2023 Camper Registration in New Year
2023 Dates & Rates
July 31 – Aug 5
*$45 Discount for Completed Applications by Deadline (TBD)
*APPLICATION DEADLINE – Completed applications include: Medical Form, Fee Schedule, and New Camper Portraits
About Our Summer Camps
Camp Daniel offers campers with disabilities a fun and loving experience that goes beyond a typical camping program. Campers lives are transformed as they encounter the love of God through fun, dedicated and caring individuals who volunteer to serve as counselors. The week-long program is designed to bring constant opportunities for social, spiritual, and personal growth through competitive recreation, chapel, small groups, themed meals, talent shows, dances and more. By week’s end each camper understands that God made them, loves them and has a plan for their lives.
Each year over 200 people with disabilities from all around the mid-west spend a week Camp Daniel, having an experience that many describe as the best week of their year. We invite YOU this summer to participate in the excitement of competitive recreation, engaging entertainment, and building lifelong friends in an inclusive environment.
At Camp Daniel you never age out of programs. You join a family that grows with you.
All weeks of summer camp are for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8 – 70+.
Teamwork and healthy competition are important concepts at Camp Daniel. Each week, camper and counselor pairs are placed on one of two teams to earn points during free-time and group rec activities. Points are tallied throughout the week as team spirit and anticipation for the grand championship title build. At the end of the week, the winning team takes home a medal. For many campers, the Red Team vs. Blue Team competition is their favorite aspect of camp and is a great time of learning sportsmanship and teamwork.
Group Rec Activities: Relay Races, Kickball & Messy Games.
Free Time Activities: Swimming, Paddle Boating, Fishing, Archery, Bingo, Bowling, Game Room, Nature Center, Crafts, Corn Hole, Bocce ball, Carpet ball.
At Camp Daniel, we take pride in offering fun activities that everyone can participate in, no matter their ability, and our theme meals are a perfect embodiment of that! Through our theme meals we celebrate different cultures and invite our campers into immersive experiences of creativity, imagination, and entertainment. Each unique theme is celebrated with food, music, costumes, contests, sing alongs, and characters.
Breakfasts: Breakfast on the Farm & British.
Lunches: Hunting Camp, Mexican & Luau.
Dinners: 50’s, French (formal), Christmas, Pirate, & Western.
Check out Camp Daniel’s Pinterest boards costume ideas!Camp Daniel's Boards
Evenings are for friendship, entertainment, and the spotlight. Evening entertainment includes a movie night at Camp Daniel’s Majestic Theater, dance parties, campfires, and of course, talent shows. Talent Shows are an important part of camp, where each and every camper is encouraged to take time to step outside their comfort zone and into the spotlight. These shows are a way that we ask campers and counselors to embrace our value of ‘being you.’ We believe all people have things that make them unique and have talents that they can share with others. Talent shows are a way that we invite people into exploring this. With a little encouragement, we find that each week of camp is filled with musicians, comedians, dancers, magicians, actors, and socialites. We love to see what campers and counselors come up with each week during these shows.
Chapel & Small Groups
At Camp Daniel we believe that God made you, God loves you, and God has a plan for your life. We work this into all areas of camp in something we like to call ‘The All-Day Sermon.’ With this practice we work to notice God in each and every part of camp, from the rec field to in the cabin. In addition, twice daily everyone meets in groups to learn more about God. Chapel service; where campers participate in worship and a listen to a message. Small group; where campers meet with their cabin and discuss what they have been learning and how to apply it to their lives. By week’s end, each camper understands that God made them, loves them and has a plan for their lives.
Fun & Games
We have many recreation areas open during free time including our Game Room which holds every classic board game, pinball, pool, air hockey and more. We also have many different tournaments such as carpet ball, corn hole, bocce, basketball, bowling, and achey. During free time our lakefront is also open where we have swimming, fishing, and boating. In between activities campers can refuel & indulge in an endless amount of treats at one of our two snack stands on campus.
Another way we encourage creativity at camp is in the Factory. The Factory, is our craft cabin where each camper makes two different planned crafts during the week and also has a chance to come and create their own artwork during studio time. Campers can create artwork and submit it to the Thousand Stars Art Show that is displayed on Friday night for all of camp to see.
Camp’s nature center, the Little Newton Expedition Outpost is home to native wildlife, camp pets, and other natural specimens for our campers to explore and learn about. This is a space for hands-on interactive experiences where campers can feel, see, and discover the natural world. The Outpost is focused on native wildlife, so that campers can learn more about the plants and animals that make their home in Northeast Wisconsin.
High Tea is a fun and relaxing environment for women to gather together to sip tea, eat cookies and enjoy quality time with fellow campers and counselors.
Each Friday Camp offer a spa day to all of our ladies leading up the the Night of A Thousand Stars, a grand finale of sorts to the week of camp. This spa day includes facials, hand massages, manicures, hair and makeup, and a time to pick out a fancy dress for the formal dinner that evening. This time of relaxation and pampering is treasured by our female campers and staff.
A Day At Camp
Want to get a better idea of what a day at camp is like? Below is a sample of typical days at Camp Daniel. The schedule features all of the fun theme meals, all-camp rec activities, chapel services, talent shows, free time with several activity choices, and evening dances.
The NEW Little Newton Lake Campus!
Nestled on ten beautiful acres on the south shore of Little Newton Lake, Camp Daniel’s new campus is a living testament to 26+ years of hard work, dedication, and faith. We are thrilled to get to share it with you finally! Since 1996, summer camp has taken place at a rented facility while constructing this all-accessible campus designed specifically with our campers with disabilities in mind. Camp Daniel was intentionally built as donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor was generously donated. We can’t wait to share the one-of-a-kind spaces and beautiful Northwoods surroundings found in this new home with you!
I remember the first time I dropped Kristofor off 19 years ago at Camp Daniel for his first time away from me, and I cried and cried all week and I do believe I called camp a few times, and I think I called the next year to, but now 19 years later I drop off and get to enjoy a week of free time and pick him up and he’s all smiles and has had a great time, you guys at camp have no idea how much we appreciate you giving your time to spend with my son, keeping his faith going, keeping him safe and making memories.RobinMother of Camper
I LOVE my Camp Daniel family! One memory stands out is jumping off the raft, and the famous camp dance. I can't wait until this summer, I'm so excited.MarnieCamper
I could write a book of camp stories. I am Chalsee's mom and most of you know she lives there now. That first year back many years ago I left my pigtailed little girl off at camp (back then she was blonde) and cried the entire week. Now I can say she is living with the best extended family there is. This year marks another first for me: leaving Jacob off at Camp but this year I am sending Dean as a camper too. 1 week with no one to care for at home wouldn't be possible without this great place and people.ShellyMother of Resident