Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Deerfoot Lodge is an
all boys Christian wilderness camp. Since 1930, Deerfoot has been
building godly men in Christ-centered community through wilderness
Distinctives: Christian, primitive wilderness setting, backpacking, canoeing, non-competitive skill awards, brotherhood, challenge & growth, tradition, superior food, fun...and lots of it!
What We Believe
Foundational to the success of our mission is calling young men to hear and live out the teachings of Scripture. Deerfoot’s belief that the Bible is the Word of God guides the content and purposes of our teaching. We believe that a commitment to the message of Good News in Scripture-- that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth in human flesh to die for sins and bring salvation to everyone who believes-- is at the heart of what it means to be a godly man. At Deerfoot, boys are taught the truths of Scripture in a clear and relevant way. They are encouraged to respond in discussion and commitment, but they are never pressured to make a commitment that they are not ready to make. We understand that each boy must decide for himself matters of faith, understanding and growth. Our goal is to meet boys where they are at in their own faith journeys and to help them understand Scriptural truth and its relevance to their lives.
Deerfoot is located 1 mile off the paved road on beautiful Whitaker Lake, 6 miles north of Speculator, N.Y. on highway 30. (If you are traveling north on Rt. 30, turn right after reaching the "pig rock," a boulder with a pig face painted on it.) Camp is 60 miles from both Amsterdam and Utica exits of the New York Thruway in the heart of the Adirondacks. Click here for Driving Directions
Deerfoot strives to be unlike almost any place you can imagine. The lake's water is pure and clear. There are no motor boats, power lines, radios, stereos, or TVs so the croak of the bull frog may be enjoyed in all its fullness. Deer, black bear, beaver, otter, fox, mink, raccoon, chattering red squirrel, and chipmunks all call Deerfoot home. Deerfoot is in the midst of sights, sounds, smells, and "feels" of the deep forest.
Policies / The Deerfoot Tradition
Tradition is important to DL campers, particularly in our rapidly changing world. Each fall a camper questionnaire is mailed to the previous summer's campers. The last question is "What can we do to make DL an even more special place for you?" Many respond with statements like "NOTHING!" "Keep it the same," "Nothing, it is great the way it is." We also get excellent suggestions which we use.
At Deerfoot we seek to provide a healthy environmental change — hence no electronic devices such as radios, tape players, etc. — but lots of water, trees, animals, fun, challenges, and excellent staff for our campers. If history is an indicator, your son will grow to love being "away from it all." Self-confidence, dependence upon God, and being comfort- able with quiet are often the result.
To keep Deerfoot Lodge the special place it has been for more than 75 years, we need your cooperation with the following camp policies:
Deerfoot does have a telephone, which is for office use only. It is NOT for calls to or from campers, or for parents inquiring about the general well-being of their camper.
There are no times when campers may be visited during camper sessions. Please call the office in advance to schedule a suitable time to visit the camp for other purposes.
Problem Camper Policy
When a camper is significantly disruptive to other campers and to the DL program (tobacco, drugs, behavior, language, etc.), such behavior is unfair to those who come to camp to be away from these things. The issue will be discussed with the disruptive camper and then with his parent. If the problem is not resolved very quickly, arrangements will be made to have the camper return home. Such campers may also be removed from our mailing list.
Due to the activities of bears and other wild animals, care packages are NOT allowed at Deerfoot. If you need to mail equipment or some other necessary non-food item to your camper, please mark the outside of the package with this information. The camper will receive the package but be asked to open it in the office so that its contents can be verified as being in accordance with this new policy.
Camp for the Rest of the Family
Two excellent Adirondack camps for girls are Tapawingo and Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks. Nearby Camp-of-the-Woods provides a family vacation site for Mom and Dad while the girls and boys enjoy camp.
The Board of Directors
James H. Barnes III, Ed.D-Lone Eagle, President,
Ronald A. Beers-V.P. Tyndale House Publishers,
*Evan C. Davis-Retired Attorney,
John Fox, M.D.-Lone Eagle, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon,
Ted Harro-Founder, Noonday Ventures, Palatine, IL
Brent C. Karner-Lone Eagle, President, Clear
Garret Larsen-Lone Eagle, President & CEO, Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center, Livingston, TX
James M. Larsen-President,
Jeffrey F. Littauer-Lone Eagle, President, Highland Machine
Ronald W. Mackey-Lone Eagle,
*Richard S. Magee, Sc.D.-Engineering Consultant,
*James E. Masterson-Retired Business Executive,
James S. Oehrig-Lone Eagle, Chief Program Officer, American
Erich Rupprecht-Into Africa Team Member, OMS South Africa, Charlotte, NC
Robert Samson, Retired IBM Vice President, Owner of The Lemon Tree, Speculator, NY
Herbert P. Schenkel- Background in Business and Investment Management,
*James E. Vander Mey, Ph.D.-Lone Eagle, Chief Technology Officer, brightLeaf Technologies, Dunnellon, FL
Emeritus Directors: Herb Baehr, Dale Harro, Grove Rust.
Deerfoot Lodge is owned and operated by Christian Camps, Inc., a non-profit corporation. Rules for camper acceptance and participation in the Deerfoot program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color or national origin.