Camp Daniel’s capital campaign, The 20/20 Vision, will raise funds to finish construction of the Little Newton Lake Campus. God’s vision is 20/20, and we believe He is calling us to have the new Little Newton Lake Campus finished by the year 2020. With your help, we believe we can accomplish this vision and give our campers with disabilities the new, beautiful, all accessible campground that they deserve. For the past 22 years, campers with disabilities have been attending Camp Daniel summer camping programs at a rented facility. Those facilities have limited the weeks offered, variety of programming, and have been a physical challenge for everyone using the grounds. These limitations include lack of wheelchair accessibility to the lakefront, cabins, bathrooms, and recreational areas. There are recurring maintenance problems every summer that affect the campers directly. Time is of the essence, as the rented campground is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the requirements of Camp Daniel’s campers. In the meantime, the Camp Daniel staff and volunteers have been building a fully accessible campground designed especially for people with disabilities, and of such high quality to be appreciated by ALL on the facility. The disability community needs this final phase completed so Camp Daniel will no longer have to turn away applicants because of facility limitations and lack of available weeks to rent other grounds. Help us fulfill our goal of showing all people with disabilities that they have true value in the eyes of God through camps, retreats, one day events, Christian fellowship groups and residency. The completed campus will also allow Camp Daniel to rent the facilities to outside groups, thus giving the residents with disabilities the opportunity to work at the event and spread disability awareness, while supplying a revenue source that will keep summer camp costs low.
Capital campaign to finish the vision.
Total Amount Needed : $950,000
The History of Building Camp Daniel
In 1996, Camp Daniel, Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization and purchased a former Salvation Army campground on Little Newton Lake in Athelstane, WI. Work began that year to start construction of camp. To date, the majority of the Little Newton Lake Campus has been constructed by volunteer labor, allowing the camp to extend each donation further than otherwise possible. Because of this, Camp Daniel is moving at a pace that allows the construction phases to match the available donations of money, materials and volunteer labor. In the 21 years of construction, the following have been completed:
- Multipurpose building (includes chapel, game room,
maintenance area, storage space, and workshop)
- Camp Daniel office
- Two group homes for people with cognitive disabilities
- Arts building
- Picnic pavilion and activity area
- Snack stand
- Dorm buildings
- Nature center
- Outdoor learning areas
- Accessible paths
- Reworking of the lakefront
- Gift shop
- Homes for Camp Daniel staff
The Vision of a completed campus
The vision of Camp Daniel is to provide a fully accessible camping facility and a community of people with and without disabilities who are dedicated to serving alongside one another. It has been built creatively to focus on sharing the gospel and discipling people whose lives have been impacted by the disability culture. The programs offered by Camp Daniel focus on providing a broad range of opportunities to empower people with disabilities to serve each other and have an impact in their community.
The funds from The 20/20 Vision will go to projects to turn Camp Daniel from a seasonal operation to a year-round, fully accessible camp and retreat facility. Upon the completion of these projects, Camp Daniel will be able to open its doors for year-round operations. These projects include:
The 8,500 square foot dining hall space will sit 200 people, which will make it among the largest banquet facilities in Marinette County. This space will also serve as a training center for people with disabilities to become banquet workers. The facility will include: main dining room, quiet room for people who are sensory sensitive, full commercial kitchen, and nursing facility; and will cost approximately $850,000.
The outdoor theater will serve as the center of entertainment during nighttime activities and will sit over 500 people. At the front of the seating will be 1,000 square foot stage with a lights display and sound system. This will be used for assemblies, concerts, talent shows, chapel, community events, and weddings. The approximate cost for construction is $40,000.
A group of 12, two person cabins will serve as summer housing for summer staff and interns. The cabins and shower house have been built and donated by students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. Required steps for completion include, preparing the grounds for permanent location of the buildings, paving walkways, installation of well, septic and plumbing, and building an overhang above the walkways. The approximate cost for completion is $20,000.
This 50,000 square foot playing field will be used for outdoor activities. The approximate cost of landscaping, grass, seating, and sound system for this project is $15,000.
Landscaping & Grass
To provide a finished look for camp, a lawn will require seeding with other landscaping wheredeemed appropriate. The approximate cost is $5,000.
To make this facility fully accessible, sidewalks will need to be established and interconnected to those already in place. The approximate cost is $20,000.
Total ~ $950,000
There has been a growing demand for a facility that better fits the needs of people with disabilities. Camp Daniel has reached a pivotal point where the uncompleted campground restricts us from meeting the growing demand of the disabled community. Approximately 10% of applicants each summer are turned away due to facility limitations at the campground that Camp Daniel rents. These limitations include lack of wheelchair accessibility to the lakefront, cabins, bathrooms, and recreational areas. There are recurring maintenance problems every summer that affect the campers directly. Time is of the essence, as the rented campground is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the requirements of Camp Daniel’s campers.
”Right now my son, Jacob, cannot attend Camp Daniel because of the rented campus’s physical limitations. When the new campus is finished we will be able to send him for the very first time. He is always asking when the new camp will be finished...
-Father of son with Cerebral Palsy who uses a wheelchair
Partner with us and change lives!
Partner with us to complete the vision of a fully accessible campground that’s just as creative and unique as the people who will use it. Invest today and make a long lasting and direct impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities. Your support of Camp Daniel shows people with disabilities that they are valued and loved. You can provide the opportunity for hundreds more to attend camps, retreats and events designed specifically for people who have physical and developmental disabilities. Through your kindness and generosity, we can change lives.
100% of your net donation will go to the construction
cost of finishing the Little Newton Lake Campus.
One Time Donation
Giving a one time donation can be done several ways:
Mail a check to Camp Daniel with 20/20 in the memo. Your money goes the furthest, as there are no online fees.
Donate on Paypal. Click the “Donate Now” button below to get started!
Other giving options: Memorial Gifts, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT or ACH), Bill Payee service, Matching funds (Many corporations match employee gifts), Churches (Speak to the missions committee of your church to include Camp Daniel in their monthly missionary giving), Planned Giving (Estate).
No matter the method of donation, all gifts to Camp Daniel are tax deductible.
Monthly donations are a great way to give. For example, you might not be able to afford a gift of $400, but if you pledge to give $20.20 for 20 months you would still be giving over $400! Plus, we make it easy with auto withdrawals. All donations to Camp Daniel are tax deductible
Become a fundraiser
Raise money on behalf of Camp Daniel and solicite donations from your friends and family on the online platform FirstGiving. We’ve made it simple for you to raise funds quickly, easily & at no cost to you. All of the money gets sent automatically to Camp Daniel at the end of each week so you don’t have to worry about the financial details!
Getting started is easy and it only takes a few minutes to create your Online Fundraising Page:
- Click the Start Fundraising button
- Personalize the text and the photo on your Online Fundraising Page to express your connection to Camp Daniel and how it has personally affected you or the people you know.
- Share the link with your friends, family, colleagues – anyone you think will help you reach your goal.
Online Personal Fundraising Pages are powerful and persuasive, and you can help make a huge impact at Camp Daniel and to many people with disabilities. Click the “Start Fundraising” button now and see how easily you can become an Online Fundraising Star!
Host an event in your town!
Raise money on behalf of Camp Daniel by hosting an event in your town. We will work directly with you with marketing, answering any questions and working through any and all details.
Example events: run, brat fry, banquet, bowl-a-thon, etc.
Click the “start planning” button to send an email to Annissa Hartwig, who will be helping you brainstorm and plan your event. Please include contact information and what kind of event you would interested in hosting.