CAMP FOWLER

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION & ADVENTURE

Nature offers restorative, stress-reducing benefits, and the outdoor experiences at Camp Fowler do just that. Here, a team led by a Master’s level clinician use therapeutic, challenge-based programming to promote positive development in a way that is not likely to occur in a conventional setting.  Campers experience breakthroughs and healing, resulting in behavioral changes that lead to their future growth.

WHY CAMP FOWLER?

Our camp environment helps youth achieve five developmental outcomes:

  1. heal from past trauma

  2. build confidence and self-esteem

  3. establish trust toward peers and caring adults

  4. development positive and effective communication skills

  5. forge leadership skills

WHO WE SERVE

Youth ages 10 and up, specializing in:

  • Child welfare (in and out of care)

  • Foster care

  • Independent Living/Chafee

  • Respite care

  • Sibling groups

  • Family groups

  • LGBTQ+

  • Juvenile probation

  • and more…!

Research has shown that therapeutic programs in the outdoors are effective for youth with the following diagnoses:

 

  • Mental health

  • Behavioral health

  • Depression

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Body image issues

  • eating disorders

  • Substance abuse

  • Adolescent sexual offenders

  • Self-esteem

  • and more…!

FACILITIES

  • 43 acres of open and wooded spaces

  • Retreat into nature along our hiking trails and streams

  • Five cabins accommodating up to 130 overnight campers

  • Trexler Hall Conference Center offers space for 120 people, a fully equipped industrial kitchen, and sleeping quarters for 20 campers in 2 separate bunk rooms

  • Climbing tower, zip line, and extensive ropes course along with two low-element courses for leadership and team building

  • Enjoy the heated swimming pool, modern bathhouse, large pavilion with gas grills, athletic fields, amphitheatre, playground, and fire pit

YOUTH TESTIMONIALS ABOUT CAMP FOWLER

“This week has been something of magic for me. The magic not only with the spirit of friends, but of the spirit of what felt like family. This week has reminded me of the good that the world has to offer while making me forget the hate, pain, and strife. We have all worked body, mind, and spirit. Which in turn has made us all better people and stronger as a group and family. This was one of the best weeks of my life. For this everyone has my deepest gratitude”

My time at camp was awesome! I felt like a different person; more confident and vocal… I feel like I connected with a lot of people and created positive memories! I feel closer to everyone as a whole and it makes me feel so warm inside. Also, the energy throughout the days was insane! Everybody was cheering everybody on and overall, it was a fantastic experience. Although I may not see fellow campers as often, I appreciate their existence. Staff was great, by the way, super kind and understanding and helpful.

“This camp is honestly the best thing that happened to me all summer. I met and reconnected with friends and have had so much support. On the nights when I was feeling down and depressed, there have been counselors there for me, giving me support and sharing their own stories. They have given me reasons to get through each day and night. If I could, I would stay here all summer. “

“My favorite experiences were conquering the team wall, conquering the net climb, and becoming an overall positive, inspiring leader. I’ve learned that I have it in me to be confident wherever I go and communication is very important.”

“At camp I have learned to make friendships, got in touch with old friends, and have even learned to be a bit less socially anxious. I felt supported when I cried, and had people to laugh with when I was happy. Everyone had their ups and downs but all in all, we all gave each other love and support.”

PROGRAMS

Camp Fowler offers a variety of types of camps and experiences to fit your group:

Grow and expand your leadership skills at Adventures in Leadership Camp!

Learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Adventures in STEM Camp!

Express yourself through art, music, dance, and more at Adventures in Arts Camp!

SPONSOR A YOUTH TO ATTEND CAMP FOWLER

Valley Youth House offers these experiences at no charge to youth who are from low-income families, are within the foster care system, or are among the homeless.  A week at one of our camps will include all transportation, meals, clothing and supplies needed to participate.

Visit our Donate page and designate your funds to Camp Fowler.

We are in need of camp supplies for our summer programming.  See the full list of items HERE.

VYH Camp Fowler is now eligible to receive EITC funding

EITC Process:  Entities authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to state tax can receive tax credits equal to 75% of their contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year for donations made to approved Educational Improvement Organizations (such as Valley Youth House). Tax credits increase to 90% of the contribution, if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution is made.

For more information on how to apply for Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) or how to direct your EITC dollars to VYH’s Camp Fowler, please contact:

Christina Schoemaker, SVP Development & Marketing
cschoemaker@valleyyouthhouse.org
610-820-066 x 1320

INTERNS NEEDED

Spend your summer with VYH at Camp Fowler! We are seeking full time interns for our new summer program to facilitate experiential education and adventure based programming at our 43 acre camp. Check out the job description and apply HERE!

Contact our Camp Coordinator to Register Today!

Camp Fowler
5851 Horseshoe Road
Orefield, PA 18069

Lori Hooper, Camp Coordinator

610-349-2835
lhooper@ValleyYouthHouse.org

OUR MEMBERSHIPS

EXPLORE

Nature awaits you with hiking trails, streams, and miles of outdoor fun

Conference Center, amphitheater, and pavilions accommodating large groups

Focused leadership challenges on ropes course, climbing tower, and zip line

Jump into our heated pool with family memberships, swim lessons, aqua aerobics, and dive-in movies

Build your team playing soccer, softball, and basketball

YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!

Camp Fowler is great for school trips, picnics, reunions, church groups, and more!

Complete the form below or call 484-223-0725 for additional rental information.

Camp Fowler Inquiry

Interested in SWIM LESSONS at Camp Fowler? Click here to learn more about the lessons we offer.

Jump into our heated pool with family memberships, swim lessons, aqua aerobics, and dive-in movies

Contact mgalle@valleyyouthhouse.org or 484-223-0725 for more information.

Camp Fowler Inquiry