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 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

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