Camp Fowler is a Christian camp in the Adirondack Mountains, affiliated with the RCA and in partnership with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA). The camp is grounded in openness, hospitality, and compassionate Christianity. Located in Hamilton County, New York, the camp is surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondacks and by the struggles of rural poverty, aging, and lack of services and opportunities.
The work of Camp Fowler staff and volunteers—serving and learning from neighbors—is important for understanding the gospel and Christ’s call to care for and love one another.
“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” –Matthew 25:37-39
“Choosing Camp Fowler as a mission trip destination was a no-brainer for me. Having worked there for three summers and volunteered there for over a decade, I was eager to continue to expose the youth at Second Church to the ethos of the place. From arms-wide-open hospitality to good, nutritious homemade food to environmentally sustainable practices, I wanted our youth to experience a different way of being in God’s world. Our group also found working in the wider community to be rewarding, eye-opening, and empowering. Getting below the surface of vacation communities to engage with the year-round locals can be challenging, but their stories offered my youth a new lens in which to see the world. It was also good for our youth to be in a place where technology is limited, community is built, and getting out of comfort zones is encouraged.” –Rev. Eric Barnes, Second Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
Mission Week takes place each year in mid-late June, while Camp Fowler is waiting for summer campers to arrive. Most of the volunteer work will be in the local community. Typical neighbors are older adults who need help with yard work, painting, light repairs, stacking firewood, etc. There will also be projects at Camp Fowler depending on how many volunteers there are during the week. Work days are typically 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Workers are housed in camper cabins; bunks sleep up to ten people. Each cabin contains a bathroom, and there is a shower house near each cabin area. Meals are provided by Camp Fowler. Swimming and canoeing are available most days after work.
$400 per person. This includes all meals on site, lodging, and other accommodations. Each group is requested to pay an additional $400 for materials to contribute toward the work on the neighbors’ homes.
Work boots, long pants, and long sleeves are helpful or necessary for much of the work. Late June is still bug season so long sleeves are helpful. Much of the work is in and around the forest.
Camp Fowler summer staff are available to lead small groups on day hikes or paddles in the local area.
No experience is necessary. If groups have skills (plumbing, carpentry, electrical, etc.), we can try to match them with needs. We do ask that leaders take an interest in Camp Fowler’s overall goals and ministry, and that leaders interpret these for their teams.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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