Pretty much anybody who knows us has heard us mention this wonderful place called "Fowler" at one point or another. Or maybe you just remember it as this 'hippie Jesus camp in the Adirondacks" where we spent our summers. Officially called "Fowler Camp and Retreat Center" this wonderful community is located in Speculator NY (South Central ADKs), and has so much to do with who each of us is today. We attended camp there for 9 summers, volunteered as cabin counselors at different points, and worked there as summer staff. Our time spent at Fowler has been foundational for us in terms of our spiritual/ faith development, our worldview, our love for outdoor adventure activities (hiking, backpacking, fishing, canoeing, etc), as well as the choices we make each and every day to live in such a way that demonstrates our call to be caretakers of creation.
When Fowler announced the 46 for 46 campaign to fundraise for the Shower House Project, we were very much intrigued and knew we wanted to support in some way or another. Hiking ADK high peaks alongside other former staff as a way to support Fowler? What an awesome opportunity!
Between the three of us living in 3 different states, and our busy lives we weren't sure if we could commit to participate as hikers at frist. But, eventually we decided we needed to be part of this effort and we will make it work, even with our busy schedules. Camp Fowler and this initiative are worth it!
And so, we, the Michalski Triplets, will be hiking a "DOUBLE" for Fowler! By this we mean, we will be hiking two high peaks in one trip. Now that is one heck of a "Triple Double!"
Here is the official description of the Shower House Project the Camp Fowler is fundraising for with the 46 for 46 event:
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?