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Camp Philosophy

Don Lee seeks to provide a vital experience of Christian community where all people are valued as creations of God. Don Lee seeks to provide experiences that help develop and nurture lifestyles of caring for the common good.  Don Lee seeks to help campers grow in their relationship with God, with each other, with creation, and with themselves.

Don Lee is affiliated by tradition and faith to the tenets of the United Methodist Church. Camp Don Lee is one of three camps apart of North Carolina United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, Inc.

Camp Don Lee is an accredited camp with the American Camp Association. Camp Don Lee meets or exceeds standards set by the ACA to insure that excellence in program and safety are foremost in the Don Lee experience.

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Open to All:

All camps operated by the North Carolina United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries, Inc. are open to everyone without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religious preference or ability.  Our outdoor ministry is committed to serving all persons in order  to provide a meaningful camp experience.

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Cabin and Group Assignments:

Camp Don Lee intentionally sets out to help campers build new friendships and to work with different people.  This is one of the goals of the camp experience. Campers are assigned to cabins by grade level and age just prior to arrival.

We try our best to accommodate sheltermate requests as long as they are made in advance, and are made mutually with one other camper and are the same grade/ age/gender. 

Specific concerns about cabin assignments can be e-mailed to  info@donleecenter.org. Parents may also call  252-249-1106 ext 27 to discuss special situations at least three weeks before the session begins.

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Meals:

Appealing and nutritious meals are prepared under the careful supervision of our trained dietary staff and satisfy the hearty appetites of campers and staff. Fresh fruit, cereal, hot breakfasts, and vegetables are offered everyday. At mealtime, as well as all other camper activities, mature and knowledgeable counselors gently guide campers towards healthy and appropriate choices. Vegetarian options are always available.

Other special dietary needs should be indicated on the camper Health form.

Don Lee maintains a Grade “A” rating from the North Carolina Board of Health and prides itself in its great food reputation.


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Opening Day and Sign Out Day:

 

Opening Day for All 1, 2, 3 or 4 Week Programs

Sunday 2:00-4:00pm

Coast Runners

**Special early check-in time (around 9:30am) that is based on the Ferry Schedule..  Information will be sent to parents of Coast Runners prior to program start date. **

Half Week Campers

Check-in on Opening Day will either be Sunday 2:00-4:00pm or Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm


Opening Day is an exciting time for everyone! When you arrive you will be greeted by a staff member at the Don Lee front entrance. From there staff direct you through the process. Staff will be available to assist you moving into your assigned cabin. Check-in and registration on opening day is between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.  Arriving between these designated hours will help our staff give you the attention you deserve without disrupting programs. If you need to schedule a late arrival, please contact us.

 

Sign-Out Day for All 1, 2, 3, or 4 Week Programs

Saturday 9:30-10:30am

Half Week Campers

Sign-out will either be Wednesday 9:30-10:30am or Saturday 9:30-10:30am

How Sign-Out Day will Work:

Parents are required to sign- out their campers with the Cabin Counselor on closing day.

Parents must give written permission for anyone else to pick up their child. Photo identification will be required to pick up a camper.

Campers are not allowed to drive themselves to camp. If there is an exception to this policy, it must be approved in advance by the director.

This policy is for the protection of our campers! When you sign out with the cabin counselor, they will give you your camper’s Group Photo and a store balance. 

If your camper is being picked up by someone other than their primary parent or guardian, you will need to fill out a camper release form in your Ultracamp account.

Make Sure you get Everything:

You will then head back to the fellowship hall to pick up camper medications, all of your luggage, visit the camp store one last time, say goodbye to the counselor, CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND, and receive information for next summer.

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Lost and Found:

Lost and found items are returned to the camper whenever possible.

Please make sure that all of your camper’s items are clearly marked with first and last names.

Lost and found is available for parents to look through on closing day. Any lost and found items that are unclaimed will be held for two weeks and then donated to charity. If items are left please request their return.  If they can be located they will be mailed back to the camper.

It is estimated that there are 350 Lost and Found Items left behind by their owner each summer. Don't let your luggage add to this avoidable number.

Another way to avoid lost and found items is to send your camper with a small bag to carry their personal items in around camp.  A draw string bag or small book bag are popular choices. We also suggest you talk with your camper about making sure they keep track of their items.

Our staff help campers gather their items when leaving any location and are trained to help campers make sure they have everything that was theirs. Please make sure that your camper's items are ALL clearly marked with their first and last names.

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Transportation:

Campers typically are transported to camp by their parents.

Carpooling is the responsibility of the parents or guardians.

Those who plan to come by other means and may need to be picked up at the New Bern Airport or bus station need to make those arrangements directly with Camp Don Lee at least two weeks prior to the session. There is a minimum $75 transportation charge for each trip to and from camp.

 

Cancellation/ Refund Policy:

 

Cancellations may be made at any time.  Cancellations need to be in writing or by email from the person responsible for the account. Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made prior to April 1.  Requests for refunds must also be in writing or by email to Camp Don Lee.  The $75 processing fee that is part of the deposit is non-refundable.

All camp fees are due April 1.  All payments become non-refundable after April 1.  Fees not paid by April 1 open the camper slot for another person to use if available.

We are no longer able to offer refunds for any reason after April 1. 

You may want to check out the information for cancellation insurance from Travmark.  You can purchase insurance to provide a refund for your fees if you must cancel after April 1 for sickness or any number of reasons. Travmark is a leader in the industry for supplying this type of event insurance.

 

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First Time Campers/ Homesickness:

First Time Campers:

First time campers are very common at all ages at Don Lee.

Parents Can Help:

Parents can help the adjustment of their campers by leaving them on a positive note. Make sure to set your camper up for success by letting them know you expect them to have fun. Help them set some goals for camp (meeting people, learning something new, etc.) before you leave and be enthusiastic about their time at camp.

Child-Sick Parents:

“Child-sick” parents often lead to homesick campers. It is best not to promise a camper they can come home if they don’t like camp.

Our Staff are Trained to Support Homesick Campers:

The Don Lee staff is well trained to help campers adjust to camp by immediately involving them in goal setting, team building, and fun activities.

We Want to Partner with Parents:

Parental support and encouragement are crucial to the happiness of the child; Don Lee has an extremely high success rate of working with campers when parents work with us. Parents will be contacted by camp staff if their child becomes homesick.  We will keep the parent up to date on how we are working through the issues. Encouraging comments in letters (“we know you are working hard to have fun” “it is ok to miss home, but we want you to have fun” “we look forward to hearing about your achievements” “have fun at camp because you are not missing out on anything here”) are also helpful in this process. Though homesickness is common in first-time campers, it is usually short-lived due to all the fun people and dynamic activities at Don Lee!

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Visitation

There is no visitation for parents, but e-mails and letters are welcomed and encouraged!

Parents are also invited to inspect the facilities and meet the staff on Opening and Closing Days. We know that parents want to be able to hear from their camper, to talk with them and be sure they are doing well. 

When campers are homesick, we have found that calls from home sometimes prolong the camper’s adjustment to camp life. If an emergency situation arises at home we ask that parents contact one of the camp directors.

Directors will gladly assist you and your camper in every situation!

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Phone Calls and Cell Phone Policy


All One Week, Two Week and Half Week Campers

Campers are not allowed to bring cell phones, tablets or smart phones to camp. Our technology policy is designed to allow campers to experience camp away from the distractions of everyday life and have time a part to develop relationships with other campers, their counselors and expand their relationship with God and creation. When children and youth come to camp, we understand that parents are making a leap of faith, temporarily transferring their primary care of their camper from parent to counselor. This is one of the most growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp. As children learn to trust other caring adults, they grow and learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp, It is one important way a child develops great resilience.


New this year, we are offering a program that allows parents to receive emails from their camper as well as for you to send emails to your camper. You must go in and register with our vendor Bunk 1 to access these services. In addition, through Bunk 1 we post photos by camp group most every day the camper is at camp. If the camper is registered for a program that includes a trip, photos will not be posted for that group while they are away from camp. 

If a camper is found with a cell phone, smartphone or tablet at camp, we will notify you and keep it safely secured for the camper until pick up on Saturday. If you have an emergency and you need to contact us, please call 252.249.1106 ext 27. This phone line will be checked periodically each day until 10 p.m. Any messages left after that time will be checked the next morning. Please remember that no news is good news regarding your son or daughter and this time away from home is beneficial to the camper in many, many ways.

Mariners and LITs
For these three and four-week camper groups, they may bring a cell phone but there are restrictions on using it at camp. Be aware that camp cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or theft of a camper device. Camper cell phones must stay in their cabins during the camp day and evening and are only to be used at rest period and after vespers in the cabin space. Under no circumstances should they allow another camper to use their phones. There are a few times during the week that they can be used for photos; this will be explained at check in. As for trips, please have that discussion with your camper prior to arriving at camp as trips are wet and sandy; not good conditions for a cell phone. There is no WiFi available at camp for campers. Failure to follow the policy will result in losing the privilege of having a cell phone at camp. 
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Camper Mail:

There is a large volume of mail at Camp Don Lee. We encourage families and friends to write letters and send snail mail.

We ask that every mailed item be labeled with the camper’s name and group number.

Snail Mail and Packages are delivered each day.  Mail is picked up by the counselor once to twice a day and distributed to the campers.

All major package delivery companies (UPS – FEDX) service Don Lee. We ask that packages not contain food.

Please do not give counselors mail that you would like to be delivered on a certain date.  Our counselors and staff need to be primarily concerned with camper's safety, campers being included, campers having fun, the schedule, and planning the nightly devotion among other things rather than be concerned (or remember) when to deliver camper mail or packages.

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Bunk1 Photo and Email Services

Click Here to log into Bunk1

Keep in touch with your camper by sending and receiving Bunk Notes and look forward to our Bunk Replies each day from your camper so that you can keep up with what they are doing! We will continue to keep posting photographs of your camper in action while at camp so make sure you browse the photo galleries while your camper is at camp.

- Returning Parents will be able to use their existing Bunk1 email address and password.

- New Parents will need to log into their accounts using the email address associated with their UltraCamp account and the temporary password provided in Parent Letter.

One-Way Emails to Campers (Bunk Notes):

Campers can receive EMAILS from parents through our Bunk1 service. Each account includes 3 free emails to send to your camper. After 3 emails, there is a small processing charge.

E-mail is printed once daily (usually around 7:30am) and delivered with the regular mail.

One-Way Camper Replies (Bunk Replies):

NEW this year, Campers will be able to send out Bunk Replies. There will be a focused time set aside most days for the camper to write or draw so that they can show their parents what they have been up to at camp. The Bunk Reply will then be emailed to the parents each day through the Bunk1 account. This is a NEW system for this year and we are very excited to be able to allow this form of communication to be available to our families. Our focus will be on getting camper communication to the parents at the beginning of the camp week. Communication from the camper later in the week will often be the choice of the camper to complete during the rest peroid.

Bunk Replies will be uploaded daily (usually around 7:00pm but times may very) and will be updated into your account immediatly.

Viewing the Online Photo Gallery:

The ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY is a great way for parents to save memories from camp and not worry about their campers having to take pictures while they are here. Pictures are uploaded at least once a day and usually around 5:30pm. Please do not worry if you do not see new pictures of your camper. We have limited internet and our photographers usually wait until the end of the day to upload new pictures.

Check out the link below for a quick guide on the Bunk1 Programs offered at Camp Don Lee

Bunk1 Parent Information .PDF

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Spending Money:

Campers do not need spending money at Camp Don Lee. There is a camp store account that you may set up for purchases. Camp Store accounts can be set for any amount. The only programs that spending money should be sent are the Coast Runners I and Coast Runners II programs.

Camp Store:

Open Daily for Campers

The camp store is open daily for campers. Bottled water, soft drinks, healthy snack choices, chips, pretzels, and candy are options for campers. Gluten free options are also available.

Camp Store Balance Form:

You can add money to your camp store balance at any time by logging into your Ultracamp Account and selecting "Additional Options" >> "Camp Store" We will not accept checks or cash to be put in your camper's store account.

How much should you put in the store?

We Recommend $25 a week.  Please be advised: There are no store refunds.  However, parents will have the opportunity to visit the store on pick up day.  Any remaining balances are donated to our Campership fund.

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Health Information

Please make sure your health form is complete in your child’s account. If your child takes prescription or necessary routine medications, there is a form in the registration system that needs to be completed and signed by your physician.

MEDICATIONS- Prescription & Over-the-Counter:

All medications will be dispensed by the health manager, only from the original package or prescription bottle. When sending your campers medication please send the amount needed for the time at camp please do not send more or less medication than is needed for the time your camper is at camp.


Over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies will be provided for participants. Please DO NOT send over-the-counter (OTC) medication in your camper’s bag if you need to send OTC medications please make sure to include them in your campers account and have a doctor sign off on the prescription medication form. You will then need to make sure these medications are checked in with the Camp Health manager when you arrive.

Camper Medication Form


HEALTH CHECK:  All campers will take part in a visual/verbal health screening at check-in to ensure that they are free from indicators of illness or communicable disease or injury that may prevent them from participation at camp.  We will do a temperature check for all campers, if the camper has a temperature of 100.0F or higher, your camper will not be allowed to stay at camp.  The camper can return during the week if the temperature is 98.6 for at least 24 hours. 

Please make sure a copy of your health insurance card is loaded in to your account prior to your arrival at camp.

Camp Don Lee provides limited, secondary accident coverage for each camper from arrival to departure.  Campers should supply any Health Insurance information online during registration.  Our secondary insurance does not cover camper illness while at camp.

HEALTH CARE:  Camp Don Lee has a well-equipped and professionally staffed health center available 24 hours each day.  Prompt attention is given in any accident or injury.  Parents are notified if the camper requires medical care off-site.

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FOOD SAFETY:  

Our camp kitchen facilities are inspected annually by the NC Department of Health & Human Services, Food Protection Program. We have consistently had an overall A rating for food preparation, general health and safety, water supply, and sanitation.  Balanced meals are served to campers daily.  A variety of snacks are available to campers in the camp store. Special dietary needs should be noted on the health form and discussed with our health care provider when you drop off your camper.

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Packing List

You can download a printed copy of the Camper Packing Checklist HERE and use it while packing with your camper!

All items brought to camp should be labeled with the camper’s full name. It is a great idea to label small things like toothpaste and washcloths as well. Camp provides all the necessary equipment for all activities and camp trips (sleeping bag and pillow needs to be brought with the camper this can be used as bedding too). Please remember that camp is not responsible for personal recreation equipment.

A suggested list of items

  • Bible/ Journal
  • Sweat shirt / jacket
  • Stationery / stamps
  • Pillow w/ case
  • Sleeping bag
  • Single bunk sheets
  • Dirty clothes bag
  • Shirts
  • Insect repellent
  • Blanket
  • Shorts Long pants
  • Towels/wash cloths
  • Socks
  • Clothes for sleeping
  • Water shoes
  • tennis shoes
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Swim suits
  • Small flashlight
  • Camera/batteries
  • Sun glasses
  • Underclothing
  • Hat / visor
  • Sunscreen
  • Small clip on fan
  • Surge Protector/ Extension Cord
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Raincoat/foul weather gear
  • Trip bag/ Drawstring Bag/ Bookbag/ Carrying Bag

 

If you are staying two or more weeks, please add
Waterproof bag for sailing trips (waterproof bag of Sailing Trips)

 

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What to bring to Registration:

In order to complete the registration process you will need to bring the following items with you to the registration line on Check-In Day:

  • If on prescription medication, you will also need to bring a printed copy of their medication form signed by a physician
  • This form can be found in your ultracamp account, clicking on your camper's registration, and clicking the link that says PRINT RESERVATION DETAIL..  Log in by clicking here.
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What to Leave at Home

  • Cell Phones, computers, tablets, or any other electronic devices
  • Snacks
  • Firearms or other weapons
  • Sheath knives
  • Fireworks
  • Pets
  • Alcohol or Tobacco or Illicit drugs of any type
  • Music playing devices (AM/FM radios, iPods/MP3 players, CD/Tape players)
  • Non-prescription or illicit drugs
  • Two-way radios (walkie talkies)
  • Personal sports equipment (bikes, bows, skates, skateboards, climbing gear, etc.)
  • Video games of any type


Prohibited items found at camp will be taken from campers and held in the camp office until the end of camp.  Campers using tobacco, alcohol or drugs at Camp Don Lee will be sent home.  The camp cannot be responsible for loss of or damage to personal property.

 

Please Note: Please examine your camper’s selection of clothing which might carry offensive slogans or symbols.  In the camp community, these items can result in discord between campers. Our goal is to create community where all persons feel welcome and accepted.

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As a Parent, What can you Expect for Your Camper?

At Camp Don Lee we take very seriously our responsibilities to children and youth. 

We seek to build and maintain an environment of adventure and calculated risk to provide for our campers the greatest opportunities for personal growth of self confidence and living skill progressions possible.  We seek to build a community of trust that operates in a framework of Christian practices.  We seek to lift up virtues such as truth, honesty, dependability, cooperation, and care for others and the environment.  We seek to provide an opportunity for campers to experience the presence of a creator God, to experience relationship with a wide range of other campers, a variety of ideas, and a cross section of activities designed for enjoyment and skill development.  We seek to help nurture campers, motivated by love, into lifestyles of care for the common good.

Camp Don Lee seeks to provide an environment for children and youth where there is a sense of security, love, encouragement, and genuine concern for others.  Camp Don Lee has accepted the accreditation standards of operations of the American Camping Association and the best practices standards of those professionals in the field of camping and those of United Methodist Church camping.  Camp Don Lee has embraced the philosophy of recommended practices of the Safe Sanctuaries program for children and youth. 

Along these lines, as a parent you can expect:

  • All staff are hired after careful recruitment, screening and complete reference and criminal and drug background checks.  We are making every possible effort to screen those persons who will work directly with your child.

 

  • We have established and trained our staff in practices of appropriate interpersonal boundaries.  We want our staff to be clear about appropriate behaviors.  Our staff must be attentive to appropriate dress codes, appropriate use of language, and appropriate demonstrations of affection and encouragement.  Camp Don Lee staff is trained to remember they are the adult and it is their responsibility to behave professionally.

 

  • We have reviewed and re-affirmed our policy that there will be at least two adult staff present at all times during any program event or activity.  We are working hard to establish this practice at all times in the camp community.

 

  • All staff members have been trained and certified in basic first aid and CPR annually.

 

  • All staff members have attended an orientation in which they were informed of policies for the prevention of the abuse of children and youth; appropriate steps to follow for the reporting an incident of abuse of any child (at camp or back home); and details of state law regarding the definitions of child/youth abuse and the requirements of reporting abuse when it is discovered.

  • Camp Don Lee has a policy that all paid staff and volunteers who work with youth are at least three years older than the children and youth they are responsible to lead or care for.  And we have a policy that we have no workers responsible in leading or caring for children/youth who are under the age of eighteen.

 

  • Camp Don Lee has established a policy that all counseling sessions and any one-on-one “talks” with children or youth should be conducted with the “open door”.  That means at camp an adult can go off to talk with a youth but should stay in sight of others the entire time.

 

  • Camp Don Lee has established a policy of separate sleeping rooms for adults and campers.  When that is not possible the two adult rule should apply.

 

  • Camp Don Lee has established  staff positions for extra supervision of staff 24 hours per day to insure compliance to these and other policies.

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Camp's Expectations of Your Camper

Every camper comes to camp with a different set of background experiences. 

Every camper comes with a set of unique expectations. 

Camp Don Lee operates a program centered on a small group experience.  This small group becomes the primary place of trust and opportunity to demonstrate positive Christian community attributes.  The camper group does not start out at a place of trust, or even a place function.  The group must grow and move toward the goal of establishing a Christian community.

Therefore Camp Don Lee would hope and expect that campers will participate in the group process. 

  • Campers should be willing to follow the lead and direction of the counseling team. 

 

 

  • Campers will be patient as they build something of true value. 

 

 

  • Campers need to be willing to work through problems with the guidance of the counseling team. 

 

 

  • Campers who disengage, band together in cliques that separate/divide the group, and campers who want to “bail out” contribute to the lack of success for the group. 

 

 

  • Groups will be different at the end of the week than they are on the first night.  Groups who work through the process build powerful lifelong friendships and valuable skills in community living.

 

 

  • Adults working with campers need good information and feedback.  They are trained to personally “check-in” on how campers are doing several times a day.  Campers who, for whatever reason, do not reveal what is going on for them in their camp experience, delay the time it will take for a staff member to work on solving any problems that may exist. 

 

 

  • Yes, problems may exits, and yes, problems do take time to solve.  We ask campers and parents give that process time to succeed.

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Discipline

Camp Don Lee desires that every camper have a successful camp experience. Campers are expected to use appropriate language (no profanity), cooperate with the staff and follow directions, respect other children and staff, equipment, facilities and themselves. They should maintain a positive attitude and stay with their groups. If a child or youth has problems with any of these objectives, counselors will work with them to overcome it.

Behaviors that may result in immediate dismissal from camp include any action that could threaten or pose a direct threat to the physical/emotional safety of campers and staff, including abusive jokes, slurs, threats, name calling, bullying or intimidation, fighting, possession of a weapon of any kind, vandalism or destruction of camp property or someone else's property, sexual misconduct, possession or use of alcohol or other controlled substances and other gross misconduct.

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Financial Aid

Camp Don Lee wants every child to have the opportunity to experience Camp! We do have some financial aid available to make that possible. We generally request a 3 split between the camper family, a local church or faith community and Camp Don Lee. For more information, please call us at (252) 249 -1106 ext. 21.

You can apply for Camperships (camp financial aid) and find out more information here.

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Peer on Peer Abuse/ Bullying

No parent wants their child to be the victim of a bully.  We hope that no parent wants their child to be the one doing the bullying.  Camp Don Lee has definitely established practices to help identify, correct, and heal the practice of bullying when it exists in a cabin group, a camp group, or from one group to another.  We have affirmed what the experts have said in that it is not limited to one socioeconomic group or even to one family situation.  We have found this behavior exhibited in a variety of children/youth for an extreme range of reasons or no reason at all.

We are committed to creating a safe environment at camp where no child should have to fear another child.  We are building practices to heal attitudes that produce peer on peer abuse.  We have established practices of greater attention to campers during “down time” like rest period, after lights are out, and between activities.  This problem is not limited to camp and does not begin at camp.  We will work with campers, parents, and staff to build practices that eliminate this behavior.  We need parental partners.  We encourage you, as parents, to please let us know about any particular bullying concerns you may have for your child or any off-season, camp-related emails, instant messages, or text-messages that may have led to exclusion or meanness towards your child by somebody else in camp. We want to ensure that this problem can be managed by a strong partnership between our camps and your family.

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Swimming and the Swim Check:

Our Policy:

Camp Don Lee’s programs include many water-based activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. 

Campers do not need to know how to swim in order to enjoy these activities. 

The Swim Check:

On Sunday afternoon, once campers arrive, they will participate in a swim check to measure their swimming ability.  They will swim one lap (approximately 25 yards) on their stomach, one lap on their back, and one lap of their choice (either on their stomach or back) totaling three laps in the shallow end of our swimming pool.  They will then tread water under the close supervision and within reach of a lifeguard for two minutes.

If a campers cannot swim nor successfully complete the entire swim test, they will not be required to do so.  However, they will be required to wear a life jacket when they want to go swimming outside of the shallow end of the pool.

 

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Typical Daily Schedule

Below is a typical daily schedule.

7:15 am - Wake up, get ready for the day

7:40 am - Morning Watch at Vesper Dale (Morning Devotion)

8:00 am - Breakfast

8:35 am - Songs

9:00 am - Capers (group cleaning area of camp) and cabin clean up

9:30 - 12:30 - Rotate through 3 one hour long activities

12:30 PM - Lunch

1:30-2:15 PM  Rest Period

2:15 - 5:15pm - Rotate through 3 more one hour activities

5:15 PM - Shower time

6:00 PM - Dinner time

6:35 PM - Songs

7:00 PM - Nighttime activities

7:30 PM - Store Time!

8:30 PM - Camp wide worship (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

9:45 PM - Group Vespers (Nighttime devotional)

10:00 PM - Getting ready for bed

10:30 PM - Lights out   (times vary depending on age)

Each day at camp will vary because groups may be signed up for an "over-breakfast" activity such as riding the hayride or taking a swim in the pool before they eat breakfast. Also, we have picnic's on, what we call, "Sail over-lunches" that will occur during the 11:30 activity period and lunch time.  There are also other factors such as weather and program availability and special camp programs that may change the "typical schedule". Everything we do and schedule is to create a one-of-a-kind, exciting, and varied camp experience for every camper!

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Risks at Camp

Camp Don Lee is set in a semi-rustic setting where campers get to experience creation in the out-of-doors through the majority of the activities we offer.  There is inherent risk in participating in activities that may include but are not limited to kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, archery, team building on the challenge course, cooking a meal in the woods, arts and crafts, playing games outside, digging for fossils, learning about herpetology, and outdoor field games . 

Our staff are trained to help your camper take safe risks like learning new skills, doing activities outside of their typical comfort zone, and thriving in a natural setting.  

Campers can expect to be in the sun, come in contact with insects, and be at camp during a variety of weather conditions.  

Don Lee abides by standards set out by a national governing body, the American Camp Association, to adhere to standards of procedure for all of our activities.  

Marine science campers, adventure campers, two week campers, and three week campers will all spend at least one night off-site on a trip. If campers are going anywhere that might include swimming without a life jacket, a staff with a current Lifeguard certification will be present.  On two-night or three-night trips as well as Coast Runners, there will be a staff member with a current Wilderness First Aid certification.

All staff are certified in basic First-Aid and CPR for children and adults.

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The # 1 Thing Parents Should Know

About Their Experience with Camp Don Lee

Camp Don Lee has long established a policy of partnering with parents for a successful camp experience for their child. 

We Partner with You

We want to work together to provide the most positive experience possible.  We want to be able to call you to inform you about your camper.  We want to ask you if you have any suggestions of how we can work with any situation or need.  We want to establish together a plan of action that will lead to success for the camper and the camp.

We Want You to Partner with Us

We want  you, as the parent, to call us and tell us if you believe your child is having trouble.  We want you to allow us to investigate, correct, and solve problems wherever possible.  We want to stay in touch with you.

Parental Help and Support at the Beginning Goes a Long Way

We find that letters home written the first night, phone calls made in the first 24 hours, and situations described sometimes only need a little time to heal themselves.  Sometimes they need help, support, correction and shared information between counselors, staff, and parents.  Giving the Don Lee staff the information that is needed to help your child have a great camp experience can go a long way.

Sharing Information with Us

Many times we find the problems that surface at camp did not begin at camp.  They were brought from home in some fashion.  Share information on your health form, with your counselor, or call the Program Leadership Team to discuss your camper’s information.  Good information leads to a successful partnership on both sides.

Special Needs

Camp Don Lee for the last several years has had a position for “special needs” counselor.  Campers who come and may have greater homesick issues than others; campers who have special needs for behavior or learning corrections; campers who have conditions that staff members need special information to work successfully with have been the areas of this person’s time.   These have been teachers, school counselors, parents, and even sport coaches.  This extra “experienced” adult has given our college age staff support and resources to work with many special needs.

If you ever have a concern, please contact us! Email is the fastest way to get in touch with us at info@donleecenter.org. Or, you can call us and leave a message on the Summer Camp Hotline at (252)249-1106 ext 22.We kindly ask that you do not leave messages on multiple extensions.  We will call you back. Our Program Directors are usually running camp and may not be in their offices, but they will call you back when you leave a message on the hotline. For after hours phone number, listen to the end of the hotline message.

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Promotional Photos and Videos

Our camp takes photographs and videos of our programs in action.  These are used for promotional purposes.  If you object to having your child’s picture used in promotional materials, email us at info@donleecenter.org indicating your preference

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Directions to Camp

 

Don Lee is located about 25 miles east of New Bern, North Carolina.  It is 5 miles south of the small town of Arapahoe and about 3 miles from Minnesott Beach.  Below are directions from local cities to New Bern with detailed directions to the camp from New Bern.

From Raleigh Area
Take US 70 East to New Bern via Goldsboro.  Stay on US 70 until exiting onto NC 55 East as you cross the Neuse River Bridge.  Take exit 417.

From Greenville Area
Follow roads to Chocowinity where you will take NC 33 East towards Aurora. Go approximately 20 miles east and turn right onto Highway 306 South towards Grantsboro.  Go straight through the stoplight at Grantsboro continuing on Highway 306 South and proceed to Arapahoe.  Follow the directions below from Arapahoe.

From Wilmington/Jacksonville Area
Follow US 17 North to New Bern.  Intersect with US 70 East (near Wal-Mart) and follow to the Neuse River Bridge.  Stay on US 70 East until exiting onto NC 55 East as you cross the bridge.

From New Bern
Take the US 70 East Bridge over the Trent River and the Neuse River, staying in the right hand lane.  Off the bridge, you will exit onto NC 55 East (towards Bayboro).  You will go approximately ten miles to the second stoplight and turn right onto Highway 306 South.  Head south towards Arapahoe.  Go approximately 11 miles, and through Arapahoe and turn left on Buckland Road. Go 1 mile to an intersection and turn right onto Don Lee Road. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Camp Don Lee Road  and follow the signs into camp. (Signs are located at the intersections from Buckland Road to camp).

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Contact Information for Camp

Mailing Address for Campers, Staff, Applications, and Payments:

Camp Don Lee

315 Camp Don Lee Rd.

Arapahoe, NC 28510

Fax Number:

(888) 661- 9908

Email:

info@donleecenter.org

This email is checked multiple times a day and is the best way for us to respond to inquires and questions. If you need to contact your camper and it is not an emergency please use the BUNK1 email service.

Phone Number:

(252) 249-1106

Summer Camp Hotline: Extension 27

Please leave a message with your name and number and question. We are committed to calling all back the same business day.

We kindly ask that you do not leave messages on multiple extensions.  We will call you back. Our Program Directors are usually running camp and may not be in their offices, but they will call you back when you leave a message on the hot line. For a faster response please try to email us at our info email.

Director: Extension 23

Summer Program Coordinator or for Emergencies: Extension 27

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