CAMP FOWLER

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, challenged-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:

Building confidence and self-esteem

Healing from past trauma

Building trust towards peers and caring adults

Developing positive and effective communication skills

Building leadership skills

 

WHO WE SERVE

We serve youth ages 11 and up and we specialize in:

  • Child welfare youth (in and out of care)
  • Foster care
  • Independent Living/Chafee youth
  • Respite care
  • Sibling groups
  • Family groups
  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • Juvenile probation youth
  • And more!
Research has shown that therapeutic programs in the outdoors are effective for youth with the following diagnoses: mental health, depression, behavioral health, conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Body image issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, adolescent sexual offenders, and more.

Types of Camp

  • Week-long camps (10 AM Monday through 3 PM Friday)
    • Overnight and day options available
  • Weekend camps may be scheduled throughout the year
    • Perfect opportunities for families and/or
      siblings to reconnect!
  • Overnight camp (five days):
    • Three meals per day and snacks
    • All camp program activities
    • Transportation arrangements at an additional cost
  • Day-camp (five days):
    • Two meals per day and snacks
    • All camp program activities
    • Transportation arrangements at an additional cost
  • Weekend camp (two days):
    • Meals and snacks
    • All Camp program activities
    • Transportation arrangements at an additional cost
    • Available year round

Facilities

  • Camp Fowler offers 43 acres of wooded and open spaces
  • Retreat into nature along our hiking trails and streams
  • Five cabins that can accommodate 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 two separate bunk rooms
  • Climbing tower, zip line, and extensive ropes course along
    with two low-element courses for leadership and teambuilding
  • Enjoy the heated swimming pool and patio
  • Modern bathhouse
  • Large pavilion with gas grill
  • Athletic fields
  • Playground
  • Amphitheater and fire pit

Youth Quotes 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. “

 

“I loved going to camp. It gave me a nice break from my daily life just to reset and relax… I did a lot of things I didn’t think I would be able to do without the support of my friends and staff at camp.”

 

“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.”

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PROGRAMS

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

Grow and expand your leadership skills at Adventure Camp!

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

Express yourself through art, music, dance, and more at Creative & Visual Arts Camp!

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

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!

Want to sponsor a youth to attend Camp Fowler?

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

Donate supplies to Camp Fowler!

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

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