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Deer Lake Wilderness School
for boys & girls grade nine - twelve

Deer Lake Wilderness School is a co-educational program for individuals in grades nine - twelve. These outdoor activities are open to all individuals, regardless of their experience. Skill areas include rock climbing and rappelling, canoeing and kayaking, low and high ropes course events, orienteering, backpacking, first aid and safety awareness, Leave No Trace skills, and much, much more. The program is geared to a five day schedule, where Monday and Tuesday are day sessions and Wednesday through Friday are overnight on the trail, utilizing both Deer Lake and over a thousand acres of State Forest immediately adjacent to camp. If you're ready for challenging outdoor activities, DLWS may be the thing for you.

Our commitment is to the safety and well being of all our campers. Inappropriate behavior, such as the use of drugs or alcohol, lack of respect for others, their property, or the environment, will not be tolerated. In order to uphold the highest levels of safety, all campers will follow the instructions and procedures as outlined by the camp. Failure to honor these rules will warrant dismissal from camp without a refund.

Medical Policy
The State of Connecticut and the American Camp Association require that every camper at Deer Lake has a current and completed medical form on file in our office. These forms require proof of a physical examination within the past twelve months, the individual's health history, proper immunizations, and required signatures. No one may attend our program without submitting a current and properly completed form to the office at Deer Lake. Forms must be in by June 1st. Medical forms will be provided in the confirmation packet.

Transportation and Bus Stops
Bus transportation is provided as a service at no additional charge. A bus schedule with pick up and drop off times is included in the registration confirmation packet. Arrival and departure times vary each session due to enrollment and the number of busses being used. A bus monitor will ride the bus, take attendance each morning and afternoon and help to provide a safe trip to and from camp. The bus stops are as follows:

  • Kimberly Ave. Ext. at Chili's, East Haven
  • Cherry Hill Commuter Lot, Rte. 1, Branford
  • Exit 55 Commuter Lot, Rte. 1, Branford
  • Adams School, Rte. 77, Guilford
  • Exit 61 Commuter Lot, Rte. 79, Madison
  • Stanley T. Williams School, Rte. 17, Northford
  • North Branford Int. School, Rte. 80, North Branford
  • Rte. 80 & Little Meadow Rd., Guilford
  • Roberts Parking Lot, Rte. 80, Madison
  • Killingworth Elementary School, Rte.81, Killingworth
  • Exit 63 Commuter Lot, Rte. 81, Clinton

See this year's dates and registration forms

Call (203) 421-8484 or email daycamp@deerlakeoutdoors. for more information.

Deer Lake Wilderness School | Wilderness School Gear List

Deer Lake Wilderness School Gear List

Daily gear (packed in a backpack):

  • swim suit
  • towel
  • bandana
  • sunscreen & hat
  • bug repellant (non-aerosol)
  • 32 oz wide mouth reusable water bottle (Nalgene type)
  • rain gear
  • hiking boots & sneakers (wear one pair, pack the other)
  • water shoes or sandals for canoeing / kayaking
  • snack and lunch (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

Overnight gear (packed in an internal or external frame pack):

  • all daily gear with above backpack
  • 1 pair quick dry shorts
  • 1 pair quick dry pants
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 3 pair socks
  • 2 pair underwear
  • fleece shirt
  • small flashlight
  • unbreakable bowl, mug & spoon
  • 2 unbreakable 32 oz. water bottles
  • sleeping bag
  • foam pad
  • hammock
  • toothbrush, travel toothpaste, floss
  • small towel
  • work gloves
  • comb or brush
  • 3 stuff sacks (for clothing, sleeping bag & toiletries)
  • 2 clear garbage bags


  • camera
  • binoculars
  • journal

Please label all gear with your full name in permanent marker