Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's Been Going On At Camp Daniel??

It's a busy time a year for all of us at Camp Daniel! Since the changing of the seasons, there is much more to do outside- construction and taking care of the grounds. Yet at the same time, we are busily focused on preparing for the summer camp season!

Tony has been spending countless hours on the bulldozer landscaping and creating a road leading to the back of the new garage (the lower, backside of the Barn). This needs to be done by the end of the month in order for the cement trucks that are coming to pour the concrete basement floor.

Loads of gravel was brought in for the new road and to keep the cement trucks from getting stuck in the dirt.

Once the basement floor is poured, we can move all the items from the old garage to the new one, which will allow us to continue the remodel process of the old garage into the Dinning Hall - the last item needed to finally have camp here in on our grounds!

The guys have been spending many hours plastering the foyer, bathrooms, closets and the Fitness Room in the upper level of the Barn.

This is the Fitness Room. When it is finished, we will be able to put all the exercise equipment that was donated to camp in here. Currently, it is filling one of the rooms in the lodge. So, once we move the equipment, we can finish putting in bunks and the finishing touches to the lodge!

At the beginning of this month, the guys put the docks in! It's a lot of work to move the docks in the water and set them up, not to mention the water is still quite cold.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring Work Day!

This past weekend, Camp Daniel had a work day with over 50 people helping! We had several different groups that came to serve including The Able Church, New Life Church, Celebrate Recovery, Meadows Christian Fellowship and a handful of individuals.

Jobs included staining the ramp and deck at the Brunot House,

 Raking leaves,
A very old pop-up camper was striped down to its frame. We will be making a Carnival trailer for Carnival Day to store the carnival games and utilize during the carnival.

Trenches were dug for conduit for wiring.

Landscaping jobs included pushing and raking gravel and dirt. Fencing was also installed.

Maintenance and rebuilding of gulf carts.
With over 50 people, we served lunch in two shifts!

Thank you to all who came out to serve! We currently do not have anymore scheduled workdays before our summer camp season. However, if you or your group would like to come serve, please contact us and we can arrange a day or several days for you.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Able Trek Tours

Last week, Karol & Trish returned from a 7 day Able Trek Tour to Graceland and Branson. Able Trek Tours is a company that sets up vacations for people with disabilities and provides volunteers to help them on their trip.  

Their first stop was Branson, MO. There they went to four shows including Legends in Concert, which included impersonators of The Blues Brothers, Kenny Chesney, & Elvis, to name a few. 

Then it was off to Memphis with a tour Sun Studio (the birthplace of Rock N' Roll)

and a tour through Graceland to see Elvis! Karol & Trish both were matched up with two travelers. They all enjoyed the trip and the relationships they made.

The majority of the Camp Daniel staff go on Able Trek Tours regularly. During our summer camps, as staff, we miss the opportunity to be matched with a camper and really build a relationship. Able Trek gives us that opportunity, helping us personally connect to the lives of people with disabilities. We encourage you to take a trip!

Here is Trish with her most adored legend - Elvis!
(PS-Trish collects Elvis items, if you ever want to surprise her)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress on The Nature Center

There has been a lot of progress in the Nature Center over the past couple weeks!

Here is a "before" picture.

Here is added trim and paint!

Corrugated metal left over from the barns we took down was place below the countertop.

Animal mounts begin to fill the walls.

Here are some things we are still looking for!

largemouth bass
Brook Trout
Canadian Goose
- any local birds, ducks
Red squirrel

-any local snakes
-displays of bugs, bees, butterflies

We are also looking for Furs from any local animals

Painted turtle shell


If you have any of these items that you are willing to part with, please send them our way!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Special Olympics

April 11th, was the state Special Olympics basketball tournament in Oshkosh. The Able Church has two teams, in which one of them made it to the state tournament.........and won first place!  Coaches included Roger Wied, Bill Woods and Camp Daniel's Nick Sterry and Interns Betty Miller and Evan Hartwig.

The Attack is the only church team in the state of Wisconsin, possibly the only church team in the nation. It offers a great opportunity The Able Church to represent Christ in the disability community, as well as, to get The Able Church and Camp Daniel name out there.  It also provides opportunities for the athletes to learn to work together as a team and learn how put into practice what they learn at The Able Church.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Calvary Memorial Church Racine Work Day!

This past weekend, 40 members of Calvary Memorial Church in Racine came to work! The group came up Friday night to be ready to work early in the morning.

Projects included staining
the Hartley House,

Raking leaves,

laying more plywood flooring in the Barn,

more electrical work in the Barn,

Splitting & Chopping wood

Laying a retaining wall,

And more importantly, eating lunch!

Thank you Calvary Memorial for all your continued hard work and support to us!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Camp Daniel & The Able Church Go to a Hockey Game!

Saturday, Camp Daniel and The Able Church members went to the Green Bay Gamblers Hockey game at the Resch Center. It was a great time, even though the Gamblers lost.