“This summer your boy will grow.”“This is the keynote of our responsibility at Camp Deerhorn. We see a boy’s need for growth physically and mentally. We have planned and built for his fun today and for his development tomorrow. This camp is conceived as a bivouac of friendship and fellowship. It is equipped with all those external facilities that make a summer’s vacation in the open a thing of joy for growing boys. But we like to think that Camp Deerhorn carries to your Boy something richer and more permanent than sun tan, stronger muscles, clearer eyes, inches and pounds. We believe that he will take back with him, and possess through the years, the prizes of character, courage, self-reliance, self-discipline, the capacity of friendship and consideration-in brief, those ideals of manhood which every parent seeks to realize in his boy. This is our constant objective, as we shape the season’s program for his health and pleasure.” -Dr. Don C Broadbridge Director 1932
Having fun, learning to get along with others, improvement in many lifetime sports, appreciation of the natural surroundings, and personal growth are the main focuses of Camp Deerhorn.
There are several key factors that have contributed to the success of Camp Deerhorn. Foremost is the very structure which was built into camp long ago by Dr. Don and Mrs. Kathryn Broadbridge. While new activities have been added to the program, a very basic schedule and lifestyle is followed to the enjoyment of all. Campers, counselors, and administrators are all part of a unique social interaction amongst many ages. Everyone is engaged in the daily practice of the Deerhorn Creed, written by our founder, Dr. Don.
Another important factor is the careful selection of staff members for each season to ensure an atmosphere of friendship, positive reinforcement, enthusiasm, and learning for our campers. This, coupled with a complete understanding of how precious our campers truly are, and with many long-standing traditions thrown into the mix, creates a unique recipe for fun and development. There is an intangible spirit of Camp Deerhorn that is present in all of our campers. We are as proud of a new camper smiling with wide-eyed excitement during his first season as we are of a young man we have watched grow for many summers who then returns as a counselor.
A final major contributor to our continued success is an incredibly large and strong alumni following. Our friends are scattered far and wide. We have visitors from many decades of camp, each with interesting stories to tell.