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Terms and Conditions

In most cases a non-refundable deposit of $100 per building is needed to hold your reservation. The balance of the rental fee and full payment of meal and other fees are due no later than four weeks after your departure.

You will be billed a $400 late cancellation fee if you cancel your reservation less than three (3) weeks before arrival (this is in addition to losing your deposit).

You are expected to pay for replacement or repair of stolen or damaged equipment, and any other damage to the buildings and/or property at DSC caused by members of your group.

Your organization must possess general liability insurance and agree to a save harmless clause protecting De Sales Center and its staff from any fees associated with a lawsuit brought against your organization due to the action or inaction of your staff while at DeSales Center.

Groups are expected to arrive after 2 PM and depart before 2 PM. This gives our staff time to prepare for the next group. Those needing to arrive earlier or depart later must check with the registrar first. Fee for early arrival and/or late departure: $30/hour flat rate.

We require at least one adult chaperone for every 15 participants under the age of 18.

Please estimate the size of your group on the Registration Form. For groups with meals, an exact number must be given at least four days before arrival. Groups will be charged that number, regardless of attendance. A few extra people/meals can be added upon arrival. For groups without meals, there is no extra charge to cook in the snack kitchen.

Our usual meal times are: Breakfast: 8 AM; Lunch: Noon; Supper: 5:30 PM. Groups are welcomed to move the meal times 30 minutes one way or the other (e.g. 7:30 AM; 11:30 AM; 5:00 AM OR 8:30 AM; 12:30 PM; 6:00 PM).

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Chapel is open 24-hours a day and is used for quiet prayer and reflection. Contact the registrar if you would like to reserve specific times in the chapel for communal prayer. Please do not rearrange pews. Minor adjustments, such as the location of the altar, ambo, or presider's chair, are allowed. Please use the oil and electric candles provided. Because the chapel is carpeted, wax candles are not allowed. Except when used by the Oblate community or a retreat group for Mass or a prayer services, talking in the chapel is discouraged. To maximize quiet time and availability, please do not use the chapel for general talks and presentations.

Your group may share the grounds with other groups. Use of other buildings on the grounds is prohibited, unless special arrangements have been made through the office. The Waterfront is closed — all swimming is at your own risk. Please do not use camp boats.

Please check with the registrar for the availability of the outdoor adventure course. We do not provide instructors for the course, nor carry liability insurance for them. Your organization would need to directly contract an instructor, and, if they do not carry their own insurance, would be liable for any harm resulting from their direction or performance. Group leaders are encourages to oversee the activities on the course, and eliminate any obstacle deemed too risky.

The contact person is responsible for orienting your group to the following policies:
  • Meeting rooms can be modified - but furniture should be put back prior to leaving.
  • Bedroom furniture should not be moved. Pictures and crosses should remain on the walls.
  • Groups not renting our sheets, pillow cases and towels should bring their own and use them. Blankets and pillows are provided in Lawrence Lodge but not in Vineyard Cabin and Blue Cabin.
  • Vehicles should drive and park in designated areas only (i.e. not on the lawn or sidewalks).
  • Groups wishing to build fires need to provide their own firewood (dead wood can be collected from our property, cutting live trees is prohibited). Because termites sometimes live in firewood, all firewood must be left outside. Lawrence Lodge has a wood-burning fireplace indoors. We recommend bringing a few Duraflame logs - they are easy to light, clean, and can be stored inside. Outdoor campfires must be built at an approved site and be supervised until extinguished. Please contact the registrar to reserve a campfire site.
  • Wax candle burning is not permitted in any building.
  • Groups not purchasing our housekeeping service are expected to clean the building(s) prior to departure. Cleaning supplies and cleaning instructions are provided. It takes about 5 hours for a single person to clean Lawrence Lodge. Groups working together can reduce this time tremendously, but we still recommend a few adults staying behind to do the final touch-up. Cleaning supplies are provided.
  • You will find a mattress cover, pillows and two blankets on each bed upon arrival (please check to make sure all is there). When you depart, please return the pillows and blankets to their original locations. Leave mattress covers on the mattresses. This allows you and us to easily check to see that nothing is missing from the rooms.
  • Pets, alcohol, cannabis, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons, ATV's and snowmobiles are not allowed on the premises.
  • Smoking is only permitted outside or on the screened-in porch of Lawrence Lodge.