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In addition to our fabulous directors, SibDays couldn’t be pulled off if counselors were not considered. We wanted to see if you all could guess who was what counselor by these descriptions. Happy guessing!

Black/white Group Counselors

  • Renna and Jyll were already introduced in the other post, so we will focus on the other three.

This counselor has been a part of SibDays for many, many years! She serves as the vital communication support between the two camps. She is 21 years old and loves Christmas.

  • New to the older camp this year is our next counselor. He is 16 years old and attends Kimberly. His favorite holiday is Christmas.

This is this counselors 2nd year helping at SibDays! He works at the YMCA and is almost done with schooling to become a teacher!

The Red Lady Bugs

The leader of the Red Ladybugs has been helping with SibDays for a few years. She is currently 17 years old and attends Freedom High School. She really enjoys celebrating Christmas!

This next counselor wins for the longest traveled! She is 17 and just graduated from Whitefish Bay High School and will attend UW Oshkosh in the fall. Her favorite holiday is Halloween.

Our next counselor has been a huge help the past few years! She is 17 years old and attends Appleton East High School. You can find her smiling the greatest at Christmas:)

The final counselor of the Red Ladybugs has been a camper for many years, but she is coming to camp as a counselor for the first time! She is 14 ad goes to Neenah High School. She too likes Christmas.

Pink Polka Dots

We are very excited to welcome back the leader of the Pink Polka Dots! She is 16 and attends Appleton West. We should truly have a Christmas party, because lots of counselors love this holiday!

Our next counselor is 14 years old and is going to be starting high school at Fox Valley Lutheran. Her favorite holiday is 4th of July.

Our final counselor of the pink polka dots has been at SibDays for many years now. She also has a brother who is a counselor. She is 14 and attends Hilbert High School. She likes to celebrate Easter.

Purple tie-dye

The leader of the Purple tie-dyes has been attending SibDays since she was an early child. She is 19 and goes to Concordia University WI for OT. She too likes to celebrate Christmas:)

Our next counselor also has a brother who is a counselor. She is 15 and goes to Kimberly High School. Her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Our last counselor of the purple tie-dyes is 14 and attends Neenah High School. She likes spooky things and especially loves Halloween.

Green Camo

The leader of the Green Camo group is a long-time attendee and counselor of SibDays. He has a sister who is also a counselor. He is 17 and attends Hilbert High School. You are not going to guess what his favorite holiday is: Arbor day!

This next counselor is 15 and goes to Hortonville High School. We have another unique holiday favorite: her birthday:)

This counselor has been going to SibDays since she has been 6 and is sister’s to one of the interns. She had her sweet 16 in April and goes to Fox Valley Lutheran High School. She enjoys celebrating New Year’s Eve, not day.

One of the newest counselors is this junior counselor! He is 13 and attends James Madison. If he had to pick a holiday, it would be Christmas.

Red, White, Blue

We are to our last group! This leader can always make you laugh. He just turned 17 this week and attends Appleton North. His favorite holiday is every holiday!

If you knew this counselor as a camper, he sure has changed in height! He is 14 and attends Neenah High School. He enjoys Halloween.

This next counselor is joining us for the first time ever! He is 14, goes to Appleton North, and loves Easter.

The final counselor is our 2nd junior counselor. He is 13, attends Freedom schools, and loves Thanksgiving:)


We sure do love our counselors, but it is also nice to have volunteers who do not specifically belong to a specific group.

Our first floater has been with WisconSibs for over 15 years! Amanda is 26 and is entering her first year as a special ed teacher at Freedom Middle and High School. Her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Our last, but certainly not least volunteer is a new helper. He is 18 and attends Appleton North High School.


SibDay Counselors Training – bowling

The counselors have just as much fun at SibDays as the campers:)

Tuesday: What’s your favorite holiday?

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Campers came decked out in their favorite holiday gear. We saw Christmas, Halloween, and oh so much more. “Harriet the Snake” and friends made a special appearance. The campers and counselors both enjoyed swimming once again. During small group discussions, sibs shared how holidays can be challenging at times. Sibs also shared their unique twists to holidays. We ended with creating and eating our own holiday flag.

Did you know? The name “SibDays of Summer” is taken from the idea of “dog days of summer”, the hottest, most humid time of year. But where did that name come from? Believe it or not the term “dog days” comes from the constellation of stars called Sirius, the “dog star”. In summer, Sirius rises and sets with the sun. The ancient Romans believed that the heat from the stars combined with the heat of the sun creating the hottest part of summer. We’re happy the weather forecast looks great for a beautiful week.


  • Wednesday’s theme is Siblings Day.

Here are some photos from yesterday!

Jake the Magician disappearing into the balloon

Jake the Magician liked to fool our eyes with this trick:)

A camper had to move the peanut butter and raspberry jelly by saying Please and Thank you! To her surprise, her hat was not what she thought:)

The Pink Polka Dots are having a great time getting to know each other!

The Purple tie-dyes are having a pleasant day:)

The Red Lady Bugs are just flying around with so much excitement:)

The Red, White, and Blue Group is just bursting with energy for this week!


Monday: What a Magical First Day!

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We can’t wait to hang out with the 43 campers who have siblings with disabilities enrolled this week. PLUS – more than 25 teens and young adults, most who are sibs themselves, are here to make sure kids have a safe, worthwhile and fun time at SibDays.

This year’s theme is “Every Day’s a SibDay!” One of our teen counselors suggested this theme last year. Each day we’ll celebrate a different holiday with many fun activities.

Today’s theme was Magic Day! We were lucky enough to have magician Jake from Mischief & Magic join us to kick things off. After the show, we practiced magic tricks and discussed some of the mischief and magic of having a sibling with disabilities. The first day ended with swimming and eating Magic Wand Kabobs!

Reminders for TUESDAY:

  • The theme is Create your own Holiday! Come dressed up like your favorite holiday.
  • Adults must sign their camper IN and OUT each day. Starting Tuesday, OLDER GROUP may be dropped off and picked up at the Small Shelter. All others will check in and out at Chris Brandt Shelter.
  • Wear good walking shoes (no flip flops except on the beach.
  • Bring swimsuit and towel. Also have a jacket in case weather turns cool.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray.


Here are the phone numbers of the SibDays directors in case you need to call or text them about your camper.

Amy – 920-819-8253

Gretchen – 920-366-9681

Jyll – 920-464-0101

Karenna – 920-740-4983

Meet the Directors!

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We have many people that make SibDays possible! We want to introduce who will be working with the campers, starting with the directors.

We are excited to welcome back Amy  and Gretchen! Amy is returning as our fantastic Director! When not helping organize SibDays, Amy is a school counselor at Southern Door Elementary and her favorite holiday is Christmas. Besides being a fabulous Assistant Director, Gretchen keeps kids singing and dancing as a music teacher in Green Bay and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Gretchen and Amy

Michelle  is our new SibDays and Sibshop coordinator. She is not at camp with us this week because she just had a baby on Friday! With that being said, she has prepared and organized SibDays to a tee and has made the jobs of the directors easy:)


Our sibling interns are taking the lead over at the older camp! Jyll and Karenna are serving as assistant directors for the first time. Both attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Karenna for Occupational therapy and Jyll for Social Work. Karenna is 19 and her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, because there is a whole lot of yummy food! Jyll is 20 and her favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day.


Jyll and her brother Noah

Last, but certainly not least, we have the greatest Executive Director on the planet, Harriet! Harriet’s favorite holiday is Easter, because she doesn’t have to buy presents and everyone gets chocolate!


Check back to meet the other counselors!

July-September 2017 SibNews Newsletter

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We are so excited about the July-September 2017 issue of SibNews. Check it out!

See articles about:

  • Cover story:  Jenni Oeftger shares her story about how growing up with her brother helps her be a better teacher.
  • Teen Sibs take on leadership roles and careers
  • Enjoy Noah’s Monsterous Cookies
  • Gratitude changes lives
  • Calendar, events, fundraisers, games… and LOTS of PHOTOS!


Latest SibNews with April-June Calendar

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The April-May-June issue of SibNews is now available.

We’re very excited to bring you the third issue of our new SibNews newsletter.  This one features Sylvia Walentowski and her mom, Jennifer, on finding balance and healthy sibling relationships.

Click to download April-June 2017 SibNews

Plus a Easy Daisy Cake recipe from WisconSib Christiana Redman and her brother Phillip, just in time for Sibling’s Day or Mother’s Day, or any day.  YUM! Take me to recipe

Lastest SibNews is here!

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Jan-Feb-Mar 2017 SibNewsThe January-February-March issue of SibNews is now available online.

We’re very excited to bring you the second issue of our new SibNews newsletter.  This one features WisconSib Anna Benz sharing her experience as a WisconSibs intern.  Plus a recipe from WisconSib Ainsley Thornton, The Calendar of upcoming events, and much more.

See SibNews online.

To request a paper copy, email us.

CORRECTION NOTE: The H.U.L.K. Sibshop on March 4, 2017 will be held from 9:00 am – noon, not 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Preparing for the Holidays When You Have a Sibling with Disabilities

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20161203_santas-workshop1For children and adults who have a sibling with disabilities, preparing for the holidays isn’t just a matter of buying and wrapping presents, making cookies, and decorating the house.  No matter how much you look forward to the holidays and all the activities, you’ll probably find them more relaxing and fun with a bit of preparation.  Here’s a few ideas:

  • Make sure your sibling can find something familiar to eat at holiday meals.  If you are a child, talk with your parents about what food or drink it will be. Then help get it ready to add to the meal. No one likes to feel left out at mealtime and bringing a food your sibling enjoys can make a big difference.
  • Are you unsure what your family schedule will be during the holidays? Not knowing what’s going on can make you feel anxious. Get some paper and markers and ask parents to write down the days and activities, or write it down as they tell you all about it. Dec 24 – Drive to Grandpa’s. Dec 25 – Open presents in morning. Dinner with Aunt Sue. Etc. Post it on the wall or fridge. Realize that schedules during the holidays may be updated depending on weather, traffic, and the schedules of other family members or friends.
  • Be prepared to see family members that may not know much about your sibling’s disability.  If you have a book or notes that explains the disability, review it, or even have it handy to share with your family members. (Kids, don’t hesitate to tell your parents if you are concerned about a question or comment that a family member makes. Ask your parents to help you come up with ideas for helping your family member better understand.)
  • If you travel, make sure you and your sibling each bring along a favorite toy or pasttime to help make the trip not feel so long. This item may also help fill time or if you need a little time away from your sibling or all the commotion of the holiday activities. Whether adult or child, a coloring book and pencils can reduce the stress of airport lines, waiting for Santa, or passing time in the car.
  • Have a favorite game handy to play with family members or friends.  The holidays make a great time to find a willing playmate that isn’t always available at other times.

What do you do to prepare for the holidays?