Summer Adventure Schedule 2014
Summer Program Schedule 2014
Grades 7-8 (ages 13-14)
July 5 – July 25
The Perfect First Expedition. This classic program is where many young people first join the Deer Hill community. Canoe the stunning San Juan river, backpack in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, and travel to a small, traditional Navajo community in the Chuska mountains for a multi-faceted service project.
July 21 – August 4
Perfect First River and Mountain Exploration. 15 days packed with adventure. The fun begins on the Colorado River, floating through red sandstone canyons and hiking on the Colorado Plateau. The journey continues with camping in the high country of the San Juan National Forest and finishes with community service in the Navajo Nation.
Grades 9-11 (ages 15-17)
June 26 – July 16
Journey deep into the redrock arteries of the Southwest on water and on foot. An incredible multi-activity traverse of the Colorado Plateau: raft the lower canyon of the San Juan River, then leave the boats behind to hike up majestic Slickhorn Canyon. Finally, live and work with a Navajo family in stunning Canyon de Chelly.
June 30 – July 20
Connect with the Spirit of the Southwest. Learn the pre-historic secrets of the San Juan River canyon with a Navajo guide. Work side by side with a traditional Navajo family in an isolated settlement. Climb Dibé Nitsaa, one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo.
July 6 – July 30
July 7 – July 27
Our Premier Mountain Skills Program. The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado. This program will walk right across it, learning wilderness leadership, the basics of technical mountaineering, rock climbing, and climbing some of the West’s most impressive peaks.
June 29 – July 19
Discover the Real Costa Rica. Journey in the land of the Tico, the Cloud Forest, wild whitewater, and sweet surf. This is a unique program, themed around Costa Rica’s diverse cultures and delicate ecosystems, is backed up by Deer Hill’s legendary staff, quality and attention to detail.
Grades 10-12 (ages 16-18)
June 26 – July 21
Wilderness Immersion Leadership Development. Our signature Wilderness Leadership program goes deep into some of the wildest backcountry in the Southwest and offers an induction into Deer Hill’s culture of leadership. This multi-environment journey is designed for those who wish to develop the confidence and competence for independent wilderness travel.
July 12 – August 2
Service. Leadership. Adventure. Experience an in-depth wilderness canoeing adventure with conservation service project; collaborative cross-cultural community service project in the Zuni Pueblo; and a culminating leadership adventure in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado, while helping build a nature reserve for local children.
Age 25 and Up
Oct 5 – Oct 12
Best of Deer Hill for the Big Kids. We regularly hear parents say, “I’d like to go on that trip!” Here’s your opportunity! This is not a tour, but a tailor-made DHE adventure for adults. We provide an exciting itinerary with all the components of a memorable journey for the young at heart.
Choose Your Expedition
Once you select an expedition from the drop-down menu above, you can then choose to see a full program description with photographs, and a day-to-day itinerary. Consider your age, experience, the activities you desire, and the level of challenge you are looking for from an adventure summer camp.
Bear in mind that you must have some backcountry experience for Wilderness Leadership. Apart from this program, all our expeditions are suitable for anyone who is enthusiastic and reasonably fit. Your attitude is the most important thing you will pack.
Wilderness Leadership and Wildworks are courses for 10-12 graders that teach Deer Hill’s approach to leadership in depth. Choose these if you are eager to develop the skills and ethics of leadership that will be effective in school, sports, jobs, and any other group situation.
What kind of service suits you best? Most groups spend time working with a Native American tribe: Navajo, Hopi, or Zuni. Some groups work on a conservation project with the U.S. Forest Service. Wildworks offers both types of service.
We raise money through the Deer Hill Foundation, a 501(c)(3) to provide scholarships to make DHE accessible to all. To inquire about scholarship opportunities, please contact Laurie, Outreach Director, in the Deer Hill office.
Please note: tuition includes all meals, drinks and snacks, guiding, group gear and program activities. We provide a detailed packing list for personal gear (e.g. sleeping bag, hiking boots etc), most of which can be rented or purchased from our Outfitting Store. We require a $300 deposit from each summer participant to cover rentals, gear purchase, and other purchases during the program, the balance of which is refunded at the end of the summer.
“When I planned my summer I found myself glancing through the Deer Hill catalog, wishing I could participate. Deer Hill truly changed my life, and I would not be the person I am today without it. Each summer I attended I learned something new. It was a place where I could be who I really am. Deer Hill allowed me to make connections with strangers and build friendships that last much longer than three weeks. I say this because it truly happened. Those are just some of the reasons I kept coming back. Every time I return home from a summer at Deer Hill I always feel as if I have left a part of me behind. I want more, and do not know how to replace the overwhelming joy, challenges and simplicity of living in the backcountry. Thank you so much for having a Deer Hill. It is a magical place where it is truly possible to find yourself in the middle of nowhere”. Whitney, Boulder, CO
Ready for an Adventure Summer Camp this year? Apply to attend a Deer Hill Expedition.