Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Deeper Faith. Stronger Relationships. Greater Adventures.

Deer Run’s Valley is Waiting for You

Encompassing 150 acres of beautiful private scenic wooded property in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, Deer Run provides summer camps (day, overnight, and family), day camps for school breaks, family weekends, parent-child dates, and year-round customized retreats.

Everything about Deer Run has been designed and planned for you. As you enter the wooded property, you will find yourself exhaling slowly, unwinding, and breathing in the beauty of nature all around you. You’ll find us just 10 miles from historic downtown Franklin and less than 40 miles from Nashville. 

 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1

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Deer Run Camps

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. Day and overnight campers, ages 5 to 16, discover their strengths, forge friendships, complete challenges, and create lifelong memories. Our priority is for camp staff to get to know each camper individually, listen to their heart, encourage them, and provide them with positive role models.

In addition to summer camps, Deer Run has programmed day camps during winter school holidays (January and February) and during spring break. These camps provide another opportunity for kids to enjoy the outdoors, disconnect from technology, and enjoy face-to-face relationships.

Family Adventures & Getaways at Deer Run 

Throughout the year, Deer Run has purposeful camps and retreats for families to strengthen their relationships through fun activities and outdoor recreation. As you spend focused time with each other, your personal story of life-changing adventures deepens. Many call Deer Run “their place.” It’s their go-to away-from-home getaway for relaxing, building relationships, and enjoying time together.

Parents and children can connect on a deeper level during the summer at Family Camp, and during the fall and winter at annual parent-child events: the Father-Son Adventure Weekend, Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend, and Mother-Son and Daddy-Daughter Dates.

Married Couples Romance Weekends, which take place three times a year, are intimate retreats for a limited number of couples who are in all seasons of marriage, providing focused time together to experience renewal, refreshment, and recommitment.

Year-round
Customized Retreats

We are open year-round for retreat guests. Deer Run’s guest relations team helps you customize the perfect retreat for your church, ministry, or leadership team. Deer Run offers a variety of accommodations and meeting facilities, exceptional meals, and an array of recreational options and team building opportunities. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring a phenomenal and memorable experience.

Who We Are

David and Liz Gibson founded Deer Run Camps & Retreats in 1998 as a ministry where campers, families, and the faith community could be immersed in the beauty of God’s Creation and could strengthen their relationships with each other and with Christ. Deer Run is a God-inspired, nonprofit, nondenominational ministry.

Deer Run’s team members are committed to excellence in property care, facilities, recreation, meals, and service. You will find that we are dedicated to ensuring a phenomenal and memorable experience while you are here.

Parents have voted Deer Run’s summer camps the #1 camp for the past 10 years. We are honored to have this Best of Parenting award sponsored by Nashville Parent magazine. Deer Run has also won the Williamson County Sizzle Award for 7 consecutive years.

2012–2016,
2018–2021

2015–2022

2021-2022

2018, 2022

Amazing space for our team to use! The staff was so friendly and helpful through our planning process and the trip itself. A really fun experience overall and one I will recommend to others.

M. Pringle, Cumberland University

This weekend gave us a chance to escape all the responsibilities and have an opportunity just to focus on each other and grow and learn together in a beautiful setting!

Married Couples Weekend Participant

Our kids love this place! They look forward to coming here for a week of camp each year. Spiritual renewal and a great deal of fun for all of them!

D. Neal, Camper Parent

The Deer Run Way

At Deer Run we strive serve the Lord with integrity, stewardship, servanthood, excellence and community in everything we do. Two of the ways we do this is by making sure no one is ever turned away from attending camp because of financial hardship and extending the power of prayer.

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Deer Run’s Valley is Waiting for You

Encompassing 150 acres of beautiful private scenic wooded property in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee, Deer Run provides summer camps, day camps for school breaks, and year-round customized retreats. You’ll find us just 10 miles from historic downtown Franklin and less than 40 miles from Nashville. Everything about Deer Run has been designed and planned for you. As you enter the wooded property, you will find yourself exhaling slowly, unwinding, and breathing in the beauty of nature all around you.

Deer Run Camps

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. Day and overnight campers, ages 5 to 16, discover their strengths, forge friendships, complete challenges, and create lifelong memories. Our priority is for camp staff to get to know each camper individually, listen to their heart, encourage them, and provide them with positive role models.

In addition to summer camps, Deer Run has programmed day camps during winter school holidays (January and February) and during spring break. These camps provide another opportunity for kids to enjoy the outdoors, disconnect from technology, and enjoy face-to-face relationships.

 

Family Adventures & Getaways at Deer Run 

Throughout the year, Deer Run has purposeful camps and retreats for families to strengthen their relationships through fun activities and outdoor recreation. As you spend focused time with each other, your personal story of life-changing adventures deepens. Many call Deer Run “their place.” It’s their go-to away-from-home getaway for relaxing, building relationships, and enjoying time all together.

Parents and children can connect on a deeper level during the summer at Family Camp, and during the fall and winter at annual parent-child events: the Father-Son Adventure Weekend, Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend, and Mother-Son and Daddy-Daughter Adventure Dates.

Married Couples Romance Weekends, which take place three times a year, are intimate retreats for a limited number of couples who are in all seasons of marriage, providing focused time together to experience renewal, refreshment, and recommitment.

Year-round Customized Retreats

We are open year-round for retreat guests. Deer Run’s guest relations team helps you customize the perfect retreat for your church, ministry, or leadership team. Deer Run offers a variety of accommodations and meeting facilities, exceptional team building opportunities, and an array of recreational options. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring a phenomenal and memorable experience.

Who We Are

David and Liz Gibson founded Deer Run Camps & Retreats in 1998 as a ministry where campers, families, and the faith community could be immersed in the beauty of God’s Creation and could strengthen their relationships with each other and with Christ. Deer Run is a God-inspired, nonprofit, nondenominational ministry.

Deer Run’s team members are committed to excellence in property care, facilities, recreation, meals, and service. You will find that we are dedicated to ensuring a phenomenal and memorable experience while you are here.

Parents have voted Deer Run’s summer camps the #1 camp for the past 10 years. We are honored to have this Best of Parenting award sponsored by Nashville Parent magazine. Deer Run has also won the Williamson County Sizzle Award for 7 consecutive years.