Welcome to Arrowood
… inspiring young girls for over 40 years!
Back in 1973, two local high school basketball coaches named Whitey Johnson and John Meslow decided to start a girls basketball camp. The first year brought 46 campers to Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer, MN. The next year Arrowood doubled in size and continued to grow, prompting Whitey and John to find a new site. They settled upon Chi-Rho center on Lake Sylvia near Annandale, MN and it has been “home” to Arrowood ever since.
Whitey’s daughter, Jenny Johnson, spent many years herself as a camper at Arrowood and then became a standout player at Armstrong High School. From there she enjoyed a successful basketball career at the University of Illinois, where she met and played with Dee Dee Deeken from the Chicagoland area. Jenny and Dee Dee co-directed Arrowood Basketball Camp together for 27 years.
In 2015, Jenny decided to focus on her career as an Assistant Principal at Edina High School. Jenny: “Arrowood has been a part of my life for the past 37 years. When I think about all the campers and staff that have been at camp throughout the years, I’m hopeful that Arrowood has left them with as many positive and happy memories as I have. I’m so thrilled that Dee Dee will continue on with Arrowood. There are many more memories to be made!!”
Dee Dee is now sole owner/executive director of Arrowood Basketball Camp and continues to help inspire young girls to reach their goals on and off the basketball court.