Don't Just Get Away, Grow Together at a Don Lee Family Retreat!

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The pandemic has caused many changes in our lives, but the need for us to be in community and to experience God’s generosity through creation has not diminished; it has only increased. At Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center, we believe we have developed policies and procedures that, when followed cooperatively with our guests, can provide a fun and spirit-renewing experience for families at our beautiful location on the Neuse River Estuary.

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A Healthy Retreat Begins At Home

We are gathering together for a weekend of fellowship, spiritual renewal and fun. If someone in your household has been sick with Covid-19 or you have reason to believe you may have been exposed, please do not come to camp for the safety of the other guests. Prior to coming to camp, we recommend guests take their family members’ temperatures daily 7 days prior to the retreat. Temperatures can vary due to a number of factors, but if a temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, do not come to camp. Dehydration can be a culprit; please make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water prior to the retreat and during the retreat. Please bring water bottles for your family members or plan to purchase one at the camp store.


Don Lee now has many cabins with bathrooms and central heat and air. In addition, we have the Vesper Dell cabins which are open air and very comfortable in the Fall.

There are cleaning supplies in the cabin and we highly recommend you sanitize as you see fit. Staff will not be entering cabin spaces for cleaning. East and West bath house are also available options.

The East Bath House may be used by all retreat guests for general bathroom needs if you are on the east side of camp and will be sanitized on Saturday by Retreat Staff.

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Dining at Don Lee

We are committed to preparing made-from-scratch meals using fresh, whole, natural ingredients.  We serve food that promotes the health of our bodies and of God’s Creation while supporting local farmers and businesses.

Meals are served family style in the Don Lee small dining room. This means all food will be on your groups table when you arrive for a meal. With that being said it is very important your entire group arrives at the scheduled meal time to avoid food getting cold. At each table, groups will pass the serving platters around the table and if seconds are desired, you may take the serving platter into the kitchen for a refill. Additionally we clean up family style! When you are at camp our dining hall clean up procedures will be explained.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to wash their hands prior to eating by washing in their cabins before arriving at the dining hall or washing at the East Bath House.

Camp Activities

We are sending an activity request form for families to complete prior to the retreat so we know what are the top activities each family would like to participate in and we will schedule as much as possible to honor the requests. Please be punctual in arrival and departure for activity areas in respect for the camp community.

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Common Areas and Fellowship

We come to retreats to connect with God and each other! Common areas at camp include the black top, Vesper Beach and other outdoor areas. Indoor common areas include the Community Life Center, Fellowship Hall, Sailing Center and the Environmental Education Center. Office spaces in the Fellowship Hall and Environmental Education Center are prohibited for guests.

Children and Youth

In general, children and youth should be supervised by their parents at all times.

Once everyone arrives Friday evening, the gate will remain closed and will open for employees only. We ask retreat guests to remain on camp property during their time on retreat. No outside guests will be allowed on to the property for the protection of our camp community.

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Our Staff

We welcome you with Christian hospitality and are happy to have your presence here.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.


Average rate for 2 night lodging and 4 meals is between $123 and $132 per person based on lodging options. Please call us for pricing additional days and meal options.

We believe the ministry at Don Lee can be such a blessing to retreat  guests during this very difficult time of distance and isolation. The above measures have been put in place to keep us safe and healthy. It is our fervent hope and prayer we can have a safe and successful weekend. Reserve your Family Retreat today!

Kate Metts, Director
Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center

Want to schedule a tour? Or just have general questions about our Retreats? Email our Retreats Coordinator Sky,

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