Frequently Asked Questions
No. Deer Run is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nondenominational Christian ministry that teaches fundamentals of God’s Word from The Bible. Deer Run is not owned, governed, or funded by a church or church organization. Deer Run has a volunteer board of directors and is funded through user fees, individual donations, monthly supporters and grants.
Deer Run staff has your safety in mind. Normally, all scheduled recreation and activities take place regardless of weather conditions. In case of
heavy rains or thunderstorms, our staff may need to make adjustments to the schedule or facility to accomplish scheduled activities.
To best accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions, please communicate your needs to our office by calling (615) 794-2918 or by emailing Contact@DeerRun.camp no later than 2 weeks prior to the event start date. Our food service team will make every effort to accommodate certain food allergies and dietary restrictions, but doing so is at the discretion of our food service director and may require an additional fee for special food purchases. Individuals with extreme allergies are encouraged to bring their own food. Deer Run cannot accommodate ALL allergies and dietary restrictions; and we cannot prevent, nor guarantee, a cross-contamination-free environment.
TN state law bans smoking inside buildings. We ask that guests who smoke do so in designated smoking areas with smoking towers that are provided outside the buildings.
For safety purposes, absolutely no smoking is allowed in grassy or wooded areas including trails.
No, Deer Run Camps & Retreats is no alcohol facility.
- chewing gum or bubble gum since it damages property
- alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms or fireworks
- anything of value; Deer Run is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Camp Bucks make it easy for you to make purchases (drinks, snacks, merchandise, apparel, and more) at The Camp Store without having to carry around cash or a credit card.
Add Camp Bucks to your account when you register, or log in and add after you register. Purchases are charged against the total of Camp Bucks in your account. If you do not have enough money in your account, you will need to have cash or a credit card.
After the event, any unused Camp Bucks in the amount of $10 or more will be refunded to the credit card or e-check we have on file within one week. Or during registration, you may choose to donate any unused Camp Bucks above $10 to the Deer Run Scholarship Fund. Any unused Camp Bucks in the amount of $9.99 and under are automatically applied as a donation to the Deer Run Scholarship Fund.
Volunteers are vitally important to this ministry! They help us meet the needs of our guests and with property upkeep and improvements. Volunteers help throughout the year in areas such as serving meals, landscaping, cutting firewood, construction, summer camps, fund raising events plus community and family events. For more information about serving, call Sheila Brown at (615) 550-4093. For a Volunteer Application, text DeerRun Volunteer to (615) 701-4918 or go online to DeerRun.camp/volunteer.
What Should I Know About My Weekend Event?
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The weekend is designed to offer new insights and renewal to even the best marriages and relationships. The weekend gives you time away from everyday stress and schedules and provides time for you to focus on each other. It is also a weekend for couples who are struggling and are seeking hope for restoration of their relationship. The speakers, worship and other elements of the weekend give you a foundation to rekindle your love and start anew.
Deer Run Married Couples Weekends are designed specifically for couples already in a marriage relationship. Stay connected to Deer Run for information about upcoming Pre-Marital Retreat Weekends!
Yes, rooms are not shared. All accommodations are private rooms with a private bath.
Yes, couples have time on Saturday afternoon to relax together and choose to stay at Deer Run or spend time off site. Nearby options are historic Leiper’s Fork or downtown Franklin, each only 15 minutes from Deer Run.
Many of the activities are not physically challenging, but rather help you with communication and trust. For the more physically challenging activities, it is participation by choice. Most couples who attend comment that this is one of the best parts of the weekend experience.
Sorry, but no, childcare is not available.
Wear whatever is comfortable for you; there are no dress requirements. However, this is an opportunity to dress up if you would like to.
WHAT TO PACK
- An open heart and mind to where God leads you this weekend
- Notebook (if you are a note-taker)
- Feel free to bring your Bible.
- Casual clothing for sessions and free time
- Loose-fitting pants and sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended for the couple relationship-building activities. Do not wear open-toe or open-heel shoes, sandals or flip flops.
- Saturday night romantic dinner — dress up or dress casual, whichever is most comfortable for you
- Warm clothing (depending on weather) for outdoor activities: jacket, gloves, scarf, hat/beanie, long johns