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.

Thanksgiving Take Out!

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

This Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving 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 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd 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.


Or, contact Missy at 252.249.1106, ext. 21 to place your order.


First Sail Experience at Camp Don Lee!

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Public Service Announcement/Press Release

Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center will offer US Sailing’s First Sail experience on Wednesdays during September and October.

The First Sail Experience is a two-hour lesson offered to anyone. The unique opportunity offers beginners an introduction to sailing in a casual setting and is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing.

Don Lee will offer the experience on these days:

September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28

from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Rain dates each week are Thursdays. All equipment, including lifejackets, is provided to participants.

Registration is from September 16, 2020 to October 21, 2020. Cost is $25.00 for adults, $15.00 for children. Registration is limited to 12 people each week. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Participants will get out on the water with an instructor in a sailboat provided by Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center. The First Sail Experience features basic hands-on learning on board a sailboat covering topics such as: how a sail works, parts of the sailboat, points of sail, and important safety guidelines.

Additionally, all First Sail participants will have access to chapter one of Basic Keelboat Online, a US Sailing online training course designed to prepare beginners for their first time on the water.

First Sail is a nationwide initiative developed by US Sailing to educate the public on the benefits of sailing as a fun and exciting recreational activity for people of all ages and abilities, and to connect them with opportunities to get involved.

Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center has offered residential summer camp and group retreats year round for more than 70 years. It is located on the Neuse River estuary at 315 Camp Don Lee Road, Arapahoe, NC, about 40 minutes from New Bern and easily accessible by the Cherry Branch Ferry for Carteret and Craven county residents. For more information, call 252.249.1106, ext. 21 or 31 or email