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Activities

Do Fun Things and Learn Something New

At Camp Deer Run, we believe that activities should be both fun, instructional, educational, and exciting. Deer Run offers a broad program and elective activity choices are combined in the best interest of the camper. (Because we spend a lot of time on the waterfront, we do require swimming proficiency through Red Cross Level 4.) Campers select activities on a long and short-term basis and are encouraged to try a wide number of activities, while concentrating on skill development in areas of particular interest. Older campers appreciate the responsibility and freedom to choose new activities; many will plan an activity schedule with cabin mates, friends, siblings, or venture out on their own. Younger campers often need a little assistance in planning a well-balanced program and our staff are there to help them with their choices. (We have two instructional activity periods after breakfast and one after lunch.)

View our daily schedule

7:00 – Wake Up and Cabin Cleanup
7:30 – Devotions
8:00 – Breakfast & Singing
9:00 – Bible Study
10:00 – 1st Activity
11:15 – 2nd Activity
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Rest Hour
2:45 – 3rd Activity
4:00 – Open Waterfront
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Evening Program
9:00 – Return to Cabins/Devotions/Lights Out

Land and Water Activities

Camp hosts both land and water activities. Our water activities take place on our sandy beach protected by the large cove. Red Cross certified WSIs (Water Safety Instructor) and lifeguards manage our swim areas, while sailing, canoeing, skiing, and playaking extend to the larger cove area. Our land activities are located throughout our woods and property, all within easy walking distance.

  • Archery
  • Axe Throwing
  • Basketball
  • BB’s
  • Canoeing
  • Ceramics
  • Crafts
  • Cross Training
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Drama
  • Fishing
  • Flag Football
  • Touch Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Narnia
  • Nature Exploration
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Riflery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rocketeering
  • Sailing
  • SCUBA
  • Skin Diving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Street Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Aerobics
  • Waterskiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • Woodworking

Overnights and Hiking

In addition to our skill-based activities, hiking has always been part of our adventurous camping tradition. Every cabin goes on a day or overnight hike every two-week session. Campers carry their own equipment, including food and personal gear. Camp’s lightweight packs and frames are used and there’s always plenty of food to enjoy. Hike difficulty is determined by campers’ ages. Our younger cabins go on a day hike, return to camp, and then head off in the Carolina Skiff to Plum Island (also owned by the camp) to spend a night in platform tents. We also have a tree house on “Deer Run Mountain” so campers can have an exciting night under the stars without leaving camp property. Our older campers find longer and more demanding trips to their liking. In the event of rain, our camping equipment permits us to carry on with little inconvenience. We respect each camper’s individual health restrictions, while encouraging all campers to participate to the best of their ability.

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