiences that encourage kids to fall in love with the outdoors.

Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities
Rock Climbing
Climbing Tower
High Ropes
Low Ropes
Giant Swing
Canoe Trips
Rafting Trips
Fire-tower and 4,000 ft-er Challenge
Survival skills.

For the camper who loves sports, Southwoods offers a variety of individual, team, traditional, and nontraditional options on our meticulously maintained facilities. Every activity is a combination of focused skill building combined with games. While we play hard and encourage healthy competition, teamwork and sportsmanship are the real hallmarks of our program. We have exciting intra-camp leagues and opportunities to play inter-camps with other area camps.

Our indoor facilities include a spectacular sports pavilion with an NBA sized indoor basketball court and workout room, cycling facility, and yoga space. Our covered gymnastics pavilion is fully-equipped and staffed with trained gymnasts. Our outdoor facilities include a high school size outdoor basketball court, collegiate-level fields for baseball, softball, a hockey rink, and even a track. Campers can play on both clay and paved tennis courts, our two gaga pits, sand volleyball, the list goes on!

Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities
Flag football
Wiffle Ball
Track & Field

Ask anybody who has visited Southwoods and they all say the same thing: Southwoods’ waterfront is the best part of camp. With private access to Paradox Lake, Southwoods campers enjoy not only our amazing swim area, but access to boating activities too. With the lake being at the forefront of their camp experience, we make sure our campers spend as much time down there as possible! Every day we have swim and at least 2 additional periods of waterfront activities to get them out of the heat and into the lake.

Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities
Water Skiing
Knee Boarding
Swim Instruction
Wibit Inflatable
Water Trampoline
Water Slides
Pontoon Time

From visual to performing arts, we make sure there are numerous opportunities for campers to express their artistic side at camp. Southwoods visual arts center has its own kiln for ceramics and a fully equipped woodshop. Performing arts branches out between the dance studio, main theater space where interested campers can participate in one of our productions, and even circus arts on the trapeze! And for the blooming foodie, our CSW camper kitchen teaches our campers easy, delicious recipes they can try in their kitchen at home. With so many options, there is something for every camper to enjoy.

Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities
Circus Arts
Theater (play, improv, auditioning, musical theater)
Tech Theater
Jam Band
Arts and Crafts
Tie Dye
Fiber Arts
Fabric Arts

Special Programs

One the most fun days of the year! A traditional carnival with traditional carnival foods, dunk tanks, carnival booths, characters, bouncy castles and so much more!
Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities

This one day, multi team event happens at the end of 1st and 3rd session and gives campers a chance to compete in everything from tug-o-war to relay and everything in between.
Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities

Our biggest event of the summer happens at the end of 2nd session and is a two-day, multi team competition for the whole camp. Campers, counselors, and staff all compete to win the color war cup.
Camp Southwoods Activities
Camp Southwoods Activities

Intra- mural competitions with spirited coaches give campers an opportunity for a little healthy competition. We host intra-camp leagues (on-camp) or go compete with our neighbors at inter-camp competitions.

Evening activities only have one goal: fun. They can either be full-camp or age specific. We want our camp to feel like one family. Many of our Evening Activities are enjoyed with the whole camp together at once! Socials, campfires, lip sync battles, talent shows, and more bring us all together as one Southwoods community. However, what’s super fun to a 9 year old is not always what fires up a 14 year old. Our age-appropriate evening activities give our campers a chance to bond with other campers in the same stage of life as themselves. These can be movie nights, bunk parties, star gazing, and more.

At Southwoods, we believe in the power of outdoor experiences in shaping our campers lives. We offer day and overnight trips to all ages so that our campers can enjoy all that the adirondacks have to offer. Our philosophy is simple, you don’t have to do everything, but you have to do something. With hikes as easy as 2 miles or as strenuous as summiting Mount Marcy, there is something for every adventurer. Day trips include hiking , canoeing, high peaks & fire tower challenge, rock climbing, rafting. Overnight trips include camping, portaging, backpacking, Appalachian Trail adventures, exploring the White Mountains, and the Super Senior Trip.

We are so excited to announce that the 2024 Super Senior Trip is finalized. It was our goal when planning this trip to pack as much adrenaline pumping adventure into the experience as we could - the result is 9 unforgettable days exploring the best the Northeast has to offer.
Camp Southwoods Activities

Super Senior Packing List

Camp Southwoods Special Programs
Camp Southwoods Special Programs
Camp Southwoods Special Programs