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What is a Summer Intern?

The Intern Program is part of Camp Daniel’s Summer Staff Team. This is an opportunity for participants to build their leadership skills. They also play a fundamental role in the operational workings of the summer sessions. Interns help plan the training sessions for counselors and the activities that campers participate in during a week of camp. During camp, Interns help run these programs and will be overall good role models and leaders that promote unity and spiritual, relational and recreational growth among counselors, campers, workers and staff. This program will be used to equip participants with the skills needed to be effective leaders, with a focus on discovering and implementing their unique strengths as leaders.

Zechariah Benoit

Summer Intern

Dear Family & Friends,

I’m writing to tell you about an opportunity that I have this summer at Camp Daniel! I’ve been a counselor for the past 4 years and this summer I’ve been asked to join their Summer Internship Program. Camp Daniel is an organization that is dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities. Campers receive a Northwoods summer camp experience that provides them the opportunity to participate in activities that they don’t otherwise get to do if they were not camp. The Summer Internship Program which focuses on team building and leadership skills. I will be learning how to use my talents and abilities to be a good role model to my fellow counselors and lead a successful summer of camp sessions. Through my experience as an Intern, I will have the opportunity to make an impact on those around me and help them grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.

Camp Daniel has become an important part of my life. I ended up becoming involved in camp through my former foster mother Debbie Woods in 2014. If you know Debbie, I had little to say in the matter of me going to camp. A week long stay at a place I had never been before was, in my mind, the worst way to spend my summer. Being responsible of a camper while being surrounded by strangers was a terrifying thought for me. I had my mind made up that there was no way I was going to open up and that it would be the worst week of my life. But surprisingly it wasn’t; I loved it! The camp somehow stole my soul because I have gone back to be a counselor every year since. It was an eye opening experience as I realized just how much the campers loved it there. Almost all of the campers I was a counselor for helped me to adjust and grow. This place of pure joy and energy is the reason that I go back.

Being an intern requires me to be open to a lot of challenging and great experiences, and I am looking for your support! You are receiving this letter because you, like Camp Daniel, have had an impact on my life in some way. With your support through prayer and encouragement, I feel that I will be able to continue doing what I believe God has called me to do. The total cost for the internship is $800, which includes housing, food, training & transportation and is due June 20th. Being involved in Camp Daniel’s Summer Internship Program is a missions trip and just like other missionaries, part of my growing experience is to fundraise. With that said, a donation for this internship would be greatly appreciated, but keeping me in your thoughts and prayers are more than enough! Camp Daniel is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the button on the left. I am extremely grateful for all support you give and I can’t wait to be a part of this year’s Camp Daniel Summer Internship Program.


Thank you in advance!
Zechariah J. Benoit