To the Deerhorn Family,
We feel it is important to let you know why we are asking for donations. We want to be completely transparent with our camp families. Our top concern is operating a safe environment for our families and staff, and for many reasons, including high-risk critical staff members, and a local healthcare system not currently equipped to handle Covid 19, that is not possible this summer.
Like millions of other companies, our Business Interruption Insurance, which includes Communicable Disease coverage, will not reimburse camp if we decide it’s not safe to open during a pandemic. They will only pay if we open camp, have an outbreak at camp, and then are specifically ordered by the government to close. This is not an acceptable option for us. In addition, even though our health department recommended that we not open camp, we have also been told they will not issue orders to close now or after an outbreak.
We want our Deerhorn Family to understand that our need for donations is not for our own salaries. Our main goal in raising money is to #1 pay back families who need it and #2 pay critical bills for at least the next six months. Deerhorn has year-round expenses such as property taxes, liability insurance, health insurance, professional services, utility bills, operational software system, and maintenance, which are paid for by non-refundable deposits. Even though our policy says “non-refundable”, we do not believe it is right to keep deposits for a service we do not provide. That being said, we do not have the cash to pay them back right now. That is why we are asking for donations from those who can help, while also trying to obtain an emergency loan to pay back those who would like their deposit returned. We believe 2021 could be another record year for enrollment, but even if it is, we will be going into next summer in very serious debt.
In addition to ongoing operational expenses, Deerhorn has a long list of improvements we need to make over the next few years, continuing to repair and upgrade our 90 year old camp. Due to high enrollment the past 3-4 years, we have already made significant progress, but would like to continue the upgrades. Still on our list is the addition of a bathroom by the tennis courts, completion of the infirmary expansion, required electrical upgrades, addition of a washer and dryer, plumbing upgrades, heater replacement, flooring rehab, boat replacements, retirement of 2005 autos, landscaping, paint shed replacement, new Upper Fort (bathhouse), and awning repair on koogees. You may see photos in the coming weeks of a new maintenance building going up at camp, and we want to explain why that is going up now, when money is scarce. All of the supplies for the building were purchased last fall and have been tarped all winter. We are able to pay our amazing maintenance man, Neal, to put up the building with money we were able to get from the PPP. We know the new maintenance building will allow for projects to be done more cost-effectively in the future. The new tables mentioned below were also purchased last fall, and we are grateful to those families who have sponsored them thus far.
Dr Don Broadbridge started Camp Deerhorn during the Great Depression, and we are determined to weather this storm as well, continuing to offer this Boyhood Adventure for generations to come. See below for ways you can help Camp Deerhorn. We will continue to update this page over the next few weeks. We would love to hear from you, and can be reached at 800-713-3130, or by email at email@example.com.
As always, thank you for your friendship and continued support.
Patrick, Blaine, Taylor, Kiana, Amy, and Barb Broadbridge
THANK YOU for considering supporting Camp Deerhorn!
1.A group of supportive camp families have organized a GoFundMe for Deerhorn, to help support the future of camp. Every little bit helps, and we appreciate all donations. We would also ask families who are willing to share the GoFundMe with others, to help it grow.
2. Sponsor one of our new dining room tables & benches. Twelve of the 15 tables have been sponsored by very generous families. Many thanks go to The Allen/Richmond Family, the Brendan Carroll Family, the Chetan Phadnis Family, Rod Strickland Family, BJ Vargas Family, James Frey Family, Paul Mulvaney Family, the Peter Connor Family, the Erik Yassenoff Family, the Jack Moller Family, and the Bernard and Nick Layton Families. There are 3 tables that can still be sponsored, and a plaque will hang in the lodge, commemorating your donation. Cost to sponsor a table is $2859. If you would like to sponsor a table, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Send a donation by sending a check to Camp Deerhorn at 3725 Deerhorn Road, Rhinelander WI, 54501. You can specify the Big D Scholarship Fund or the Capital Drive for Deerhorn (improvements on our facilities.)
4. Over the next few weeks, we will be auctioning off old Deerhorn memorabilia on Instagram. Come join us for some auction fun!