Saturday, December 28, 2013

Donation for Special Olympics

Justin Steiner’s mom helps with the vacation bible school at her church.  Each year the children give tithe money that is donated to a specific cause.  Last summer the vacation bible schoolers at Country Bible Church gave the collected money to Camp Daniel for The Able Church’ Special Olympics team .  The Able Attack team needed new basketball uniforms, but without help, couldn’t afford to buy them.   The wonderful people in the picture above collected $767 for the Special Olympics.  We are always very thankful when others help out.  What a blessing!  One of the Able basketball teams is shown in the top picture wearing the new uniforms.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Special Events OFF the Camp Daniel campus.

 Last Saturday was the state level competition for  Special Olympics.  Some of the Able Attack athletes advanced to this level, and were able to make the trip to Milwaukee to compete against athletes from all over the state.  We are very proud of all of the athletes this season!

The photo to the left features our two bowlers, Darlene and Tina.  They competed at two different levels, so they weren’t competing against each other.  Darlene placed 8th, and Tina brought home a third place medal.
One of the Able Attack’s two volleyball teams competed at the state level last weekend.  The guys won a silver!   Back row from the left:  Nate, Joey, Nick and   Trevor.  Bottom row from left:  Brian, Billy and Coach Roger Wied
Nick Sterry was baptized on Sunday in a wonderful ceremony at Living Hope Church.  
Yes...he cried.
We are all so blessed to have Nick in the Kingdom and in our lives!

The last picture is from the Ecumenical group that Jen, Trish, Marceaux and Jake participate in.     It is a Bible study for people with disabilities that is held every other Monday in Marinette.  Their Christmas program included a bell choir, like we do at camp and at Able Church.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holidays at Camp Daniel.

 The Friday before Thanksgiving, The Able Church holds its annual Thanksgiving dinner.  The turnout is always good.  Check out the food in the pic and you’ll know why!  This year approximately 140 people were in attendance for the service and dinner.
Thanks to the many many people that worked together to make the night special.  The Able Church is blessed to have such wonderful volunteers.  I won’t even attempt to name everyone, because I don’t want to miss any!
Also a special thanks to those that drive people to and from Able Church each week.  What a dedicated and serving group.
 The Christmas season is well underway here at Camp Daniel.  The Hartley House tree and decorations were put up this week.  Richard, Nick, Brian, Justin, Steve, Nick Sterry, Anthony and Karol all pitched in to transform the Hartley House for Christmas.
The tree is a tall one, even Nick had to use a chair to reach the top!

Of course, lots of other things are happening around the grounds. Like the official start of the Shoveling Season!  Unfortunately this first snowfall had to be handled a bit old school the first day, as the riding snow blower was out of gas the first day and the plow truck was in the shop!  Marceaux did make a gas run on Wed, and Trish was then able to train Nick Sterry on using the riding snow blower.  Since the truck was still gone, he had a large job of clearing sidewalks and as much roadway as he could.  We did finally get the truck back, but remaining snow is now solid ice.  Praying for some warmer weather that can melt said ice before the next
 snowfall. (And for a regular snow blower that can fit where the riding one cannot.)

Tony and the guys are still putting things away in the tool room in the garage.  Karol and Tony have gotten in a couple of days on “The Factory”, (the craft cabin.)  It’s getting close to completion!
Molly has been working on the Christmas cards that we send to campers.  She is now also in charge of lining up the worship leader for each Friday at Able Church.  She has also been working with the Special Olympics teams.  The fall season sports are finishing up this weekend with State level competition, and the winter sports have been practicing for several weeks.  Those tournaments will start soon.  Molly is learning from Jen all about the ins and outs of running the Special Olympics teams.  There’s so much involved, but she’s doing great so far.
Marceaux has been working on the vehicles around camp, and getting things ready for winter.
Steve and Nick worked with Karol again this week on tiling.  Hopefully, that will be done next week.  Before we know it, everyone will be leaving for the holidays!

Monday, December 2, 2013

This and That

 The missionaries at Camp Daniel have been plugging away at many projects as of late.  Helping them with the progress has been Dave Detloff.  Dave has put in many hours doing volunteer construction at Camp Daniel.  Dave is responsible for just about all of the tongue and groove and trim in the dorms.  Lately he has been at other jobs around the campus.  He worked with the guys putting up many gutters and downspouts on multiple buildings.  Last week, he started working on the stall walls in the bathrooms of Trapline Lodge dorm.  You can see in the first photo that he trimmed out the posts, and built the dividing wall.  He is also hanging the doors, which have to cut down to a smaller
 length, fitted with hinges and doorknobs and installed.
The second photo shows where Dave had the guys bring inside the tongue and groove that he will install in the 4th cabin (dorm room).  Inside in can stay dry and get some preliminary sanding.  Richard, Nick and Brian started sanding the boards over the weekend.  I think it’ll be a big job to get them all done.
 The ceiling in the 4th dorm bathroom hadn’t been plastered previously, as this room was being used for tool storage.  So after all the tools were moved to the garage, Tony and Richard plastered the ceiling and upper walls.  After it was thoroughly dry, Nick and Steve received a quick tutorial on painting by Karol, then painted the areas with primer and 2 coats of paint.
 We are almost done tiling in the last two bathrooms. One bath is grouted as much as possible, while the other will be grouted soon.  It’s a job that we do with as many hands as possible.  Before Thanksgiving, those working on grouting were, Steve, Nick, Molly, Jen, Trish, Karol and the guys.  We have a decent system down now, so hopefully the last bathroom will only take one or two days.
 The picture on the right shows the “after” of the new temporary workroom that’s attached to the garage.  After the items were moved there, Tony and the guys spent many hours going through every box and crate.  They organized and threw away that which isn’t useful anymore.  That’s the one plus side to this stuff being moved so gets more organized and well labeled with each move!
After the last newsletter, Camp Daniel received money for new garbage cans for the recycling center.  Last week, Tony bought the new cans and after talking with the guys about which cans get filled the most, he labeled the 12 cans.  Now we will have enough room for all of the recycling items, without cans overflowing or tipping over!