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Deer Lake

Camp Deer Lake - LogoA spectacular high adventure mountain camp just for girls! Tucked away between 2 beautiful lakes at an elevation of 6800 ft, Deer Lake has been providing incredible summer adventures for over 50 years.

Located in the Tahoe National Forest near Donner Summit, Deer Lake offers a wide variety of programs designed to encourage and support girls in their quest to face and overcome outdoor challenges, develop new skills, gain confidence, make independent decisions and of course, have fun! From the excitement of windsurfing, rock climbing, canoeing and archery to the thrill of soaring down the zip line at the adventure course – Deer Lake offers the ultimate high adventure camp experience. And at the end of the day, under a brilliant canopy of stars, girls will enjoy the peaceful calm of the mountains as they build lasting memories surrounded by new friends.

All of our camps provide a positive environment where girls are nurtured, respected and challenged. Emphasis is placed on group interactions and activities that help girls define themselves. Under the guidance of a trained adult staff, girls we assist girls in developing skills, learn teamwork and enhance their self esteem. The staff and administration at Deer Lake are committed to providing the highest quality of program for every child at camp. The health and safety of our campers and the caliber of program are our primary concerns and we strive to offer every girl a well-rounded and complete camp experience.

Deer Lake closed for 2015

Dear friends,
Here is some important news regarding our beloved Deer Lake camp. We have been working with a professional forester to evaluate the health of the forest at Deer Lake. Unfortunately, the extended drought and presence of bark beetles have taken a toll on this 160 acre High Sierra forest, and it is recommended that we conduct major forest management work at Deer Lake to improve forest health and safety. The lengthy snow season at this high elevation camp means we have limited opportunities to conduct this work without utilizing the summer months. As such, Girl Scouts of Northern California has made the decision to NOT operate Deer Lake for the summer of 2015 in order to concentrate on this important forest management work. We understand that this may be disappointing to many, but we always place the safety of our campers and staff as a top priority, and we feel this is an essential step. Our hope is to reopen Deer Lake in time for its 60th Anniversary season in 2016! In the meantime, we are moving some of our popular Deer Lake camp programs to our other summer camps and also designing Deer Lake style high adventure programs at those camps for girls who want a High Sierra summer camp experience. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at. Thank you for your continued support of our camp programs. We look forward to offering you more great summer adventures in the future!

Deer Lake on the Road!

If you liked these programs at Deer Lake, then look for moreHigh Sierra Adventures at our other camps!

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Family Camp will be held at Skylark Ranch and Sugar Pine this season.