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This is a volunteer position for Christian students ages 15 and older. Applicants should be willing to serve in any area of our day camp ministry. Email or call (615) 550-9663 if you have questions.


We are excited to announce our Resident VolunDeer Leadership Program, ILLUMINATE, which is open to Christian students who have completed their sophomore year of high school and older. It is an opportunity to receive leadership and discipleship training, build community and serve alongside likeminded peers. Space is limited, apply now! Cost of this leadership program is $399. Click on the button below for more info.

WATCH VIDEO about being a Summer Camp VolunDeer.

IMPORTANT: If your family already has a Deer Run account, ask your parent to do the following so you will have a separate login as a VolunDeer.



  1. Log into your Deer Run account.
  2. From the dashboard, click on the box that says “My Profile.”
  3. Click on the box that says “Manage _____ Family.”
  4. Click on the name of the person who is applying as a VolunDeer. You can also Add a Member to your family at the bottom of the list.
  5. Add an email address to the VolunDeer’s account. Then, log out of your account.
  6. Go back to the VolunDeer application link: Now you can log in as the VolunDeer. You will need to click “Forgot Password” and follow the prompts to set a new password and then continue the application.


A registered nurse or a doctor is needed during each summer camp session — for both day camps and overnight camps. Deer Run shows appreciation for a camp nurse’s time and professional skills by providing a barter that can be used for payment towards summer camps or family events at Deer Run. Email if you have questions.

Year-Round Volunteers

Throughout the year there are many opportunities to volunteer at Deer Run including such areas as serving meals, construction and helping with events. The dates and times for these opportunities are updated on a regular basis.

To volunteer or if you have questions, email or call/text Josh Barrera’s cell (615) 484-5370 or call his office (615) 794-2730.

Following are specific event dates you can choose to be involved in.


Fri, November 22  or Sat, November 23 • 5:00 to 8:30 pm
MEAL PREP & SERVING at Married Couples Fall Romance Weekend 
Prepare and serve dinner to the couples who are spending an intentional, intimate weekend focusing on each other without interruptions and without to-do lists! Saturday night is a candlelit dinner. Your servant heart and care for these couples makes their weekend memorable!

2020 Opportunities

Sat, March 7, 2020 • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (1/2 day or full day)
First Saturday in March, each year

Serve a half day (morning or afternoon) or a full day!
Lunch provided for everyone from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Ages 12 & up ONLY. Youth ages 12 to 18 must be supervised by an adult volunteer (1 adult for every 6 youth).

Project List: spreading pine straw and wood chips, repairing a bridge on a trail, lining trails with deadfall, and leveling uneven path on trails.

Volunteers should bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get dirty.

Times to Serve
Full Day: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Morning: 8:00am to 11:30am
Afternoon: 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Sun, April 19, 2020 • 12:15 pm to 5:00 pm
This is a fun day to participate as a volunteer by welcoming and hosting over 300 people. There is a variety of areas to serve: welcoming guests, face painting, balloon animals, traffic control/parking, etc.

First Sat of May • 9:30 to 10:30 am
Meet at The Veranda at The Creekside. Join us, rain or shine, on a guided (non strenuous) prayer walk around campus to pray over the facilities and recreation areas. We will be asking God to fill our camp with His Spirit and for protection of campers, families, and staff.

Sun, Dates TBD (Mar, Apr, May) • 1:30 to 4:00 pm
You will have an important impact on camper families as you greet and welcome them to Deer Run for our come-and-go Open Houses with walking tours of the property.

Fill out the Volunteer Application so we will be able to contact you and know your interest in serving. Note: To apply, you will be asked to create an account if you do not already have one.

Click below to view or print the dress code for serving in the dining facilities at The Creekside and The Lodge.


To provide excellent camps and retreats that inspire a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthen relationships with family and friends.


To transform as many lives as possible for Christ through the growth of staff, facilities and programs.


The Deer Run Way is to serve the Lord with integrity, stewardship, servanthood, excellence and community.
Colossians 3:23-24, HCSB — Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.


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3845 Perkins Rd
Thompson's Station, TN. 37179
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