Collectively we have spent over 100 summers at Camp Fowler and over half of those summers were spent working on staff (to be fair we do have a ringer on the team). We are intrinsically tied to this place and the values camp stands for.
We have decided to support camp in a new way this year by doing one of our favorite activities, hiking a high peak! The four of us will be tackling the Santanoni Range including, Panther, Santanoni, and Couchsachraga (aka dismal wilderness). We take our name very serioiusly when we hike, "survivalists with standards" means we never go backpacking without our percolator for coffee, crazy creek chairs, and perhaps a bottle of homemade wine for the top.
Any money that is raised during this campaign will go towards helping camp build new shower houses. These new shower houses, like us will have standards, including being environmentally concious, inclusive to all, including our LGBTQ campers, educational, and pretty. We believe in the importance of these new shower houses and hope you will be willing to support us as we hike through the mud up to the shortest high peak. As an added bonus we will regularly post pictures of OB.
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?