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2018 Deaf Camp Weeks

Deaf Camp 2018

  • FREE WEEK of Camp for Deaf ages 9-19!

  • Over 60 Years of Deaf Ministry

  • Hearing & Deaf Staff

  • Sports Competition, Swimming,
    Fun-Filled Activities All Week

  • Fellowship with Deaf Friends

Come join us at camp
this summer!

We welcome deaf ages 9-19 to join us this summer at the Bill Rice Ranch for a FREE week of camp.

Need a ride to camp?

Churches from around the country bring deaf campers each summer.

Click the bus below for a complete list of churches in your state.


Bus List


Summer 2018 Schedule


Deaf Week I - June 11-15 

Deaf Week II - June 25-29

Deaf Week III - July 9-13

Deaf Week IV - July 16-20


Speakers for Each Week


Evangelist Ronnie Rice


Evangelist Allen Snare


Evangelist Nathan McConnell



Every morning and evening, deaf young people will enjoy clear, simple, Bible messages in ASL from deaf evangelists Ronnie Rice and Allen Snare. Nathan McConnell (Deaf Camp Director for Bill Rice Ranch) and other experienced staff also teach in these services using Total Communication. Our summer staff counselors , including some who are deaf themselves, are well trained.


There are many opportunities for fun on the Bill Rice Ranch. We offer a sports tournament (basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and flag football) as well as other unique games. Deaf campers may also enjoy a horse ride, putt-putt, swimming, a hike, or simply talking with deaf friends from around the country at Cowboy Town.


Bring a Bible, notebook, pen, bedding (bunk beds), towels, washcloths, swimsuit (no two-piece suits), and other personal items. Bedding, towels and washcloths may be rented at camp. You will need money for: Cowboy Cookouts and trail rides (see below), snacks, souvenirs, books, DVDs, etc.

Please DO NOT bring

Radios, CD/MP3/DVD players, skate-boards, bikes, or rollerblades. No smoking. No pets.

Cell Phones/Sidekicks

While campers may bring cell phones with them for use on the trip, they will be required to turn them in to their counselor for the duration of the camp week.

Bring money for these special activities:


Cowboy Cookout

A Bill Rice Ranch classic! Horse or wagon ride through the beautiful east pasture. Delicious food. Unforgettable cowboy entertainment.

$13/wagon, $15/horse


Horse Rides

Scenic 30-minute trail rides on the back property. Well-trained horses.

$6 (30 minutes long)

Tickets cannot be reserved ahead of time but may be purchased throughout the camp week.


From its beginning the Ranch has encouraged its guests to honor the Lord in appearance. Wholesome standards displaying modesty and distinction between the sexes are intended to be a help and blessing to you.

Boys No shorts. Sweatpants or wind pants will not be appropriate for meals or services.

Girls Dresses and skirts (knee-length). For horse riding and other activities:  culottes/athletic wear (knee-length and loose). No shorts, pants, capris, or cut-offs, please. No two-piece swimsuits, unless the top and bottom overlap.


Each meal is served as an All-you-can-eat Buffet in an air-conditioned dinning hall. The Ranch takes pride in the quality of food served; it’s guaranteed to be the best camp food you have ever had.


Youth groups stay together in our recently air conditioned cabins. Each room is equipped with its own restroom and showers.


Information and instructions for taking medication should be sent on registration card. Diabetics or others on special diets must bring their own foodstuffs if supplement beyond regular meal is desired.


Plan to be on the Ranch for the first meal and first service. A good beginning is important to the success of the entire camp. Each summer camp week begins Monday at 3 PM. The first meal is served at 6:30 PM; the first service is at 8 PM.

The camp week ends after the last service Friday night. Plan to leave by 8 AM Saturday morning.


The Ranch will provide transportation from the Nashville Airport, Bus Station, or Murfreesboro Bus Station at $15 per person per trip ($5 each way if group of 4 or more). Send your travel schedule if you wish to be met.

Deaf Camp Registration

FREE WEEK of Camp for Deaf ages 9-19!

Register for camp early! Weeks will fill up quickly so save your spot today by following the Five Steps to Register.


Church Counselors for the Deaf:

Cost per counselor $135 (includes $50 registration fee).

Must be at least 20 years old.  



Bringing a Group? Consider Fast Track Reservations

A unique way to help your entire group come next summer!


5 Steps to Register

1. Choose your week early!

2. Complete the registration form


3. Enter all information requested

4. Mail in the registration form

5. Enjoy an exciting week of camp!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who qualifies as a church counselor and how many counselors does our group need?

A: All church counselors must be at least 20 years old or married. One church counselor for every 8 to 10 campers is an ideal ratio. If possible, there should be at least one man and one woman with each church group. Please contact the registrar if this is a problem. All adults will automatically stay with the campers unless staying in a Fast Track room or renting a deluxe room.

Q: Can church counselors bring their young children with them to camp?

A: We encourage church counselors not to bring their young children with them to camp, if at all possible, for two reasons: (1) our youth weeks are not set up to accommodate small children (no nurseries, etc.), and (2) necessary care for the children during the week would keep the church counselor from fully being able to focus their attention on the campers that came with them. With this said, we understand that sometimes this is unavoidable. In this case, the church counselors may rent a family deluxe room. Contact the registrar for prices and to reserve the room.

Q: Can my group add on campers after our week is declared "full"?

A: Yes. Though a week is declared "full" to any new groups, we purposely leave space for any of our existing groups to grow. We never want you to have to turn away campers! Please just be sure to send their registrations in to us as soon as possible so that we can plan appropriately. Any last-minute add-ons (within 1 week of your camp date) should be communicated to the registrar by phone or email, and the registration forms can be turned in upon arrival.

Q: What about camper medication?

A: For the safety of all campers in the cabin, we ask that all medication be turned in to the First Aid station upon arrival. Our medical staff will keep careful records and will ensure that each camper receives his/her medication when needed.

Q: What about campers with special diets?

A: Due to the wide variety of campers that come every week, we cannot accommodate every allergy and diet represented. Campers with special food needs can bring supplemental food with them. If the food needs to be refrigerated, please accompany the camper to the First Aid Station to store it there. Specific menu information will be available upon request.

Q: What is your policy about cell phones?

A: While campers may bring cell phones with them for use on the trip, they will be required to turn them in to you or another church counselor for the duration of the camp week. Their staff counselor will collect any phones that have not already been collected by the church counselor. Any emergency calls can be arranged through the church counselor. Parents may feel free to call the Ranch if a message needs to be conveyed to their children.

Q: Is there a place to do laundry?

A: Yes. Our Wash Tub is available for use by church counselors throughout the week. The Wash Tub is fully equipped with several washers and large dryers. The washers and dryers take quarters, and there is a change machine in the room.

Q: What is the cost for renting linens?

A: A full set of linens (bedding, pillow, towels, washcloths) can be rented from the Linen Room for $10. If a camper needs an individual item, the costs are as follows: sheets ($4), 2 towels ($3), 2 washcloths ($2),pillow/case ($2), blanket ($4).

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