"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, Connect with Me, 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

Featured Sessions

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 17-22, 2018
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 24-29, 2018
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: $1,388
  • Date: July 1-13, 2018
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: $1,388
  • Dates: July 15-27, 2018
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 29 - August 3, 2018
    • August 5-10, 2018
    • August 12-17, 2018
ChangeOver (ages 6 – 26)
  • Campers who are registered for two consecutive youth sessions have the option of spending the weekend in-between at camp. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities with a more relaxed weekend schedule. NOTE: Changeovers are not offered during adult weeks. Parents please keep this in mind as your loved one moves from youth to adult sessions.
  • Fee: $267
  • Dates:
    • August 3-5, 2018
    • August 10-12, 2018
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.
  • Fee: $191. Minimum number of campers is 9, maximum is 16.
  • Date: July 9-13
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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 26-31, 2018
Therapeutic Riding - Level I (ages 16 – 30)
  • Offered during Session 5, open to youth with special needs. 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 29 - August 3, 2018
  • *due to the nature of the program, campers cannot attend both TRI & TRII in the same summer
Therapeutic Riding - Level II (ages 16-30)
  • Offered during Session 7, open to youth with special needs. 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 12-17, 2018
  • *due to the nature of the program, campers cannot attend both TRI & TRII in the same summer
La Cuisine (ages 16-24)
  • Offered during Session 6, 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.
  • Fee: $680
  • Dates: August 5-10, 2018
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. The Fowler Center administration can help determine if an Outpost session is appropriate. Three sessions are offered throughout the summer. Outpost sessions are offered to ambulatory campers.
  • Fee: A,B,D - $1,388
  • Outpost A
    • July 1-13, 2018
    • ages 21+
    • camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Outpost B
    • July 15-27, 2018
    • ages 21+
    • camping trip to Ludington
  • Outpost D
    • August 5-17, 2018
    • ages 16-30
    • camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Life TREX - a Life Transitional Recreation EXperience
  • 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 ages 14-27. 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: $1,388
  • Dates: July 1-13, 2018
​Adventure Camp (ages 16-24)
  • Join us for 11 days 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 Platte River, dune climbing, camping at Sleep Bear National Lakeshore. While at camp participants will live in platforms tents, eat meals in our dining hall, and use showers at main camp. Not for campers who require 1:1 staffing.
  • Fee: $1,450
  • Dates: July 15-25, 2018
Woodworking Week (ages 16-30)
  • 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. 
  • Fee: $675 + $30 for materials
  • Dates: July 29- August 3, 2018
Adventure Camp - youth without disabilities (ages 12-15)
  • 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 Platte River, dune climbing, camping at Sleep Bear National Lakeshore. While at camp participants will live in platforms tents, eat meals in our dining hall, and use showers at main camp. 
  • Fee: $1,260
  • Dates: August 5-17, 2018