Friday, January 23, 2015

Progress in the Lodge & Barn

This past week, progress continued in Lodge and Barn.  The Lumberjack Lodge is completely finished, yet Trapline Lodge has about 10% more to go. Recently, the mirrors, toilet paper and paper towel dispensers, shower hooks and railings were all mounted. Molding & trim were also put up. 

Stevo helped, too! Thanks, Stevo!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Welcome Camp Daniel’s Newest Intern, Evan Hartwig!

Welcome Camp Daniel’s newest intern, Evan Hartwig! Evan is from Eagle River where his parents Kurt and Amy and younger siblings Gabe, Anna, and Andrew reside. He is a sophomore at North Central University in Minneapolis where he is pursuing a degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Biblical Studies and Pre-Law. As a part of his schooling and independent study, he has stepped into the internship program here at Camp Daniel for this semester. Evan is excited that he can continue pursing his degree and be a Camp Daniel intern at the same time!

Evan first started volunteering for Camp Daniel’s summer camps in the Counselor In Training (CIT) program in 2009; after his youth pastor, Eli Schackleford, encouraged him join their mission’s trip. Evan recalls he was pretty nervous about getting out of his comfort zone and working with people with disabilities for the first time. However, once he started his first week, he was hooked! That week made such an impact on his life that he returned later that summer to volunteer another week.  He has volunteered every summer since then.

Last summer, Evan participated in Camp Daniel’s six-week summer internship program. He felt it was a fantastic experience, which allowed him to learn a lot more about ministry and what happens behind the scenes to run camp every summer. This experience left Even wanting to experience more ministry life and serving opportunities. He feels the full-time internship program is an opportunity for him to explore and experience more of what ministry is all about on a daily basis, even when summer camp is not in session.

Evan will experience a variety of roles and activities here at Camp Daniel. He will work along side other staff for spring workdays, The Able Church Winter Retreat, special events, and preparing for the summer camp season. He will learn more about daily life of people with disabilities as he lives and works with the guy residents in the Hartley House. He will experience the mundane tasks of garbage and snow removal, construction on the grounds, and whatever task is at hand. He will have roles at The Able Church in Green Bay, as well as help coach The Able Attack Special Olympics teams. He will also help lead a youth group in Crivitz.

At the end of this experience, Evan hopes to have a greater understanding of daily life in ministry, how he may fit in the future ministry of Camp Daniel and a have clearer picture of God’s plan for his life.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Give your old cell phone, laptop, GPS, soup labels and more….

Camp Daniel collects old (working or broken) items in which we submit for reimbursement. Here is a list of items we accept.

-MP3 Players
-GPS Devices
-Digital Cameras
-Radar Detectors
-Empty Ink Cartridges
-Pop Cans
-Labels for Education – Campbell Soup UPCs 

Labels for Education include a variety of brands and products besides Campbell Soups! Dannon, Bic, Post Cereals, V8, Swanson, Pace, Prego, Emerald, Pop Secret, Wolfgang Puck & Pepperidge Farms are accepted. 

Here’s the link to all the brands we accept. 

Currently, we receive bonus points for Pepperidge Farm labels. These items would include Goldfish: Crackers & Grahams; Frozen: Garlic Breads, 3-layer Cake, Turnovers & Puff Pastry; Bread: breads, croutons, rolls & stuffing, cookies, & crackers. This special bonus ends Feb 7th.  Help us out!

Labels points get turned in and allow us to purchase items from a catalog such as office supplies. Labels that give us the most point year round include Dannon Kids Yogurt : Danimals; Emerald: Nuts, Yogurt Bites, & Breakfast on the Go!

Support Camp Daniel and make your work or church a collection site! Set out a box and put up a sign! We can help with signage if you need, let us know!

All items can be dropped off anytime of the year at the Camp Daniel office or at The Able Church in Green Bay (1840 W. Mason St).  If you do not give to staff member directly, please put note on your item that says “Old Camera (or whatever item you have) for Camp Daniel Reimbursement”. Thank you!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Around Camp Daniel!

Here's a quick tour of Christmas Around Camp Daniel...

As you enter camp, you will see a nativity set that is beautifully illuminated at night.  

The Hartley House & The Piantines

This one lost a few branches & needles.

Even the camp dog gets a stocking!

Papa Tony & Grandma Jo's Place

Grandma Jo enjoys Christmas flowers!

The Bury's Place 

Jen's Grandmother's Christmas Village

And the last stop on the tour is The Brunot House....
Betty & Trish made gingerbread houses.

Guess who's stocking...

Thanks for taking our tour. Have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Able Church Special Olympics & Christmas Fair!

Last weekend, The Able Church Special Olympics team, The Attack, took fourth place at the state tournament in Waukesha. They played four games that day, consisting of three matches each. The Able Attack was one of 28 teams that progressed onto the state level. Nick and Betty of Camp Daniel are serving as the agency managers. Roger, Nick, and Bill were coaches for this year's season.

Special Olympics has been a large part of The Able Church since 2008. Sports offered include volleyball, bowling, basketball and bocce ball.  Practices are held on Tuesday nights at Living Hope Church in Green Bay. It is a part of The Able Church Family Night, which includes eating pizza together, and men and women’s Bible studies.

Special Olympics is the heartbeat and center of the disability community. Being apart of this program helps The Able Church stay connected and current with the issues of the disability community. It also provides The Able Church opportunities to make an impact in the community at large. 

In efforts to support The Able Family Night, thispast Sunday we had our first annual Able Church Christmas Fair held at Living Hope Church. It was a huge success with at great turnout, selling Christmas items, baked goods, popcorn and a chili lunch. Members of The Able Church family made the majority of the items and helped at the fair.

There are plans to expand the items sold for next year and offer more fun activities. We would also like to look for other hosting churches. If you would like The Able Church to host a Christmas fair at your church, please contact Pastor Tim Mandich or Tony Piantine.

Thank you to all those who participated in the Christmas fair and support The Able Church!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Welcome Betty!

This year’s Camp Daniel intern is Betty Miller. She moved into the Brunot House, the girls group home, the beginning of October. She had been living in Green Bay attending UWGB, working towards a degree in Human Development. 

Betty is originally from Whitehall, a teeny tiny little town between Eau Claire and La Crosse. She heard about Camp Daniel through her friend Katie Cohen back in 2006 and decided to volunteer that summer. That summer impacted her greatly and she has volunteered every summer since.

This past summer, she really felt God leading her to do the internship program. So, she decided to take a year off of school and invest the ministry of Camp Daniel. She is expecting this year to strengthen her relationship with God as she learns to depend on him and hear his voice. She is also hoping to gain some clarity with the direction of her life after this year’s program.

Currently, Betty is busy serving in several areas. She plays a big part of The Able Church in Green Bay. She helps with members of The Able Church lead the worship singing time. She also helps with the Special Olympics program and leads the women’s Bible study. At camp, she helps Trish maintain the grounds and helps molly in the office. She is also a leader for a youth group in Crivitz.

One of Betty’s major accomplishments, so far, has been to put on Camp Daniel’s first women’s retreat here on the Camp Daniel grounds. This retreat had 10 campers and 5 counselors. Its theme was called Beautiful Things, with speaker Becky Bazette-Jones and worship leaders, Jill Kocian & Molly McMurry. It was a wonderful and fun time had by all.

We are so glad to have Betty here with us and be a part of our family. We are excited to watch her grow and see where God leads her in her future. Please pray for Betty as she continues to sacrifice and serve within the Camp Daniel and disability community.