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All day and overnight summer camps for 2020 are canceled.

FAMILY CAMPS HAVE NOT BEEN CANCELED since accommodations and outdoor activities are limited to individual families.

Options for handling your camp cancellation:

  1. We ask you to prayerfully consider donating all or part of your camper registration fee(s) from this year as a tax-deductible gift to help sustain Deer Run through this crisis.
  2. If you are not in a position to donate your registration fee, we will gladly allow you to transfer your registration fee to 2021 camps and your camp date can be chosen at a later time.
  3. Keep the funds as a credit to use towards any Deer Run Family Event, a private birthday party, etc.
  4. Of course, we will refund your entire camper fee including your deposit at your request.

Contact our Guest Relations Team at Contact@DeerRun.camp to let them know your choice or if you have questions. We ask that you are patient since they are overwhelmed responding to all camper parents. They will respond to you as quickly as possible.


for Campers who have Completed grades 3 to 5


Check-in: Sunday, 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Camp Closing & Check-out: Saturday 10:00-10:30 a.m.

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

Being a preteen, and having a preteen, comes with challenges, so a week at overnight camp is welcomed by both parents and campers alike. Each activity throughout the week provides unique opportunities to encourage campers to become confident and remain grounded and strong when life’s challenges arise.

Campers at Deer Run are free to HAVE FUN, BE ADVENTUROUS, UNPLUG and CONNECT — no matter what activity they are taking part in. Whether it be zooming down the water slide on Spring Valley Lake or playing games together, each activity provides opportunities to be encouraged, discover strengths, forge friendships, complete challenges, and create life-long memories!

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.


CABIN GROUPS [maximum 12 campers]
These activities are done with your cabin group.

  • Zip Line Adventures, 45-ft Climbing Tower, Paintball, Giant Swing
  • Rec Games, Leap of Faith, Archery Range, Archery Tag, Human Foosball
  • GaGa Ball, Carpetball Tournaments, Nine-Square-in-the-Air
  • Lake Activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, canoes, zip line)
  • Age-appropriate Small Group Bible Study

One track chosen by campers to develop abilities in specialized areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion, ukulele and more. During track time, they are with other campers who have chosen the same track, not with their cabin group.

Everyone comes together for large groups games, worship, and a daily speaker session.

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


1st Day of Camp: SUNDAY from 4:00-4:30 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.

CAMP BUCKS for the Camp Store

  • Purchase in your online account before your camp session starts or during the camp week. Or, you may call the office at (615) 794-2918 and our staff will add Camp Bucks to your camper(s) account(s).
  • Log into your account to add more Camp Bucks, review purchases made by your camper, or check your camper’s balance.
  • Go here for more information about Camp Bucks.


  • Cabin Time: Get-to-know-you Games, Welcome & Intros
  • Dinner & Recreation (group rotation), Worship & Speaker, Evening Activity
  • Small Group Time, Showers (group rotation), Cabin Lights Out at 10:30 p.m.

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

  • Good Morning Get Together, Breakfast & Devotions, Track Groups
  • Morning Worship, Lunch & Bible Study (rotations), Afternoon Recreation Rotations
  • Camp Store, Group Rec Games, Dinner
  • Evening Activity, Showers (group rotation), Evening Hang Time

10:00 p.m. Cabin Lights Out

Last Day of Camp: SATURDAY at 10:30-11:00 a.m. Camper Check-out/Pick Up

  • See Camp Policies (p3) for info on camper pick up and your camper pick-up code.
  • Any unused medications will be given to you during pick up at Camp.
  • Required: Close-toed shoes (no open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops) for archery tag, giant swing, pedal karts, climbing tower, Leap of Faith, zip line adventures, and paintball
  • Casual clothing and athletic shoes for rec activities
  • Bible: If your camper does not own a Bible, inform our staff in advance and Deer Run can provide one at no cost.
  • Swimsuit (see swimsuit requirements under “What to Wear”)
  • Sunscreen, beach towel, and waterproof sandals
  • 2-3 garbage bags and/or laundry bag for dirty laundry, wet clothing, and bedding
  • Rain gear
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt for cooler evenings
  • Pillow & sleeping bag OR bedding for twin mattress
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, personal items, etc.) and carrier for shower house
  • Bath towels and washcloth or loofah
  • Insect repellent (especially for paintball course)

Optional: Paintball is an optional activity this year for overnight campers.
If you choose to participate, your camper will need to bring their own paintball mask or you can purchase one as a pre-order in your parent dashboard in your account.

LABELING ITEMS: We recommend Name Bubbles labels which are a high quality, waterproof label — available in a variety of styles or you can customize your label. Use on clothes, water bottles, toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch boxes, etc. They are dishwasher, laundry, microwave, and freezer safe! Save on your order! Use promo code DEERRUNGRP20 in your cart to get 20% off. (Note, the code is case sensitive and should be entered in all caps. It cannot be applied to sale items or combined with additional discount codes. Expires 5/5/2021.



  • Girls are required to wear modest one-piece swimsuits or a tankini that covers the stomach.
  • Camper swimsuits cannot have metal or plastic zippers, grommets, or metal of any kind since these damage the fabric on the water slide. Campers with these will not be allowed to go down the water slide. No exceptions.


  • sleeveless shirts
  • spaghetti strap tops or tank tops
  • tight-fitting clothes or short shorts
  • clothing with offensive language or promoting persons, bands, or products which are offensive


  • chewing gum or bubble gum since it damages camp property
  • any electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) — These are a distraction to your camper and to other campers and may become lost or stolen. If brought to camp, they will be collected for safekeeping and returned at the end of camp.
  • tobacco or vape products, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, fireworks, matches, lighters, aerosol cans, or weapons including pocket knives
  • shaving cream, squirt guns or other “prank” items
  • anything valuable — Deer Run does not take responsibility for damaged, lost, or stolen items. See Camp Policies (p4) for claiming Lost & Found items.


  • During registration, a suggested amount of Camp Store money will be added to your registration. Feel free to change this amount to as much or as little as you’d like, or you can choose to add money later. Campers LOVE shopping at the camp store every day with their group. Log into your account to monitor your camper’s purchases and balance, or to add more money if needed throughout the week of camp.
  • Go here for more information and policies about Camp Bucks.


  • You have the choice to preorder merchandise from our Camp Store and have it delivered to your child during their session of camp. Preorders can be also be added at any time through the week.
  • Preorders must be added to your registration by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday before camp in order for the items to be delivered on the day of arrival, and no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday during your camp session  to be delivered before campers leave for the week.

photos with facial recognition, weekly video, communications from camp, emails to/from your camper

We have partnered with a company called Bunk1 to provide communication with your camper and an easy way to receive updates from camp, all in one place! Download the App and login with your Deer Run email and password, or use the desktop version at Bunk1.com, to view, share and download photos and stay informed about what is going on at camp. For more information about all that Bunk1, offers please visit Bunk1family.com.

Campers love receiving packages and mail from their family! Our staff put the package or mail in your camper's cabin. You can get these to your camper in two ways:

  1. Give to Deer Run staff at the check-in table on Sunday or
  2. Mail to your camper during their week of camp.

To ensure your camper receives these while they are at camp, mail CARE PACKAGES no later than TUESDAY and mail LETTERS no later than WEDNESDAY.
Mail to:
 Deer Run Camps
, Camper Name
, 3845 Perkins Road
, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

FRIEND REQUESTS: Day Camp Small Group or Overnight Cabin Group

Bringing friends with you makes a week at camp even more fun!

Day Campers can request as many friends as they would like (no limit) — as long as all friends are within one-year of age of each other. The older camper will be added to the younger camper's group.

Our intent is to create the best environment and experience possible for all campers — those coming alone or with friends. We believe choosing to limit cabin requests to 6 campers per cabin sets the cabin up for success — providing an opportunity for unity within the whole group and with the counselor.
If you have more than 6 campers in your friend group, we suggest splitting into two groups. For requests above 6 per cabin, call the office at 615.794.2918. We will do our best to accommodate when possible!

  • Invite up to 5 friends to be in your cabin … for a total friend group of 6 campers!
  • Camper friend requests may have up to a one year age difference. The older camper will be added to the younger camper's cabin group.
  • Cabins are divided into male cabins and female cabins.

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

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

  • 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 friend.
  • To accept a request, follow the same procedure above and then enter the code in the “Accept a Request” section.

After you register for camp, invite your friends!

  1. MUST BE A NEW CAMPER: To qualify as a referral, your friend must be part of a new camper family who has never attended a Deer Run camp or event before.
  2. GIVE FRIENDS THE CODES: Simply give them the Friend Referral Codes listed below so they receive a discount at check-out AND ask them to enter your name as the person who referred them to camp during the “How Did You Hear” section of registration.
  3. NOW, REFER MORE FRIENDS: After your friend registers as a referral, they can invite friends and also get $20 for every friend who registers and is part of a new camper family.

2020 Friend Referral Codes
     •  REF20DC:
$25 OFF Day Camp
     •  REF20ON:
$50 OFF 1-week Overnight Camp
     •  REF20TW:
$100 OFF 2-week Overnight Camps

*Discount codes cannot be combined with any other code.


How do I get my credit and how can it be used?

  • A family you referred to Deer Run Camps must be registered in order for you to receive the $20 credit. The Referring Family credits are processed on a weekly basis, thus they are not effective immediately.
  • This credit is in addition to any discounts you have already received, and there is no limit to how many referral credits you can receive!
  • 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 2021 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.


Multi-Child or Multi-Session Discount: $10 OFF each child when registering more than one child or for more than one session (this is for all events, except for Family Day)

Community Service Discount: 10% OFF for Military, First Responders, Teachers, Pastors, and Foster Families. To receive your discount code, email your ID/verification to Contact@DeerRun.camp. This cannot be combined with other discount codes. However, you can still receive referral credits for new camper families who you invite to summer camp!

Financial Assistance: If you are in need of financial assistance, click here for information about applying for a scholarship.


We are available to give you and your family a PERSONAL TOUR of the camp facilities! Get a glimpse of how camp at Deer Run can make a lifelong impact on your kids, teens, and family this summer.

Schedule your tour by calling Guest Relations at (615) 794-2918 or by emailing Contact@DeerRun.camp!

Watch this VIRTUAL TOUR and you'll definitely be excited about summer and family camps at Deer Run!


We have some exciting things planned for summer camp!

In the meantime, our Family Resource page has fun things for YOUR KIDS & YOU TO DO TOGETHER at home such as coloring pages and recipes … plus videos and worship music which will encourage you.

Reserve Kids and Family Lake Day Pass

Call (615) 794-2918 to reserve Lake Day Passes for your Kids and Family, or complete the form below...



Get on I-65 N from Murfreesboro Rd Continue on I-65 N to Nashville Take Exit 212 from I-40 E Follow Fesslers Ln to Lebanon Pike



Get on I-40 E/ I-65 S Follow I-65 S to TN-246 N/ I-840 W/ TN-840 Take Exit 23, Continue on TN-246 N Turn Left onto Perkins Rd



Follow Ewingville Dr to Murfreesboro Rd Follow W Main St/ TN-246 S/ Carter's Creek Pike to Perkins Rd Turn Right onto Perkins Rd



Get on I-65 S from W Liberty St Follow I-65 S to TN-246 N Take Exit 23 from I-840 W/ TN-840 Continue on TN-246 N Turn Left on Perkins Rd

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