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Page 16- The News, March 3, 2016 Summer Camps, Programs and Activities


Deer Run Camps & Retreats n Deeper Faith. Greater Adventures.


Adventure is waiting for your kids AND your family at Deer Run summer camps — located on 100 scenic wooded acres just ten miles southwest of historic down- town Franklin. Deer Run is a non- denominational Christ-centered camp. Because Deer Run is a tra- ditional camp where the distrac- tions of technology are left at home, campers are able to focus on relationships, physical activity and challenges while having fun. The staff and counselors are excellent role models and strong leadership examples for the next generation — impacting them through growth in faith, charac- ter, confidence, respect and lead- ership. The staff-to-camper ratio is


lower than required standards enabling closer relationships with the counselors and other campers plus a higher quality camper experience. Campers are encouraged to make new friends and engage with others who are different than themselves. Deer Run Camps are an exciting sum- mer experience that is long remembered and is life changing! The registration price in-


cludes all activities plus a themed camper shirt and video of your camper's session. Sessions begin June 5th and end on August 6th. Overnight Camps: One-week, six-night sessions (Sunday after- noon to Saturday morning) are age-graded: preteen (completed grades 3–5), middle school (com- pleted grades 6–8) and high school (completed grades 9–12). For mid- dle school campers who desire a longer experience and additional activities, two-week, 13-night ses- sions are offered. Campers are divided into


p.m. with an option for extended care hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


All-inclusive activities for the


younger day campers are lake activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, kayaks, canoes, zipline), kickball, recreational games, wiffle ball, archery, BB guns, crafts, 45-ft climbing tower, obstacle course, creek wading, skits, fun songs, worship and interactive age-appropriate small group Bible study. Adventure Day Campers par-


small groups by cabin groups. Cabin group activities include horseback riding, 45-ft climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, recreational games, obsta- cle course, low or high initiatives, leap of faith, giant swing, lake activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, kayaks, canoes, zipline) and age-appropriate small group Bible study. Large group activities include games, the challenging cardboard boat regatta race, worship and a dynamic, challenging speaker each night.


Campers also can make a


choice of one track for the week to develop skills in select areas such as fishing, percussion, drama, sports, horse care and archery.


Meals are an important part of the camp experience. Our chefs use fresh ingredients for healthy, delicious kid-friendly meals, and a full salad bar and fresh fruit are available each day. Day Camps (age 5 through completed grade 5) and Adventure Day Camps (com- pleted grades 6-8 are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00


ticipate in outdoor education and survival skills including compass orienteering, tomahawk throw- ing, debris hut building, fire start- ing and knot tying. Plus, they enjoy lake activities (kayaks, canoes), archery range with a tournament, nine-square-in-the- air, kickball, wiffle ball, gaga ball, BB guns, 45-ft climbing tower, worship and interactive age- appropriate small group Bible study.


Bus transportation for day campers is available from six locations: south Nashville (Brentwood Baptist Church and Franklin Road Academy), Franklin (Westhaven Town Center and Church of the City), Thompson Station Church and Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Family Camps (ages 5 and


up); July 3-6, Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon: Ever want- ed to be a part of the fun your kids are having at camp? You can at Deer Run! For families looking for an exciting vacation that requires no planning of activities on your part, this 3-night multi- generational camp experience is for you! It is meaningful family time designed to strengthen your relationships. The all-inclusive


price includes 3 nights private room lodging at The Lodge at Deer Run, all activities, nine meals and a Deer Run shirt for each participant. Activities are similar to overnight camps. Sunday Open Houses: Fam-


ilies are invited to three open houses on March 6, April 10 and May 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to meet the camp directors and some of the summer staff. This is


a come-and-go guided walking tour of the camp facilities; no reservations are needed. Registration: There are no


registration deadlines, but camper spaces fill up quickly so register soon to get your pre- ferred camp dates. Register at Camps.DeerRunRetreat.org, or call 615-794-2918 if you have ques- tions about the camp program for your camper’s age group.


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