Testimonies

from Deer Run Campers & Guests

Married Couples Romance Weekend Event Testimonies

Married Couples Weekend at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

“This is a “must do!””

J. Henderson, Event Attendee

“Just got home from the Married Couples Weekend! It was such a wonderful time! What a blessing to have been able to go! Accommodations were impeccable, staff was amazing/ friendly and food was like a 5 star restaurant!”

N. Clifton, Event Attendee

“It will change your life and your relationship with your spouse and Christ.”

R. Hancock, Event Attendee

“We had an Amazing time during the Romance Weekend Marriage Retreat! The atmosphere is relaxing, the accommodations were Fantastic and the Food, oh I cannot put into words how great the food was. Thank you [to] the staff that made the weekend unforgettable!”

T. Broadhurst, Event Attendee

“This is for everyone! Every marriage would benefit from this! We were greatly recharged!”

H. Dark, Event Attendee

Deer Run Day & Overnight Summer Camp Testimonies

Deer Run Summer Day Campers on Game Field

“Deer Run is fabulous! Great counselors and great facility. All of my kids have made friends there. It’s wonderful value for your dollar and a fabulous experience. Their time at Deer Run Is the first thing my kids write in their calendars each year.”

L. Franz, Camper Mom

“Cannot say enough good things about this place! My children attended day camp and begged to go back again for another week this summer. The physical activities, along with Bible study, helped my kids come alive!! Such a hidden treasure, that Deer Run is!”

S. Warner, Camper Mom

“I love this Camp! It is a fun, joy filled Christian learning environment. The staff are wonderful…and really want to pour into the kid’s lives. Take a child to Deer Run and they will come home stronger, happier — with valuable interaction skills.”

Anonymous, Friend of Deer Run​

“I am a nurse at Deer Run and I love it as much as my two grandkids. I’ve yet to meet a kid that attended this camp and didn’t love it!”

J. Stewart, Camp Nurse​

Deer Run Summer Family Camp Testimonies

"We felt like just being here with our family is what mattered the most! We really enjoyed everything but especially the lake and carpetball! I especially appreciated how the staff helped me when my wife got a severe migraine!”

L. Preston, Family Camp Attendee

“In my culture, technology dominates every aspect of life. While it is certainly beneficial, it can be overly misused. Most teenagers seldom have a heart-to-heart conversation with anyone face-to-face. Instead, fake, impersonal facades are maintained through online profiles, and relationships are pursued in that way. At family camp, everyone is on “real time” instead of “screen time.” Parental and sibling relationships are transformed, growing deeper as they reach a more intimate level. Through bonding times of devotions and engaging activities, all family members are brought closer together in a genuine manner. 1 Corinthians 13:13 states, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” During the days spent at Deer Run, you will experience unforgettable moments of passionate faith in Christ and hope for your future, which are all grounded in unmistakable love for Jesus and His design for family.”

Shayli, Age 15

Preteen & Youth Church Retreat Testimonies

Youth Retreat Group at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

“We have been once before and had an amazing time and knew we wanted to come back! It was just as great (if not better) than our previous trip in 2014! Amy did an incredible job. She was efficient, flexible, and kind when we had specific requests. She made it very easy for us to plan our trip. My students really appreciated the love and servant hearts of Josh and Nathaniel and all of the rest of the recreation staff. They joined in when the students asked and made our students feel right at home at Deer Run! Everything was delicious. The special dietary needs of my students were met, the portions were great, the variety was amazing. My youth raved about how delicious the camp food was. They were very impressed.”

Anonymous, Youth Retreat, First United Methodist Church of Dyersburg

“Everyone we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful. We especially appreciated his help on the rock wall. The staff in the dining hall was also accommodating and pleasant. Our cabins were immaculate and easily accessible. Honestly, we were pleasantly surprised. Our group was expecting cafeteria food, and what we got tasted more like “home-cooked.” Great job, kitchen staff! We had a great time, and we truly appreciate the staff working with us as we planned our very first overnight 5th grade trip. We did not know what to expect, or even what we were doing as we were planning, and your staff was so willing to work with us. Our students had a wonderful time. They are STILL talking about the climbing tower, the food, and the s’mores.”

Anonymous, Middle School Camp, First Baptist Church Donelson

Church & Non-profit Organization Retreat Testimonies

Team Building Activity at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

“We love Deer Run! Y’all are ALWAYS top notch — from start to finish in the planning of this retreat. Deer Run is perfect for our meetings!”

Anonymous, Operations Directors Summit, WAY FM

“We had a wonderful & relaxing stay! The staff was very courteous with excellent service – great hospitality! The facilities are beautiful and spacious and a wonderful setting for a retreat! The presentation of the meals served was very well done and all was delicious and plenty of it. Overall an EXCELLENT place to come! Well done! [Guest services staff were] excellent, very helpful & friendly!! Excellent food and very well served & presented!! Beautiful place, great location and wonderful food — very pleased.”

Anonymous, Staff Retreat, Christ Community Church

“We have always loved Deer Run! Everyone is always so helpful and the service is second to none. We especially appreciate your willingness to work with us on payments, as we are a nonprofit Bible study group with no budget! April is so incredibly helpful and kind. She makes the entire process easy! Meals at Deer Run are a treat and a blessing! To pray alongside the servers before a meal is not something we take for granted. Their attention to detail is extraordinary and every meal is delicious. Their willingness to accommodate our gluten free guests is also greatly appreciated. Deer Run is so luxurious! Our ladies are always so complimentary of the accommodations. We have compared prices at other locations and they cannot compete with the accommodations, meals and service we receive from Deer Run. ”

Anonymous, Leaders Retreat, Community Bible Study, Franklin, TN

“I love to come to Deer Run. Rooms are immaculate, the staff are servant-hearted and the food is delicious in a beautifully landscaped setting. What else do you need?”

Anonymous, Resident Retreat, Brentwood Baptist Church

“The facilities were beautiful and well prepared – just like last year. The serving staff were very kind & helpful and did a fantastic job serving the meals. Like last year, the food was delicious and served very beautifully! We had a wonderful time of teaching & sharing and relaxing together. Thanks so much – It’s a wonderful place of retreat!”

Anonymous, Staff Retreat, Christ Community Church

“This was my second women’s retreat at Deer Run. The facilities are immaculately clean. The setting is beautiful and provides the visitors with an intimate place to reflect on God’s beauty.”

S. Poe, Ladies' Retreat

“I was impressed with the quality of staff that I encountered. They were polite, helpful and pleasant as well as competent. The food services people did an outstanding job with the food we ate. The meals that I chose were of a quality that I would expect from a high-end restaurant or resort. And those who prepared our food were so accommodating.
The rooms were spectacular and clean. Even the towels were folded like a high-class hotel. 
We are very pleased with the spaces, the rooms, the food and the people. The food was superb! It was tasty, the presentation was appealing and the portions were plentiful. Each room at the Lodge is attractive and conducive to a good night’s rest. My mattress was very comfortable. The conference room was equipped with what we needed for our group and served us well. Yes, this was a huge success for our group. This was the first time that all of us were together and The Lodge was a great place to build relations as well as to plan for the future. ”

Anonymous, Middle East Ministries

“What a great facility. Everyone enjoys the large spaces, the meals and the wonderful rooms. It is just perfect for us. Our supper was delicious and the breakfast was amazing. The price is very reasonable for everyone that comes. The meeting room and the family room are perfect for our presentation and games. We love being pampered. Honestly trying to organize 35 women in a volunteer setting is crazy and Deer run make it much easier for me.”

Anonymous, Women's Retreat, New Concord Church of Christ

School & University Retreat Testimonies

University Group in matching red shirt posing for group photo at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

“As always, we had a wonderful time today. The staff was very well prepared and did a great job debriefing the kids after each activity. Several of our students had participated in the Deer Run Low Ropes before, your staff changed things up so that even familiar activities had challenges. GREAT JOB The young men who went with us to the lake were kind, professional, and a lot of fun. We never leave disappointed. We have a looooonnnng history of working with the staff at Deer Run and we hope it continues.”

Anonymous, High School Student Council Retreat, Donelson Christian Academy

“As always, we had a great experience at Deer Run this year. The staff present this year was fabulous, and our students had an excellent time. We appreciate the excellent service and hospitality throughout the week! April is fantastic! She makes sure that all of our details are in order, and she does a great job passing along our requests to the on-site staff. Due to the size of our group, we often have some specific requests, primarily related to food. The food services staff did an excellent job taking care of those requests, and the meals were great! As always, the lodge and cabins were in wonderful shape. We loved our stay as usual! Deer Run exceeds our expectations each year, and we look forward to attending again!”

Anonymous, H4 Retreat, WKU Honors College

“This is place offers so much to for our group… the opportunity to “be still” and listen to each other, a terrific large facility to conduct trainings (inside or out), the FOOD was amazing, and plenty of comfy beds for everyone! The staff were wonderful to work with and worked hard to make sure our every need was met. We will be back next year! April was amazing!! She thought of things that we needed before we did!! I was so comforted that not only did they remember our group from the previous year they understood exactly what we needed! Everyone had a smile on their face and we could feel how welcomed and special it was for us to be there!”

Anonymous, Teachers Retreat, Glen Leven Presbyterian Church Day School

“I would like to thank the staff that helped us this past weekend. They were PHENOMENAL! My staff was very pleased and blown away by the level of hospitality we received. The facilities were excellent and exceeded expectations. The food and catering staff are wonderful and extremely nice. Thanks again for doing a great job!!! Based on the amenities and service provided, I feel like this is the best camp we’ve stayed at since I’ve been with our program (which has been over 7 years). We look forward to making Deer Run our annual staff retreat location.”

Anonymous, Orientation Staff Retreat, Tennessee Tech University

“The retreat staff was amazing, and very helpful while I was there! They were available whenever I needed them! All my questions were answered in a very timely manner! Amy was there for every single one of my many questions! Everyone at Deer Run was very helpful and available whenever I needed them! The cabins where very comfortable and just what we needed for our retreat!”

Anonymous, Jr Staff Retreat, Westminster Academy

“Everyone we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful. Andrea greeted us as soon as we entered Deer Run property, and we kept in touch with Fred all weekend. We especially appreciated his help on the rock wall. The staff in the dining hall was also accommodating and pleasant. Our cabins were immaculate and easily accessible. Honestly, we were pleasantly surprised. Our group was expecting cafeteria food, and what we got tasted more like “home-cooked.” Great job, kitchen staff! We had a great time, and we truly appreciate the staff working with us as we planned our very first overnight 5th grade trip. We did not know what to expect, or even what we were doing as we were planning, and your staff was so willing to work with us. Our students had a wonderful time. They are STILL talking about the climbing tower, the food, and the s’mores.”

Anonymous, 5th Grade Overnight Field Trip, Dyersburg City Schools

Corporate Retreat Testimonies

Retreat Group Team Building Activity at Deer Run Camps & Retreats

“This was a beautiful place. Everyone absolutely enjoyed the day. The staff was amazing and helpful and took great care of all our needs and questions. It was perfect for what we needed. One employee suggested having all our company picnics there forevermore!”

Anonymous, Company Picnic, Cumberland Valley Constructors, Inc.

“This event was by far the best our team has experienced. First, from a planning perspective, [the] team was a dream to work with. Their incredible communication was key in making this event a success. The day of the event, all staff was friendly, extremely accommodating, and even went above and beyond to meet a dietary need of one of our guests. The team is already asking to go back to Deer Run! Thank you ALL!”

Anonymous, Digital Development Summer Team Outing, The Lampo Group - Dave Ramsey

“What a beautiful location. We had our meetings there and the accommodations were very comfortable. The meals were outstanding and the staff was AMAZING! We’ll be back! Your facility was amazing! The staff was excellent! We felt very pampered and well taken care of. The food was excellent as well and we will be back! I have already mentioned this to others as a good location for meetings, family reunions etc.”

Anonymous, Semi-Annual Planning Retreat, Heartland Dental

“We had a delightful time using the Deer Run Retreat Lodge for our first annual corporate team retreat.

 The spacious and comfortable venue provided the perfect place for our team to develop a deeper understanding of how we can grow professionally as a team as well as personally as individuals with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 The food was amazing! The Deer Run staff members that were present during the meal times were professional and made us feel like we were right at home.

Thank you again for the wonderful experience, and we are looking forward to having our second annual retreat at your place next year. The Deer Run Retreat Center provides all the features our team could possibly ask for from a high-end hotel with the charm and comfort of rustic lodge experience. 

The venue is the perfect distance from Nashville, by providing a short driving distance with easy access.”

Anonymous, Corporate Team Retreat, Peachtree Planning of Tennessee