Christian Camps Inc / Deerfoot Lodge

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Deerfoot Lodge operates Christian wilderness camps for boys and young men in the mountains of NY and NC. Our mission since 1930 is to build godly men in a Christ-centered community through wilderness camping. We run seasonal programs that are highly relational, deeply spiritual, and intentionally challenging to foster a profound discipleship impact. Deerfoot boys grow in spiritual depth and character traits such as resiliency, integrity, resourcefulness, and discipline.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Deerfoot Lodge
PO Box 228
134 Deerfoot Lodge Rd
Speculator, NY 12164


Phone: 855-447-2267

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 146017995

CEO/President: Ron Mackey

Chairman: Ted Harro

Board size: 16

Founder: Alfred "Dad" Kunz

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Since 1930, Deerfoot has been diving deeper into faith. We explore what it really means to be a man. We connect personally with each other, we encourage one another along the trail, and we make memories that are passed down from generation to generation. We cherish what Deerfoot meant to our campers, and what it still means.

Mission statement

Deerfoot has witnessed a dramatic change throughout its history. But one thing will always remain the same: we exist to build godly men in a Christ-centered community through wilderness camping. The natural difficulty of the wilderness environment promotes growth and learning today, just as it did in 1930. Godly mentors at camp help hone the Christian leaders of the future just as they did in the past.

Statement of faith

Building godly men in a Christ-centered community through wilderness camping - This mission is born out of our beliefs and it guides our practices. We are a place that openly engages "why" questions and works hard to ensure that we know the reasons behind what we do.

1 The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was written under the full inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is the principal revelation of God's character and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. No human words or ideas can be added to the Bible or elevated to a status equal with the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Peter 1:21)

2 Return of Jesus
We believe in the personal return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of the redeemed in Christ to the enjoyment of God forever in His presence, and in the bodily resurrection of the unredeemed to the judgment of God forever apart from His presence. (Matthew 25:46; 1 Corinthians 15:42-55; I Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Revelation 20:5-6;12-15)

3 God
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, His only Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; John 1:1-4)

4 Jesus
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is both fully God and fully human, and yet without sin. (John 1:1-4; Luke 1:26-38; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)

5 Mankind
We believe in the unique nature of man as a moral and rational being created by God in His image distinct from all other living creatures, and in the historic fall of man into sin, thereby bringing all humanity under God's condemnation. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-21)

6 The Cross
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins according to the Scriptures, taking upon himself the judgment I deserved, so that all who believe in Him are justified and sanctified by faith alone through his shed blood. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:23-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

7 Mediator
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, in His present life as my High Priest, Advocate, and sole Mediator between myself and God the Father, and in His future personal return to judge the world and gather all believers to Himself. (Acts 1:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-15; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 24:30)

8 Salvation
We believe in the everlasting salvation of lost and sinful people, and that salvation is the gift of God to man, received only by personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is wholly an act of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human effort. (John 1:12; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10)

9 Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to all believers, enables them to understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living, and transforms their character to bear the Fruit of God's Spirit in order to equip them for service and witness. (John 16:7, 13; Galatians 5: 16-24; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:3)

10 The Church
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers, that all those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are united as one Church under Him and have a supernatural ability to work together as one body. I believe in the priesthood of all believers, so that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord can approach him directly and pray to him directly in all matters of faith and life. (Ephesians 1:22 - 23; Ephesians 4:15-16; Hebrews 4:14-16)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating961 of 110433 of 36
Fund acquisition rating817 of 110526 of 37
Resource allocation rating608 of 110525 of 37
Asset utilization rating1008 of 110435 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$341,352$893,700$401,656$628,911$610,400
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,162,351$5,228,187$2,956,642$3,088,807$4,162,096
Long-term investments$2,895,291$3,741,462$3,151,339$2,723,263$2,532,130
Fixed assets$13,797,210$10,488,970$10,729,474$9,706,920$7,286,519
Other long-term assets$0$753,573$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$16,692,501$14,984,005$13,880,813$12,430,183$9,818,649
Total assets$19,854,852$20,212,192$16,837,455$15,518,990$13,980,745
Payables and accrued expenses$45,457$235,067$28,704$17,154$135,244
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$45,457$235,067$28,704$17,154$135,244
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$45,457$235,067$28,704$17,154$135,244
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$16,549,997$14,086,854$12,794,558$11,392,055$8,803,866
With donor restrictions$3,259,398$5,890,271$4,014,193$4,109,781$5,041,635
Net assets$19,809,395$19,977,125$16,808,751$15,501,836$13,845,501
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,761,285$2,932,347$2,344,539$2,905,099$1,938,922
Program service revenue$1,911,474$1,596,585$68,746$1,231,803$875,353
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$35,643$157,756$72,244$140,932$121,955
Other revenue$0$584,528$173,500$9,156$13,506
Total other revenue$1,947,117$2,338,869$314,490$1,381,891$1,010,814
Total revenue$3,708,402$5,271,216$2,659,029$4,286,990$2,949,736
Program services$2,393,853$2,119,160$1,052,455$1,919,470$1,162,536
Management and general$505,746$483,028$512,587$653,027$481,577
Total expenses$3,028,295$2,674,694$1,626,400$2,637,518$1,731,200
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$680,107$2,596,522$1,032,629$1,649,472$1,218,536
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$680,107$2,596,522$1,032,629$1,649,472$1,218,536


Rev Ronald MackeyExecutive Director$168,347

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/21/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In the early 80s, Deerfoot needed direction. In a step of bold faith, the Board of Directors moved to hire a full-time director. The camp needed to grow both its budget and its enrollment. Chief Chuck Geiser stepped into this role and led boldly. Once again, God was faithful: Deerfoot grew tremendously during these years and proved the ongoing relevance of Dad Kunz' original vision.

In 2004, Chief Chuck officially passed leadership responsibility for Deerfoot on to Chief Ron Mackey. Today, the original mission to build godly men continues to thrive at Deerfoot Lodge. Deerfoot registration has become a testament to the need for this mission. Many camp sessions fill with wait-lists. The Adirondacks camp has been running at capacity, with wait lists for many years and has no capacity for numeric growth on the ADK site. With a conviction that the mission to build godly men must not be limited in this way, the Deerfoot Board of Directors again took bold action.

In March of 2015, after years of praying and discussion, Chief Ron and the Deerfoot Board of Directors decided to explore opportunities in the mountains of North Carolina or the surrounding areas. The idea for Deerfoot Lodge Blue Ridge was born. Since then, God led Deerfoot to an ideal place called 'Trout Lake', which is located near Cashiers, NC. The Trout Lake property is 340 acres, with a 20 acre private lake, set in a pristine, mountainous and wilderness area. Deerfoot entered into a purchase contract in August of 2015, and began to pray and ask people to join financially in this Vision. By January 2016, by God's grace, Deerfoot received gifts and pledges to purchase the Trout Lake Property without any long-term debt.

Today, two Deerfoot Lodge camps are thriving, one in NY and one in NC, with the shared mission to build godly men in a Christ-centered community through wilderness camping.

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