I have been at home at Fowler Camp for decades — leading simplicity workshops, chaplain at family camp, helping build lean-to’s, coordinating worship, and working with young people to care for each other and the environment. I love the place. When it recently became apparent that I was not able to retirn to my teaching position in Australia, my daughter suggested returning to Upstate New York because I was happiest near the Adirondacks. A big part of that was Fowler.
Now I‘m even happier, because I live in Vermont, just an hour away from the Addies with my future husband, Mike, who loves the mountains as much as I. We also love Fowler’s commitment to welcoming diversity - Christians and Muslims, LGBTQ staff and campers, all races, young and old faces, people of privelege and children of poverty, snow shoeing winter retreaters and hiking enthusiasts, and everyone who cares about this beautiful planet.
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?