The Deerwood Foundation was created in 1994, the Camp’s fiftieth season, as a memorial tribute to Ferris Thomsen, founder and director of the Camp for its first thirty-five years. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide financial aid to eligible families who wish to send their sons to Deerwood. The summer of 1995 saw the first of our Foundation Campers enrolling who benefited directly from the foundation’s effort and money. Since then we have supported 25 - 30 campers each summer.
Several times over Parents’ Weekend I had tears in my eyes just beholding the community and brotherhood I observed. Every person I had a chance to speak with and interact with was exceptional, every knowing nod the boys exchanged with each other was full of recognition and respect, every wide smile – genuine, every burst of laughter – profound. I have never seen anything quite like it. It gave me chills just knowing that was what had enveloped my son for the past weeks. I almost felt guilty taking him away from it all when it was time to go home.