Camp Don Lee's summer program is built around a group model that includes eight girls and eight boys of approximately the same age led by two trained and experienced counselors. The group is also supported by two program staff members from the waterfront, pool, craft, nature, or operations staff. Within this model, the group grows in trust and faith as they work together, play together, and worship together. Each day begins with Morning Watch and ends with group vespers. The group has the opportunity to create its own schedule each day choosing from adventure sailing, stimulating faith formation activities, Swimming 'hole' fun, creek canoeing, sea kayaking, creative expressions in crafts, drama, marine science, and challenge (a team building period where groups visit the low ropes challenge course).
The experience does not end there however. Campers have opportunities to sail on overlunches to Shark's Tooth Point, sleep on the pier, feed seagulls off the Minnesott Beach Ferry, spend a night at our Perry outpost, cook over a campfire, ride the hay wagon, crab off the pier, write a caper cheer, sing in the Dining Hall, go on a early morning Polar swim, canoe to the beaver dam, rig up the Flying Scots for an after dinner sail, challenge other groups to a game of volleyball or soccer, and so much more! The Camp Don Lee experience is an exciting, intense time of fun and Christian fellowship that your camper will remember for years to come.
Camp Don Lee is known nationally for its strong, adventure-filled sailing program. Campers of all ages can learn the basics of sailing on one of our 13' Sunfish. Campers will also have the chance to experience sailing on the larger 19' Flying Scots and 16' Hobie 16 catamarans. Sailing in the four mile wide Neuse is available every day for every camper. Older extended stay groups go on sailing trips to points along the river and coast, such as Croatan National Forest , our Perry outpost near Oriental, South River , Vandermere, historic New Bern , Shackleford Banks, Pamlico Sound , and Cape Lookout National Seashore. These two- and three-week programs include camping in tents and preparing meals over a fire on these two- to five-day journeys.
Campers are housed in cabins with bunk beds. All cabins have a screened porch area. All meals are served family style in our Dining Hall or are cooked over a campfire. Summer camp is a time for fun, adventure, friends, and growing closer to God. The camp is under the direction of Rev. John A. Farmer, an American Camping Association Certified Camp Director.
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