2019 Camp Sessions at Deerfoot Lodge Camps

Announcing the 90th season of Deerfoot Lodge Adirondacks in New York (DL-ADK) and the inaugural season of Deerfoot Lodge Blue Ridge in North Carolina (DL-BR)! Yes! As the Lord continues to provide, we anticipate launching Deerfoot Lodge Blue Ridge in June of 2019 (go to www.deerfootblueridge.org to learn more and to help support the effort). 

At both Deerfoot Adirondacks and Deerfoot Blue Ridge, the season is divided into 2-week sessions. During each session, campers spend time learning outdoor skills, such as swimming, canoeing, camping, survival, and archery. (See the Awards Program for more info) Campers also go on two overnight hikes in the surrounding wilderness areas, where they are given a chance to practice some of the outdoor skills learned in main camp. During this time, campers are immersed in a Christ-centered community in which they are actively encouraged, through relationship, prayer, worship, and the DL camping experience. 

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2019 Session Dates

              Deerfoot Adirondacks
Session Dates (NY)
         Deerfoot Blue Ridge
Session Dates (NC) 
  Session 1: June 22 - July 6
Session 2: July 6 - July 20
Session 3: July 20 - August 3
Session 4: August 3 - August 17
  Session 1: June 29 - July 13
Session 2: July 13 - July 27
Session 3: July 27 - August 10              

Camper Registration
Both DL-ADK and DL-BR will register the same way
and use the same 3-phase schedule. Campers may register for
either camp during the phase in which they are eligible.

Registration Phase 1 is for returning campers, those who have been on the wait-list for at least two seasons, or those who are siblings of returning campers. Phase 1 will begin on December 1, 2018 at 7:00AM (EST). 

Registration Phase 2 is for campers who were on the wait-list last season. Phase 2 will open on December 15, 2018 at 7:00AM (EST). 

Registration Phase 3 is for the public. All campers are welcome to register beginning January 2, 2019 at 7:00AM (EST)

Multiple Session Registration Policy: Campers may only register for one session at one camp prior to February 1. On February 1, already registered campers may register for a second session at the same or other camp where spaces are available.

Camp Fees and Forms Policy
All forms and paid balance are required 4 weeks before the session begins.

2019 Standard Session Fees for DL-ADK & DL-BR
Registration Fee (non-refundable) $300
Camper Fee $1190
Total Cost (registration fee + camper fee) $1490

Programs with Special Fees
Allagash Voyageur Trip (DL-ADK only) Special river use fee $275
Father/Son Weekend $100/father and $30/son 
Guide Summer (DL-ADK only) $2980

Trading Post deposit (recommended) $80.  This deposit covers T-shirts, crafts, activity supplies, and snacks/refreshments. An $80 deposit is recommended; all unspent funds will be returned at the end of the session. 

Airport Transportation - Deerfoot can help arrange transportation of registered campers to/from local airports. Arriving and departing flights should be scheduled as close to noon as possible on the session changeover Saturday. Campers who need transportation help should contact the camp's Registrar to make arrangements at least five weeks prior to the date of need.

Camp Registrars:
Deerfoot Lodge Adirondacks (NY): Stephanie Hoffman (stephanie@deerfoot.org)
Deerfoot Lodge Blue Ridge (NC): Martha Dotti (martha@deerfoot.org)

In an effort to keep camper fees manageable for the average family, Camper fees cover only two thirds of Deerfoot's operational expenses.  The remaining third comes from contributions by DL families who believe in the mission to build godly men.  Even with camper fees one third lower than total cost per camper, there are many campers who would not be able to come without scholarship help. Historically, DL has sought to provide scholarship assistance to these campers and has been able to do so through contributions to the Camper Scholarship Fund.

If a scholarship is necessary for your camper to be able to attend, please request a scholarship application form when you register, even if you have received scholarship assistance in a prior year. Deerfoot Lodge, through designated contributions of other DL families and through the camper scholarship endowment incomes, will seek to provide the balance of funds needed to cover the total camper fee. If we do not know you or your situation first-hand, we will ask for a letter from your pastor or someone known by us to confirm the need. If everything checks out and we have the dollars, we will help.

Cancellation Policy:  The Registration Fee is non-refundable.  The camper fee will be refunded for cancellations that occur no later than four weeks before the start of the session.  

Daily Schedule
Here's a typical day at Deerfoot Lodge Camps...

7:00 AM - Staff Prayer Meeting
7:30 AM - Reveille / Cabin Clean-up 
8:00 AM - Quiet Time 
8:25 AM - Flag Raising 
8:30 AM - Breakfast 
9:00 AM - Singing & Bible Study 
9:45 AM - 1st Instructional Period 
11:00 AM - 2nd Instructional Period 
12:30 PM - Lunch 
1:15 PM - Rest Period 
2:15 PM - 3rd Instructional Period 
3:30 PM - Flex Time 
5:40 PM - Flag Lowering 
5:45 PM - Supper 
6:30 PM - Flex Time 
7:15 PM - Evening Activity 
8:45 PM - Cabin Devos  
9:15 PM - Taps 

The Awards Program
Deerfoot provides excellent facilities for a wilderness camping experience, and offers an extensive instructional program that enables campers to learn a variety of outdoor skills. Awards can be earned in the following instructional areas:

  Archery   Handcraft   Swimming   Campcraft   Riflery   Tripping
  Canoeing   Sailing (ADK only)   Wildlife   Fishing   Survival    

The Awards Program gives an opportunity to select broad areas of interest. The pursuit
of achievement in program areas offers a chance  to discover, to excel, and to grow both in skill level and in relationship with God. In each of 11 instruction areas campers can earn a Basic, Advanced, and finally a Master's award. Those who earn 3 Master's awards receive their merit "D". Young men who earn 6 Master's attain the coveted honor "D." Those earning an Honor "D" who also demonstrate leadership ability and spiritual maturity are eligible for Deerfoot's highest honor: membership in the Lone Eagle Fellowship. Candidates who choose to become Lone Eagles take part in an initiation ceremony that requires the applicant to spend a night alone on the mountain with the Lord, where they select a Lone Eagle name of spiritual significance which they keep for the rest of their lives.

Age Groupings
Campers are divided by age into 3 sections by age. Within sections, campers are divided into housing groups, again by age. Each section works in the same instructional area together. 

Age Group DL-ADK Camp (NY)   DL-BR Camp (NC)
9-12 "Woodsmen" - Live in log cabins.   "Woodsmen" - Live in log cabins.
13-14 "Pioneers" - Live in log cabins.   "Pioneers" - Live in log lean-tos.
15-16 "Indians" - Live in canvas teepees.   "Mountaineers" - Live in tree-houses.

 The Voyageur Program

In this special program, up to 10 Deerfooters are teamed with 2 counselors to provide an extensive tripping experience. The Voyageur Program is designed to offer a high degree of challenge which will greatly sharpen wilderness skills, build self-confidence and strengthen a young man's relationship with God. Applicants must have had one session on the Island and demonstrated aptitude for the trip.

The 2019 DL-ADK Voyageur Trips (DL-BR Trips to be announced)
Trip 1: (June 22-July 6) Canoe Maine 's Allagash River. (This trip costs an extra $275 for a special river use fee). 
Trip 2: (July 6-20) Same as above. 
Trip 3: (July 20-August 3) 10 day backpacking trip in the High Peaks. Trip A 
Trip 4: (August 3-August 17) 10 day backpacking trip in the High Peaks. Trip B 

The Guide Program (DL-ADK only)
This  staff training program is the primary source of Deerfoot's excellent staff.
Recommended in writing by the staff to the director, Guide candidates must be 17 or 18 years of age by the first day of session 1. Candidates complete a standard four page staff application and are interviewed by Director. Selections are based upon leadership readiness, spiritual maturity, and camping skills. Besides learning how to be counselors, Guides spend time hiking in the High Peaks, canoeing in Maine, and training for Life Guard, CPR, and First Aid certifications. Guides will also gain experience serving in maintenance, the kitchen, and as assistant counselors. Leadership responsibility and personal challenge are provided as we seek to build godly men and future staff for Deerfoot. Cost: $2980, the fee for two sessions.

The Father/Son Weekend 
Through this special program, fathers can enjoy a piece of the Deerfoot experience with their sons. In order for a father to be eligible, his son must have been a camper in the session immediately prior to the weekend in which he will participate. Fathers arrive Friday afternoon for the banquet dinner at 5:45, and spend the night in a cabin. At the ADK Camp, fathers and their sons will canoe a local river and then camp at sites around Whitaker lake. Activities for the Blue Ridge Camp will be announced. The weekend concludes the Sunday morning. Space is limited to 10-12 Fathers.  In order to avail this opportunity to as many dads as possible, we limit the experience to two years per dad. 

2019 DL-ADK Father/Son Dates & Fees:         2019 DL-BR Father/Son Dates & Fees:
Session 1: July 5-7 
Session 2: July 19-21
Session 3: August 2-4
Cost: $100 /father, $30 /son.
  Session 1: July 12-14 
Session 2: July 26-28
Cost: $100 /father, $30 /son.