Action-packed weekends filled with recreation, relaxation, good food, and more as we grow closer to God and each other.

Each Weekend Getaway is uniquely designed to bring constant opportunities for social, spiritual, and personal growth through recreation, chapel, small groups, themed meals, friendship and more. Whether it’s a weekend just for the girls, just for the guys, or the whole camp family, each camper will be immersed in an experience that reinforces the promise that God made them, loves them, and has a plan for their lives.

Weekend getaways are for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8 – 80+.

Campers must function well in a small group setting without 1:1 direct care. Campers must be able to function independently enough to have moderate assistance. Each camper will be assigned a cabin/group with one to three cabin counselors who will oversee the needs and care of the campers in the cabin.

** Unlike summer camp, campers will not be paired up 1:1 with a counselor.

Limited Availability at all Weekend Getaways!

November 11-13, 2022

$150 | Application Deadline is Oct 8th

Kick off the holiday season with a new tradition: Camp Daniel’s Holiday Getaway. Take in the fresh fall air and join us for an action-packed weekend filled with recreation, relaxation, good food, and more as we grow closer to God and each other.

  • Sip hot apple cider around the campfire
  • Create and take home a Christmas ornament at the Factory
  • Learn a new recipe in Ma’s kitchen
  • Explore expedition outpost and learn how the northwoods animals are preparing for winter
  • Make new friends and reconnect with old friends.
  • Enjoy worship & chapel services.
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January 20-22, 2023

$150 | Application Deadline is Dec 17th

Get away with the girls at Camp Daniel’s Girl’s Weekend Getaway. Sneak away to a 3-day, 2-night all-inclusive getaway that’s uniquely created to cater to women, rejuvenating them on their journey seeking a closer connection to God, each other, and who they were created to be.

  • Cozy up with a warm drink and good company
  • Laugh with the girls to a RomCom in the Majestic Theater
  • Compete in winter challenge course
  • Learn a new recipe at a cooking class in the Chicagami Kitchen
  • Fulfill your DIY dreams in the Factory with Bible journaling, crafts, lessons & more
  • Enjoy worship & chapel services with a special guest speaker
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February 17-19, 2023

$150 | Application Deadline is Jan 14th

Be a man at Camp Daniel’s Man Camp. Escape to a 3-day, 2-night all-inclusive getaway that’s uniquely created to cater to men, guiding them on their journey to a closer connection to God, each other, and the man they were created to be. So grab a couple of friends, and we’ll provide the bacon!

  • Compete in the Winter Olympics in the frozen tundra
  • Tailgate with the guys and cheer on your favorite teams
  • Test your skills at the survival course & nature presentation
  • Play games at Norm’s Gas and Games
  • Go ice fishing on Little Newton Lake
  • Warm up at the campfire & share your best campfire story
  • Watch a movie in the Majestic Theater
  • Enjoy worship & chapel services with a special guest speaker
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What will a getaway look like?

Recreation

Weekend Getaways are a chance to dive deeper into your favorite camp activities and experience brand-new recreation. At Weekend Getaways, recreation looks like sipping hot apple cider around the campfire, ice fishing on Little Newton Lake, taking a painting class in The Factory, learning a new recipe in Ma’s kitchen, playing cornhole or pool at Norm’s Gas & Games, busting a move in a dance class, learning new skills and creating new memories. Each Weekend Getaway offers unique recreation specialized to the specific season and group of campers attending. No matter what you’re doing, it’s going to be fun!

Community

Weekend Getaways are a great way to reconnect with old friends and meet new people! We believe that life is best done in community with others. Weekend Getaways are filled with chances to grow in friendship and learn, grow, and have fun with each other.

Theme Meals

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. Weekend Getaways will have themed meals unique to that Getaway!

Check out Camp Daniel’s Pinterest boards costume ideas!

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Chapel

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, we have daily chapel services to learn more about God. At chapel, campers participate in worship and listen to a message from speakers. Throughout the weekend, each camper will be immersed in an experience that reinforces the promise that God made them, loves them and has a plan for their lives.

Camp Daniel Policies & Information

Acceptance Policy

The acceptance process begins with a completed application (see Applications in Camp Policies). Acceptance is firstly based upon our ability to find a suitable counselor for applicant, and secondly, on the timeliness and thoroughness of the application. An email confirming acceptance will be sent 30 days prior to the weekend getaway session which the applicant is accepted. If you have not received an acceptance or denial email 30 days prior to the first weekend getaway session, then the applicant is automatically put on a waiting list. If the applicant cannot be accommodated into a weekend getaway this season, a full refund will be issued (see Refunds in Camp Policies).

All applicants must be able to function in a group setting. For the safety of everyone at the camp, we do not accept applicants with extreme behavior problems. This includes applicants that are physically, verbally or sexually aggressive. If an applicant does not follow rules or take direction from staff, or any behaviors, which endanger others or are disruptive to the group, are grounds for non-acceptance to camp or immediate dismissal from camp. Applicants must be able to sleep in a cabin setting, not wander at night or disturb others through their behavior.

6 Ways to Being Accepted

1. Complete the entire application in a full and timely manner.

2. Information that is accurate and complete is required to assign the most qualified counselor to meet a camper’s needs.

3. Having flexibility in the week a camper desires to attend opens up more possible opportunities for acceptance.

4. Being able to sleep on a top bunk greatly increases an applicant’s chances to be accepted.

5. The Physician Form must be completed in full, and signed by a doctor. Every camper must have had a physical performed by their doctor after August 10th of the previous year. If applicant has had a physical, most doctors will fill out the form without an additional appointment.

Medication Policy

Please review the requirements for bringing medications to camp.

  • All regularly scheduled medications, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins/ supplements will be reviewed by the nurse at check-in.
  • Only send enough medication for the duration of the getaway. (X-Xpm on Friday to X-Xam on Sunday)
  • Please adjust camper’s medication schedule to match camp’s medication schedule. (8A/12P/5P/8P)
  • Please provide any specialty supplies necessary for the proper administration of medicine. Ex: syringes, test strips, tubing, droppers.
For applicant with 3 or more medications/vitamins administered per day:

  • they MUST be pre-packaged by pharmacy in a multi-dose system, where each med time for each day has one container/compartment for all medications to be administered at that time.
  • Only exceptions are for liquids, drops, powders and lotions. Although these prescribed medications do no need to be bubble packed, they must have an Accurate Rx Label from the pharmacy.
  • Please request this at the pharmacy as soon as possible and ask for bubble-packed, pill-packed, or other pre-packaged forms for their session at camp.
  • Most independent or local pharmacies will be able to do so for a small fee.
For applicant with 1 or 2 medications/vitamins administered per day:

  • pre-packaged (bubble-packed) with pharmacy Rx label attached

or

  • sent to camp in the original container with accurate, unaltered pharmacy Rx label
Policies Applicable to Campers

Applications: Camper applications are available to individuals 8-80+ years old who have a physical and/or intellectual or developmental disability. Each applicant is accepted on an individual basis (see Acceptance Policy). Camp Daniel does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, or national origin. A completed application includes Physician Form, First Time Camper Portrait, and Fee Schedule Paid-in-Full. Agency Pre-Authorization without payment satisfies payment requirements to begin processing completed application.

Dismissal: If the applicant is sent home for a medical or disciplinary reason, an emergency contact must be available during the week and is responsible for transportation home within 12 hours of notification (see Refunds). Any behaviors, which endanger others or are disruptive to the camp, are grounds for non-acceptance to camp or immediate dismissal from camp.

Payment: The cost of weekend getaway sessions is listed on the current year’s Fee Schedule. Payment may be paid online with a credit/debit card while filling out the application or by sending a check. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify payee Agency to acquire and submit Letter of Authorization from Agency to provide services.

Snack & Gift Shops: Tickets (for the amounts designated in the Fee Schedule) will be issued for use as payment at the snack shop and gift shop.

Cancelations: A $25 processing fee will be retained and the balance of the paid registration fee will be returned.

Refunds: All discount and dismissal refunds will be issued after the completion of the program season. No refunds will be issued if sent home for disciplinary reasons. Partial refunds will be issued for medical reasons. Full refunds will be issued to unaccommodated or denied applicants.

Lost Items: Camp Daniel is not responsible for lost or stolen articles that have not been properly marked with the applicant’s name. Any unmarked item brought by the applicant may be labeled with the applicant’s name by Camp Daniel Staff.

Prohibited Items: No vape, CBD, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, firearms, or knives allowed on the grounds. Food and drink items are not allowed in the cabins.

Dress Code: No crop tops, spaghetti straps, or short shorts. Any leggings must be worn with a shirt that covers butt. Any two-piece swimsuit must cover stomach, or be worn with a dark shirt. No speedos allowed.

Packing List

Mark all items, including suitcase with a label or permanent marker with camper’s name or initials. Camp Daniel is not responsible for lost articles that have not been properly marked with camper’s name. Unmarked items will be labeled by Camp Daniel staff.

Clothing

• 3 Shirts (we recommend packing Camp Daniel shirts from previous years)
• 3 Pants
• 4 Pairs of Socks
• 3 Underwear (send extra if camper wets bed or soils during the day)
• 2 Sweatshirt
• 1 Pajamas
• 2 Pairs of Shoes
• 1 Jacket
• 1 Hat
• 1 Shower shoes
• Clothing/Accessories for themed meals

Depending on weather:

• Rain Gear (Rain jacket, boots, extra shoes)
• Snow Gear (Boots, snow pants, gloves)

Toiletries

• Deodorant
• Toothbrush & Toothpaste
• Soap & soap box
• Hair brush/comb
• Shaving supplies
• Feminine hygiene items

Linens

• 1 Sleeping Bag
or
• 2 Sheets & Blankets (send extra if camper wets bed)
• 1 Pillow & Pillowcase
• 1 Towel
• 2 Washcloths
• 1 Hand towels

Also Send

• Mobility medical equipment used (ex: wheelchair, lift, commode, walker, cane, prosthetics, braces, wheelchair charger)
• Communication equipment used (ex: communication board, computer)
• Medical equipment (ex: EpiPen for allergies, c-pap and distilled water, special diet hearing aids, extra batteries, glasses, etc., helmet, thick-it, utensils, gluten-free or other special diet replacements)
• Camp Daniel Bible (first-time campers will receive a Camp Daniel Bible)
• Flashlight
• Bug Repellent

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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.

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