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at Deer Run Camps & Retreats


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.

WATCH VIDEO about being a Summer Camp VolunDeer.


A Resident VolunDeer Leadership Program

ILLUMINATE 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.

**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.

Email or call (615) 550-9663 if you have questions.


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.

Fill out the Volunteer Application so we can know your interest in serving and so we are able to contact you.

Note: To apply, you will be asked to create an account if you do not already have one.

If you are volunteering to serve meals in the dining facilities at The Creekside or The Lodge be sure to review the dress code before arriving.

2019 Volunteer Opportunities


Fri or Sat, November 22-23

5:00 to 8:30 pm

Serve dinner to couples attending the fall Married Couples Weekend. These couples are spending an intentional, intimate weekend focusing on each other without interruptions and without to-do lists! Friday night is buffet style and Saturday night is a candlelit dinner. Your servant heart and care for these couples makes their weekend memorable!

2020 Volunteer Opportunities


Sat, March 7

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

(1/2 day — morning or afternoon — OR serve all day)

Ages 12 & up ONLY. Youth ages 12 to 18 must be supervised by an adult volunteer (1 adult for every 6 youth).

Volunteers should bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get dirty to help in spreading pine straw and wood chips, lining trails with deadfall, and leveling uneven path on trails.

Times to Serve
Full Day — 8:00am to 4:00pm
Morning — 8:00 to 11:30am
Lunch provided for everyone — 11:30am to 12:30pm
Afternoon — 12:30 to 4:00pm


Sun, April 19

12:15 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.


Sat, May 2

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 are asking God to fill our camp with His Spirit and for protection of campers, families, and staff.


Sunday, 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.


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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