NWTC carpentry students build memories

Wednesday April 27, 2016
GREEN BAY– It has been quite a year for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)  carpentry students. The class of 10 have spent hours climbing ladders, hanging sheetrock and cutting siding. While all that may seem like normal carpentry class activities, the students are not only learning their trade but valuable life skills as well.
Since September, they have spent each and every day in class designing and building six brand new cabins for Camp Daniel. The summer camp, located in Athelstane, offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun northwoods Wisconsin camping experiences. Camp Daniel Cabins Carpentry

Now the cabins are days away from delivery.

Carpentry instructor Jeff Schlag heard the camp had a need for new cabins. He knew it would be an unbelievable opportunity for his students­– to not only learn, but also build structures for a place that gives so much to others. 
“This is a good opportunity,” said Wyatt Tompkins, NWTC carpentry student. “You’re helping others while going to school.”  
He added, “I think it is really awesome. I have never seen this intricate of cabins before at a summer camp. The buildings are very detailed and, so to speak, fancy compared most camp cabins.”
Each cabin is 8 x 12 feet with electricity, a metal roof, and vinyl siding.
While students are learning how to put up siding or install flooring, the cabins mean much more to them. “ I can tell the students enjoy a project such as this. They take pride in their work from beginning to end, and they love the hands on work,” said Schlag.
“I think this is a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Tompkins. “The fact that it’s going to be around for a long time. It will be nice to bring my family to Camp Daniel and say ‘I built this in college.’”
The Camp Daniel project is part of service learning at NWTC, where students can apply their skills to help the community. The College is nationally recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 
“Our students learn a valuable lesson with this project and other service learning projects, the importance of giving back and helping others,” said Schlag.
A majority of the cabin project funding comes out of the College’s carpentry program budget. NWTC electrical systems students wired electrical in each cabin. Area businesses have also helped finance and donate materials.
All six cabins are done and will ship to the northwoods on May 3.

The Camp Daniel project is not complete. Schlag plans to build more cabins for the camp next year.

Photos of Carpentry students building cabins


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