Thank You for 25 years of Generosity!
Over 6,300 donations to the Deerwood Foundation have supported nearly 500 camperships for over $1,500,000. From the summer of 1995 with $6,000 in camperships to this past year with over $101,000 in camperships your generous support is helping give boys a summer of adventure and a lifetime of memories. The Foundation is well positioned to continue providing opportunities to those in need. With 25 years of tradition behind us we will continue to make available the “Deerwood Experience” to boys and young men. We appreciate your trust.
The Foundation’s 25th summer of sponsoring boys for a summer of great adventures, first-time experiences and new friends was once again terrific. This summer was Camp Deerwood’s 75th summer and along with a full camp we had a wonderful staff and great weather. A total of 28 half-time equivalent (one 3.5-week session) spaces were filled by boys sponsored by the Foundation.
Two special highlights combined to make this an even better summer! First, we finished building the new Barn/Theater. It was finished in time for the final weekend plays, Parents’ Weekend banquet and Foundation Auction! The new facility fills a need we have wanted for a long time. The Barn/Theater is large enough so that all parents can see and hear the plays and skits! No more peering in through windows hoping to at least get a glimpse of the action on stage!! All the parents can enjoy dinner in one building without tarps and poor lighting. The new bathroom facilities replace the port-a-potty! The simplicity of the new Timber Frame is elegant and the stage facilities are first-rate.
The other highlight came at the end of the summer over Labor Day Weekend. During this time, we hosted well over 200 former campers, counselors and their families to help us celebrate Camp’s 75th summer. The weekend consisted of plenty of time to chat, sing and play. There was a Blue/Gray relay race, many activities were open, and the full waterfront was open for all to enjoy. The Foundation sponsored a cocktail party before dinner. The weekend was warm and beautiful – perfect to sit around and reminisce.
The photos below show the new Barn/Theater: