Hello Campers! (or volunteers, former staff, supporters, friends, family, or anyone else!)
We are Uncle Gene, Uncle Lucas, Aunt Lexi, and Aunt Mallory! We have been on staff at Fowler over the past five years (Gene 2015-2018, Lucas and Lexi 2016-2019, Mallory 2016-17, 2019) We are so excited to be back in the 'Dacks for a cause. We love camp, and we want to do all we can to help it! Below you will find the reasons for why we are doing this fundraiser, but what we want you to know most of all is that we are doing this because we love camp and all who come to camp! Fowler has given us so much, and we want to give as much as we can, too. And, so can you! Please donate to help us reach our goal. We are hiking FOUR high peaks in the ADK. That means we need to raise FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS! Whether it is five bucks or five hundred, anything helps and is a gift! Thanks for your support!
As for the name...
When Uncle Gene and Aunt Mallory were on nature staff in 2017 they played some jokes on camp. Allegedly, the nature staff "planted" a dead pine tree on the beach during staff training (though the investigation yielded inconclusive evidence). They were also known for quick jokes and witty banter. Uncle Lucas and Aunt Lexi were also known for their bamboozling shennanigans on the waterfront in their days!
But, nevertheless, here is what we are trying to do...
We are always striving to improve. How can we make our carbon footprint smaller? How can we be more inclusive of an increasingly diverse community? How can we make sure we are welcoming and hospitable to everyone? How can we invite more people to care for each other and this world?
This year, we have big plans to improve in a big way: we're building new shower houses. We know, it doesn't sound very important or flashy or exciting, but hear us out: showers are something the large majority of use use every day. Showering can easily become a mindless habit. However, because they are something that we use so often, we believe that they are a powerful indicator of what is important to us.
This new Shower House Project reveals a lot about what Camp Fowler stands for:
-We stand for Environmental Justice: these new buildings will be environmentally sensitive, utilizing sustainable systems and tools like solar panels, natural lighting, and timers to help us minimize our water and electricity consumption.
-We stand for Hospitality and Inclusion: the building design was developed to be inclusive and affirming of the needs of everyone in our community, both now and in the future.
-We stand for Experiential Learning: The buildings themselves will be a teaching tool to help campers engage with water consumption. Campers will be able to visualize the amount of water they are using every time they shower, transforming a mindless habit into a daily reminder of the sacredness of our Earth.
-We stand for Simplicity: The Shower Houses will be an aesthetic asset to the space around them, blending in nicely with the trees that will always take the front seat. The materials will be sustainably sourced and local businesses and volunteer labor will be used wherever possible.
This is not just a renovation project. It's a commitment to hospitality and justice, for our community and our world.
Will you Join us?