Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Able Church Winter Retreat 2015

 This past weekend, Camp Daniel hosted its 5th annual Able Church winter retreat! The weekend started Friday night at The Able Church service in Green Bay. Then we loaded a bus and headed to Camp Daniel for the weekend. There were 25 campers and 15 counselors.

The weekend consisted of group games, crafts, chapel services, small group discussions, bonfire, movie night on the big screen, and simply hanging out to get to know each other more.

This was an important weekend for several reasons. One, it gave The Able Church not just a fun time, but also a chance to grow together spiritually and relationally. 

It also allowed us to reconnect with our guest speakers, Larry and Carolyn Campbell, who have been huge spearheads in disability ministry and a big part of what Camp Daniel looks like today. 

Lastly, hosting this retreat on the Camp Daniel grounds gives our staff a testing ground for how we will be running camps here in the future, when we are complete and ready to run all year round. 

It was so nice to use The Barn! Last year, the retreat held all their chapel services and activities in one of the rooms in the Lodge, which was not nearly big enough. 

Here we all are crowded in the Hartley House for meals. Can't wait for our dinning hall to be built!

Even though the grounds are not complete yet, we really enjoyed using our facility and we cannot wait until we can run all our camps here! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

What's been going on at Camp Daniel?

Last weekend, we hosted a youth group from Calvary Memorial Church in Racine. They came to train and prepare for their mission’s trip to Camp Daniel’s summer camp, where they will be serving with the Pit Crew, in the kitchen, and various other activities that happen at camp. This group has been a great help to us for several years and we are grateful for all their hard work and willingness to serve in any way. This has been a great opportunity share the value of disability with kids at such a young age. 

Here is Pastor Ethan, leading a training session and study of disability throughout the Bible. 

Here is Pastor Ethan’s wife Moriah, their children, and MJ. MJ loved playing with kids!

Also this past weekend, much of the Camp Daniel staff spent many, many hours putting several coats of stain and poly on the Barn floor, which they recently installed. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Burys in Montana

Every year, the Burys head to Montana for the Global Outreach Conference at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. Marceaux grew up Bozeman and attended GBC. Since Marceaux moved out to Wisconsin and has been a full time missionary with Camp Daniel, GBC has elected the Burys as one of their supporting missionary partners. The conference gave the Burys a chance to connect with GBC, share what they are doing, and be encouraged by the congregation and the other missionaries attending.

They had the opportunity to speak to several Sunday school classes and home groups. It was real exciting to speak to young students from 3yrs of age to 5th grade.  Using Georgie, the camp puppet, they gave the message that “God Loves You, God Made You, & God has a plan for Your Life”. They shared that having a disability simply means you need help, and we all need help. They shared that God planned everyone even before time began, so no one is a mistake.  One of the 4th graders came up to Jen, after Sunday school, and excitedly shared, “I have Cerebral Palsy” as if it were her first time she celebrated that. Jen replied, “That’s awesome! God has a great plan for your life!” Later in the week, the pastor’s wife shared with us that this same little girl had excitedly expressed all she learned in Sunday school that day.  It encouraged the Bury’s greatly to hear how this message impacted this girl and many others!

GBC encouraged all Missionary Partners to form a Support Team. A support team consists of members from GBC who are willing to come around the Burys to help meet their needs.  This team would pray for them regularly, address physical needs, encourage them, but most of all, serve as a mediator to communicate their needs, as well as, the mission of Camp Daniel to GBC at large. This is a wonderful concept and if you interested in forming a support team for our other missionaries here at Camp Daniel, let us know!

This trip also allowed for the Burys to reconnect with past Missions Team members that came out to serve during the summer camps, as well as recruit another team for this summer! 

While they were there, they stayed with Marceaux’s parents. Some great Gumpa & Grammy time for MJ!

The Burys thank GBC for their continued support and encouragement to them!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Special Olympics Divison Tournament

Last Sunday was the Special Olympics division tournament in Sheboygan. Camp Daniel staff are a part of two different agencies in region 5. Nick Sterry, Betty Miller, & Evan Hartwig coach and manage two teams through The Able Church, Able Attack I and Able Attack II. Marceaux & Jen Bury, along with Trish Voskuil, help coach with the Marinette County team.

The Able Attack II took 1st place!
 They will advance to the Sectional tournament in Steven's Point on March 15th!
The Able Attack I took 2nd place!

Marinette County took 4th place!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Disney World Vacation

On February first, 10 brave souls weathered a blizzard at O'Hare airport in hopes of their flight being one of the few to fly out of that snowbound airport.  After the delays  no airplane, then no crew, then electrical issues, then de-icing (and lots of prayer), they were off to sunny Orlando.
 Flashback 3 years, when Tony and Karol talked to the Hartley House guys about where they'd like to go on vacation next.  They received a unanimous "Disney World".  (Only Richard had been their before).  After saving for 3 years, they were ready to go.  So Richard, Nick, Brian, and Jake; along with Tony, Karol, Annissa, and Anthony made plans for this February.  They invited Annissa's best friend Ruth, and Camp Daniel missionary Nick Sterry, who lives in the Hartley House, along for the fun.  Both were guaranteed to have a blast and add to everyone's experience.
 With a group of 10, renting a car wasn't an option, so they stayed on Disney property and took advantage of all the free transportation that they provide.  Below is a picture of the group about 3 hours after their flight landed.  Annissa was overjoyed to be able to spend her 18th birthday at Magic Kingdom.
They spent 5 1/2 days at the parks, which gave the opportunity to see it all and do it all at the 4 WDW parks.  The picture below is a great sample of the fun had by those willing to go on the thrill rides.  They saw lots of shows and went on many lower key rides too.   Tony and Karol are always inspired when at Disney for the possibilities at Camp Daniel.   Ruth and Nick received a glimpse of what can be on the Camp Daniel campus.  Lots of ideas were enthusiastically shared;  some realistic, some, not so much.  All in all, it was a great and well deserved week off for everyone.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stevo Hays?

Steve Hayes (AKA Stevo) has been with us last week. He is from Seattle and was in town for some speaking engagements. Stevo has been one of our regular summer camp speakers and is a big part of the Camp Daniel family.

 Stevo’s main message he shares is that we all have value and are valued by God. He also shares that God wants those who come to him to be glad and live a happy life, as expressed in Psalms 105:3-5. Therefore, Stevo has coined the phrase, “Happy Life” as a means to share this message and help people to live a life God wants for them. 

While Stevo was here, we helped him create memorabilia with the Happy Life logo on it. 
Stevo & MJ sporting the Happy Life hats!

A huge part of Stevo’s ministry, besides his speaking engagements, is his videos he creates and shares on the Internet. Therefore, while he was here, Tony and Anthony help him create his videos. You can check out his videos at

While he was here, Stevo also helped the progress of the Trapline Lodge. 

Camp Daniel is grateful for the relationship it has with Stevo and his ministry.  He has touched lives of our staff personally as well as Camp Daniel campers and counselors at large. If Stevo has touched your life in any way, drop him a note to encourage him or consider donating to him and his ministry. Also, if you would like Stevo to speak at your church, school, or organization, please contact him. Just go to his website at