Monday, August 17, 2015

Camp Daniel 2015 Journey

Another great summer camp season has come and gone! Each week we had about 50 campers, so we were able to serve roughly 200 children and adults with disabilities over the whole summer! In order to serve the campers, we had 80-100 volunteers each week, totaling roughly 400 volunteers for the summer. 

In the following, we'd like to take you on a little journey recapping the summer and highlighting some of the new things on camp. 

This year's camp theme was JOURNEY. We learned how to "Journey God's way" together as a community. One of our volunteers pointed out that in the word "Journey" is the word "Our" and we learned to journey this life together, not alone.                  

Every year, we pick out a movie for our outdoor movie night that goes with the camp theme. This year's movie was Disney's UP, which follows a life's journey of a young boy and an elderly man.

This theme was carried over into The Able Hour (the morning chapel) with Pastor Tim. Pastor Tim used Pastor John as a character from the movie UP, and we followed his journey with God throughout the week. 

The Chapel was decorated with a mountaineering theme, rock climbers on a journey up a mountain. 

This was our second year implementing the Intern Program. This year we had 8 interns for an 8 week commitment. They came a week before camp started to prepare, 2 weeks of camp, helped serve during the week off of camp, 2 more weeks of camp, and then helped the week after camp putting everything away for storage in the off season. Their 8th week, they went to help serve a a sister camp in MN.

Interns from Lft to Rt: Evan, Betty, Hannah, Annissa, Caleb, Ruth, Katie, and Amanda.

The interns played a big part of what went on during summer camp. They were in charge of Rec Games, they were cabin leaders, some were counselors various weeks, and help with many behind the scenes responsibilities. 

On Lumberjack day, they led Lumberjack Rec Games, new to this year. Here the interns from the red team are taking on the interns from the blue team in a tug-of-war match. 

Here Lumberjack Evan is officiating the sausage eating contest. The campers had to lead their counselors blindfolded to the hanging sausage link for them to eat. 

The Carnival Trailer has been a great and needed addition! It was an old pop-up camper that was stripped down to its base frame and the trailer you see here was built. Not only is the trailer great for storage of carnival and the rec games, it adds to the carnival feel we strive hard to make. 

Karol made some beautiful display boxes for the carnival prizes, adding to that authentic carnival atmosphere!

And what more can add to the feel of a carnival than this concession cart for popcorn!

And.... what is a carnival without balloons and a clown?

Also new this year was some soft, fluffy animals to pet. One of our volunteers brought an angora rabbit and silkie chickens.

Another exciting highlight of the summer was when Fox 11 News came to run a story on Al Zielinski and his faithful service to us for over 10 years. Al would bring his 1958 Chevy to camp on our 50's night. Al would take the winners of the twist contest for a ride in his car to the local ice cream shop. Here's the news clip.

Hands down, the new shuttle and shuttle service has been one of the best additions to this summer!
With a spread out campus and gravel paths in some areas, it can be hard for campers to get from one place to another. The shuttle also came in very handy for hauling luggage when campers arrived and packed up.

Here is one of the shuttle stops, with the shuttle, hand made by Camp Daniel, in the background. The shuttle held 4-6 people.

Here is shuttle taxi driver, Dale.
And here is shuttle taxi driver, Tim.

Besides our counselors, there were many volunteers working behind the scenes with cleaning the bathrooms and dining hall, doing dishes, setting up activities, working in the kitchen and running activities during free time. These work groups came from church youth groups, as well as, other church groups and organizations.

Many campers and volunteers furthered their journey with God during camp, and some started their journey with God for the first time!

Thank you to all our volunteers that helped make this year's Journey possible!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

St. Paul's Mission's Trip to Camp Daniel

St. Paul's Lutheran Church from Sheboygan Falls sent a mission's team to serve 4 days. There were a lot of different tasks to fit a variety of different skill levels.  It was a great time for church members to grow closer together as a church, as well as, in their personal families. It was also a good opportunity for them to learn more about Camp Daniel and experience the value of people with disabilities.

It was very exciting to see the siding for the barn go up!

The fitness center and foyer in the barn was primed and painted.

Patches were sewn on aprons for Carnival Day!
This is Amanda, she is going to be one of our summer interns this year!

Several of the gals spent many hours peeling vinyl lettering for T-shirts. Some of the gals also made about 600 cupcakes for summer camp!

Several of the guys built our newest trailer - The Carnival Trailer! It will house all the carnival games and decorations and be able to readily move from camp here to summer camp in Wausaukee.

Here it is finished, yet to be painted and decorated to fit the carnival theme.
The kids had several fun jobs including tearing out old pages from the counselor manual. They also cleaned fish tanks for the nature center, weeded the nature trail, and helped where they could.

Thank you St. Paul's Lutheran Church for all your hard work! We are very grateful!

If you would like your church or organization to come serve at Camp Daniel, we would love to set up a trip for you! Contact or 715-757-3880.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Busy Time of Year!

This recent busy round of events started the last weekend of May with a Girl Scout Retreat that we hosted here at camp. The weekend provided a great mother-daughter time with fun activities, including a tea party and group games. The weekend also served as a service project for the troop as they did some spring cleaning and helped with projects for camp.

The following weekend marked our 6th annual Dance 4 Disability (D4D) held at the Grand Pavilion at Bay Beach in Green Bay. It was a great success with close to 300 in attendance.

This event brings together people with disabilities, along with many organizations, families and caregivers, to celebrate the disability community.

After the dance, the Burys hit the road for Muskegon, MI to serve a week at Joni & Friends Family Retreats. Jen started her first connection with disability ministry 11 years ago with Joni & Friends Retreats. 

JAF Retreats are a lot like Camp Daniel with themes and costumes. The theme this year was "All Things Are Possible", using The Mission Impossible motif. The Burys used their Unbelieveable costumes from Camp Daniel's Trust theme. 

JAF Retreats are unique in that the entire family with someone with a disability attends. There are opportunities for mom's to get together, dads, and siblings. When Camp Daniel's grounds are complete, we will be able host family camps!

Then this past weekend, Annissa and Ruth had their graduation party here at Camp. It was also a party for Anthony, as he graduated from the 8th grade.

Annissa will be attending Madison Area Technical College for Event Planning and Ruth will be attending UW La Crosse for Recreational Management.
Anthony will be attending Crivitz High School. :-)

Thanks to all those who helped with and/or attended all these events!

Friday, June 5, 2015

What's Been Going On At Camp Daniel?

Here's what been going on....

Tony and guys have been remodeling a passenger trailer for camp. This cart can be pulled behind a four wheeler and hold four people. Transportation is needed at camp for campers who cannot walk long distances.

Trish and Chalsee have been busy with lawn care and maintaining the grounds. Marceaux has been busy fixing the lawn mowers.

The guys (and Chalsee) have been busy sweeping the walks after the lawn gets mowed.

Betty has been busy making charms to sell at the camp store.
Key chains and bracelets will be sold for the charms.

 You can get a charm for your team!!!
Check out these awesome charms!!!
CD and a Georgie face.

 Marceaux and Jen cleaned windows and put screens on.
Karol made prize display bins for the carnival!
Karol has also been busy with finalizing the camp schedule, as well as, making signs and decorations for camp.

Tony continues to bulldoze gravel for the road to the garage. We are hoping the garage floor will be poured sometime in the next two weeks.

We all have been busy getting ready for D4D (Dance 4 Disability), which is tomorrow! Join us at Bay Beach from 3-8pm in the Grand Pavilion!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Newest Missionary at Camp Daniel!

Welcome Chalsee, the newest missionary at Camp Daniel! Chalsee moved to the Brunot House the beginning of May. Here she is pictured with her roommate, Trish (left).

Chalsee has been attending camp since she was 8 years old and for many years desired to live at camp. She graduated from Kewaunee High School and attended NWTC - Green Bay for 2 years. Her favorite classes were Gardening, Art and Cooking! These classes were perfect to prepare Chalsee for ministry here at Camp Daniel, as she assists Trish in the garden and in the kitchen!! There will also be art projects continually going on, as art is a big part of what we do at camp.

Chalsee wanted to let everyone know that she may seem shy at first, but once you get to know her, she will talk ALOT.

Chalsee is grateful to all those who helped her achieve her goals and reach her dreams. We are all happy to have Chalsee with us and excited to continue to watch her grow into the woman God has created her to be.