Welcome to the Summer Internship Program!
Teamwork makes the dream work!
1.) Support Letter - Due April 28th
To begin raising support, you will need to write and send out a Support Letter. This is a one-page letter that engages your potential supporters on a personal level. It is very important to make the personal connection and one of the best ways to do this is to engage the readers in a story.
- Letters should be 1-2 pages (Quality over Quantity)
- Topics you should talk about in your letter are: who you are; how God is working in your life; the impact Camp Daniel and/or the disability community has had on your life (if this is not your first time at camp); your journey to making your decision to participate in the program; and to make a direct ask for financial, emotional, and spiritual support. Check out example letters below.
- Engage the readers in a story
- Include 2-3 meaningful pictures that are relevant to your writing
- Once you are finished send to Evan to be edited and approved | email@example.com
- Download, Edit and Print the Donation Slip and put one in each letter. Download below.
- Once you are approved, you will be able to send out your support letter to family, friends, church members, etc.
2.) Online Fundraising Page
Evan will create a Personal Fundraising Page for you that will work similarly to GoFundMe! (So do NOT create a GoFundMe page!) He will use your support letter and pictures provided by you to create your page. Once this is completed he will send you the link to share. All money raised on your page will…
Write a short bio about yourself, along with a photo of you, and email it to Evan. This bio will appear on your Personal Fundraising Page and Camp Daniel’s social media. (You should be the only person in the photo)
3.) Social Media
Share your personal fundraising page on social media and here’s why!
Advantages: Broader Audience. Fast & ongoing communication. An excellent advantage to raising money through social media is the way it can broaden the number of people who are informed about why you are raising funds. Many people whom you might not keep in touch with on a regular basis may still have a desire to be involved with you on this journey. Promoting your trip through social media is a quick way to spread the word that people can be involved. Social media is also a great way to keep people posted as you go.
Disadvantages: Less Personal. A key element to raising support for you mission trip is relationship. Fundraising is about so much more than promoting a cause or reaching a goal: it’s about people coming together to serve God.
Tips Tips Tips !
- Share Your Story – Building and sharing the story of what you are doing and why you are doing it is the most important factor in a successful fundraising campaign. Let people in on why you’re doing this program, why you need their support and what you’ll do with it. Be transparent with your supporters about what your goal for the trip is and how their donation will help you accomplish it.
- Add Photos – We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them to help tell your story. Include pictures of yourself, where you’re going and what you’ll be doing in your social media posts
- Get People to Share – We all have an inner circle of people who love and support us – they’ll be the foundation of your fundraising efforts. Get them excited about sharing your mission story on their social media.
- A Lazy Solution – It won’t be enough to just promote your mission trip through social media platforms. Social media is the easiest way to get the word out to lots of people at once, but easy doesn’t always mean effective. Don’t shy away from the hard work of communicating with individuals, and writing your support letter.
- One-on-One Meetings – Set up meetings one-on-one with people to share what God has called you to do and invite them to partner with you. People who have relationship with you will want to be a part of what you are doing.
- Follow Up – It’s not uncommon when asking someone to support your mission trip to get a response along these lines: “Oh, yes! We want to give – let me talk to my husband about the amount, and I’ll get back to you.” It’s so great to have people eager to give, but it’s very important that you follow up with them. People are busy and can easily forget.
4.) Thank You
Arguably, the most important step is to send out thank you letters or find another way to say thank you for the financial, emotional, and spiritual support that your supporters have given. Saying thank you will always go a long way with those who have supported you. If you do not say thank you, the testimony you claim to have will have little to no effect on those that supported you
Arrival at Camp Daniel’s Little Newton Lake campus is on June 23rd.
Arrival times for returning interns is between 10 AM – 11 AM. Arrival times for first-year interns is between 4 PM – 5 PM.
Move in will begin upon arrival, followed by dinner at 5:30 PM.
Pre-Weeks & 5 Weeks of Camp
During the weeks prior to the start of camp, all interns will take part in training sessions to prepare for the different experiences that arise during camp. Interns will also work alongside staff in the final preparations and staging for camp. The pre-weeks are also a time to build relationships between the Interns and Camp Daniel staff to create a strong, unified team ready to bring about another successful summer. As a member of the Intern Team, you will help set the tone for the success of Camp Daniel’s summer camping season.
Once the weekly sessions begin, interns will be role models throughout all areas of camp. Interns play a fundamental role in the operational workings of the summer sessions. Along with staff and other volunteers, interns help execute the training sessions for volunteers, run activities, participate in theme meal shows and entertainment, support counselors in the cabin, and lead by creating an atmosphere of unity, encouragement, and engagement throughout camp.
The program will end back at the Little Newton campus on Monday, August 12th after a final team meeting to debrief and reflect on the experiences everyone had throughout the summer.
Be prepared for all types of weather. Also bring work clothes than can get dirty.
Dress modestly – No midriff baring shirts, yoga pants, leggings, spaghetti straps, or short shorts. Remember that revealing attire can be sexually stimulating to many of our campers and we will be setting the standards for all other counselors.
Swimsuits – All suits must be modest. Any two piece suit must be worn with a colored t-shirt.
Theme meal costumes and props – Check out the Theme Meals tab for more information.
- The final amount of money you owe
- Bring something small (object, photo etc) that represents who you are for the first day.
- Bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels, pillow, sheets and blankets.
- Sunscreen, and insect repellant.
- Personal hygiene items
- Flashlight, Bible, watch (highly recommended), alarm clock, extension cord, 3 prong adaptor and fan
- Whistle; if you were a counselor at a previous camp, bring the one you were issued in previous years, if you do not have it we will give you one.
- Water bottle
- Shower shoes (Flip flops)
- Tennis Shoes
- Foam bed pad
- 2 shower towels, swim towel, hand towel
- Rug for by bunk
- Plastic type bag for bringing shower stuff into gross bathrooms (mainly for ladies)
- Another tip is to bring clothes in a bin or laundry basket. Digging through a suitcase can get messy fast. The more organized you are the better.
Do Not Bring
Must Bring - Theme Clothes
Camp Daniel takes pride in going above and beyond in everything we do, so participation in theme meals and themed events is required of all interns. This means you will be required to dress up for every meal for all five weeks, so come prepared! Please bring whatever you have for theme clothes. Thrift shops are where we get all of ours, so that’s a good place to look if you wanted to find some to bring for yourself. We will also be going through camp’s theme clothes before camp so you can claim your outfits for the summer if you do not have enough.
- Lumberjack – Bring red or blue (according to your team) apparel. Like flannel, plaid shirts etc. If you can’t find anything we have some available.
- British – Open to interpretation.
- Hunting Camp – Open to interpretation.
- German – Open to interpretation.
- Mexican – Open to interpretation.
- 50’s – Guys, bring jeans, plain white tee, and converse if you have them. Girls, open to interpretation.
- Pirate – Open to interpretation.
- Formal Night – Guys, bring your own dress pants, formal shoes, and white button down dress shirt.
- Italian – Guys, bring your own dress pants, formal shoes, and white button down dress shirt.
- Western – Open to interpretation.
- Red vs Blue Pep Rally – Bring red or blue clothes and accessories (according to your team) for the pep-rally and for group rec (relay races, water wars, kick ball).
During the weeks before camp starts, there will be scheduled free time and group activities to break-up our training sessions. During the five weeks of camp, each person will have scheduled time-off to rest to help prevent burnout. On the weekends, there will be scheduled time-off for group activities or for your personal free-time.
During the whole duration of your time at Camp Daniel, interns are not permitted to leave the grounds without the approval of an Intern Program Director. If you wish to leave the grounds during the pre-weeks, a weekend, or scheduled time-off, it needs to be approved with an Intern Program Director.