Camps at Deer Run

Day | Overnight | Family

We Exist for Your Family!

Deer Run offers premier Summer Camps for your kids, preteens, teens, youth and family to experience “Deeper Faith. Stronger Relationships. Greater Adventures.”

A few things we’re sure of at Deer Run: Being outside is good. Being outside with family and friends, growing closer to God, and trying new things is really good.

Deer Run provides a place where campers and families have FUN, are ADVENTUROUS, UNPLUG, and CONNECT with each other to discover strengths, forge friendships, deepen relationships, complete challenges, and create lifelong memories! Camps are fun-filled and action-packed yet allow campers and families to experience the stillness and beauty of nature.

In addition to summer camps, Deer Run has programmed day camps for kids, age 5 to 6th grade, during winter school holidays (January and February) and during spring break. 

Deer Run is a nondenominational Christian Camp and Retreat Center situated on 150 acres of private scenic wooded property in middle Tennessee only 10 miles southwest of historic downtown Franklin and less than 40 miles from downtown Nashville

AVALANCHE

2022 Winter Day Camp for School Holidays

Monday, February 21: President’s Day

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  |  Lunch Provided
age 5 to 6th grade  |  Space is limited
Younger campers have a better camp experience if they have been involved in a preschool environment before attending camp.

$79.95 per day per camper

Includes a $4.95 non-refundable deposit per camper.
Sibling discount:  $5 off after payment on first child

Campers are unplugged and connect with each other through fun adventures: 

  • recreation such as climbing tower, archery & BBs, pedal karts, roller racers, and more
  • crafts & games
  • campfire & s’mores
  • wagon rides
  • worship
  • fun songs
  • Bible study
  • camp store time

Our staff, along with the great activities, make your child’s experience amazing.

We will be outdoors for recreation as weather permits. Be sure your child dresses appropriately for cooler weather and wears sturdy shoes.

Vehicle check in and check out.

Bus Transportation from 6 locations
$15 per child per day

Brentwood Baptist
morning drop off 7:15 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:45 p.m.
Bus Location: front right, side parking lot

Fieldstone Farms (Hunters Bend Elementary) 
morning drop off 7:35 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:25 p.m.
Bus Location: first large parking lot when entering school

West Haven Town Center, Kroger 
morning drop off 8:00 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:00 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of Kroger

Church of the City, Franklin
morning drop off 7:15 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:45 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot off Hwy 96/Murfreesboro Road

Berry Farms, Publix
morning drop off 7:40 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:20 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of Publix

Independence High School 
morning drop off 8:00 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:00 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of school

two girls on roller racers at Deer Run Spring Break Day Camp

Visit the Parent Information Page for What to Bring, FAQ’s & Camp Policies

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Spring Break: Deer Run Style

March 14-18, 2022

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  |  Lunch Provided
age 5 to 6th grade  |  Space is limited
Younger campers have a better camp experience if they have been involved in a preschool environment before attending camp.

 
Register for one day, multiple days, or the entire week!
$385.95 per camper for the entire week
$79.95 per day per camper

Includes a $4.95 non-refundable deposit per camper for each session.
Sibling discount:  $10 off after payment on first child

Campers are unplugged and connect with each other through fun adventures: 

  • recreation such as climbing tower, archery & BBs, pedal karts and more
  • crafts
  • games
  • worship
  • fun songs
  • Bible study
  • camp store time

Our staff, along with the great activities, make your child’s experience amazing.

We will be outdoors for recreation as weather permits. Be sure your child dresses appropriately for cooler weather and wears sturdy shoes.

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Bus Transportation from 6 locations
$15 per child per day or $55 per child for the entire week

Brentwood Baptist
morning drop off 7:15 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:45 p.m.
Bus Location: front right, side parking lot

Fieldstone Farms (Hunters Bend Elementary) 
morning drop off 7:35 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:25 p.m.
Bus Location: first large parking lot when entering school

West Haven Town Center, Kroger 
morning drop off 8:00 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:00 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of Kroger

 
Church of the City, Franklin 
morning drop off 7:15 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:45 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot off Hwy 96/Murfreesboro Road


Berry Farms, Publix
 

morning drop off 7:40 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:20 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of Publix

Independence High School  
morning drop off 8:00 a.m. • afternoon pick up 4:00 p.m.
Bus Location: parking lot in front of school 

two girls on roller racers at Deer Run Spring Break Day Camp

Visit the Parent Information Page for What to Bring, FAQ’s & Camp Policies

RECREATION & ACTIVITIES
  • Water activities: swimming, water slide, aqua park, round Corcl boats, canoes, zip line
  • Archery & BBs Range
  • Obstacle Course, 45-ft Climbing Tower, Pedal Kart Races
  • Recreational Games, Human Foosball, Nine-Square-in-the-Air, GaGa Ball, Carpetball, Tetherball
  • Creek Wading, Noah’s Park Playground, Fun Songs
  • Worship, Interactive Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study
  • Axe Throwing, Giant Swing, Canopy Zip Lines (5th & 6th grade only)

Activities and daily schedules vary by age/grade.
Lake Safety: Every camper, any swimming level, is required to wear a life jacket at all times for lake and pool activities. Lifeguards are present during lake time.

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Deer Run has been voted one of the BEST day camps by parents!

age 5 to completed grade 6
Younger campers have a better camp experience if they have been involved in a preschool environment before attending camp. 

During June and July, “The Valley” comes alive with summer camps. Campers participate in outdoor adventures, unplug from their electronics, and connect with each other. Although campers are tired at the end of day, they don’t want to leave … and they want to come back again and again because of the relationships and community they find at Deer Run.

Deer Run makes it a priority for camp staff to actively engage each camper and create a fun and safe environment. Counselors and staff are the heart of Deer Run and a large part of what makes your child’s experience so amazing. They genuinely love spending time with campers. They listen with understanding and get to know each camper, encourage them, and provide them with positive role models. In fact, many campers are greeted by name year after year by returning counselors.

Bus transportation is available from 9 area locations: Brentwood/South Nashville, Franklin/Spring Hill, and Murfreesboro.

9 WEEKLY SESSIONS (MON-FRI)
If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

Session 1: May 30-June 3
Session 2: June 6-10*
Session 3: June 13-17
Session 4: June 20-24
Session 5: June 27-July 1

Session 6: July 4-8
Session 7: July 11-15
Session 8: July 18-22
Session 9: July 25-29

$339.95 per week

Includes a $54.95 non-refundable deposit per camper for each session [$50 + $4.95 registration fee].

  • Affordable monthly payments for registrations completed prior to May 1.
  • For registrations after May 15, the full balance is due.
  • Registration pricing includes a camp shirt, recreation, and activities. No add-on pricing for specific recreational choices. Activities, recreation, and daily schedules vary by age/grade.
  • Deer Run can provide lunch for your day camper for $45 per week per camper, or you may bring your own lunch. CLICK HERE to view sample menu.

We have special celebrations for campers during these two sessions of camp: 
Patriotic Week, June 27-July 1
Christmas in July, July 25-29

 *Session 2: June 6-10 is reserved for Church of the City Kid City Summer Camp. Please contact Church of the City if you are looking to register for Kid City Summer Camp.

Day Camp Schedule Overview

MORNING DROP OFF at CAMP
Monday Check-in 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Tuesday – Friday Check-in 8:00-8:30 a.m.

UPON ARRIVAL Camper Games
8:45 a.m.  Camp Starts: Morning Celebration
9:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Activity Rotations: recreation, games, lunch, Bible study
3:00 p.m.   Afternoon Fun at The Fortress
3:15 p.m.  Bus Riders Load Buses
3:30–4:00 p.m.  Camper Pick-up (after camp buses leave)

RECREATION & ACTIVITIES

Activities, recreation, and daily schedules vary by age/grade.

  • Water activities: swimming, water slide, aqua park, round Corcl boats, canoes, zip line
  • Archery & BBs Range
  • Obstacle Course, 45-ft Climbing Tower, Pedal Kart Races
  • Recreational Games, Human Foosball, Nine-Square-in-the-Air, GaGa Ball, Carpetball, Tetherball
  • Creek Wading, Noah’s Park Playground, Fun Songs
  • Worship, Interactive Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study
  • Axe Throwing, Giant Swing, Canopy Zip Lines (5th & 6th grade only)

 

Lake Safety: Every camper, any swimming level, is required to wear a life jacket at all times for lake and pool activities. Lifeguards are present during lake time.

 

“Townes will be coming back to day camp for another week and he can’t wait! It’s his favorite camp of the summer!”

Day Camper Parent

“[My son] has not had as much religion as we would like in his life up until this point because of his autism. He cannot pay attention to things for long and has a much lower than average understanding when we do try to explain things to him. God has been a big missing piece. Yesterday on his way home, he asked me “What is God?” and later asked, “What is a Bible book?” I was overjoyed! Please tell his counselor this great news…”

Day Camper Parent

“Emmett loved camp so much after day 1 that he’ll be coming back next week!”

Day Camper Parent

Voted the #1 Overnight Camp Experience by parents!

Overnight Camp at Deer Run = GAME CHANGER

1-WEEK CAMPS: completed grades 3 to 10
2-WEEK CAMPS: completed grades 6 to 10

Check-in on Sunday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Camp Closing & Check-out on Friday, 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Each activity throughout the week provides unique opportunities to encourage campers to become confident and remain grounded and strong when life’s challenges arise.

Deer Run makes it a priority for camp staff to actively engage each camper and create a fun and safe environment. They listen with understanding and get to know each camper, encourage them, and provide them with positive role models. In fact, many campers are greeted by name year after year by returning counselors.

Campers love the meals at Deer Run, do not want to leave at the end of the week, and want to come back again and again. That’s what makes Deer Run Overnight Camps so awesome!

Campers are in cabin groups by age for activities, Bible study, and recreation; then come together for large groups games, worship, and daily speaker session.

We have special celebrations for campers during these two sessions of camp: 
Patriotic Week, June 26-July 1
Christmas in July, July 24-29

1-Week Sessions (Sunday-Friday)
If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

One-week camps are a 5-night experience for campers who have completed grades 3 to 10

Session 1: May 29-June 3
Session 2: June 5-10
Session 3: June 12-17
Session 4: June 19-24
Session 5: June 26-July 1
Session 6: July 3-8
Session 7: July 10-15
Session 8: July 17-22
Session 9: July 24-29

$779.95 per week

Includes a $104.95 non-refundable deposit per camper for each session [$100 + $4.95 registration fee].

  • Affordable monthly payments for registrations completed prior to May 1.
  • For registrations after May 15, the full balance is due.
  • Registration pricing includes a camp shirt, recreation, activities, 5 nights lodging and meals. No add-on pricing for specific recreational choices. Activities vary by cabin group.
  • Note, all camper cabins are air-conditioned.
2-Week Sessions
If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

2-Week Camp Session 1: June 12-24
2-Week Camp Session 2: July 17-29

Two-week, 12-night camps are for those who have completed grades 6 to 10 provides a longer camp experience for your child to:

  • acclimate to the camp experience,
  • establish deeper relationships with their cabin group,
  • spend more time with their staff leader (who invests additional time mentoring them),
  • participate in more outdoor recreation,
  • have a longer period of time with less distraction from the outside world, and
  • have more time to learn about God’s love and truths.

Two-week camps also include an off-site adventure excursion.

$1,709.95 per 2-week session

Includes a $204.95 non-refundable deposit per camper for each session [$200 + $4.95 registration fee].

  • Affordable monthly payments for registrations completed prior to May 1.
  • For registrations after May 15, the full balance is due.
  • Registration pricing includes a camp shirt, recreation, activities, 12 nights lodging and meals, in addition to an Outdoor Adventure Weekend Excursion. No add-on pricing for specific recreational choices. Activities vary by cabin group.
  • Note, all camper cabins are air-conditioned.
Deer Run female summer camp staff smiling with 3 campers

Visit the Parent Information Page for What to Bring, FAQ’s & Camp Policies

Overnight Camp Schedule Overview

1st Day of Camp: SUNDAY from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Camper Check-in/Drop Off

Deer Run staff greet you to begin the check-in process. Once your camper receives his/her cabin assignment, drive to the parking area adjacent to the cabin to unload and move into the cabin.

  • If a balance is due, this is required to be paid before the camper can join his/her cabin group.
  • If your camper has medications, allow time to stop by the Camp Nurse table to leave medications.

SUNDAY 5:00 p.m. CAMP BEGINS

  • Cabin Time: Get-to-know-you Games, Welcome & Intros
  • Dinner & Recreation (group rotation), Worship & Speaker, Evening Activity
  • Small Group Time, Showers (group rotation)

 

11:00 p.m. Cabin Lights Out

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:15 a.m. Get Up & Get Ready! followed by daily activities…

  • Breakfast, Devotions, Morning Celebration
  • Morning Activities, Lunch & Bible Study (rotations), Afternoon Recreation Rotations
  • Camp Store, Group Rec Games, Dinner
  • Evening Worship
  • Evening Activity, Showers (group rotation)

 

11:00 p.m. Cabin Lights Out

Last Day of Camp: FRIDAY at 5:00 p.m.
Camper Check-out & Pickup

  • Click here for info on camper pick up and your camper pick-up code in Overnight Camper FAQs.
  • Any unused medications will be given to you during pickup at Camp.
RECREATION & ACTIVITIES
Activities Vary by Cabin Group
  • Water activities: swimming, water slide, aqua park, round Corcl boats, canoes, zip line, fishing
  • Zip Line Adventures, 45-ft Climbing Tower, Paintball, Giant Swing
  • Rec Games, Leap of Faith, Archery Range, Archery Tag, Axe Throwing
  • Human Foosball, GaGa Ball, Carpetball Tournaments, Nine-Square-in-the-Air, Disc Golf
  • Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study
  • Two-week camps include an exciting, off-site Outdoor Adventure Excursion

ALL CAMPERS participate in large groups games, worship, and daily speaker session.

Lake Safety: Every camper, any swimming level, is required to wear a life jacket at all times for lake and pool activities. Lifeguards are present during lake time.

“My daughter was made for overnight camp! She was geeking out in line so much! I didn’t know a person could breathe so little. HAHA”

Overnight Camper Parent

“”I know Drew is going to have a great week! Your check in process today was wonderful! Thank you!!””

Overnight Camper Parent

A Life-Changing Getaway for Your Family

There are times when you just wish you could go to camp with your kids and experience all the fun they are having. Well, you can! Family Camp is an opportunity to be fully engaged with your kids in numerous recreational choices and a variety of family-strengthening activities. Get away from the busyness of your regular routine and spend focused time with each other to create long-lasting memories, share adventures, explore nature, and become powerfully united. This life-changing getaway is great for all ages.

Experience a customizable getaway for you and your family… delicious meals, recreation, games, movie night (outdoors when weather permits), upscale accommodations, and incredible hospitality in an amazing setting with over 150 wooded acres. Also, enjoy relaxation time on the porches of The Lodge or on the sand beach at Spring Valley Lake.

Offered in June & July, this 2-night (Fri-Sun) camp allows you to choose activities that your family enjoys. Our staff can help guide you in making decisions. Schedule your guided rec activities in advance at a reduced price or after you arrive.

Why choose Family Camp?
Together your family will …

  • create memories.
  • share adventures.
  • grow strong.
  • have fun getting outdoors.
  • explore nature.
  • be powerfully unified..
FAMILY CAMP SESSIONS IN JUNE & JULY
Family Camps are 2-nights, from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.

Session 1: June 10-12
Session 2:
June 24-26
Session 3: July 15-17
Session 4: July 22-24

During online registration, please register ALL family members even those age 3 and under.

WITH OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS
Upscale accommodations in one of Deer Run’s Lodges, at Eagle’s Nest, or in a Lakeview Cabin. Deer Run staff assign housing based on registrations and availability.

  • $379.95 per person for first 2 family members
  • $269.95 per person for each additional family member
  • age 3 & under are free

WITHOUT OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS
Your family will attend during the day — all activities and meals included — then return home at night.

  • $259.95 per person
  • age 3 & under are free

Non-refundable Deposit: $54.95 per person, age 4 & up [deposit includes $4.95 registration fee]
Your balance can be divided into affordable monthly payments!

  • First 2 family members: $27.50/month August-May
  • Additional family members/no overnight: $17.50/month August-May

 

NOTE: If you register in August, the automatic payments will begin in September and the remaining balance will be paid in 9 equal monthly payments.

  • 2-night Accommodations (if applicable)
  • 6 Meals
  • Deer Run T-shirt for each paid family member
  • $10 Camp Store coin (one per family)
  • Included Recreation: volleyball, carpetball, gaga ball, cornhole, wiffleball, creek wading, human foosball, Noah’s Park playground, basketball, catch & release fishing
  • Programmed Weekend Fun:
    • Lake time: swimming, canoes, corcl boats, inflatables, ziplines, water slides
    • Cardboard Regatta
    • Family Bingo with prizes
    • Crafts
    • Pedal Karts
    • Archery & BB Range
    • Campfire & S’mores
    • Devo & Conversation Starters
    • Game Night

Save when choosing these recreation choices during your online registration. Regular pricing applies when registering for these recreation choices after checking in at Family Camp.

Axe Throwing / Giant Swing / Climbing Tower
Regular Price per activity: $12 per person
Online Registration Price per activity: $10 per person

Paintball / Archery Tag / Zip lines
Regular Price per activity: $19.95 per person
Online Registration Price per activity: $15 per person

parents with 3 boys at family camp standing with harness and helmets at the climbing wall at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Visit the Parent Information Page for What to Bring, FAQ’s & Camp Policies

Family Camp Sample Schedule 

Activities & Times are Subject to Change

FRIDAY

10:00 a.m. Check-in at The Camp Store

  • Included Recreation
  • Spring Valley Lake, Swimming Pool open


5:00 p.m. Check-in

  • Included Recreation, Swimming Pool, Lawn Games
  • Family Photo
  • Cardboard Regatta Construction


5:00 p.m. Dinner followed by…

  • Family Game Night, Bingo, Board Games
  • Campfire with S’mores

SATURDAY 

8:30 a.m. Breakfast followed by…

  • Included Recreation, Selfie Scavenger Hunt
  • Spring Valley Lake, Swimming Pool


11:45 a.m. Lunch followed by…

  • Family Craft
  • Spring Valley Lake, Swimming Pool
  • Pedal Karts, Archery & BBs
  • Cardboard Regatta


6:30 p.m. Dinner followed by…

  • Wagon Ride, Carpetball
  • Family Movie on the Lawn

SUNDAY

9:00 a.m. Breakfast followed by Family Session

11:00 a.m. Final Family Challenge

12:30 p.m. Lunch & Closing

Included Recreation

Included Recreation is part of your package.

HOVER over or CLICK on image for details.

ARCHERY & BB RANGE

Test your skills at this covered range located by the creek.

CARPETBALL

A favorite for adults and kids of all ages.

CORNHOLE

Tournament areas are scattered throughout the property.

FAMILY MOVIE: OUTDOOR WHEN WEATHER PERMITS

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a family movie on the big screen. Indoors during cooler weather.

FISHING

Catch-n-Release Bank Fishing for large mouth and hybrid striped bass, catfish and bluegill.

GAGA BALL

A fast-paced, fun spin on the game of dodgeball! Gaga ball is a crowd favorite. Think dodgeball in an octagon pit and hours of fun!

GAME FIELD

80-yard flat field with golf-course grass provides a great place for games, soccer, and fun recreation.

HIKING TRAILS

Easy, moderate, and strenuous trails through the wooded property and around the lake.

HUMAN FOOSBALL

Put yourself in the game!

9 SQUARE IN THE AIR

It’s like 4-square combined with volleyball for hours of fun! This could be your family’s new favorite game.

NOAH’S PARK

Themed after Noah’s Ark and the animals onboard this playground has winding levels for climbing and crawling plus three slides for exiting.

PEDAL KARTS

Pedal-powered fun! Paved track with curves and room to pass. A thrilling adventure, lots of fun, and good stories afterwards.

Recommended for ages 5 & up.

SAND VOLLEYBALL

Daytime or lighted at night.

SPRING VALLEY LAKE

Mid-May to mid-Sept:
3-acre spring-fed lake with swimming, zip line, 100-ft Wet Willie water slide, aqua park, canoes, Corcl boats, and pavilion overlooking the sand beach and waterfront.

TETHERBALL

Always a fun game for the family.

WAGON RIDE

There’s nothing more fun & relaxing!

WIFFLE BALL
& KICK BALL

You’ll find your inner kid when you connect with your kids during a wiffle ball or kick ball game.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED ACTIVITIES (not pictured):

  • Creek Splashin’
  • Soccer/Football/Game Field

Guided Recreation

Add for an additional cost.

HOVER over or CLICK on image for details.

ARCHERY TAG

$15 per person
in online registration/
$19.95 per person on site

A multi-player activity similar to paintball or dodge ball using bows and soft-tipped arrows.

AXE
THROWING

$10 per person
in online registration/
$12 per person on site

6 lanes of fun competition to hit the bullseye!

Recommended for ages 9 & up.

CLIMBING TOWER

$10 per person
in online registration/
$12 per person on site

45-ft tower with easy and advanced routes plus an interior bouldering cave

All ages.
Child must be able to fit the harness.

GIANT SWING

$10 per person
in online registration/
$15 per person on site

After you are pulled 50 feet upward, release your own rip cord and fly high above the game field!

Weight limit: 275 lbs
Recommended for ages 6 & up.
Child must be able to fit the harness.

PAINTBALL

$15 per person
in online registration/
$19.95 per person on site

Wooded course.
Natural Bunkers. Includes equipment, sanitized mask, 200 rounds of paint.

Recommended for
age 9 & up.

ZIP LINE ADVENTURES

$15 per person
in online registration/
$19.95 per person on site

An 800-ft ride across the valley & back.
$10.00 ADD CANOPY ZIPS:
Six progressive zip lines!

Weight: min 60 lbs/max 250 lbs
Child must be able to
fit the harness.

“We felt like just being here with our family is what mattered the most! We really enjoyed everything but especially the lake and carpetball! I especially appreciated how the staff helped me when my wife got a severe migraine!”

L. Preston, Family Camp Attendee

“We found that the schedule was fun & allowed for plenty of down time too. The recreation activities were our favorite! Thank you for having so many fun options! We enjoyed being able to experience as much as we could while here.”

Webb Family, Family Camp Attendee

Deer Run Camps & Retreats is proud to be a Partner in Prevention, locking arms with Davis House Child Advocacy Center and Darkness to Light to help make our community safer for all of our children. 

For more information about Davis House Child Advocacy Center and their mission visit davishousecac.org.

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