Who We are

Camp Daniel is an organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities opportunities for personal, social and spiritual growth. Camp Daniel is rooted in its summer camping program that offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun Northwoods camping experiences, where the physical, social, and spiritual needs, that each person’s disability requires, are lovingly met. Through each week of camp, the dedicated staff at Camp Daniel works toward imparting the belief that each of us have value and been given gifts to offer others. Each camper and volunteer participates in a multitude of activities designed to reinforce the concept of our need for each other and the value of our differences.

Throughout the rest of the year, Camp Daniel and its staff oversee many activities that further this concept of a dependent community of people with and without disabilities. Programs such as The Able Attack Special Olympic Teams, Able in Action service projects, dances and retreats all foster social and personal growth. Each week many of those who participate in the other Camp Daniel programs, come together at The Able Church to grow closer to God and each other, while professing the simple truth that God loves us, God made us, and God has a plan for each of our lives.

Office Offices, Welcome Center and Gift Shop
Trapline Lodge Contains Bobcat, Black Bear, Timber Wolf and White Tail Deer Cabins, each of which sleeps 13 people and has it’s own adjoining bathroom.
Barn The Barn seats up to 150 people and is used for a variety of events. St. Angelo’s Antique Shop and Meeting Space has seating, coat storage and two bathrooms. Norm’s Gas and Games is a game room with small concessions counter.
Chet’s Bait Shop Outdoor pavilion seating and snack stand.
The Factory is the creative space for crafts. Also has two bathroom.
OLH Nature Center features hands on displays of a variety of local animals.
Hartley House Founders and camp missionaries, Tony and Karol Piantine live in the lower level. They help the residents with disabilities that live on the main level.
Movie Theater Coming Soon. Will include 50’s diner style snack stand.
Chicagami House The Bury’s, one of Camp Daniel’s missionary families live in this house, which is one of the original buildings on the campus.
Future location of the Dining Hall
Future location of the Amphitheater
Lumberjack Lodge Contains Sugar Maple, Red Oak, White Birch and Jack Pine Cabins, each of which sleeps 13 people and has its own adjoining bathroom.

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…

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Camp Daniel History

Since 1997

Camp Daniel, founded in 1996, is a 501-(c)3 organization located in Athelstane, WI, 75 miles north of Green Bay. The organization is dedicated to serving the disability community of northeast WI and the Upper Peninsula through camps, homes and daily programs.

Camp Daniel was named to memorialize Daniel Piantine, son and brother to the founders. Daniel was born with a rare neuromuscular disease, which caused him to use a wheelchair to move, an iron lung to breathe, and others to help with every daily care needed…

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Our Board

Tony Piantine

President 

Tony Piantine, Sr.

Vice-President &

Treasurer

Tim Mandich

Secretary 

Jim Hukil

Board Member 

Tim Bazett-jones

Board Member

Our Team

Tony Sr. & Jo Piantine

Cofounders

Tony and Jo co-founded Camp Daniel along with their son Tony and his wife Karol. Tony is Camp Daniel’s Vice-President/Treasurer of the Board and Executive Director. Jo retired as Camp Daniel’s head nurse in 2011 and still oversees the Camp Daniel gift shop along with Tony.

Tony & Karol Piantine

Cofounders

Tony and Karol Piantine co-founded Camp Daniel along with Tony Sr. and Jo Piantine. Tony is the Camp Director and President of the Board, and Karol is the Program Director. They oversee all the ministry, missionaries, and residents at Camp Daniel in addition to being the houseparents of the Hartley House group home. They have two children; Annissa Hartwig, who is also on staff, and Anthony, who will be a student at Columbia University in Chicago in the fall.

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Tim & Janice Mandich

Chaplain

Tim and Janice have been the Pastors of The Able Church since 2009. Tim is also a member of the Camp Daniel Board of Directors.

Jen & Marceaux Bury

Missionaries

Jen came to Camp Daniel in 2007 and Marceaux in 2009. In 2010 they were married, and now have one son named MJ. Marceaux does mechanical repairs, janitorial duties, and general maintenance. Jen focuses on summer camp registration, updating the database, and maintains the gardens. In addition to their work at camp, they are involved in the disability community in both Marinette and Crivitz areas. Together they created and manage the Crivitz Area Special Olympics agency.

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Evan & Annissa Hartwig

Missionaries

Annissa and Evan met as counselors in 2011 before they were married in January of 2018. Evan has his bachelors degree in Business Administration. He will be working as Lead Web Developer, Summer Intern Director, and Assist to the Camp Director in addition to helping with general camp maintenance and construction. Annissa has her associates degree in Meeting and Event Management. She will be working as Event Coordinator, Social Media & Marketing Administrator, Camp Photographer, and Summer Intern Director.

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Camp Daniel Residents

Nick, Brian, Jake, and Chalsee live and work at Camp Daniel.