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: