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The Fowler Center

2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville, MI, USA Mayville, Michigan 48744

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The mission of The Fowler Center is to empower independence and personal growth through barrier free outdoor learning and fun. Our Camp: The Fowler Center is situated on over 200-acres in Mayville, Michigan. Our picturesque setting on beautiful Harmon Lake features meadows, forests and a sandy-beach lakefront – plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun. The Fowler Center is accredited by the American Camp Association and also licensed as an Adult Foster Care Camp and a Children’s Camp by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. These agencies monitor the quality of the site, programs, staff and administration. We offer year-round programming for children, teen...  Show More>>

The mission of The Fowler Center is to empower independence and personal growth through barrier free outdoor learning and fun.

Our Camp:

The Fowler Center is situated on over 200-acres in Mayville, Michigan. Our picturesque setting on beautiful Harmon Lake features meadows, forests and a sandy-beach lakefront – plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun.

The Fowler Center is accredited by the American Camp Association and also licensed as an Adult Foster Care Camp and a Children’s Camp by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. These agencies monitor the quality of the site, programs, staff and administration.

We offer year-round programming for children, teens and adults. Emphasis is placed on the ability of each camper to participate in camping experiences according to his or her physical, cognitive, and psychological abilities. A concerted effort is made to remove any possible barriers and to create a secure, positive, and reinforcing environment.

All of our programs are designed to meet the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and motivational needs of our campers. We have a large, central dining hall and activity center where campers congregate for group dining, special events, and important social interaction. Surrounding this facility are 4 rustic cabins, which provide group living arrangements during residential sessions and an opportunity for campers to develop true friendships. Our cabins sleep 16 with a shared bathroom in-between each room of 8 campers. Our cabins are heated and in 2010 air conditioners were added to the four main cabins. We also have 2 newer style ranch cabins that sleep 8 campers each.

Throughout the grounds of The Fowler Center are numerous activity areas designed with our campers in mind. This includes a central outdoor gathering spot for traditional campfires, camp songs, and flag raising ceremonies. It also includes a vegetable garden that campers tend, a high ropes challenge course, a wheel-chair accessible tree house, a rock climbing wall, and platforms for outdoor camping. We’re situated on a beautiful lake for water activities including swimming and boating. Additional structures at the camp include our Equestrian Center, built in 2006, for therapeutic riding.

Our History:

The Fowler Center was founded by John (aka Jack) and Reta Fowler in 1957. Jack, who had Cerebral Palsy, firmly believed in the independence and self-esteem that can be fostered by recreational experiences.

“Camping provided me with the experiences of learning the art of independence and the meaning of fellowship. It helped me recognize new reverence for the quality of self-esteem and how it may best be used in the service of others.” -Jack Fowler

The Fowler Center has come a long way from their first summer with only nine campers in Brighton, MI. Expanding attendance necessitated not one but two location changes to facilitate the increasing number of campers enrolling. Advances in education and awareness changed the focus of the organization from a purely “camping” experience to a total outdoor recreational facility. The scope of the camp too has changed from a summer-only experience to a year-round program.

Though much has changed, The Fowler Center’s commitment to progress and service has not. Today, The Fowler Center is poised and ready for yet another step into the future. Jack Fowler’s perspective is this:

“It really isn’t so great a challenge when you think of all that has been accomplished over the years on behalf of disabled children, youth and adults who constantly seek to find solace and reward in the outdoors. I have no fear or hesitation that we should embark upon our most ambitious feat to date to keep the standards high and deliverance of our programs top priority. We have the faith to know that our mission is sound and our purpose resolute. We have done it before and TOGETHER WE CAN do it again.”
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