Our Heritage

Camp Deer Run welcomed its first campers the summer of 1964, twenty years after “Doc A.” and “Duggie” Andreson started Camp Brookwoods. For years, parents dropping off their boys at Brookwoods, asked the Andresons to start a girls camp. First, they looked at other properties in the area, quickly realizing that nothing could come close to the facilities and waterfront at Brookwoods. They made the decision to build on the other side of camp and the two camps would operate their daily programs independently. The camps shared the dining hall and waterfront, but used them at different times. The two camps were, and still are, comparable in every way in terms of purpose, philosophy, program, and leadership.

Deer Run campers smiling for a group photo
Deer Run campers using sailboats

Today, Deer Run remains dedicated to our mission, presenting the love of Christ to every camper in a compelling fashion, emphasizing personal commitment and values founded upon the Word of God. Bible teaching, sound personal relationships, exciting and fun staff members, and wilderness adventure, are the key aspects to Deer Run’s program.

Camp Deer Run is often described by our alumni as a “thin place”—a place where you feel closer to the presence of God. We hope that you’ll find that we are committed to God’s work at our camp and recruiting the finest staff, developing the best programs, and maintaining our beautiful facilities. We strive to reflect God’s glory in what we say and do, creating an innovative and excellent program which is well-known in the camping profession.

Deer Run campers at a outdoor prayer event
Deer Run campers singing worship songs by a campfire

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