Deerfoot Lodge owes its founding in 1930 to Dad Kunz. He and others who shared his vision carved the camp out of Adirondack wilderness from a desire to help boys successfully bridge the gap from boyhood to manhood. He wrote...
Deerfoot's twofold purpose is to bring boys to the reality of a personal, intimate knowledge of God through Jesus Christ and then help develop true Christian character.
When Dad Kunz realized the Whitaker Lake property was already occupied, what seemed impossible turned into reality because God moved.
Who We Are
Foundational to the success of Deerfoot's ministry is calling boys to live out the teachings of Scripture. Deerfoot creates conditions under which they are moved toward emotional, spiritual, and relational growth. This comes from leveraging the unique combination of community and the beauty of God's creation as catalysts. Living with others in a technologically disconnected and unspoiled wilderness area develops strong community, creating a setting for boys to realize the transformational power of a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ.
God has been working through Deerfoot Lodge for over 80 years in powerful ways, with generations of men pointing to their Deerfoot experience as formative to their spiritual lives.
Deerfoot is a place of community and relationships among boys and counselors, a place where boys find mentors, and where young men can measure their passage to manhood against milestones. Deerfoot's biblical culture is marked by relevance and grace, engendering a supportive environment that helps reach into the lives of boys and the challenges they face.
At Camp and Beyond
At Deerfoot Lodge, we have a deep longing to meet boys where they are and help them become godly men. When a boy goes to camp year after year, and maybe becomes a staff member, we’ve seen our approach create a distinctive kind of man. Deerfoot men are often plugged into their families, their local churches, their neighborhoods, and our world.
Deerfoot’s influence extends far beyond camp families and the Deerfoot community.