"Together We Can" ~ est. 1957
Summer Camp

Check In: Sundays 2:00 pM - 5:00 pM / Check Out: Fridays 9:30AM - 11:00AM

HOW TO PICK A SESSION: All classic summer sessions allow campers to participate in a variety of the recreational programs we have to offer. These sessions are either for adults (ages 21 & up) or youth (ages 6-26) and designated by a #1-7. Our adult summer sessions (#1-4) are designed to meet the needs of individuals based on the assistance they need with daily care and engagement in activities. As a guide, please check each area below (see "camper care") that your camper needs physical assistance with (more than verbal prompts). Add the number of checks together and sign up based on the legend below. If you have any questions or are unsure of what session is best for your camper call us at 989-673-2050 or email info@thefowlercenter.org.
​​Camper Care:
Toileting/Briefs ____
Showering _____
Teeth Brushing _____
Eating/Feeding _____
Transfering (pivot or lift) ______
Dressing ______
0-2 = Independent/Minimum Assistance
Any Session based on age

3+ = Moderate-Complete Assistance
Session 1 or 2 for adults ages 21+
Session 5,6,7 for youth ages 6-26
​Programs designed around specific activities & skill building, such as Therapeutic Riding, Cast Iron Cooking, Woodworking, La Cuisine, and the Outpost, have slightly different age breakdowns. Check out the age requirements and eligibility requirements for each session listed after the session name below.
​SUPERVISION AT CAMP
Our typical ratio at camp is 1 staff to every 3 campers. Some campers may require a 1:1 aide due to medical needs or behaviors. The Fowler Center can provide an aide for an additional fee (listed below) for a LIMITED number of spots at specific sessions. Families are welcome to arrange to bring their own aide from home if they wish or if Fowler Center 1:1 spots are filled.
 
Fees:
Spring/Fall: $208
WInter: $239
Session 1, 2, 5, 6, 7: $265
Weekend Camp: $165
Day Camp: $128
 
If the family or agency of the camper wishes to provide the aide due to higher/more specific medical or behavioral needs of the camper, there will be a fee of $20/day instead to provide housing and food for the staff.

Classic Sessions

Classic sessions offer it all! Horseback riding, sports, challenge education, creative arts, picnics, campout, theme days, waterfront activities, nature, small animals care, gardening, and more! You name it and we got it! Classic sessions offer a variety of the activities that camp has to offer. 
Session 1  (ages 21+): For Campers who need Moderate to Complete Assistance
  • A one-week session for individuals who need moderate to complete assistance with daily living skills and activities. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities.
  • Fee: $641
  • Dates: June 16-21, 2019
Session 2 (ages 21+): For Campers who need Moderate to Complete Assistance
  • A one-week session for individuals who need moderate to complete assistance with daily living skills and activities. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities.
  • Fee: $641
  • Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Session 3 (ages 21+): For Independent Campers or those who need Minimal Assistance
  • A two-week session for new and returning campers appropriate for a longer stay at camp. Campers be independent or only require minimal assistance with daily care and activities. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities as well as specialized weekend workshops.
  • Fee: $1,550
  • Date: June 30-July 12, 2019
Session 4 (ages 21+): For Independent Campers or those who need Minimal Assistance
  • A two-week session for new and returning campers appropriate for a longer stay at camp. Campers be independent or only require minimal assistance with daily care and activities. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities as well as specialized weekend workshops.
  • Fee: $1, 550
  • Dates: July 14-26, 2019
Session 5, 6, 7 (ages 6 – 26)
  • Each one-week session is a great way to introduce campers to the outdoors. Camp is a great place to make new friends and experience new activities. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities.
  • Fee: $641
  • Dates:
    • July 28 - August 2, 2019
    • August 4-9, 2019
    • August 11-16, 2019
ChangeOver (ages 6 – 26)
  • a bridge weekend for youth who are registered for two consecutive youth weeks.
  • NOTE: In order to remain consistent with our adult programs, and to help the youth who transition to them, the eligibility requirements for our changeover weekends have changed.
  • NOTE: In order to be eligible for a changeover weekend campers must 1) be registered for two consecutive youth sessions AND 2) require minimal to no assistance with daily care.
  • Campers will participate in traditional camp activities with a more relaxed weekend schedule. 
  • Fee: $267
  • Dates:
    • August 2-4, 2019
    • August 9-11, 2019
Day Camp (ages 6 – 26) 
  • Campers experience a shorter yet fun-packed experience at camp. Traditional camp activities will be offered and most programs will run separately from concurrent residential camp activities. Drop off will be each day at 8:00 AM and pick up will be each day at 5 PM.
  • Please bring a sack lunch, afternoon snack provided
  • Fee: $191. Minimum number of campers is 9, maximum is 16.
  • Date: July 15-19, 2019
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Featured Sessions

Camp Barefoot (ages 18+)
  • Specifically designed for adults with traumatic brain injuries ages 18 and up. Campers request their daily activities from a variety of old and new programs.
  • Fee: $641
  • Dates: May 25-30, 2019
Therapeutic Riding - Level I (ages 16 – 30)
  • Campers will learn basic riding skills and perform stable management. They will also participate in traditional camp programs. Currently this session is offered to ambulatory campers. Not for campers who require 1:1 staffing. 
  • Fee: $680
  • Dates: July 28 - August 2, 2019
  • *due to the nature of the program, campers cannot attend both TRI & TRII in the same summer
Therapeutic Riding - Level II (ages 16-30)
  • Campers will continue to work on independent riding skills and stable management. Campers who attend Therapeutic Riding II must have had prior riding experience and be accomplished in the basic riding skills of stop, start, & steer independently or at least a lead line and must understand the basic aides of riding (hands, voice, weight, legs).
  • Fee: $680
  • Dates: August 11-16, 2019
  • *due to the nature of the program, campers cannot attend both TRI & TRII in the same summer
The Outpost includes an off-site trip (see ages below)
  • A platform tent camping program located on the grounds of the Fowler Center. Staffed with counselors who are experienced in living in the outdoors, this program offers campers an opportunity to live close to nature. While following the camp’s mission to increase personal growth and independence, the Outpost program strives to teach additional skills in outdoor living and in teamwork. Campers will take an active role in the group living environment as they work together with the staff to prepare meals, plan programs and out of camp trips and maintain their living space. Campers will live in platform tents and cook meals with staff on a more remote section of camp. Modern conveniences such as electricity and bathing facilities are available at base camp. Campers must be ambulatory, willing to participate in group living (i.e. cooking, cleaning, etc), follow staff directions while out in the community, and only require minimal assistance with daily care.
  • Fee:  $1,550
  • Outpost A
    • June 30-July 12, 2019
    • ages 21+
    • camping trip to Tawas State Park, visiting Oscoda and surrounding area.
  • Outpost B
    • July 14-16, 2019
    • ages 21+
    • camping trip to Holland State Park, visiting the sand dunes and surrounding area
  • Outpost D
    • August 4-16, 2019
    • ages 16-26
    • camping trip to Tawas State Park, visiting Oscoda and surrounding area.
Life TREX - a Life Transitional Recreation EXperience (ages 14-27)
  • The Life TREX program is an innovative experience that encourages campers to test new behaviors and skills which are targeted to improve independent living, social, and vocational function, in a supportive environment. This session is open to individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Campers live in platforms tents and shower up at base cabins. To find out more about this unique program visit our Life TREX page here.
  • Fee: $1,550
  • Dates: June 30-July 12, 2019
​Adventure Camp (ages 16-26)
  • Join us for 2 weeks of adventure at The Fowler Center and beyond. Spend a week participating in all the adventure activities camp has to offer including our Rock Wall, Tree House, Low Ropes Course, and High Ropes Course. Then venture out to Northern Michigan for Rafting on the Manistee River, hiking, and tent camping in a state park. While at camp participants will live in platforms tents, eat meals in our dining hall, and use showers at main camp. Campers must be ambulatory, willing to participate in group living (i.e. campsite cleaning, etc), follow staff directions while out in the community, and only require minimal assistance with daily care..
  • Fee: $1,550
  • Dates: July 14-26, 2019
Woodworking Week (ages 16-26)
  • Do you enjoy making wood projects with your own two hands? Would you like to learn more about how to make a quality project? Join us for a great week at camp focused on helping you make your own wood project to take home. Campers will also work together as a group to help make a wood project to leave at camp. While at camp participants will live in platforms tents, eat meals in our dining hall, and use showers at main camp. Campers must be ambulatory, willing to participate in group living (i.e. campsite cleaning, etc), and only require minimal assistance with daily care.
  • Fee: $710 (includes material cost)
  • Dates: July 28- August 2, 2019
​NEW!  Cast Iron Cooking (ages 16-26)
  • Join us for a week of sweet and savory dishes brought to you by our good friend Cast Iron. Cast Iron is versatile and can be used in ovens, on campfires, on grills, and just about anywhere you want to cook. Campers will learn how to utilize this time tested cookware over the campfire and transition it to the home kitchen. Campers will live in platforms tents and use showers at main camp. Meals that are not cooked over the campfire will be eaten in the dining hall. Campers must be ambulatory, willing to participate in group living (i.e. cooking, cleaning, etc), and only require minimal assistance with daily care.
  • Fee: $680
  • Dates: July 28-August 2, 2019
​La Cuisine (ages 16-26)
  • This camp will focus on skills such as how to create a shopping list, healthy eating habits, learning to follow a recipe, meal preparation, cleanliness, setting a table, and etiquette. Using food industry best practices from ServSafe and guest chefs from local restaurants campers will have the opportunity to gain new skills transferable to the home setting.  The week of camp will culminate in camper made meal for parents. Campers will still participate in other camp activities such as crafts, swimming, horses, etc. Not for campers who require 1:1 staffing. Campers must be able to participate in cooking lessons with staff assistance in a 1:3 ratio.
  • Fee: $680
  • Dates: August 5-10, 2019