Sunday Dinner Take Out!

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Make Holiday Meal Prep Easier - Order From The Don Lee Kitchen!

This holiday season we are offering a very special Sunday Dinner opportunity - three of our favorite Camp Don Lee 'sides' will be available to take home, just in time for your Christmas lunch or dinner!

Available For Pre-Order:
-Macaroni & Cheese (9-inch pan, $10.00)
-Collards (1 quart, $12.00)
-Shrimp Bisque (1 quart, $12.00)

All orders will be pre-order and pre-pay only, with quantities limited to 300 total units sold, so please place your order early. Products will be refrigerated and can be frozen with heating directions on the label.

PICK-UP IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th BETWEEN 8:00am and 10:00am

All proceeds benefit Camperships at Camp Don Lee. This need-based fund provides financial aid so every child can have the opportunity to experience our Summer Camp ministry.

Contact Missy at 252.249.1106, ext. 21 to place your order!

Author Kim Smith (The Heart of a Warrior) Reflects On Her Don Lee Retreat!

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Kim Rice Smith is the author of "The Heart of a Warrior" and the popular Facebook blog series of the same name. She recently posted two blogs about her experiences while attending a retreat at Camp Don Lee. They can be accessed by clicking these links or reading the blogs in full below.

Heart of a Warrior - Walls

Heart of a Warrior - Early Birds

Walls

Going away for a retreat is something that initially caused me a lot of stress. Could I put everything away and just stop until Monday? Would my brain be able to shut down all the worries and just relax? Should I really skip the traditional worship service at my church to worship on the beach at the retreat?
The answer to all of the above questions was, “YES”! Putting everything away was remarkably easy. My brain naturally shut down and opened itself up to the experience. I learned that being filled by the Holy Spirit doesn’t require a building at all. I already knew it, but got a powerful reminder!
Each time I walked to the end of the dock at the Camp Don Lee Center, I found myself walking and talking with God. The time there at sunrise Sunday morning, was...I can’t even find the words. I am not sure there are words to adequately describe the intensity of that experience.
We held Vespers by the water, read scripture, held hands as we sang and prayed for each other. We sang with loving imperfection, “It is Well” in memory of a beloved friend whose life here on earth we had celebrated one year to the day, earlier. We listened to “ Sailboat” by Ben Rector and each related our own life experiences to the words of the song. We did this to a backdrop of sailboats being moved from safe storage out for their work of this day.
We laughed. We cried. We prayed. We talked to God. We talked to each other. REALLY talked to each other about our hearts and lives. We had a spiritual workshop on how to work with each other and the messes we all carry, for the glory of God. All of this took place without walls of any kind.
My core belief as a Christian is that “church” needs to happen both inside...and OUTSIDE of the walls of our church buildings. How do we bring people to Christ if we let the comfort of our walls confine us safely within? How do they see Christ in us if we only look at each other?
The song “Sailboat” speaks of feeling lost...of hoping God hears us...of wanting to find our way. I felt with every fiber of my being that no matter how lost I feel at times, He is guiding my boat in the direction He needs to me to go in this temporary life. Those directions, if I choose to follow, will get me to my eternal home.
I also felt with every ray of sunshine, every whisper of breeze, every rustle of water, that my boat does not need to be trapped within walls. Neither does yours! My God...OUR God is too big to be held close and not shared.
This week, open the doors and take worship outside! Bring people in by first being spirit filled enough to go out and share Him with the world that is waiting. Share His message of forgiveness, love, and hope with people who desperately need to hear it. Let Him fill your sails for the journey ahead. Let Him lead you home. ❤️

“and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:17

Early Birds

Sitting at the foot of a cross as the sun rises is one of the most profound things I have ever experienced. When that cross is positioned at the end of a dock on the Neuse River...it becomes absolutely spiritually life changing.
Shades of pink and orange break through the darkness as the soft morning breeze causes the water to gently brush against the dock. Occasionally a mullet fish will jump as if to say, “ it’s time“!
A fishing boat in the distance heads out for the day. A soft ripple of waves rush in the wake of its movement. Lights in scattered homes begin to pop on along the shoreline. Another early riser sits on the edge of the dock and listens to a podcast as she witnesses the dawn of a new day.
As the minutes pass, the pink spreads through the sky and begins to cast a soft glow on the water below. One... no two...stars hang on to see the sunrise.
To my right, the light of a new day. To my left, the darkness lingers as yesterday slowly says “ goodbye “. What a glorious design that allows such a gentle release to one day and a hope filled beginning to another. For a brief time, yesterday gets a glimpse of what follows.
As the daylight spreads, more boats begin their journeys. Birds begin to skim the river surface as they search for their breakfast. Their morning chorus blends with the gentle water flow. The sleepy campers begin to emerge from their cabins in anticipation of what the day will bring.
Imagine the possibilities! Imagine what it must feel like to be stuck in darkness but still be able to see the glory about to unfold!

“This day belongs to the Lord!
Let’s celebrate and be glad today.”
Psalm 118:24

Mariners and Portsmouth Adventure Application 2020

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MARINERS and PORTSMOUTH 2020 APPLICATIONS

**Prior sailing experience required**

The application is now available for 2020 Mariner I, II and III sessions and Portsmouth Adventure Camp (June 14 - July 4).  You may apply for one or both programs. Both of these programs offer high adventure on the water. We strongly encourage you to select as many sessions of Mariner that you could attend to give you a greater chance of being selected.

Priority for both programs is given to older, qualified applicants and to those applicants who have not already completed the programs so as many campers as possible will eventually have the opportunity to participate in these popular Don Lee camps.You may apply for as many programs as you are age-qualified for, including if you have already completed Mariner or Portsmouth, but the likelihood of selection to repeat those programs is greatly reduced. Applicants must have completed 9th grade by summer camp to apply. Complete program descriptions can be found under Summer Camps/Camp Programs.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, November 1, 2019. If you apply for Mariner and/or Portsmouth and the Leader in Training program, we will assume the Leadership in Training program is your first choice for summer 2020.

Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, November 15, 2019. At that time, families will be required to go in and  register their camper for the program and put down a deposit to hold the space. If you have additional questions, please email us at info@donleecenter.org.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Leader In Training Program (LIT) 2020

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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, Wilderness First Aid 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 including Leave No Trace programs, 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.

2020 Sessions
Session I: June 14 - July 11
Session II: July 12 - August 8
Cost: TBA
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): Friday, October 25, 2019.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Hannah Viall Scholarship Program, please go to
https://donleecenter.org/hannah-viall-memorial-scholarship-for-lit/
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 1, 2019. If accepted, you and your parents will be required to register for your LIT session and place a $500 deposit by Monday, November 11, 2019.

Click Here To View and Complete the Application

Questions? Email info@donleecenter.org

Mariner and Portsmouth Applications will be available October 1, 2019

Festival of Friends!

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SAVE THE DATE: August 11, 2019 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us for a day to celebrate the Camp Don Lee community. Past campers and families, staff members young and old, and Don Lee newcomers are encouraged to come take part in a day of fellowship and fun.

All activities will be open and there will be a good ol’ fashioned pig pickin’ at 5:30 p.m. for an additional charge.

PARTICIPANT FEE:
Free for all activities
$10.00 for Pig Pickin’ Dinner

CLICK HERE for more information