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Deer Hill Expeditions

5 Stars based on 5 reviews (review)

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Camp Location: PO Box 180, Mancos, Colorado, 81328,
Ages: 13-18
Gender: Co-Ed
Camp type:Overnight
Session dates: June 28 - August 12
Cost (range): $1,000+/week
Contact Person: Richard Malcolm (Outreach Director)
Phone: 800.533.7221
Fax: 970.533.7221
Mailing Address:
PO Box 180
Mancos, Colorado, 81328
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Camp's Description

Deer Hill Expeditions - Inspiring Journeys for Teenagers in the American Southwest and Costa Rica.

Deer Hill offers a unique and powerful blend of wilderness expeditions and meaningful community service programs in the Southwest United States and Costa Rica. Since 1984, Deer Hill's purpose has been to enhance an individual's appreciation of the natural world, teach the skills of living in the wilderness with minimum impact, promote stewardship of our Earth, and foster a tradition of service to our native lands and peoples. Deer Hill provides a safe, yet challenging atmosphere in which people can grow as individuals and be an integral member of a small group. Activities include whitewater rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, inflatable kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, surfing, leadership development, cross-cultural living with Native Americans, and conservation projects with the U.S. Forest Service. Spanish Language immersion is central to our Costa Rica expeditions. Field staff average 28-30 years of age and have extensive experience leading young people in the backcountry and facilitating cultural interaction. Deer Hill is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education, ensuring we reach or exceed industry best practices in teaching and risk management.

Each summer we welcome 150 young people to join our community. You don't need previous experience, and you can rent all the equipment you need from our outfitting store. As long as you are physically fit and eager to be part of a dynamic group, you'll have the adventure of a lifetime. For teens, grades 7-12, as well as families, schools and adult groups.

"I had such an amazing time! I don't think my friends will quite believe me or grasp the immensity of my experience." Baldwin, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Deer Hill was an Amazing experience September 03, 2010
Reviewer: NaeemahC from Bay Area, California
5 Stars 2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Deer Hill Expeditions is not your average summer camp. Deer Hill is more than just camp games and singng funny song. Deer Hill is an experience that me and many of my group mates found life changing. My experience at Deer Hill has changed me greatly by showing me that I have the potential to achieve my goals and be a strong leader. Deer Hill helped me come out of comfort zone and let myself have fun . At Deer Hill I was able to connect to people on a level i never thought was possible. I had worried that i wouldn't fit in like my previous summer camps; but at Deer Hill you spend 24/7 with people and they become your family which makes it impossible not to fit in. Deer Hill allowed me to be myself and figure out who I really am. I left Deer Hill with a new found confidence,a want to help others and great friends that i still hold close relationships to. Going to Deer Hill is so far the greatest experience of my life and highly recommend that whoever reads this goes to Deer Hill and figures out how life changing it is for themself.
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Career Launch May 06, 2009
Reviewer: Palmerjr from Brevard, NC
5 Stars 0 of 0 people found this review helpful

As a student of Brevard College, majoring in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I realize what a great program Deer hill has. I spent the summer of 08 working at Deer Hill and I am going back this year as well. Deer Hill Expeditions has played a significant role in my professional development.
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the best part of my year four years running December 08, 2008
Reviewer: Allison from Los Angeles, CA student at New College of Florida
5 Stars 0 of 0 people found this review helpful

I participated in a Deer Hill Expeditions course every summer of my high school years, starting with River & Mountain (the expedition open to the youngest age group) and ending with the advanced Wilderness Leadership through which I earned wilderness first aid certification. An expedition with Deer Hill offers the adventurous adolescent a communal backcountry and service experience that is challenging and singularly genuine. Closely operated by its founding family for 25 years, Deer Hill Expeditions is first class as an outdoors company, and very personal as an experiential program.
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Integrity, challenge, inspiration and adventure! December 08, 2008
Reviewer: Clendaniel from Portland, ME
5 Stars 1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I have been both a participant and staff member at Deer Hill almost every summer for the last 10 years. Deer Hill stands out to me as a program with incredible integrity, a sincere commitment to facilitate growth, learning and inspiration for young adults, a diversity of meaningful and exciting activities and an incredibly qualified and skilled staff. As a participant at Deer Hill over the course of three summers, I experienced a significant amount of personal growth and learning. Deer Hill provided me with an alternative to summer camp and a way of fulfilling my interests in wilderness travel and adventure. I learned all of the hard skills necessary for mountain and canyon backpacking and river rafting from fun, supportive and very experienced instructors. I developed deep appreciation for the wild lands of the southwest and made cross cultural connections with many members of America's native peoples. I built self confidence, learned how to live well in small groups and began to develop my leadership skills. As a staff member at Deer Hill for the last seven years I have learned to appreciate what the program has to offer from a different perspective. I have significantly developed my skills as an outdoor educator, a backpacking and rafting instructor and a small-group facilitator. Deer Hill has always had a deep commitment to both protecting the southwest's wild lands and developing meaningful, sincere and mutually beneficial relationships with members of America's native peoples. The cross-cultural service-learning component of Deer Hill's program is one of the ways that Deer Hill sets itself apart from its competitors, and is at the heart of Deer Hill's mission. I have been continuously impressed by the professionalism and creativity of Deer Hill's staff, and I consider this to be the program's greatest asset. In summary, Deer Hill is a program that I would very highly recommend. Deer Hill has incredible experience in the outdoor industry and a fabulous staff!
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Incredible experience for young people December 08, 2008
Reviewer: Julia A. from Hailey, Idaho
5 Stars 0 of 0 people found this review helpful

I went to Deer Hill Expeditions as a camper twice, in 1998 and in 2001 and I had a really meaningful experience both times. It was so amazing to meet people from all over the country and become friends while learning about the outdoors. The thing that really stands out about Deer Hill Expeditions is their dedication to service work. I learned so much about myself, the natural world, and other cultures when I helped the forest service work on trails and after visiting the Navajo reservation and assisting an elderly man with his gardening and yardwork. I would recommend this camp to anyone!
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