Leader In Training Program (LIT) 2022 – Apply Now!


The Leader in Training (LIT) program is for male and female high school youth who have completed at least 10th grade and will be 16 years old by course completion dates. Applicants can be no older than 18 at the time they complete the LIT program.

This four-week, intensive leadership experience is well-regarded in our region and offers a memorable and for many, life changing, small group experience that challenges participants mentally, physically and spiritually. The LIT program prepares youth for leadership in their schools, churches and communities, as well as camp. LITs have the opportunity to earn Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Lifeguard, Leave No Trace training and US Sailing counselor or apply for consideration for Advanced Counselor Training (4 spaces per LIT session).

In addition, LITs work on outdoor living skills, participate in Bible study and physical fitness programs. Most of the time is spent at camp, but it is not a typical summer camp experience. Focus is on instruction for the certifications as well as other areas listed above.

2022 Sessions
Session I: June 12 - July 8
Session II: July 10 - August 5
Cost: $3800.00
16 spaces available for each session (8 males and 8 females)

LIT selection is a highly competitive process and we encourage you to submit your completed application and three reference letters as soon as possible.

Click here for LIT Reference Letter Guidelines

Prior Don Lee camper experience is not required. Youth are selected based on the leadership potential they have demonstrated at school, camp, church or other setting. Preference is given to older, qualified candidates.

Deadline for application submission and reference letters (three required): Saturday, October 24, 2021Applicants who apply by October 24th will be notified by November 6th, 2021 and must pay their deposit by November 15th.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Hannah Viall Scholarship Program, please go to
to learn more and access the scholarship application (due at the time of the LIT application).

All applicants will know the status of their applications no later than November 6, 2021. If accepted, you and your parents will be required to register for your LIT session and place a $500 deposit by Monday, November 15, 2021.

Click Here To View and Complete the Application

Questions? Email info@donleecenter.org

Each Donation Gets Us Closer To A $50,000 Matching Grant!


Camp Don Lee is the recipient of a $50,000 matching grant for our Environmental Education Program. We are in the process of raising the funds for the match from us. So far, we are about half way to our goal. Won't you consider a gift to camp? Your gift can be designated as you like - Campership, New Cabin Fund, Waterfront, Worship Arts or Pandemic Relief. All funds raised by the end of the summer go toward the matching grant fulfillment.

You may also wish to designate your gift in honor or memory of a loved one. We will send an acknowledgement of your donation to the honoree or another family member. You may give a gift securely below or you may mail a check to our office:

Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center
315 Camp Don Lee Road
Arapahoe, NC 28510


We are so thankful for the hundreds of Don Lee donors who continue to help make this ministry possible. God bless you!

Camp Don Lee Summer 2021 – Theme Weeks!

Camp Don Lee Summer 2021 season is here! To help you prepare your camper for each session check out the recreational Theme Weeks below.

We will have fun activities centered around each week so send your camper with clothing items or costumes that will fit the fun theme! (no toy guns/weapons please)

✓ Early Week 1 (May 23 - 29): Safari

✓ Early Week 2 (May 30 - June 5): Dinosaur

✓ Early Week 3 (June 6 - 12): Pirate

✓ Week 1 (June 13 - 18): Under The Sea

✓ Week 2 (June 20 - 25): Mystery (Scooby Doo)

✓ Week 3 (June 27 - July 2): Pirates of the Neuse

✓ Week 4 (July 4 - 9): America/4th of July

✓ Week 5 (July 11 - 16): Superheroes

✓ Week 6 (July 18 - 23): Outer Space

✓ Week 7 (July 25 - 30): Christmas In July

✓ Week 8 (August 1 - 6): Olympics

✓ Week 9 (August 8 - 13): Wild Wild West

Ministers-In-Residence: Camp Don Lee at Camp Rockfish


*UPDATE: All Camp Don Lee at Camp Rockfish programs are moving to Camp Don Lee*

This year will be our second summer bringing Camp Don Lee to Camp Rockfish. We are blessed to have 3 amazing ministers in residence who will be joining us! All ministers have ties to camp and the ministry. Limited spaces available for campers completing grades 1-11. CLICK HERE to check availability on our website.

Week 1 (June 13-18): Anna Hughes is a recent graduate of Duke Divinity School, she will soon begin an appointment as Chaplain of Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina.

Week 2 (June 20-25): Sarah Williams currently serves as an Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City where she has been for the past 5 years.

Week 3 (June 27-July 2): Rev. Laura Goldenbaum-Yang is the Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at St. James UMC in Greenville, NC where she has served since being appointed there in 2019.

For a full bio on our minsters, please read below:

Anna: She is passionate about empowering youth and children to connect with God through their sense of imagination, lens of wonder, and inclination toward compassion. In her free time, she loves to stroll through the Farmer's Market or sip coffee at the nearest coffee shop. Anna was a camp counselor at Camp Don Lee multiple summers, and cannot wait to lead, learn and play alongside Camp Don Lee and Camp Rockfish campers and staff!

Sarah: She graduated Duke Divinity School in 2011 and currently lives on the banks of the North River in Beaufort with her 2 boys, 6 chickens and 2 dogs. She met her husband Gray Williams at Camp Don Lee and their oldest son, Bradley, attended Camp Don Lee for the first time in the summer of 2019 as a third generation camper. Sarah was first called into the ministry while working on summer staff at Camp Don Lee. Their family is passionate about camping and retreat ministry. When they aren’t at church, they enjoy spending time on the water – fishing, boating and playing on the shore.

Laura: Previous to her current appointment, she worked full time at Don Lee and is so excited to come back for a week to be pastor in residence! Camp ministry has been a significant part of her faith and her ministry and she can't wait to share that with more children and youth for a week this summer. She is also thrilled to bring along her husband Daewon, and children, Sophia (7), Drew (5) and Carina (5 months). It will be Carina's first time at camp and the whole family is excited to introduce her to the awesomeness of Christian camping!

Don Lee Calendar of Events!

Want To Create Your Own Event at Don Lee?!
CLICK HERE for more information how to book an event or retreat.
Dates available throughout the year except for June 11th - August 11th when Summer Camp 2023 is occurring.