CancellationCOVID-19
March 10, 2021

Cancelling Summer Camp 2021

With heavy hearts and careful consideration, we inform you that Camp Daniel’s Leadership Team and Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to extend our suspension of all programs…

Volunteer With Us!

Invest your time at Camp Daniel and make a long lasting and direct impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. One week could change a life... maybe yours.

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 a inclusive environment.

Theme Meals

At Camp Daniel, we take pride in offering fun activities that everyone can participate in.  That includes themed meals at every lunch and dinner, and 2 breakfasts!  Each unique theme is celebrated with 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
Competitive Recreation

Every person at camp is put on the red or blue team. Your team spends the week competing in group rec and free time activities and winning points for their team. At the end of the week, the winning team takes home a medal. For many campers, the competition is their favorite aspect of camp.

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.

Entertainment

During the evenings, everyone gathers outside around a campfire and participates in different events like; movie night, dance party, award show and talent shows.

Chapel & Small Groups

Daily everyone meets as a group to learn 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.

Women's Activities

We have specific events geared towards women. 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. Camp also offer a spa day that includes: facials, hand massages, and getting your nails, hair and makeup done for the formalwear dinner.

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.

Tuesday  

8:15-9:00                       Lumberjack Breakfast
9:15-10:15                       The Able Hour with Pastor Tim
10:30-12:00                   Lumberjack Competition
12:00-1:00                     Lunch
1:00-2:15                        CARNIVAL & horse petting
2:00-4:30                       Snack Shop & gift shop open
2:30-4:30                       FREETIME
2:30-4:00                       Crafts
2:30-3:30                       Red vs. Blue Basketball
2:30-4:00                       Archery
2:30-4:30                       Swimming open
2:30-4:30                       Fishing
3:30-4:30                       Bowling
3:30-5:00                       Bingo
5:15-6:00                        Dinner – Red & Blue Pep Rally
6:15-7:30                        Chapel
7:30                                 Talent
8:00                                 Bonfire and Red/Blue Rally
9:15                                  Camper Lights out

Thursday    

8:15-9:00                      Breakfast
9:15-10:15                     The Able Hour with Pastor Tim (in the chapel)
10:15-10:45                   CSPN (in the chapel)
10:45-12:00                  CSPN Team Sports- 18th Annual Kickball Game
12:00-1:00                     Lunch – Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante
1:30-3:30                       Snack shop & gift shop open
1:00-3:45                       Freetime
1:00-3:30                       Swimming open
1:15-2:00                        Volleyball
1:30-3:00                       Bowling
2:00-3:45                       Fishing
3:00-3:45                       High Tea
3:00-3:45                       Bocce Ball
4:00-5:00                      Talent show auditions & auction
5:15-6:00                       Dinner –Al’s 50’s Diner
6:15-7:45                       Chapel
8:00-9:00                      The Curmudgeon Polka Show & talent auditions,
9:15                                Lights out

Counselor

Age 18+   |   No Fee – Donations Accepted


This position is our strongest need as we can only accept campers if we have a specific counselor for them. Counselors are paired with 1 or 2 campers with a disability to be their friend.  With plenty of direct support and assistance, you care for your camper while doing typical summer camp activities like; fishing, swimming, bowling, competitive recreation, archery, boating, talent shows, dancing and more! There is no experience needed.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Age 14-17   |   Fee   |   Discount is paid by specified date


This position is our strongest need as we can only accept campers if we have a specific counselor/Counselor-in-training for them. Counselors-in-training are paired with 1 or 2 campers with a disability to be their friend.  With plenty of direct support and assistance, you care for your camper while doing typical summer camp activities like; fishing, swimming, bowling, competitive recreation, archery, boating, talent shows, dancing and more! There is no experience needed. Extra direct support will be given to CITs. 

Pit Crew/Worker

Age 18+   |   No Fee – Donations Accepted


Pit Crew/Worker members work with the Camp Daniel staff on all the things that happen in the background at Camp. Tasks like; cleaning up after meals, cleaning bathrooms, setting up and running activities like bowling, fishing, kickball, relay races, etc, set up theme meal decor and more. Pit Crew/Worker members also have down time to be able to build relationships with campers and other volunteers as well as participate in large group recreation events. There is no experience needed.

Support Crew-in-Training

Age 14-17 | Fee | Discount if paid by specific date


Support Crew-in-Training members work with the Camp Daniel staff on all the things that happen in the background at Camp. Tasks like; cleaning up after meals, cleaning bathrooms, setting up and running activities like bowling, fishing, kickball, relay races, etc, set up theme meal decor and more. Pit Crew/Worker members also have down time to be able to build relationships with campers and other volunteers as well as participate in large group recreation events. There is no experience needed. Extra support is given to SCITs.

Kitchen Staff


Kitchen Staff assist the Kitchen Manager in preparing all meals for the week of camp.
There will be scheduled breaks for down time to be able to rest or spend time building relationships with campers and other volunteers.

Individuals who are 16 or 17 may also apply, for a fee. A discount IF payment is received by specified.

Nurse

RN/LPN/Med Pass Certified 


Two volunteer nurses are needed every week of camp. Nurses have med passes four times a day and take care of any other medical related concerns. Being a nurse for a week is a fun and rewarding experience. Nurses have the opportunity to build relationships with all of our campers and volunteers while serving them everyday.

Lifeguard

Lifeguard/CPR/First-aid Certified


One volunteer lifeguard is needed every week of camp. Lifeguards oversee the lakefront and swimming free time. Being a lifeguard for a week is a fun and rewarding experience. Lifeguards have the opportunity to build relationships with all of our campers and volunteers while serving them everyday.

Camp Daniel is truly one of the happiest places on earth. It is the most life changing and impacting things I have ever experienced. At camp, you receive nothing less than unconditional love. These campers bring happiness and joy into my life and I could not think any one of them enough. Going into camp as a counselor, I had the mind-set that I would be changing my campers life.. But I was totally wrong. It turns out that my campers made ME a better person because of who they are, and the kindness and love they give.

MaddieCounselor & Summer Intern

I can't ever forget my first Camp Daniel experience. I was overwhelmed to be in an atmosphere free from judgement and so overtaken my unconditional love! Since then each Camp Daniel Summer has stretched me to new places on my walk with God and is still molding me to go beyond the ordinary places of this life-to embrace the extraordinary life instead! I LOVE CAMP DANIEL!!

KittCamp Nurse

Camp is a place where I am able to be my best version of myself and be able to grow with the people closest to me. I've also learned the true meaning of love, service, and worship during my time at Camp Daniel. I will always keep coming back because I want to continue to grow in my faith in Christ and build meaningful relationships with the people around me that will last a lifetime.

EvanStaff Member

I started counseling when I was 13 years old. I have seen myself grow up throughout the last ten years I have been counseling and how much better of a counselor I became throughout those years. All of my favorite and strongest relationships have been made through spending my summers at camp and I have no idea where my life would be if I never started coming.

EmilyCounselor & Summer Intern