My Fowler and coaching story.
Forty years ago I was introduced to Camp Fowler through my church. I was a middle schooler going to sleep-away camp for the first time. Like many others, Fowler has become a home away from home. Both of my children attended Fowler as well. If you know me, you know that I love water. I have been coaching swimming for almost 30 years. If I am not coaching you will find me in my kayak.
Three years ago I became the Administrator for Camp Fowler. This job has been a blessing in many ways and has allowed me to continue coaching. So what High Peak do you give a swim coach? Phelps of course. I have hiked 3 peaks so far, Seward (August 1988) and Cascade & Porter (October 2018).
The hiking will be a challenge. I am hoping that with the help of my swim community the fund raising will not be as challenging. It is hard to believe that if each swimmer I have coached contributed $1 I would achieve my goal. Thank you!
My boss told me to take a hike:
The 46 for 46 Story.
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?