Summer Search Student Application

About Deer Hill

Deer Hill Expeditions runs seven programs exclusively for Summer Search participants, and serves dozens of other Summer Search students on our open enrollment programs. Deer Hill’s mission aligns well with that of Summer Search. The physical challenge of climbing a mountain or rafting through rapids, and the personal challenge of working hard on a service project in an unfamiliar community feed the drive and ambition that many Summer Search participants bring to their lives. All of us at Deer Hill have found that facing a challenge in the wilderness has shown us that we have the strength to face the challenges of everyday life. We hope that every Deer Hill participant discovers something like this through their own experiences.

Application Process

Please be sure you have reviewed with your mentor the details of the Deer Hill program you are applying for to ensure that it will be a good fit for you, that you understand the physical challenges, Deer Hill’s expectations of all of its participants, and what it means to live outdoors for an extended period.

Once you and your mentor have decided to apply for one of Deer Hill’s expeditions, complete the application below.

Before you begin the application, keep in mind:

  • Participants will complete the bulk of the application, but the parents of minors are required to sign the application before it is submitted,
  • Please identify at least one backup program in the event your first choice is full,
  • Please read the Terms of Agreement and Essential Eligibility Criteria before completing the application.

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Deer Hill is exciting, fulfilling, mind-opening, challenging and fun. The people are who I will remember and cherish the most. It made me a better and stronger person. I learned so much about myself.

Alysha, participant

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