Our story begins in the summer of 1977 when Jane joined the staff at Camp Fowler as Arts and Crafts Director. Jane was on staff for two summers and volunteered after that, meeting her husband on a Camp Fowler backpacking trip in 1982. During those years, the brown "volunteer" shower house on the corner was known fondly as The Pink Shower House (painted a lovely Pepto Bismol shade obtained by the manager at a deep discount). This was the only shower house in camp and served over 100 campers a week.
In 1991, Courtney was born with the love of Camp Fowler in her genes. Growing up as a camper, she then joined the Wilderness Staff in 2012 and again in 2014. With Camp Fowler and love for the wilderness at the heart of the Davis family, they are excited to combine the two and raise money for their beloved Camp by hiking two of NYS's highest peaks.
Though there has been additional showers put in since the famous Pink Shower House in the 70's, the current shower facilities are in need of updates that will reflect and support what Camp Fowler stands for.
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?