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Deer Lake Facilites

Deer Lake is situated on 253 acres of forestland and fields only 25 miles from New Haven, Connecticut. Whether you are looking for a place to hold your group's annual picnic, or you are searching for a place to hold a retreat, Deer Lake Scout Reservation has the facilities you're looking for to accommodate your group. These facilities include:

  • Dining facility includes a commercial kitchen and can easily accommodate 288 diners
  • Three separate indoor sleeping facilities for up to 17, 26 or 36
  • Large, open fields for sports and games
  • 5 miles of maintained trails for hiking or cross-country skiing
  • Quiet groves and open-air chapel for meditation and reflection
  • Fully equipped waterfront for swimming, boating and canoeing
  • Stocked lagoon ideal for fishing
  • Council fire rings that will accommodate 25 or up to 250
  • A family camp with 12 sites including picnic tables and fire rings
  • Remote camping areas throughout the 253 acres of woodland
  • Climbing cliffs perfect for rock climbing and rappelling
  • BSA certified COPE course

Good Turn Dining Hall
The Good Turn Dining Hall features a commercial grade kitchen and a beautiful dining room with cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, a fireplace and a full A/V system, as well as fully accessible bathrooms.
Log Shelter
Situated on a hill in the wooded northern section of Deer Lake, this cozy little shelter offers protection from the wind and rain. The shelter sleeps twelve with gear.
DaRos Lodge
Convenient and beautiful DaRos Lodge is located close to parking, but further from the central part of camp. The lodge sleeps up to 36 in two large and two small rooms, and boasts electricity, water and gas and wood stoves.
Lean-to Sites
Deer Lake has two sites with simple lean-to style sleeping quarters, offering shelter from the elements. With four lean-tos, each site sleeps up to twenty campers.
Lean-to Bunk Sites
Deer Lake also has six sites with lean-tos equipped with bunks and mattresses. With six lean-tos, each site sleeps up to thirty-six campers.
Shower Houses
Two separate shower facilities are located near the Lean-to Bunk sites and DaRos Lodge and the Amphitheater. They include flushing and handicapped accessible toilets.
Point Cabin
Point Cabin, located on a peninsula reaching out into Deer Lake, sleeps sixteen campers. Two extra leader beds offer a beautiful view of the lake. Point Cabin is equipped with electricity, a dry sink, and gas and wood stoves for cooking and heating respectively.
Wheeler and Danaher Pavilions
Located a short distance from the parking and fields of the main reservation, Wheeler or Danaher Pavilion may serve as shelter from either rain or sun for a group picnic or meeting.
Leary Hall
Leary Hall, located near the waterfront and parking lot, offers a central location for sleeping and meeting. Two bunk rooms sleep twenty-two total, while the large meeting area sleeps four leaders. Leary Hall has gas and wood stoves, electricity and water.
The Amphitheater offers a beautiful view of the lake, a stage and split timber benches, as well as electricity and easy access to flush toilets.