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A Family Favorite Apr 26, 2010
reviewer: Ann Oliver from Sewanee, TN
My two boys spent their early years exploring our small farm in Virginia, then their early teens hiking and caving in Sewanee, a small village in Tennessee. It was there we met Kells Hogan and began our long association with Deep Woods Camp in the mountains of North Carolina. Deep Woods is a camp where boys go for a life of outdoors away from the norms of society. Deep Woods lets you appreciate NATURE, the natural environment, and how to live in the outdoors with the bare essentials. My boys emerged from these summers with increased confidence and practical skills, both physical and social. These skills are beyond what a few days with Dad or Boy Scouts could have provided. When the boys' younger sister was old enough to go to camp, I agreed to cook at Deep Woods for their few in-camp meals - an easy task with a big stove and many eager helpers who found it easier than cooking on the trail over a camp fire. My daughter tried for 11 years at four different camps but never found a similar camp experience offered to girls. I stayed on as cook for 14 years. Not that camp life was that of hardship. They had hot showers and weekly laundry service. This laundry service was provided by the older campers - the Ranger group is open by invitation to former campers in training for possible counselor positions in the future. Laundry night is led by the director, Kells, who made the necessary activity FUN. For the few hours spent in camp after trips or evenings, there were plenty of activities including the rope swing, swimming, the zip line, and night games. Not only did my sons attend Deep Woods as campers, but both of them went into the Ranger program, and then on to be counselors. My three grandsons were lucky enough to attend as well. One even set aside computer games long enough to spend 10 summers there building relations with people, with nature, and with himself.

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