Since 1983, Deer Crossing Camp has provided an outdoor adventure for active 8–17 year olds in Eldorado National Forest near Lake Tahoe. Deer Crossing stands out from other summer camps due to our emphasis on skill building and wilderness safety, our focus on developing resilient youth, and our no-road, off-the-grid location (where campers hike in and all gear is boated in). Beginner to advanced classes in canoeing, windsurfing, rock-climbing, sailing, kayaking, and technical tree-climbing. Other activities include archery, backpacking, orienteering, guitar, and improv comedy.
This is a true wilderness facility, with a two-story lodge and platform tents. Access is by boat or trail (hiking); there is no road to camp. We use generators to provide limited electricity and satellite phones for emergency communications. Our neighbors are bald eagles, marmots, chipmunks, trout, and deer. Our High Sierra mountain location at 6400 ft elevation boasts great winds for sailing and windsurfing, real granite climbing walls from beginner to advanced, and beautiful sunsets.
Camp runs 6/17/18–8/11/18 in two-week sessions; limited one-week slots available for new, younger campers. Outstanding outdoor leadership programs for teens ages 14-17.