Proud Members of Camp Southwoods


Meet Coach Steve

Coaching is not only on Steven’s resume, it’s in his blood.

As a professional basketball and tennis coach, athletics director and now Director of Camp Southwoods, Steven knows how to build strong teams and foster empowering relationships between young people.

Steven brings a coach mindset to everything he does at Camp Southwoods. Coaching is beyond getting wins on the board. Coaching is about lifting others and creating a sense of teamwork as the foundation of success.

While his macro view is helping campers succeed in all they do, Steve takes the micro approach with his staff by ensuring the know all the details of how to help children learn and achieve goals. He teaches the staff how to be good coaches, so they can teach children to harness great moments.

He has assembled a team of dedicated professionals who love working with children for the betterment of their futures.

As you consider sending your child to Camp Southwoods, Steve and Stefanie are your go-to contact to make sure you feel comfortable and confident that your child is in the safest and most joyous place on earth.

Meet Stefanie

Stefanie’s entire professional career has been spent in camping. She has been a lifelong camper, counselor, group leader, head counselor and assistant director. Prior to joining us at Southwoods, she spent fifteen years working full time, year-round at another premier sleepaway camp. Stefanie takes the time to get to know each family personally as she partners with parents to set their children up for success in a camp setting. She has an extraordinary amount of expertise in childcare and has an extensive background in overseeing all aspects of a camp environment twelve months out of the year.

Stefanie is an active member of the American Camp Association, and she attends various events with other camp professionals throughout the year. She is continuously committed to improving upon the camp community of which she has long been a member. Stefanie brings to camp a sense of spirit, warmth and enthusiasm that proves to be contagious to all of those around her.

Meet Gayle

Gayle has been a part of the camping world since 1997. She worked as a group leader and head counselor for 24 years at a prestigious camp in the Adirondack Mountains. After her brother Steven bought Camp Southwoods she joined his staff as the Office Manager working throughout the year.

Gayle was an elementary school teacher for 40 years on Long Island and brings her knowledge of the whole child with her. Her organizational skills keep the ‘behind the scenes” activities running smoothly. Her laugh, smile and upbeat attitude is contagious, making her a special camp mom to all. Give us a call and see for yourself!