Mariners and Portsmouth Adventure Application 2020

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**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


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
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

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.

Free for all activities
$10.00 for Pig Pickin’ Dinner

CLICK HERE for more information

Camp Don Lee Summer 2019 – Theme Weeks!

Camp Don Lee Summer 2019 season is almost 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!

✓ Week 1 (June 9 - 15): Wide World of Sports

✓ Week 2 (June 16 - 22): Outer Space

✓ Week 3 (June 23 - 29): Medieval/Fantasy

✓ Week 4 (June 30 - July 6): America

✓ Week 5 (July 7 - 13): Wild West

✓ Week 6 (July 14 - 20): Superhero

✓ Week 7 (July 21 - 27): Christmas In July

✓ Week 8 (July 28 - August 3): Storybook/Fairytale

✓ Week 9 (August 4 - 10): Pirate