The New Year brings Camp Daniel a new staff member. Meet Laura Lee! Last Wednesday, we all went down to move Laura Lee from her apartment in Oconomowoc up to Camp Daniel. She moved into the ladies home, The Brunot House. Laura Lee has been a long standing partner and friend of Camp Daniel for over 12 years. She felt God calling her to be a part of the ministry of Camp Daniel back then and new that some day she would be a part of the family. Laura Lee has been an intrical part of what goes on here at camp. For many years, she has helped Tony with casting vision and developing the models of how and why camp functions like it does. She has been a camp counselor, a head counselor and the last two summers, she was one of our evening chapel speakers.
Laura Lee brings quite a bit of experience in Disability Ministry with her. She has worked for Northland Church in Florida for 6 years, in Disability Ministry. Since 2008, she has been a big part of Capernaum, which is a section of Young Life that focuses on students with intellect and developmental disabilities. She has also been involved with other camps and retreats for people with disabilities including Joni & Friends Retreats and Break-a-Way camps. About 3 years ago, Laura Lee moved back to the midwest (she was born and raised in Sheboygan) to work for Bethesda, an organization in the Lutheran Church that addresses the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. She also has been a part of several different Disability Ministry network groups, one of which she leads.
We are excited to have Laura Lee on board and continue share her experience and continue to improve the way we do things here at camp. She will be developing strategies to improve the practices and policies we currently have and creating new ones. Another big focus for her will be leadership development with campers, counselors, and within our own staff. She will continue her work with Capernaum and the various Disability Ministry networking groups she is involved in. She will also get to share the work that we all share living in community- grounds work, hosting groups that come, building projects, office work, etc.
Currently, Laura Lee is in Florida visiting family and friends, as well as, raising her monthly support, like all the missionaries at Camp Daniel do. If you are considering supporting a missionary, consider supporting Laura Lee! It is always hard, and a bit scary, to start raising support. Not only would you be investing in Laura Lee, but also Camp Daniel as a whole, since she will be a huge part of the development of camp. Simply write your check to Camp Daniel and write Laura Lee’s name in the memo. You can also set up direct deposit by calling Tony Sr. at 715-757-3880.
Also new to Camp Daniel……..SNOW! This past Monday and Tuesday brought our first substantial snow. Here is our John Deer lawnmower with the plow attachment to plow the many sidewalks here at camp.
The guys from the Hartley house shovel and use smaller blowers where Marceaux can’t get with the John deer. Trish and Tony get the parking lots and driveways with the plow truck. Snow removal is quite a big deal here a camp and it takes a community to get it done!
The lake is still not completely frozen over!
Camp Daniel brought in the New Year with a “Fry Everything” party. We homemade potato chips, fried pickles, fried jalapeños, fried ravioli, fried cheese, fried cheesecake, onion rings, to name a few. (Resolutions don’t start til Monday, right?)
We are looking forward to the many more new things in this coming year. We would love to have you share and be a part the year ahead!