“Dear Deerwood...”


" They can't stop talking about the dozens of friends and adventures they have enjoyed at camp. It is also fun to see them appreciate the culture of Deerwood as they get a little older.  They seem to take very seriously the values of inclusion and positive attitude you have nurtured over the years.  It is an extremely special place and we can't thank you enough for helping them become more confident and independent boys. "

" All year long he talks about Deerwood, and the respect he has for his counselors and the gratitude for the opportunities he has had come shining through.  He talked about camp in his eighth grade graduation speech, attributing his success in school to his experience at camp! "

" Thank you so much to return to me a child/young man with his joy, wonder and compassion fully on display. "

" What a difference three and a half weeks made!  (Our son) had a fabulous time as a first-time camper at Deerwood!  His self-esteem, confidence and pride are significantly higher…his camp experience was terrific! "

" I wanted [son's name] to gain independence and self-confidence.  Deerwood gave him both!  I was worried that three and a half weeks was a long time, and now he is interested in going for the full summer.  That speaks volumes! "

" [Son's name] absolutely LOVED his Camp Deerwood experience.  He came home happy and a better person.  I am so grateful for this amazing, positive, fun experience that was given to [him].  It is a gift that will stay with him forever. "

" When I look back at the defining moments in his life, that first summer at Deerwood between fourth and fifth grade is at the very top.  He came back that summer so full of new appreciation of his family, home, and friends.  He grew tremendously in his spirit and maturity.  A really new attitude and way of looking at life.  To this day, he strives to be inclusive of all and kind, and I really think that is Deerwood’s influence on him. "

" It is a camp that appreciates the simplicity of childhood, but with that simplicity comes great adventure, freedom and camaraderie.  These four years have been a blessing.  Every year he grows more confident and independent.  Thank you, Deerwood! "

" It has been the single most consistently wonderful experience for our son over the past six years.  He has discovered greatness in himself that has been affirmed throughout all of his experiences at Deerwood. "

" [Our son] really seemed to come into his own at camp.  He loved all the activities and the freedom to choose what to do.  We were glad to see him doing hikes, adventures and testing himself.  We couldn’t be more thrilled.  His younger brother can’t wait to come be a part of Deerwood. "


We capped off our 75th summer with a reunion at camp with over 200 alumni, spouses and children. The festivities followed a regular weekend schedule, with activities, canoe races, modified camp relay (won by the Grays on the last leg), old pictures, new movies, musical entertainment and of course plenty of Clarence's cooking, including his signature pizza, mac & cheese, flank steak and turkey.

Here are some pictures and at least one video.