Leadership

Deerwood is proud of its excellent staff to camper ratio of 1:2 and counselor to camper ratio of 1:3.  The activities, meals, cabins and trips are well supervised by caring, energetic and qualified staff.  

Deerwood was founded by Ferris and Helen Thomsen in 1945 and their philosophy, character and enthusiasm are still evident in the camp today.  Lorne & Peter Thomsen, grandsons of the founders, have been directors since 2001.  

A big part of Deerwood's enthusiastic and respectful atmosphere is its core of 12 to 14 senior counselors who return year after year, lending maturity, experience and continuity to the program.  Many of the staff in this group are teachers and work and live at camp seach summer with their spouses and children, giving Deerwood a true family feel.

This past summer, we had 23 counselors with 10 or more years of experience at Deerwood.