Sole Sisters- Becca, Tracey and Deb
This is the part where we share with you our story and the meaning behind why we are hiking in this fundraiser. We all know that it is impossible to put into words exactly how much we mean to each other, and how much Camp Fowler means to us... but we’ll try:
● Camp Fowler is where Becca, Tracey and Deb met and became friends. It is where we spent our summers as campers, volunteered as high school students, and it is where we worked as summer staff during our college years. Camp has shaped our lives, our worldview and our faith- all in very unique and different ways.
● Camp is our “home away from home.” We all return, as often as possible, for renewal, inspiration, adventure, peace and the community that Camp Fowler provides.
● Even though we live far away from each other (Tracey lives in Saranac Lake, NY, Deb in NYC and Becca in Huntersville, NC), our friendship has strengthened throughout the years and continues to take us through moments of extreme joy and deep loss. We have shared our family vacations, marathons and half marathons together. When we heard about this fundraiser, it was a no-brainer that we would participate. We are excited to add this hike (Algonquian Mt., Iroquois Mt., and Wright Peak) to our “list.”
● We whole-heartedly support the philosophy behind this fundraiser- the creation of new shower houses. “Climbing for a cause” is the least we can do to help support Camp Fowler as it continues to model environmental justice, simplicity, and inclusion. We are hopeful that these practices will benefit the Fowler community for generations to come.
Thank you for your donations!
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir
Becca, Tracey and Deb
Read on to learn more about the 46 for 46 fundraiser:
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 us 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?