Here “Jo-Nurse” tends to the cuts and bruises that come along with the rugged Deerfoot Life. Parents, this is where to drop off any medications your son may need on check-in day.
This is where camper creative goes to work to create beautiful rustic projects, wood-work, and more. We let Creation inspire our creativity and work using many natural materials.
This building will be constructed during phase 2 of the launch of Deerfoot Blue Ridge. To see a video "fly-though" of the building design, click here. In summer 2019, campers will be served meals in a large, "wedding-style" tent, and meals will be prepared in a mobile kitchen.
The view from this boardwalk, built by Deerfoot Volunteers, has already become one of the signature views at Deerfoot Blue Ridge. Each day, the Mountaineers will cross on this pathway on their way to breakfast as the mist rises off of Trout Lake.
Here campers learn to safely and proficiently use basic camping equipment: Matches, axes, saws, tents, and cookware. If you haven’t had a perfectly cooked yellow cake from a Dutch Oven, you’re missing out. Find a Deerfooter and put them to work!
Deerfoot is the perfect place to learn to fish Trout Lake lives up to its name and is home to several species of fish. Beginning with a spinning reel, campers work their way up to the more challenging art of fly-fishing.
At riflery, campers learn how to operate a rifle safely, and how to shoot accurately from a bench rest, prone position, kneeling, and finally standing.
Swimming is a valuable life skill. Knowing how to swim opens up all kinds of opportunities at camp. Camp is the perfect place to for strong swimmers to enjoy the water and beginners to learn to love it.
One of the most popular areas at Deerfoot, Archery includes shooting stations at 15, 20 and 30 yards.
Named for Alfred Kunz, who founded Deerfoot Lodge in 1930, this building serves several purposes. It is the summer home of our support staffers, who by working in the kitchen, on maintenance, and elsewhere allow our counselors to stay lazer-focused on their campers. It is also home to many of our volunteers, who visit each spring and fall to maintain the facility. The construction of the building was largely funded by those same volunteers.
A canoe is probably the most practical way for making your way through water in the wilderness. For this reason, we make sure that Deerfooters know how to canoe. Many campers can tell stories of working hard before finally honing their “J-stroke” well enough to paddle to the Point and back as part of earning their Basic award.
This area of camp is for our 13-14 year-old boys. They live in lean-to cabins with an open front to enjoy the view of the forest around them.
For ages 9-12, this is where many campers first experience Deerfoot. All cabins are log cabins, and the section features the "Biltmore" – the only flushing toilets available in camp! Cabins here are named after local wildlife – Mink, Black Bear, Beaver, etc.
The Mountaineer Section
Here, the oldest boys (15-16 years old) in camp live on the hillside in tree-houses. Each treehouse is home to 5 boys and one counselor. In this mountain setting the campers enjoy devotions on the porch of their homes, seeing an entirely new perspective of the North Carolina forest.