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Summer Camp at Deer Run

We Exist for Your Family!

Despite our increasingly “connected” culture, we are actually less connected than ever, and families are not immune. Deer Run Camps & Retreats exists to provide an environment in which children and adults can foster deeper relationships with one another and with Christ, all while experiencing adventure in God’s creation. 

We are passionate about strengthening families through summer camps, family camps, and family events. Kids and families are free to HAVE FUN, BE ADVENTUROUS, UNPLUG and CONNECT — no matter what activity they are taking part in whether it be canoeing on Spring Valley Lake, zooming across the valley on the zip line adventures, laughing on the giant swing, playing group games on the field or simply enjoying meal time together. Each activity provides opportunities to be encouraged, discover strengths, forge friendships, complete challenges, and create life-long memories!

Campers feel known. Our counselors and staff are the heart of Deer Run and a large part of what makes your child’s experience amazing. They genuinely love spending time with campers. They listen with understanding and get to know each camper. Deer Run campers do not get lost in the crowd. Smaller camper groups allow campers to form authentic and deeper friendships; in fact, many campers are greeted by name year after year by returning counselors.

Deer Run is a nondenominational Christian Camp and Retreat Center situated on 100 acres of private scenic wooded property located in middle Tennessee only 10 miles southwest of historic downtown Franklin and less than 40 miles from downtown Nashville.

Day Camp

AGE 5 TO COMPLETED GRADE 5

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Deer Run’s Day Camps are fun-filled and action-packed. We can guarantee two things… 1) Your kids will not want to leave camp at the end of the day, and 2) They will be tired from so much fun.

Day Camp Activities: Lake [water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Coral boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line] • Pedal Kart Races • Recreational Games • BB Guns • Archery • Crafts • 45-ft Climbing Tower • Obstacle Course • Creek Wading • Nine-Square-in-the-Air • GaGa Ball • Carpetball • Tetherball • Noah’s Park Playground • Fun Songs • Worship • Interactive Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study

Add-ons to help with your schedule: Extended Care (a.m. and/or p.m.) and Bus Transportation from 7 area locations in south Nashville, Franklin, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro.

WAIT LIST: If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

If you are in need of financial assistance: Click here for information about applying for a scholarship.

We care about those who serve our community! 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors and Foster Families. Call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp to find out how to receive your discount. This cannot be combined with other discounts. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to camp!

Ready to Register?
To start, you’ll be prompted to create an account or log into your existing account.
This does not obligate you to ANY specific camp session.
Once you are logged in, you will see the specific session dates to choose from for your camper's age/grade.
Any questions? Call the office at (615) 794-2918 or Contact Us.

Adventure Day Camp

COMPLETED GRADES 6 TO 8

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Adventure Day Camp provides a unique experience for middle school youth to participate in fun and exciting wilderness survival skills — taught by an outdoor survival expert. Campers also enjoy many of the favorite recreational activities at camp.

WILDERNESS SKILLS

Campers learn …
  • Shelter Building
  • Fire Starting: build a fire from tinder, kindling and logs; then start the fire with a flint and steel striker kit 
  • Knot Tying and Lashing
  • Compass and Map Navigation
  • Archery
  • Knife Safety
  • Hatchet Throwing at Targets

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Lake [water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line]
  • Archery Range and BB Guns
  • Obstacle Course, Leap of Faith, 45-ft Climbing Tower, Pedal Karts
  • Nine-Square in-the-Air, GaGa Ball, Carpetball Tournaments, Large Group Rec Games
  • Small Group Bible Study

Add-ons to help with your schedule: Extended Care (a.m. and/or p.m.) and Bus Transportation from 7 area locations in south Nashville, Franklin, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro.

WAIT LIST: If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

If you are in need of financial assistance: Click here for information about applying for a scholarship.

We care about those who serve our community! 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors and Foster Families. Call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp to find out how to receive your discount. This cannot be combined with other discounts. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to camp!

Ready to Register?
To start, you’ll be prompted to create an account or log into your existing account.
This does not obligate you to ANY specific camp session.
Once you are logged in, you will see the specific session dates to choose from for your camper's age/grade.
Any questions? Call the office at (615) 794-2918 or Contact Us.

Preteen Overnight Camp

COMPLETED GRADES 3 TO 5

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Being a preteen, and having a preteen, comes with challenges. A week at our overnight camp at Deer Run comes as a welcomed reprieve for parents and campers alike. Rest easy knowing your preteen gets to spend the week hanging out with counselors who are excellent role models and who truly have a heart for them. Then look forward to hearing all of the fun-filled and action-packed stories your preteen will be ready to rattle off when they return home.

INDIVIDUAL CABIN GROUPS [maximum of 12 campers]: Zip Line Adventures • 45-ft Climbing Tower • Paintball • Archery Range • Rec Games • Leap of Faith • Giant Swing • Archery Tag • Lake Activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line) • Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study • GaGa Ball • Carpetball • Nine-Square-in-the-Air

ALL CABIN GROUPS: Large-group Games • Cardboard Boat Regatta • Nightly Worship and a Dynamic, Challenging Speaker

CAMPER TRACKS: Campers choose ONE track for the week to develop abilities in specialized areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion, ukulele and more.

WAIT LIST: If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

If you are in need of financial assistance: Click here for information about applying for a scholarship.

We care about those who serve our community! 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors and Foster Families. Call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp to find out how to receive your discount. This cannot be combined with other discounts. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to camp!

Ready to Register?
To start, you’ll be prompted to create an account or log into your existing account.
This does not obligate you to ANY specific camp session.
Once you are logged in, you will see the specific session dates to choose from for your camper's age/grade.
Any questions? Call the office at (615) 794-2918 or Contact Us.

Youth Overnight Camp

1-WEEK CAMPS: Completed grades 6 to 12
2-WEEK CAMPS: Ages 12-14

Deer Run’s Youth Camps have been voted a #1 Overnight Camp Experience! We provide premier age-graded camps for middle and high school students looking for the ultimate Overnight Summer Camp experience close to Nashville TN. Come to Deer Run for an incredible fun-filled and action-packed week — free from technology so you can connect with each other face-to-face and leave with genuine friendships!

INDIVIDUAL CABIN GROUPS [maximum of 12 campers]: Zip Line Adventures • 45-ft Climbing Tower • Paintball • Archery Range • Rec Games • Leap of Faith • Giant Swing • Archery Tag • Lake Activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line) • Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study • GaGa Ball • Carpetball • Nine-Square-in-the-Air

ALL CABIN GROUPS: Large-group Games • Cardboard Boat Regatta • Nightly Worship and a Dynamic, Challenging Speaker

CAMPER TRACKS: Campers choose ONE track for the week to develop abilities in specialized areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion, ukulele and more.

WAIT LIST: If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

If you are in need of financial assistance: Click here for information about applying for a scholarship.

We care about those who serve our community! 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors and Foster Families. Call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp to find out how to receive your discount. This cannot be combined with other discounts. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to camp!

Ready to Register?
To start, you’ll be prompted to create an account or log into your existing account.
This does not obligate you to ANY specific camp session.
Once you are logged in, you will see the specific session dates to choose from for your camper's age/grade.
Any questions? Call the office at (615) 794-2918 or Contact Us.

Family Camp

ALL AGES

A LIFE-CHANGING VACATION WITH A PURPOSE

Family camp is an all-inclusive, everything-planned-for-you, experience for every age!

Family Camp at Deer Run helps you unplug from the busyness of your regular routine and spend focused time with each other while having loads of fun.

Enjoy recreation, games, relaxation, upscale lodging, delicious meals and incredible service! Create long-lasting memories with your family as you experience the outdoors, grow spiritually and strengthen relationships.

Registration includes all activities, meals and a private room in our upscale lodging facilities. Your family also has a personal college-age assistant to help with your kids as needed. Learn valuable marriage and parenting tips while children ages 4 and under are cared for by family assistants and ages 5 and up participate as a group in recreation and sessions.

Single parents are welcome to attend any of our family camps. However, our 3-night camp June 21-24 is specifically designed for single parents and provides a unique experience of refreshment, adventure, strengthening, and an opportunity for single parents to connect with each other.

WAIT LIST: If a camp week is full, you can choose to be added to a Wait List during online registration.

If you are in need of financial assistance: Click here for information about applying for a scholarship.

We care about those who serve our community! 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors and Foster Families. Call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp to find out how to receive your discount. This cannot be combined with other discounts. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to camp!

Ready to Register?
To start, you’ll be prompted to create an account or log into your existing account.
This does not obligate you to ANY specific camp session.
Once you are logged in, you will see the specific session dates to choose from for your camper's age/grade.
Any questions? Call the office at (615) 794-2918 or Contact Us.

FRIEND REFERRAL

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS: YOU GET $20 + THEY SAVE!

After you register for camp, you get a $20 credit for EVERY friend you invite to camp who registers for DAY or OVERNIGHT CAMPS and who is part of a new camper family at Deer Run!

  • That’s a $20 credit to your account for each new camper and for every session of camp.
  • Plus, after your friend registers, they can invite friends and get the same $20 for every friend who registers and is part of a new camper family.

When registering as a new camper family who has not ever been to Deer Run:
    Step 1. Enter the name of the referral person during registration. 
    Step 2. Enter one of the following discount codes at checkout:

  • REF19DC: $25 off Day Camp
  • REF19ON: $50 off 1-week Overnight Camp
  • REF19TW: $100 off 2-week Overnight Camps

*Discount codes cannot be combined with any other code.

How does the referral credit on my account work?
  • A referring family must be registered in order to receive the $20 credit. The Referring Family credits are processed on a weekly basis, thus they are not effective immediately.
  • Your credit MUST be used BY THE END OF YOUR WEEK OF CAMP or the credit will be forfeited. Your credit can be used in one of the following ways: 1) automatically goes towards balance if camp week is not paid in full, 2) applied to early registration for 2020 camps, or 3) applied to register for a fall parent-child weekend — the August Father-Son Adventure Weekend or the September Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend.
  • The referral credit cannot be used as a credit for the Camp Store.

FRIEND REQUESTS

Bringing friends with you makes a week at camp even more fun! We updated our Friend Request Policy so you can invite more friends to be in your cabin!

  • Day Campers: Request as many friends as they would like (no limit) — as long as all friends are within one-year of age of each other.
  • Overnight Campers: Request up to 5 friends to be in their cabin — for a total friend group of 6 campers! Cabins are divided into male cabins and female cabins. Camper friend requests may have up to a one year age difference.
How do I make a Friend (Cabin Mate) request for my child and his/her friend?

Requests may be made by using the “Friend Request” button in the "Camp Services" section of your online registration account.

  • From your account dashboard, click “View My Registrations.”
  • Find the current registration for your child and click on their name. You will find the Friend Request button on that screen.
  • Only ONE friend should initiate the Friend Request and the other(s) accept. You will need the name and email address associated with the friend’s account.
  • When making a request, an email with instructions will be sent on your behalf to the other
  • To accept a request, follow the same procedure above and then enter the code in the “Accept a Request” section.

Friend Requests MUST BE ACCEPTED NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK prior to the camp session start date.

Why the maximum of 6 campers in an overnight friend group?

Our intent is to create the best environment and experience possible for all campers — those coming alone or with friends. Thus, no more than 6 total campers can request to be in the same cabin.

If you have more than 6 campers in your friend group, we suggest splitting into two groups. We believe choosing to limit cabin requests to six per cabin sets the cabin up for success — providing an opportunity for unity within the whole group and with the counselor.

For requests above 6 per cabin, call the office at 615.794.2918. We will do our best to accommodate when possible!

“My church’s youth group went here on spring break. This place will change your life.”

Gage Downs

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“A hidden treasure — right outside of the city, yet you feel hundreds of miles removed. There are so many activities & options for children (& families, couples, etc) to do at the camp. Also, very clean and well manicured.”

April Connell

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“My child went here last year and she loved it. The staff were great with her.”

Quoizel Bryant

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Summer Camp in Tennessee

 

Deer Run nonprofit, nondenominational Christian summer camp and year-round summer camp Tennessee just 30 minutes south of Nashville. We provide  family camp Tennessee (all ages). Family events help parents and children connect on a deeper level and our married couples weekends give couples an opportunity for renewal, refreshment, and recommitment. God’s presence is strong at Deer Run. While here you experience a connection with others and with God to create long-lasting relationships on a deeper level. At Deer Run Christian camps in Tennessee, God changes lives. You truly do experience “Deeper Faith. Stronger Relationships. Greater Adventures.”

 

 

How to get to Deer Run Camps from Nashville

CONTACT US:

Deer Run Camps & Retreats
3845 Perkins Road
Thompson’s Station, TN
37179
Contact no: 615-794-2918
Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

 

Directions to Deer Run Camps & Retreats from BNA (Airport)

Take Terminal Dr to I-40 W
6 min (2.0 mi)
Head south on Terminal Dr
16 ft
Use the 2nd from the right lane to turn slightly right to stay on Terminal Dr
276 ft
Keep left to continue on BNA Arriving Flights
0.3 mi
Use any lane to turn slightly left onto Terminal Dr
0.3 mi
Continue straight to stay on Terminal Dr
0.2 mi
Keep left to stay on Terminal Dr
1.1 mi
Take I-65 S and I-840 W/TN-840 to TN-246 N in Williamson County. Take exit 23 from I-840 W/TN-840
32 min (35.7 mi)
Merge onto I-40 W
2.5 mi
Use the left 3 lanes to take exit 213A for I-440 W toward Memphis
1.3 mi
Continue onto I-440 W
2.1 mi
Use the middle lane to take exit 5 for I-65 S/I-65 N toward Huntsville/Nashville
0.1 mi
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 65 S/Huntsville and merge onto I-65 S
20.9 mi
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 59A-59B for TN-840 W
0.9 mi
Merge onto I-840 W/TN-840
7.7 mi
Take exit 23 toward TN-246 N
0.3 mi
Continue on TN-246 N. Drive to Perkins Rd
6 min (4.1 mi)
Turn right onto TN-246 N
2.3 mi
Turn left onto Perkins Rd
Destination will be on the left
1.8 mi

 

Deer Run is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry. It can be found just near Franklin and Spring Hill. The summer camp is nestled between rolling hills, it is the perfect spot for young children to experience nature in all its glory. To the East of Deer Run, you can find Franklin and to the South East is Spring Hill and Thompsons station.

 

Here’s what camp goers have to say about the Deer Run experience:

This place changed my LIFE! I went last year (Overnight), I really felt a larger connection with God. I got Baptized, and if any parents are reading this with children with separation anxiety, like me, dont worry, the staff keep them so occupied that you never think about that stuff. I would recommend this camp to any Christian in a heart beat. So exited to go back this year – Tim S.

a hidden treasure- right outside of the city, yet you feel hundreds of miles removed. there are so many activities & options for children (& families, couples, etc) to do at the camp. also, very clean and well manicured. – April C. 

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DEER RUN CAMPS & RETREATS
(615) 794-2918
contact@deerrun.camp
3845 Perkins Rd
Thompson's Station, TN. 37179
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