The Power of Empathy

This past year has been hard on the Deerhorn Family.  We lost Rooster, and then Derek, and in November we lost Gabe. And now Andrew. All of those things left me feeling cracked wide open. I felt deeply their losses, … Continued


Goodbye to a Friend

It is with heavy hearts that we once again have to share news of the passing of one of our own. Andrew Block, who was a longtime camper and then counselor, passed away in his sleep two days ago. As … Continued


A Look Back at Leaders:Ryan Kennedy

Every spring, we ask our Leader’s parents to submit a blog, looking back on their son’s years at Deerhorn. It’s a fun way for everyone to get to know our new group of leaders. This group promises once again to … Continued


Camp: The Ultimate Internship

Every summer, we are lucky enough to be able to work with some of the best young men and women out there. We are blessed that more than 90% are returning staff or former campers. However, there are always guys … Continued


The Stretch Zone

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about the importance of connection, and I discussed an article that had run in the Chicago Tribune. It talked about a camp for adults, called Fireside, which was started by two … Continued


Derek’s Legacy

It has only been nine months since we lost our friend, Derek. It has been hard for all of his friends to comprehend that he is gone. But for his parents, it is a daily struggle to find that light … Continued


Light in the Darkness

I just finished reading a book called “Everything Happens for a Reason-(and other lies I’ve loved)” by Kate Bowler. She was diagnosed a few years ago with stage 4 colon cancer, and her book is frank and honest and beautifully … Continued


Just Show Up

On Tuesday, the Deerhorn Family said goodbye, once again, to one of our own. The service was beautiful, the church was packed, and there were quite a few Deerhorn staff and campers in attendance. I would expect nothing less. Gabe … Continued


The Unimaginable

There are moments that the words don’t reach. There is suffering too terrible to name. You hold your child as tight as you can, And push away the unimaginable. The moments when you’re in so deep, It feels easier to … Continued


Connection

At the end of September, the Chicago Tribune ran an article in the business section called “Camp Allows Adults to Connect, Without Cell Coverage.” It talked about a conference called Fireside, which describes itself as an off-the-grid retreat for entrepreneurs … Continued