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Camp Daniel To Hold Grand Opening
Issue Date: June 16, 2022
Camp Daniel will hold a Grand Opening Event on June 18 starting at 1 p.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 4 p.m. at W10541 Army Ln Athelstane, WI 54104.
In 1996, the Piantine family formed the non-profit Camp Daniel. Camp Daniel was named in memory of Daniel Piantine, son and brother to the founders. Daniel was born with a rare neuromuscular disease, which required him to use a wheelchair to move, an iron lung to breathe, and others to help with daily care. It was Daniel's dream to create an accessible community for people with disabilities where their gifts and talents were celebrated and shared. Upon his death at the age of just 22, Daniel imparted this vision to his family, and they have been working toward fulfilling that vision since.
In 1997 Camp Daniel purchased a former Salvation Army campground on Little Newton Lake in Athelstane. Construction began of an all-accessible campus designed specifically for campers with physical and intellectual disabilities. The majority of the campus has been constructed by volunteer labor, allowing Camp Daniel to extend each donation further than otherwise possible. Because of this, construction of Camp Daniel moved at a pace that matched available donations of money, materials and volunteer labor.
After 25 years, the new Camp Daniel campus, complete with movie theater, 50s diner, lakefront pavilion, lodges, and dining hall is open! The Piantine's are ready to honor the disability community with this new facility. Camp Daniel is celebrating with a grand opening event on Saturday June 18 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will include an open house, self-guided tours, live music, food, and fireworks. An emotional ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. It is open to everyone including campers with disabilities, volunteers, neighbors, and the greater community.
Annissa Hartwig, the founders' daughter and granddaughter says, "I've watched my parents and grandparents dedicate absolutely everything they have, blood, sweat, finances and time to serving people with disabilities while building Camp Daniel. In a world where nothing is created specifically for people with disabilities we created a space that is. Our campers know that this space has been specifically created for them, made to be a place they can call theirs."
Previously, Camp Daniel rented another campground to host its summer camp program. The launch of the new campus allows Camp Daniel to serve more people via increased weeks of summer camp, retreats, day events, holiday gatherings, vocational opportunities and more. For more information, please visit CampDaniel.org.
About Camp Daniel: Centered around a summer camp program, Camp Daniel provides children and adults with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities opportunities for personal, social, and spiritual growth, rooted in the principle that all people have value, talents, and hopes that need support to grow. Camp Daniel offers summer camping programs ages 8-18, Special Olympic Teams, retreats, dances, day events and more.