Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 campers with disabilities to be their friends and helper for the week. With plenty of direct support and assistance, you will care for your camper while participating in group rec, free time, small groups, meals, evening events, bedtime, and much more.
10 Things to Know About Your Camper:
- Remember that your camper is a person just like you; they have many of the same interests, desires, fears, and insecurities you have coming into a week of camp.
- Always be yourself around your camper. Our success as a community is based on all of us being authentic.
- Be patient and humble. Let your camper set their own pace, this is your camper’s week, and we are here to support them as they have the best week possible.
- Laugh often with your camper.
- Offer encouragement throughout the day,
- Our campers need empathy and support, not pity! God created us all equally, and pity does not promote equality.
- Work not to make snap judgments regarding your camper and get to know them as you would any other new person in your life.
- Remember, we all have more in common regarding our abilities, inabilities, talents, and problems than we may realize.
- Remember, all people are created in God’s image, so we all have value and fit together like a puzzle.
- Remember that Jesus created us for relationships, and we need each other’s abilities to help our inabilities.
- Get comfortable with the uncomfortable!
Your schedule is your guide for the week to knowing what to be doing and when to do it. The schedule has been carefully crafted to ensure your camper has a full camp experience with spiritual, social, and emotional growth opportunities. The times and order of the schedule are set up to bring your camper into the camp routine quickly; it is a help to your camper, you, and others. When you hear the bell ring during the week, that is your cue to look at your schedule and move to the scheduled event. A full-sized schedule is included in the front pocket of your folder and posted throughout camp. Mini schedules are available for purchase in the gift shop. If you need another schedule, please ask.
Be on time! Being on time is very important to establish order in the dining hall. Our campers are used to a structured daily schedule; we must integrate our campers into the daily structure of the camp. Being on time for meals is an important part of that structure.
Group Recreation Competition takes place throughout the week. The entire camp is divided equally into two teams (Red/Blue). Competition promotes unity and friendship and helps us all try things we may not have experienced. Each event you participate in is worth points which are given each day. At the end of the week, the team with the most points will be the grand champions of the week, taking home a medal. One team wins, and one team loses. Campers’ reactions to this can be varied, but it is designed to help your camper grow.
Being on a team is extremely important to your camper. Some campers call months in advance, asking what team they will be on. Again we encourage you to participate to your fullest ability and have as much fun as possible in the process. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Part of the team sports competitions is CSPN (Camp Daniel Sports Network), during this time when points are awarded, counted, and highlights are shown from activities.
Fun & Games We have many recreation areas open during our free time, including our Game Room, which holds every classic board game, pinball, pool, air hockey, etc. We also have many different tournaments such as carpet ball, corn hole, bocce, basketball, bowling, and archery. Our lakefront is also open during free time 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 has a chance to come and create their artwork during studio time. Campers can create artwork and submit it to the Thousand Stars Art Show displayed on Friday night for all of camp to see.
Expedition Outpost 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.
Free Time: happens every day; see your schedule to see when it happens throughout the week. This time is designed for your camper to choose what they want to do. Please talk with your camper to find out their interests. Be aware of many of the events you must sign up for in the dining hall. Do not sign up for everything, as there aren’t enough spots. Only sign up for things your camper is interested in doing. Please do not fill in the signup sheets during mealtime.
Ladies Tea 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.
Spa Each Friday, Camp offer a spa day to all of our ladies leading up 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. Our female campers and staff treasure this time of relaxation and pampering.
Carnival The carnival starts when the music begins after lunch. Your camper can play games, win tickets and then go to the prize table and buy prizes with the tickets they won. These tickets are a different color, and can not purchase anything on the grounds.
The Two-Night Show with Georgie This is a variety show starring campers, volunteers, interns & staff!
The All-Day Sermon 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 is something we like to call ‘The All-Day Sermon.’ With this practice, we work to notice God in every part of camp, from the rec field to the cabin. In addition, everyone meets in groups twice daily to learn more about God. Chapel service, where campers participate in worship and 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.
For many of our campers, it is the only church service they will attend throughout the entire year. They must get as much as they can from each service.
Since Camp Daniel is a non-denominational organization, we must understand our home churches comprise many different denominations. Camp Daniel’s main objective is to introduce each camper to Jesus Christ, and from that point, we work on the spiritual growth of a camper.
We ask you to be careful to be inclusive, understanding and filled with grace when it comes to each other’s beliefs, doctrines and spiritual walk.
Please be aware that the campers you are serving are easily influenced by the lives of those who serve, support and lead them; this will be the only opportunity to see Jesus for many of our campers! How you conduct yourself should clearly reflect Jesus to your camper. Remember that everybody worships and prays differently. If you or your camper likes to stand or raise your hands during worship, sit in the back or to the side, so you do not distract other campers. Many campers like to mimic what you and others do. Encourage them to worship how they choose but in a genuine way.
We want to make sure there is much freedom in our worship services. We ask that you remember that with freedom comes a responsibility to each other. Please worship with freedom but with awareness of distracting our campers.
Small Groups One of the central themes at Camp is relationships. Relationship with Jesus and relationship with each other. Mornings, groups will meet with their cabin in specified locations (ask your cabin leader where to meet). The purpose of small groups is to understand Jesus and the community you are placed in during this week. As counselors, it is your responsibility to assist with your camper’s involvement within the group. This will include ice breakers and a bible study. If you or your campers have a bible, please bring it along.
Below is a list of other tips to help you and your camper in the chapel services:
- Your camper may want to participate in the service. You can talk to the pastor/speaker about your camper, saying a prayer, reading a verse, or giving their testimony. Make sure you do this ahead of time. There may be an opportunity for campers to participate.
- We use the NIRV Bible. We use this Bible because it was written for people who use English as their second language. It is one of the simplest versions for our campers to understand. First-time campers will receive a Bible. Returning campers were instructed to bring their Bibles along. Additional NIRV Bibles are available for purchase in the gift shop.
- Don’t underestimate what your camper understands. We encourage you to help them get involved in small groups and help them process chapel services. Always feel welcome to bring other staff and volunteers into this process.
Below is a list of other tips to help you and your camper in the outslide chapel services and small groups:
- Devotion – Do a devotional with your camper.
- Pray with your camper, and let your camper pray for you.
- Conversation – Initiate conversations about what was taught throughout each day.
- Gifts and talents – Work to find your camper’s gifts and talents to be used for Jesus.
The Fourth Meal After campers go to bed is a time designed to help counselors unwind after a day of caregiving and counseling. Each night there are snacks for the counselors in the dining hall at 9:30 pm. On several nights there are mandatory meetings and snacks (see the schedule).
- Each night, a different counselor from each cabin must stay back in their cabin with the campers after hours. The decision to stay back is to be made by the cabin leader of each cabin.
- Curfew for the entire camp is at 1 am (Friday is 2 am). If you are caught out after the curfew, your team will lose 500 points, and after two infractions, you will be dismissed from camp, along with your camper(s).
- Volunteers are welcome to hang out in the dining hall and game room during this time. The lakefront and all other buildings are off-limits after dark.
- If you are found by the lake after dark, you will be dismissed from camp and your camper(s).
- Cell phones are allowed after 9:30 pm.
- Be quiet if you are outside after hours. Security will deduct 100 points from your team if you are loud while outside.
Tickets are money at Camp Daniel. Here are some of the ways tickets can be used:
Trading Post- The gift shop will be open every day. Here your campers can buy practical things like souvenirs, shirts, hats, etc. We will accept credit cards and cash as well.
Snack Shops- Chet’s Bait Shop and Al’s Diner. These snack shops provide snacks for you and your camper. You must be with your camper when they are purchasing snacks. Be aware of their allergies. We will accept credit cards in Al’s diner but NOT Chet’s Bait Shop. As a volunteer, you can pay for tickets at The Trading Post with a credit card.
Offering- During the last chapel service, there will be an offering. This is a time for you and your camper to give to Camp Daniel. Make sure your camper saves at least one ticket for this; it is a teaching opportunity.
Your camper must use up all of their tickets before leaving camp at the end of the week. Have your camper put all of their leftover tickets in the offering that they will not be using for Friday night’s snack stand or the gift shop on the last day.
These tickets are worth $1. These tickets are worth $5
Table Talk: Many campers live in environments where table talk has not been encouraged. Mealtime is a time for you and your camper to connect with others at your table. At breakfast, there will be questions on the table; please talk through these questions with your entire table. These questions will set the tone for your morning small groups and chapel.
Themed Meals: 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.
Before the meal, visit Nancy’s Fancies & Costume’s, and someone will assist your camper with finding a costume for the meal. Your camper will follow your lead, so it is important you dress up and participate in all meals. Follow your schedule to see when the costume shop will be open. Return your costumes to Nancy’s Fancies & Costumes right after the meal. Please fold your costumes when returning and place them in a dirty bin if soiled. Your camper is not able to take the costume home.
Order of Events:
- Tables are assigned at the beginning of the week. Return to that table for each meal.
- Find your table, and be ready to be quiet to listen to announcements and prayer.
- Special Diets & Wheelchairs – Campers who have special diets or use wheelchairs will be called up first to move through the serving line at the beginning of each meal. If your camper has a special diet or is in a wheelchair, you may go up to get their food and your food.
- Each table is numbered. You can get in line for your food when your table number is called.
- Before you get in line, talk with your camper about the choices, so they know what they want before they get up to the counter. (We want to keep the line moving as quickly as possible) The daily menu is posted in the dining hall.
- After everyone has been served, seconds will be called out, and you may go to the serving counter for more. Bring your plate up. Some individuals are not allowed seconds, and you will find this information on their application.
- At the end of meals, neatly stack all trays, dishes, and garbage on your table. Trophies are given for the cleanest and dirtiest tables. During most meals, the table with the clean trophy gets their food first the next meal.
Hand Sanitizer– is found at all entrances of the dining hall. Use it before and after each meal. Using hand sanitizer will stop the spread of germs and stop illness from running through the camp.
Stay out of the Kitchen – We ask that you and your camper stay out of the kitchen. Communicate with the kitchen staff through the window.
Big salads – Big salads are offered for some of our meals. The salad is a substitute for the main meal being served. You must sign up for big salads by the prior meal, and sign-ups will be located in the dining hall. Big salads can not be customized unless a food allergy is listed on your application.
Condiments and extras– Peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit, milk, water, and juice are available at the condiment station to the left of the serving line at every meal. A bowl of whole fruit is available in the dining hall all day long.
Shirt Savers and straws – Shirt savers are available for every meal in the cabinet in the condiment counter.
Complaints– Please thank the kitchen staff for their hard work. Please bring complaints or suggestions to Little Tony and not the kitchen staff.
Before breakfast– Coffee and drinks are available. Do not eat cereal, bread, or fruit before breakfast.
Counselor Special Diets– Counselors who have diabetes can use the diabetic menu. Please coordinate with the kitchen director—nutritional information on all meals is available at request.
Prune Juice – Prune juice is available at the Health Center, not in the kitchen.