Many people wonder what our missionaries do outside of the summer camp season. Besides tending to the physical grounds here at camp, workdays, and already preparing for next year’s camp season, our missionaries are highly involved in the disability community throughout the state.
Pastor Tim, Amanda, Laura Lee, Intern Paul, Chalsee, Jake, Nick, Richard and Brian are all involved with The Able Church in Green Bay. This community was formed about 10 years ago. The need was found as it was realized that most campers were not connected to spiritual communities after they returned home from summer camp.
The Able Church runs a weekly Friday night service all year round and a Tuesday Family Night, which runs September thru May. The Family night consists of a Special Olympics sports practice, followed by a pizza dinner and Bible studies.
Here are pictures of the picnic kicking off of the Family Nights for the year. The Special Olympics sport for the fall is volleyball. Camp Daniel and The Able Church values the involvement of Special Olympics as it is a huge part of our local disability communities. The Able Church is the only church agency in the state. It is a great opportunity to be a christian presence and example within the disability community.
Richard, Nick, Brain, Jake and Chalsee all have active roles serving The Able Church. They also participate in the Special Olympics program and Family Night, providing them opportunities to reach out to other members and build relationships.
Jen, Marceaux, and MJ are very involved within the disability community in Marinette. They are involved with Special Olympics there and are currently volunteering with the bowling season.
The Burys are also involved with an ecumenical Bible Class for people with disabilities. This group was formed roughly 30 years ago by individuals in the Marinette community. They help teach and are leaders within the group.
The Burys also created and lead a game night at Abundant Joy, a local coffee and gift shop in Marinette. This is a night to gather individuals within the disability community for an evening of pizza and games, building friendships.
Pastor Tim is also holding an Able Church service in Oconto at the Woodland Village Nursing Center at 6pm on the first Thursday of each month.
Laura Lee is also involved with a program in Green Bay called Young Life Capernaum. This is an arm of Young Life, which is a christian organization reaching out to high school students. Capenaum specifically reaches out to students with disabilities. Camp Daniel and The Able Church values involvement with this organization as it is a great way to show the love of Jesus and connect students with camp and The Able Church.
Our intern, Paul, is a leader with the Crivitz Youth Group. This is a good way for Camp Daniel to provide a positive impact on the lives of youth and build relationships. It is because these relationships that many of these students come to camp as CITs (Counselors in Training).
At Camp Daniel, we strive to provide opportunities to build lasting relationships. This is vitally important for everyone, but it is often more difficult for people with intellectual disabilities. If you live in Marinette, Green Bay, or Oconto areas, please consider connecting with any of these activities and join in our mission to build relationships.
Here are some specific ways you can be involved. The Able Church in Green Bay needs drivers to drive members to Friday evening services and Tuesday Family Nights. Their Special Olympics agency could use coaches in volleyball, basketball and bocce ball. They can also just use general volunteers to assist with the sports.
If you would like more information or would like to be involved with any of these activities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.