Two Things Are True

Two things are true. This has become my new favorite mantra in recent months. It’s so applicable to so many things in life. So often in life we use “but” when we should use “and.” “I love my kids, but they can drive me crazy.” “My job is so fulfilling, but it can be so […]


A summer at Deerhorn is full of fun. There is no doubt about that. Kids wake up before the sun rises, ready to get the fun started. Days at Deerhorn are full of all of the fun things that make a true Boyhood Adventure…swimming, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, mountain biking, archery, trips down the slide, […]

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 and declared “cured” by her doctors, she was at a loss of how to begin […]

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 those incredible Deerhorn stories, shared with us recently by Alvaro Garcia, a long time Deerhorn […]

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, after a summer of waking up really early 7 days a week for three months, […]

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 of technology and social media, and the damage it is doing to our kids. As […]


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 mom’s name was Amy, and she had a 13 year old who did gymnastics at […]

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 42 “Nothing-I’m-fine’s” he began to vomit out the most impressive slew of self-pity statements. He […]

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. As our kids have gotten older, we’ve talked about this with them a lot, what […]

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, and cell phones will no longer be allowed on the bus ride up. Any phones […]