Building Community

One of my favorite books  in recent years is a memoir called “Between Two Kingdoms,” by Suleika Jaouad.  She was diagnosed ten years ago with an aggressive form of leukemia and spent four years in treatment. Once she was finished … Continued


Forever Friendships

We always say that friendships made at Deerhorn are friendships for a lifetime. And that distance and time doesn’t matter, when those friends reunite. And we’ve all had those experiences with, “It’s such a small world!” This is one of … Continued


Feeling Everything

Every fall, I write a blog reflecting on the previous summer at Deerhorn. It always takes me awhile to write that blog, to gather my thoughts after a very busy summer lived at a breakneck pace. You would think that, … Continued


Tether Yourself

I read an article recently called “Tether Yourself: The Enlightening Talk Parents Aren’t Having Can Keep Teens from a Damaging Drift.” It was on a website called Hands Free Mama, authored by Rachel Macy Stafford. It talked about the dangers … Continued


Balance

At the end of last year, a helicopter crashed in Kauai. We listened to the news and were saddened by the news. As the story emerged, we learned that two of the victims were from Madison, where we live. The … Continued


Losing Well

Last week, I shared an article that really spoke to me as a parent. You can read the whole article HERE. She told the story of her 12 year-old son, after a devastating loss to a much better team. “After … Continued


Be a Great Teammate

Recently, I shared a letter written by Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics, to his 9 year-old daughter. You can find the original letter HERE but I also wanted to share the full letter here on the blog. … Continued


Parent Support

Over the past year, we’ve shared several blogs that help explain our no electronics policy at camp. You can find some those blogs here and here. Our policy is that all cell phones and electronics should be left at home, … Continued


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