Summer Camp Handbook

What We Do:  Camp Daniel is a missionary organization dedicated to providing opportunities for social and spiritual growth to people with disabilities, their caregivers, and their families and friends.  It was founded on the principle that we are all people with value, gifts, and hopes that need support to grow.  The many programs that Camp Daniel offers are designed to help people with disabilities meet God and then use their talents, gifts, and abilities to foster spiritual and social growth within the community of people in which they live, work, and socialize. The mission of Camp Daniel is centered around a summer camp program and carried on throughout the year with different churches and programs by a full-time missionary staff.

Our History: Camp Daniel was founded in 1996 with the Piantine family’s commitment to carry on the dreams of their son and brother, Daniel, upon his death.  Daniel was born with a rare neuromuscular disease that left him severely physically disabled, using a wheelchair to move, and an iron lung to breath. He grew up in an environment where his disability was celebrated as making him unique, and his abilities and inabilities were seen as opportunities given by God to be used for the Kingdom.  Christian camps were instrumental in Dan’s growth as a young man and minister. Camp Daniel exists to offer that same opportunity to others.

Why Summer Camp: Camp Daniel uses the format of a summer camp program as a missionary tool to reach the disability culture. In the U.S., it is accepted in the disability culture that summer camps are a valid, fundable recreation that serve as respite for people with disabilities.  On this basis, Camp Daniel begins relationships with people with disabilities that can continue through our other programs such as The Able Church, Special Olympics, and other events. The ultimate goal of summer camp is to see campers, for the first time, come into a relationship with God. It is also to see campers grow in their relationship with God, each other, and you. The relationships we build at camp are a catalyst for growing spiritually.

Why Disability: A basic understanding of the culture we are reaching at camp is important as we work towards being part of that culture. Most of the people with intellectual disabilities who attend camp are part of a sub-culture. There are patterns of behavior, socialization, and communication that are common to those who belong to this particular group of people. Most of our campers attend workshops daily to do contracted work such as sorting nuts and bolts.  Some work in the community with the help of job coaches, typically in retail or food service. There is also opportunity for social events such as dances and Special Olympics. Most of our campers live in group homes, while others live in family homes. There is a limited group that lives in independent apartments. The social hierarchy within the culture is often based on having a job, a boyfriend or girlfriend, and perceived independence. While many people in the culture have fulfilling friendships with other people who have disabilities, the majority of relationships are with paid staff, social workers, job coaches, advocates, and caregivers. Most of our campers are accustomed to a very structured way of life; they are doing the same things at the same times, during the same days every week. Change is difficult for many of them, and change in schedule can be very hard to overcome.

Showing God’s Love: People who have intellectual disabilities are concrete thinkers. We can show them the written words in the Bible and most will not understand. We can explain God’s love to them with words and there may be little understanding.  This means we must show them God’s love in unique ways such as: serving them, hugging them, encouraging them, teaching them, forgiving them, not giving up on them, and staying at their level and in their culture with them. We must be The Word to those we serve. God’s love and God’s words of love are meant to be given together. For every camper it is a concrete lesson to feel God’s love through you.


Camp Daniel’s full-time missionary staff, as well as other summer staff members, & interns put on every week of summer camp. Camp Daniel’s missionaries work year-round sharing God’s love with the disability community. Visit to learn more.

Tony and Karol Piantine

Tony and Karol (as well as Tony’s parents) are the directors and founders of Camp Daniel. They run the Hartley House Group Home where four of the camps other missionaries reside. Karol is the Program Director and Tony is the Camp Director, and director of Ministry. 

Jen, Marceaux and MJ Bury

Jen and Marceaux have one son, Marceaux Jr. (MJ). Jen has been a missionary with Camp Daniel since 2007, and Marceaux has been serving since 2009.  Marceaux is the Pit Crew Director at camp and Camp Daniel’s mechanic. Jen’s background is in Occupational Therapy. She helps lead the Pit Crew, helps to maintain camps database and summer camp registration. They also host The Able Gathering and Game Night in Marinette.

Tony and Jo Piantine

Tony and Jo co-founded Camp Daniel with their son, Tony, and his wife, Karol, in memory of their son, Daniel. Tony is the President of the Camp Daniel Board of Directors and is in charge of our financials. Tony and Jo manage the camp snack shop, gift shop, and bank at camp. 

Tim and Janice Mandich 

Tim is the Developmental Director at Camp Daniel and serves on the Camp Daniel Board of Directors. Tim is also the Pastor of the Able Church, our church for people with disabilities in Green Bay. Janice is part of the leadership team at The Able Church while working full time for EarthLink. The Mandich’s have been missionaries with Camp Daniel since 2010. 

Tim is the Developmental Director at Camp Daniel and serves on the Camp Daniel Board of Directors. Tim is also the Pastor of the Able Church, our church for people with disabilities in Green Bay. Janice is part of the leadership team at The Able Church while working full time for EarthLink. The Mandich’s have been missionaries with Camp Daniel since 2010. 

Chalsee Karnopp

Chalsee has been coming to camp since she was 8 years old and moved to camp in May of 2015.  Chalsee works on the grounds, in the kitchen and with the Guys. 

Jake, Nick and Brian (the Guys)

Jake, Nick, and Brian live in the Hartley House at Camp Daniel. They are an important part of the missionary team by doing various things such as: working in grounds maintenance and construction, leading work groups, and ministering at The Able Church. The Guys participate on The Able Attack Special Olympic teams and run the Pit Crew at Camp.

Summer Staff

Temporary staff that serves at Camp Daniel during its five weeks of camp. They work in many areas of camp.

Summer Interns

The Intern Program is part of Camp Daniel’s Summer Staff Team. This is an opportunity for participants to build their leadership skills. Interns play a fundamental role in the operational workings of the summer sessions. They help plan the training sessions for counselors and the activities that campers participate in during a week of camp. During camp, Interns help run these programs and lead as support to counselors.

Camper Check-In is very important to the week of camp. Your interaction with the camper and his or her family and caregivers, can influence the week you will have. It is important to follow the guidelines of check-in, as it is a busy and chaotic time.

You have a pink check-in/check-out worksheet for each of your campers. This form must be filled out completely and thoroughly in order for your camper’s week to be a success and for Camp Daniel to be protected from accusations of lost luggage, medications and also for the legal transfer of responsibility of care upon to the person picking up each camper.

Before your camper arrives, wait under the porch.  Someone will call your name or come get you when your camper arrives. They will bring you to be introduced to your camper.

Please use the question sheets included in your folder for ideas and things to talk about with your camper and their caregiver during check-in.

Station #1

You will get in line at the 1st of 3 check-in stations in front of the dining hall. This is your time to ask parents or caregivers about any questions you may have about diet, behaviors, and any other questions you have about the information on the application. The more you learn from those dropping a camper off, the easier your week will go! 

The person dropping off each camper will be asked how many suitcases they have. There will be green or pink tags given to you to put on their camper’s bags right away.

Pink tags & stickers are for the ladies to put on their luggage, and the green tags and stickers for guys. You as the counselor, will also be given a garbage bag and a green or pink sticker to put on it. This garbage bag is for your camper’s belongings that won’t fit in the suitcase, such as a pillow or sleeping bag. Use a different garbage bag for their dirty clothes.


White band: No allergy 

Red band: Medical Allergy, seizures




From there you will wait outside the dining hall to be called in to the nurse at station 2.

Station #2

You, your camper and the person dropping them off, will go inside the dining hall and meet the nurse who will receive the medication(s) that your camper takes from the person dropping your camper off. The Nurse will indicate on the back of the camper’s name tag the necessary times for med dispensing. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Bed-Time. After this point, your camper will be given their name tag. You will also talk to kitchen staff in the dining hall during this time if your camper has a special diet.

Station #3

You then will go out the back door of the dining hall to station 3, the gift shop.  Your camper(s) will exchange their money for camp tickets and receive their camp t-shirt. Use a permanent marker to put your camper’s initials on their camp t-shirt.

Some campers have paid for their tickets in advance. The tickets are what your camper will use in the gift shop and snack stand.  You are responsible for keeping track of their tickets. Write the campers initials on the back of all of their tickets.

When you are finished with the gift shop, take your camper to the cabin and get them settled in. If you have two campers, just set their belongings in the cabin and go back under the porch and wait for your second camper to arrive.  

 Go through your camper’s suitcase to see what items they brought with them.  You must fill out the red sheet with the count of certain items your camper has. Upon finishing your red sheet, put it in your folder for safe keeping for the week.

There is a plastic bin located in each cabin. If your camper has more items than will fit in the garbage bag, you can get an extra garbage bag and sticker from the bin.

  • Plastic Bin in Cabin
  • Extra tags, stickers, bags
  • Masking tape
  • After you are checked in go to crafts.

Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 campers with a disability to be their friend 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, chapel, meals, bedtime, etc. 

10 Things to Know About Your Camper:

1. Remember that your camper is a person just like you.

2. Always be yourself around your camper.

3. Be patient and humble. Let your camper set his or her own pace in walking and talking.

4. Don’t be afraid to laugh with your camper.

5. Don’t be over protective or in-genuinely/falsely giving  kind words your camper.  

6. Don’t offer pity or charity; God created us all equally, and pity does not promote equality.

7. Don’t make up your mind ahead of time about your camper’s abilities, likes, thoughts, or interests.  You may be surprised at how wrong you are in your pre-conceived judgments.

8. Remember, we all have more in common, relating to our abilities, inabilities, talents, and problems, than we may realize.

9. Remember, all people are created in God’s image so we all have value and fit together like a puzzle.

10. Remember that God created us for relationship, and we need each other’s abilities to help our inabilities.a

Group activities are an opportunity to bring us into closer relationships with each other through competition, sport and fun. Your involvement in every activity is important because you want your camper to be as involved as possible.  Some campers will volunteer right away to get involved in activities and other campers need to be encouraged and pushed a little.  If you choose not to participate, your camper typically will not participate. The opportunities for recreation, team sports, themes, costumes, and group games are important because you and your camper are being a part of a team, working together, and becoming a family.

When you hear the bell, you and your camper need to move on to the next activity.

Special Activities:

Carnival: The carnival starts when the music starts after lunch. Your camper can play games, win tickets and then go to the prize table and buy prizes with the tickets that they won. The carnival tickets can only be used for the carnival, not in the snack stand or gift shop.

Auction: At the end of the week, there is an auction which includes some of the set pieces from the chapel, donated gifts and Camp Daniel wear. Save tickets for this, and also for the offering on the last night of camp.

The Two-Night Show with Georgie: This is a variety show starring campers, volunteers, interns & staff!

Group Rec

Competition takes place throughout the week. The entire camp is divided equally into two teams (Red/Blue). This promotes competition, unity, friendship and helps us all to try things we may not otherwise. Each event you participate in is worth points which are given each day. At the end of the week the team with most points are the grand champions of the week taking home a trophy or 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 call months before asking what team they’re going to be on. So we ask that you participate to your fullest ability and have as much fun as possible in the process.

Part of the team sports competitions is CSPN (Camp Daniel Sports Network). This is the time when points are awarded, counted, and highlights are shown from the games.


Crafts at Camp Daniel are important to our campers. If you were to visit a returning camper’s home, you typically would see the craft projects of past years sitting on shelves and hanging on walls.

You and your camper are assigned to a craft group. There is a small number in the bottom of your camper’s name tag that indicates your camper’s craft group. Different groups should report to the craft tent at different times. The number will match a time on your schedule under crafts. That is the time you and your camper are required to go to crafts.

Help your camper with their crafts but do not do it for them.  You can help them by putting your hand over theirs if needed.  You will receive a bag at the end of the week with your campers name on it.  This bag will have their crafts inside.  Make sure they take it home with them but do not pack it in their suitcase, as items will get broken.

Free Time

On your schedule is free time each day. This time is designed for your camper to have choices in what they want to do. Please talk with them to find out what they are interested in. 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 sign-up sheets during meal time. 

Some of the free time choices are:

Devotions- You and your camper may do devotions during free time. If you need ideas of what to talk about, talk to the pastor or reinforce what was said in the previous chapel. Remember to try and keep it simple.

Porch- The porch is a place to hang out during free time. You and your camper can play games, eat snacks, get out of the sun, and hang out. The snack stand is located under the porch. 

Swimming- The lake is located across the road. If your camper wants to go swimming, change in your cabin and walk down to the lake. There is absolutely no food or drinks permitted down by the lake.

Fishing- The fishing dock is located across the road. You and your camper must sign up for fishing in the dining hall. If you are just down there to watch, please stay off the dock.

 Practice for the talent show- Ask for music, skits, and costumes.

Snack Shop/Gift Shop-The snack stand and gift shop are open during free time. Grab something to eat or drink, or go check out the gift shop. Counselors must accompany their camper in the gift shop. Counselors must not purchase snacks for other campers.

Carpet ball- Located behind the porch. 

Archery- Archery is located down past the fishing dock.  It is only available once a week, so check your schedule.

Basketball- Located in the barn. 

Bowling- Located in the barn.  We do have a bowling ramp if your camper is not able to pick up a bowling ball.

Thank You Cards- Located in the lodge. These thank you cards will be sent out throughout the year to people who donate different things to Camp Daniel. Thank you cards are only available at certain times.  Check your schedule.

Bocce Ball- Bocce ball is in front of the dining hall. It is an easy game to play and a lot of fun. Many campers each year play bocce ball during the spring for Special Olympics.

High Tea- The high tea is for ladies only.  You and your camper can come to the lodge to have some tea and cookies.  It is only available once so check your schedule.

Spa- The spa is for ladies only and is only offered on Friday afternoon. You can sign up and drop your camper off in the lodge to get a massage and get their nails done.

Camp Dictionary

Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD)- a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

Asperger’s Syndrome- is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

Asthma- a breathing disorder characterized by difficulty breathing, especially following exercise or emotional stress.

Attention Deficit Disorder- a person has a hard time concentrating, they are easily distracted, unorganized, and forgetful.

Brain Injury- occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain.  

Catheter- a small device that is inserted into the bladder to help a person urinate who has difficulty urinating.

Cerebral Palsy- a non-progressive condition resulting from a lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma at birth. The upper part of the brain is damaged which governs muscular control, speech, hearing, vision, and sometimes intellectual disabilities. One or more of these abilities may be affected.

Chucks- an absorbent pad that goes under a person while they are lying in bed.

Congenital- present at birth

Depends- special absorbent disposable underwear for adults who are incontinent.

Diabetes- A metabolic disorder which is maintained through specific diet and sometimes medications. It affects the body’s ability to process sugar.  

Disability- means you need help.

Down Syndrome- a congenital condition characterized by varying degrees of cognitive disabilities.  People with down syndrome often have characteristic physical features such as slanted eyes; little or no nasal bridge; low set ears; a large, protruding tongue; short, broad hands and feet; and a stocky build.

Developmental Disability – commonly affects those with it in their language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living.

Epilepsy- seizures which disturbs brain function. It is characterized by combinations of the following: motor, sensory, or psychic issues, with or without convulsions, and altered or complete loss of consciousness. Most seizures are of short duration. A grand mal seizure causes a person to fall unconscious and is not fatal.

Feeding Tube/G-Tube/J-Tube- a device that attaches to the abdomen (stomach) to give a person food and nutrients that they cannot orally ingest.  

Fragile X- is a genetic syndrome that is the most common known single-gene cause of autism and the most common inherited cause of intellectual disabilities among boys.  It ranges from mild to severe as well as physical characteristics such as an elongated face, large or protruding ears, behavioral characteristics such as hand-flapping, and social anxiety.

Hay Fever- an allergic reaction to certain tree, grass, or weed pollens characterized by cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and congestion.

Hearing Impairment- partial or total loss of hearing that affects an individual’s ability to communicate.

Hearing Aid- an electronic device that amplifies sound that is worn on a person’s ear.

Hemiplegia- total or partial paralysis of one side of body.

Intellectual Disability- an impairment of the mind that affects typical intellectual functioning and may result in difficulty in perception, thinking, reasoning, remembering, learning, and appropriate social behavior.

Metabolism- chemical processes in the body which result in growth, energy production, waste elimination, and other body functions.

Monoplegia- total or partial paralysis of one extremity.

Multiple Sclerosis- a chronic, slowly progressive condition of the central nervous system. Symptoms and signs are numerous including weakness, sensory issues, plasticity, blurred vision, numbness, and unsteadiness in limbs. Usually it affects young adults.

Muscular Dystrophy- due to a lack of nutrition to the muscles, a gradual degeneration of muscles occur causing weakness of trunk, pelvic girdle, and arms and legs.  Occurring more in males than females, however, there are many forms of muscular dystrophy in which most live long lives. Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy is the most fatal causing death approximately 10-15 years after diagnosis.  

Neurological- dealing with the nervous system.

Paralysis- is the loss of muscle function and/or loss of sensation.

Paraplegia- paralysis of the legs and lower trunk of body.

Physical Disability-an impairment of the body that affects, limits, or alters a person’s ability to perform activities typically expected of their chronicle age group.

Polio- caused by a virus that affects the parts of the spinal cord, which sends out messages to the muscles.  It does not affect the sensory parts.  The amount of damage depends upon which part of the spinal cord is affected, ranging from one-half to all the extremities and trunk.

Prosthesis- a device that replaces a missing body part.

Quadriplegia- paralysis of the arms, legs, and trunk of body.

Shirt Saver- a towel that is used for adults to catch food while eating.

Shower Chair- a special chair that a person sits on while they are in the shower.

Sign Language- a form of communication often used with people who have hearing impairments consisting of various hand and body movements.  There are sign language books available in the nurse’s trailer.

Spina Bifida- a congenital birth defect involving the spine and brain.  Caused by a lack of union between the vertebrae. Paralysis below the waist is based on severity of the spinal defect.

Spinal Cord Injury- trauma to the spinal cord that results in varying degrees of paralysis.

Splint/Brace/Orthotic- a device that attaches to the leg/foot to help a person walk.

Stroke- (also called CVA) a blood clot in the brain that damages brain tissue and may cause symptoms such as paralysis, weakness, speech defect, or problems in communication.

Urinal-a special toilet used for urinating into.  

Visual Impairment- partial or total loss of vision that affects an individual’s ability to see.

Leadership Team Dictionary

CIT (Counselor-In-Training)- A counselor between the ages of 14 and 17.

Counselor- and adult (18 or older) who is paired with one or two campers.

Pit Crew Worker- People eighteen or older who work in the Pit Crew. (Doing set-up and clean-up, before and after camp events)

PCIT (Pit Crew In Training)- For people under the age of eighteen who work alongside the Pit Crew.

Guest Speaker: A person that speaks during the chapel services at camp.

Nurse- This is the person who takes care of all the camper and volunteer medication and injuries.  

Worker:-This is a volunteer over the age of eighteen who is doing something other than counseling.  They may be working in the kitchen, helping with activities, or cleaning.

Summer Intern: Usually a group of six to ten people, summer interns are a group of people, working the entire summer at camp. Learning new leadership skills, building friendships, and coming closer in their relationship with God.

Visitor Check-In

Camp Daniel welcomes visitors at camp.  It’s a great way to introduce other to Camp Daniel and to people with disabilities.  For the safety of our campers, we are required to have a register of everyone on the campus.  Therefore, all visitors are required to check-in at the kitchen, fill out a Visitors Registry Form, and receive a name tag.  Each person visiting must fill out a separate form.  Please direct your visitors to the camp kitchen, where the forms and name tags are located.  The form also gives each visitor the opportunity to help Camp Daniel pay for the additional expense of a visit.  We want to encourage visitors to camp; therefore, the amounts listed for meals and overnight fees are a suggested donation.  

All visitors MUST:

1. Fill out a Visitors Registry Form.

2. Notify the kitchen of meals they will be attending.

3. Get approval for overnight accommodations from Papa Tony or Little Tony.



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 make sure your camper has a full camp experience with opportunities for spiritual, social, and emotional growth.

The times and order of the schedule is set up to bring your camper into the routine of camp easily. It is a help to your camper for you to make sure they arrive on time for events as scheduled.

Camp is meant to be a group experience and the schedule is designed to promote the connection to others. When you hear the bell ring during the week, 

that is your cue to look at your schedule and move to the event that is scheduled.

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 are in need of another schedule, please see Jen.


Name tag 

Both you and your camper should be wearing your name tag at all times. If you lose your name tag, look really well in your cabin and wait a day to see if your name tag shows up.  If it is still lost the next day, find Jen or Karol and they will make a new one for you.  On the back of your camper’s name tag, there are 4 med lines: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening.  There will be a mark for each time your camper takes meds throughout the day.  Make sure to check it and get in the med line!


The Lakefront

The lakefront is an important place for recreation at camp. The opportunity to swim, fish, and sit on the beach is new to many of our campers. While it is a place that provides a lot of fun, it also is potentially dangerous; therefore, following the rules and being alert for your camper is important.

 When you cross the road that runs through Lake Helen remember it is busy. Your camper should never cross it alone.

When you cross the street, cross at the crosswalk, which is coned off by the lodge.

You must be with your camper on the lakefront, do not take your camper to the beach and leave them there alone.

No one is allowed to use the rope swing or climb onto the rope swing platform.

Only fish on the fishing dock, not from the swimming dock.

There is no food or drink allowed down by the lake.

Swimming is only allowed when it is on the schedule and the lifeguard is present.

If your camper can’t walk to the lakefront, the shuttle will be available.


The Lake Helen Grounds

Camp Daniel rents the Lake Helen campground for the 5 weeks of camp. Lake Helen Bible Camp is its own organization and not related to Camp Daniel. It has its own set of ground rules. Please respect the campus, as it is an extension of God’s House and should be treated as such. The green house and its yard, across the street from the chapel, are privately owned and not part of camp. The camp property ends behind the cabins and at the archery range. Please do not wander beyond those boundaries. There may be poison ivy in all the areas of uncut grass.

If you or your camper(s) want to send out mail, put it in the mailbox at the end of the dining hall and put the flag up.

You may use the Lake Helen phone in emergencies only.

Lake Helen in Wausaukee​

(715) 856-5333

N12864 Old 38 Rd

Wausaukee, WI 54177


After Hours

After hours 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 9:30pm. Several nights there are mandatory meetings along with the snacks (see the schedule). Everyone in camp must be in their dorms by 1am, except for Friday night, which is extended to 2 am.

Each night, a different counselor from each cabin must stay back in their cabin with the campers during after hours. The decision to stay back is to be made by the lead counselor of each cabin.

Curfew for the entire camp is at 1am (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).

No one may cross the street after 9pm, except those staying in the lakeside building.

No one is allowed by the lake after dark.

If you are found by the lake after dark, you will be dismissed from camp along with your camper(s).

Cell phones are allowed after 9:15pm. You may only use them quietly outside.

No one is allowed in the kitchen after hours, except staff.

Be quiet if you are outside after hours. Security will deduct 100 points from your team if you are loud while outside.



It can be difficult to navigate through the labels and the do’s and don’ts of interacting with people with disabilities. At Camp Daniel we base much of what we do on recognizing the value in all people, so we use language that does the same. We try to use a people first language when referring to someone’s disability. Such as “He is a person with a disability” instead of “He’s disabled”. At Camp Daniel we say intellectual, developmental or physical disability when referring to someone’s disability. The general rule of thumb is to speak value into people and speak as to honor God. If you follow these guidelines, you will find you will be ok.



There are many ways to express our love to each other. Hugs and physical touch are concrete ways to express our love and also God’s love to others. But we must be careful in how we touch and what touch can lead to. So we find that hugging is good, but should be done modestly, friendly and with recognition that some of our friends need help in understanding boundaries.



It is important that we not let distractions interfere with our campers.  Therefore Camp Daniel’s rule is that no phones and electronics are to be used during the day, except for taking photos and videos.  You can use cell phones, mp3 players, and laptops after 9:30pm.  If there are circumstances where a cell phone is needed, please speak to Camp Daniel staff about it.


Social Media

Camp Daniel uses social media to promote the ministry and relationships throughout the year so feel free to post pictures and videos , but remember whatever you post reflects on the Camp Daniel ministry.  Everyone who has filled out an application has signed a release for pictures/videos, so you may take pictures and videos. Only use first names of the campers.

Follow Camp Daniel on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest, YouTube, and Flickr.

Personal Care:


o No one should ever go to the bathroom alone with a camper!! Always double team with another counselor.

o WEAR GLOVES when assisting with personal cares. Gloves, wipes, small plastic bags, laundry soap and a wash basin are kept on the stool in the bathroom.  Get refills from the nurse’s trailer or ask the staff.

o  When Assisting A Camper That Wears A Diaper Or Pull-Up:

Take the wipes and a small plastic bag with you into the stall. Remove soiled diaper and place in plastic bag. Place used wipes in bag, tie a knot, and throw into garbage.

o  Wet clothing should never be put into the dirty clothes bag or suitcase!


Make sure your camper changes into clean clothes daily. Be sure to put their dirty clothes in a plastic bag that is labeled with their name on it. You can get a garbage bag and a label in the bin in your cabin. Ask a cabin leader if you need more. 

When camper has soiled their clothing, assist them in removing clothing if needed. If they are not going to be taking a shower right away, assist them if needed to get cleaned up with wipes. Place used wipes in a small plastic bag. Clothing will need to be washed in basin with soap, rinsed, and hung on the line.


Have your camper take a shower daily or at least every other day. Ask your camper when they normally take a shower and just go with their usual schedule. They can also take a shower during free time if they haven’t signed up for any activities.

 o  Women’s Showers

Women can shower in the two showers in the women’s bathroom. There is also a shower house behind the dining hall and the women can use both sides for showering.

o  Men’s Showers

Men can use the two showers in the men’s bathroom. There are also showers in the Smokey Bear cabin that the men can use.


Wheelchair transfer

Don’t do the transfer alone! Get one or two more people to help. Place the wheelchair right next to the commode or toilet. Get it as close as possible. The less lifting you have to do, the better. Lock the wheels on the wheelchair so the chair won’t move during the transfer. You may find that counting together with your lifting buddy helps to lift together.

One person stands behind the camper in the wheelchair and holds the camper under the arms. The other person holds the camper by the legs/lower body under the knees. Transfer the camper onto the toilet/commode.

It may help to pull the pants down before you transfer them. Get them situated then give them as much privacy as possible. Cover their lower half with a towel and turn around, or leave them in the stall and check on them after a minute.

Use gloves and wipes to clean them and give them a fresh pull-up if needed. Pull up their pants and transfer the same way to the wheelchair. Make sure they are comfortable. Pull down their shirt in the back because it can get easily twisted. Fix their pant legs as well.


If your camper has a walker, help them to their seat and then put the walker outside of the dining hall during meals or during chapel. Those spaces are very crowded and we need it to flow as smoothly as possible.

Middle Of The Night Situations

Each of these situations is unique. Assess the situation. Go to your cabin leader first. Only get the nurse if it is an urgent situation or an emergency. Most things can wait until the morning.

Throwing Up

Stay with them in the cabin or bathroom until they are settled. Give them a garbage can or basin to keep in the cabin. Have counselor take gloves and towels back to cabin just in case.

Upset Stomach

Encourage them to use the bathroom. If they need something to settle their stomach, get some crackers or a Sprite/7-up from the kitchen. Have them take small amounts to see if that helps.

Soiled Pants/Underwear

Get sheets and a blanket from the supply room. Help the camper find clean pajamas to wear. Bag up the soiled items and have the staff launder them in the morning. If this persists, we have adult diapers available in the nurses trailer.

Some situations that you would get the nurse: Someone is running a high fever, is injured, is having a seizure, or other medical problem.

Camper With Her Period

If your camper has her period and she didn’t bring any pads with her, you can get some in the nurses’ trailer. When she goes to the bathroom, check to make sure she doesn’t need to change her pad. Make sure your camper throws the pads and feminine products away and doesn’t try to flush them down the toilet.

Universal Precaution Procedures

Universal precautions should be followed at all times to reduce the possibility of spreading infections from one person to another.  All blood and other potentially infectious materials will be considered infectious regardless of perceived status of source individual.

 o  Latex gloves worn at all times when touching any body fluids.  Body fluids include: blood, vaginal secretions, semen.

o  The following fluids are also considered potentially infectious if contaminated with blood: feces, urine, vomit, saliva.

o  Wash hands before and after contact with any body fluid, even if gloves were worn.

o  If skin or mucus membrane was directly touched with a body fluid, wash immediately with anti-bacterial soap and water.

o  Bodily wastes should be discarded directly into the toilet.

o  Spills of blood or other potentially infectious body fluids:

• Treat with 1:10 chlorine bleach solution (1 part  bleach to 10 parts water).

• The bleach should be left on spill for several minutes.

• Wearing gloves, wipe spill with disposable towels.

• Discard wipes/towels in to plastic bag and then in proper trash receptacle.


1. Wearing gloves, wipe with paper towels.

2. Place toweling and gloves in plastic bag.

3. Sanitize area with bleach solution.

4. Wash area with detergent.

5. Follow proper glove removal and place in plastic bag.

6. Tie and dispose of bag in proper trash receptacle.

7. Wash hands with anti-bacterial soap.

Camper Laundry:

All camper laundry must be first labeled with camper initials on tags or the inside of the garment/item to be washed. (This should be done when you camper first arrives; however, before turning in to be washed, please double check.

Pre-rinse all laundry if necessary before dropping it off in the DROP OFF BIN, located just inside the main entrance of the Lodge. (extra bags, labels, and markers are available on the side of the bin.)

All items turned in for washing should be gathered in a clear plastic bag, labeled with campers name and cabin. 

 Clean laundry will be placed in the PICK UP BIN or delivered to your cabin as soon as it is done.


Gloves are the most widely used form of personal protective equipment.  They act as a primary barrier between your hands and blood-borne pathogens.  Gloves are available at the nurse’s trailer and bathroom.

  • You should wear gloves when you anticipate hand contact with blood, potentially infectious materials, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin.
  • Since gloves can be torn or punctured, bandage any cuts before being gloved.
  • Replace disposable single-use gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves, as soon as possible if contaminated, torn, punctured or damaged in any way.  Never wash or decontaminate for reuse.
  • Bandage open wounds appropriately, even when wearing gloves.

Glove Removal

You must follow a safe procedure for glove removal being careful that no substances from the soiled gloves contact your hands.  

  • With both hands gloved, peel one glove off from the top to bottom and hold it in the gloved hand. With the expose hand, peel the second glove from the inside, tucking the first glove inside the second.
  • Dispose of the entire bundle promptly.  Remove gloves when they become contaminated, damaged or before leaving the area.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap and water.
  • Never wash or reuse gloves.

Hand Washing Procedure

The single most effective way to prevent and control the spread of infections is by following proper hand washing procedures.  

1. Wet hands under warm running water, apply anti-bacterial soap and work up a lather.  Apply friction to palms, back of hands, between fingers, thumbs, and wrist.

2. Remove dirt and debris from under the nails, and rinse thoroughly with fingers pointed up.

3. Remember that faucets are contaminated, so turn off with paper towels.  

4. Rough and dry hands not only harbor viruses but provide a portal of entry into your body, so apply lotions liberally when not working, especially at bedtime so that they have time to penetrate and soften skin.

Feeding Your Camper Who is Unable to Feed Themselve:

 1. Wash your hands.

2. Explain to your camper what you are going to do even if you believe your camper will not understand you.

3. Place your camper in a comfortable position-a normal eating position with head tilted slightly forward.

4. Place your chair so that when you sit down, you are facing your camper with both hands free.

5. Place a small amount of food on the end of the spoon and present the food horizontally to the center of the lips.

6. If the camper does not open his/her mouth when the food touches their lips, manually open by pressing lightly with the fingertip on the chin just under the lower lip.

7. Observe for an overt act of swallowing before offering more food.

8. Do not clean food particles off the chin until your camper swallows as this may cause them to open their mouth and interfere with chewing and swallowing.

9. Begin procedure again.  With each mouthful, remember to offer a variety of food, not just one food.

10. Make sure your camper’s face and hands are wiped clean before leaving the dining hall.

11. Wipe off the wheelchair tray if one is used.  Clean and remove food remnants from the wheelchair.

12. Pay special attention to the dietary instructions noted on your camper’s application.  This includes setting limits for your camper who may want to overeat.

13. Report to the nurse any problems you may have had with feeding.


Medical Care

There is a nurse on duty at all times during camp. The nurses are here to help you. Never feel that any question is too dumb, funny, or embarrassing to ask. The nurses are here to help with medical issues, as well as dispensing medications and overseeing the Nursing Office, which is located in the white trailer next to the chapel.


    1. All meds for campers and counselors are secured under lock in the nursing office. We also stock over-the-counter meds, which are available upon request from a member of the nursing staff.

    2. Counselors and workers must turn in their meds, including prescription and over-the-counter items (vitamins, aspirin, etc.), to the nurse. This policy is for the safety of your camper. It is too easy for someone to get into your suitcase, purse, or dresser. Camp Daniel would be held liable for any incidents of campers taking improper meds.

    3. Check suitcases, purses, etc. of the campers for any meds that may have not been turned over to the nurse at check-in.

    4. Medications are given at specific times as noted on the camper name tag. Each counselor must familiarize themselves with their camper’s med schedule. The nurses should not have to search for you. The meds are passed:

         (a) before each meal (8a.m. breakfast, noon lunch, 5 p.m. dinner).

         (b) after evening chapel (counselors must bring campers directly to the nursing station immediately after the chapel service and before they get their evening snack).

         (c) other times as noted on the name tag of camper.

         (d) all meds are given out at the table in front of the nurse station.



    1. Each camper is given an armband at check-in.

    2. If the camper has a red armband, this means alert. Either the camper is subject to seizures, is a diabetic, or has allergies.

    3. If your camper loses the medical armband, go to the nurse and they will make you a new one. 

Awareness of Abuse

Check your camper for marks, rashes, or bruises. This is done casually during your camper’s first night of preparing for bed. If your camper tells you anything unusual about circumstances occurring at their place of residence, report it to the camp director immediately. 

Being Outside

All campers have received instructions to bring sunscreen and insect repellent to camp. If they do not bring these items, they are available at the nursing office. If the weather is unusually hot, push liquids. Water and lemonade are always available in the dining room.

Night time Nursing

If there is a problem with your camper during the night, seek out the head counselor or lead counselor in your cabin. If help is needed from the nurse or other staff person, the head counselor/lead counselor will contact the nurse. If the problem is not an emergency and can be handled in the morning, please wait. For example, vomiting once is not an emergency but repeated vomiting is. However, if the problem is indeed an emergency, seek help.

  • Campers becoming homesick tends to occur at bedtime.
  • If you need help with the personal care of your camper ask an intern or staff. They will arrange for assistance.
  • An Incident Report must be completed for all accidents and unusual incidents. These forms are available from the nursing office.


Many campers and counselors have seizures. It is important to have an understanding of what to do during these events. 

  • Help the person to the floor or ground, if necessary
  • Cushion the head, if necessary.
  • Do not restrain person.
  • Do not place anything their mouth.
  • Sometimes the person will just sit and stare during the  seizure (this must also be reported to medical staff).
  • Most of our seizure-prone campers are regulated   with medication.
  • Many people who have a seizure will want to rest or use the bathroom afterward.
  • Some will not remember the seizure or will be disoriented.
  • Counselors will be told if their camper is subject to seizures in addition to being noted on the arm band.
  • Contact medical staff immediately.

Wash Your Hands

  • 80% of all diseases are spread by hands
  • Washing your hands is the most effective way to stop the spread of sickness.

 Bathroom Hygiene

    1. Campers who are independent in the bathroom will not need direct assistance but may require direction.

    2. Use wipes and gloves when assistance is needed.

    3. Do not flush wipes, gloves, diapers, or feminine products in the toilet.

    4. Place soiled diapers in plastic baggies that are provided for each bathroom; thereby, reducing the smell.


Make sure you and your camper shower at least every other day, including hair. If soiled or wet, shower daily. Be sure you check the water temperature prior to the camper entering the shower. If your camper awakens “wet or soiled” in the morning, shower right away. Even though many campers are independent, they will need direction. Men should shave daily. Ensure they use deodorant, brush teeth, and comb hair. Be sure your camper changes their clothes every day. Everything you do for yourself each day should be done for/by your camper. When your camper leaves the cabin in the morning they should present a clean, neat appearance.

Special Diets

1. Follow diet instructions noted on your camper’s application.

2. Do not give food or drinks to campers not assigned to you. Diets, allergies, and overeating must be considered.

3. If your camper can’t have certain foods, be careful to not give these items.

4. If on low sugar diet: Don’t give extra foods such as: candy, regular pop, and desserts.

5. Low salt: Don’t give chips, pretzels or add extra salt to meal. Limit to one pop per day.

6. No sugar diet: Don’t give dessert unless sugarless. No candy or regular pop. Kitchen staff provides alternate desserts when a dessert is part of the meal.

7. Diabetics: Ask the kitchen staff or nurse what extra food the camper can have.

8. If camper is constipated, give prune juice, which you can get from the nurse. If problem persists advise the nurse.

9. If camper has diarrhea, give the camper bananas. If problem persists talk to the nurse.

10. Make sure your camper is drinking enough water. This is especially important when the temperature is hot. Water is always available in the dining room.


    1. Place wet sheets and clothes on the clothes line prior to placing them in plastic dirty clothes bag.

    3. Do not cut finger nails or toe nails of campers. If you feel they need to be cut, contact a nurse.

    4. Poison ivy is present on the grounds. Keep your camper out of uncut grass. Report any rash to the nurse.

Please get the nurse or staff if you need any of the items listed below:

  • Sling
  • Insect Repellent
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Small Plastic cups
  • Straws
  • Sudafed Pills
  • Tylenol (baby & adult)
  • Aspirin (baby & adult)
  • Benadryl
  • Tums
  • Motrin (baby & adult)
  • Bleach
  • Hand Sanitizer
  •  Paper Towel
  • Hand Soap
  • Gloves
  • Wastebasket Bags
  • Tongue Blades
  • Room Spray
  • Flashlights Clothes
  •  anti-diarrhea pills
  • Milk of Magnesia
  •  Cough drops
  • Vaseline
  • Band-Aids
  • 4×4 sponges
  • 2×2 sponges
  • Ace Bandages
  • Dressings
  • Butterfly Band-Aids
  • Tape
  • Cotton Balls
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Triple Antibiotic Cream
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Benadryl Cream
  • Benadryl itch stick
  • Nasal Spray
  • Medicated powder
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Sun Screen
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Denture Cleaner
  • Saline Solution
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Alcohol
  • Cold Compress
  • Peroxide
  • Wipes
  • Eye Drops
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors
  • Ear Plugs
  • Sling

Tickets are money at Camp Daniel. Here are some of the ways tickets can be used:

Gift Shop- The gift shop will be open every day. Here your camper can buy practical things and souvenirs, such as shirts, hats, bibles, etc. After your camper picks out what they want, go to Papa Tony and pay for the item(s).

Snack Shop- The snack shop provides snacks for you and your camper. Remember no credit is given; you must pay with tickets. 

Auction- At the end of the week, there will be an auction. There will be various items (i.e. candy bars, soda, camp memorabilia) auctioned off. Some items will go for a higher price and some will go for a lower price. Save some tickets for the auction. Make sure that you know how many each of your campers have to spend before the auction begins. 

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. Have them put all of their leftover tickets in the offering, that he/she will not be using for Friday night’s snack stand.


These tickets are worth $1


These Tickets are worth 50 cents. Although not common, you may see them as change for a purchase.


These tickets are worth $5

Mealtimes are an important, fun, and crazy time each day. It is very important to understand the process of Camp Daniel meals, because the environment is exciting, loud and even chaotic at times. The meals are themed with: costumes, songs, dancing, contests and shows.

Camp Daniel staff members all dress up in themed costumes, as do most of the campers. Our campers need their counselors to participate by dressing up in costumes and participating on the dance floor. There are extra costumes available in the lodge.   You can get them approximately 2 hours before each meal.  It is very important to fold them and return the costumes you and your camper borrow to the lodge after the meal.  Do not leave them in your cabin or allow your camper to take home. It is important to keep  the meal a safe environment that runs smoothly so it does not become a negative experience for campers.

Order of Meal Events:

1. Once you find your seat, be ready to be quiet to listen to announcements and prayer.

2. Campers who have special diets or use wheelchairs, will be called up first at the beginning of each meal to move through the serving line.  If your camper has a special diet or is in a wheelchair, you may go up to get their food and your food.

3. Each table is numbered. When your table number is called, you can get in line for your food.

4. 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 on the bulletin board. Half portions are available.

5. The serving counter is approached through the center aisle. Return down the condiment and drink aisle. Do not go back down the center aisle.

6. There are usually seconds, but no thirds. After everyone has been served, seconds will be called out and you may go to the serving counter for more. Bring your plate up for seconds. Some with Special Diets are not allowed seconds.

7. At the end of meals neatly stack all trays, dishes, and garbage at the end of your table.

8. Trophies will be awarded at the end of each meal for the cleanest and dirtiest tables, which will determine who eats first and last at the next meal.



Being on time – It 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 camp. Being on time to meals is an important part of that structure.

Hand Sanitizer- Use it before and after each meal. It is located on each table. This will stop the spread of germs and stop sickness from running through the camp.

Table Assignments – Table Assignments are located on the bulletin board above the staff table. Everyone should be sitting in his or her assigned table. No one should be sitting in or blocking the aisles.

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 meals. The salad is a substitute for the meal being served.  It cannot be custom ordered unless you have a food allergy listed on your application. Sign up for a salad the meal before on the bulletin board.

Extras- Peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit, milk, water, and juice are available on the condiment table at every meal.

Shirt Savers – Shirt savers and straws are available for every meal on the silverware cart.

Free Snacks – Drinks and fruit are available anytime during the day at the counter.

Complaints-  Please thank the kitchen staff for their hard work. If you have complaints, please bring them to Little Tony and not the kitchen staff.

Before breakfast- Only coffee and drinks are available. Do not eat the cereal, bread, or fruit before breakfast.

Cereal – Cereal is available in the cereal dispensers on the condiment table during breakfast only.

Counselor Special Diets- Counselors who are diabetic can use the diabetic menu. Please coordinate this with the kitchen director. Nutritional information on all meals available at request. 

Prune Juice – Prune juice is available at the nurses’ trailer, NOT in the kitchen.


Special Diets:

There will colored stars on the name tag that show what the Special Diet is. All of these (except for the Gold star) will be considered Special diets and will go through the line when wheelchairs and special diets are called.

​​Red Star: Diabetic

Blue Star: Lactose Free

Green Star: Gluten Free

Gold Star: Food Allergy

The gold star will alert the staff at the snack stand and the kitchen staff of any specific food allergies. You do NOT go through the line when special diets are called unless you also have a red, blue or green sticker.


Diabetic- this is someone who needs insulin or medication because their body can’t process sugars properly. They usually need a low fat/sugar free diet. 

Gluten free- A person who cannot eat bread, noodles, cake, or anything with gluten in it.

Dairy free- a person who cannot have milk, cheese, or ice cream.

Carb counting- This is a special diet for someone who is a severe diabetic. They have a strict low carb diet which includes small amounts of bread or snacks.