Valley Youth House is delighted to announce the completion of the camp cabin renovation project at Camp Fowler, valued at over $ 1.8 million.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the seven huts that house youth and overnight camp staff have been completely rebuilt in the past two years.
The entire project was made possible through the support and philanthropy of local businesses including Kay Builders, Inc., Majestic Realty Co., Commerce Construction Co., LP, Brooks Development Group, Livengood Excavators, Inc., and many other companies and individual contributors. .
A volunteer committee led by Rick Koze, owner / president of Kay Builders, Inc., Richard H. Brooks, president of Brooks Development Group, and Eric R. Scheler, vice president of construction at Watson Land Company began the project. cabin renovation with the shared vision of ensuring Camp Fowler will continue to serve the youth of our community for the next 100 years.
âMy company was proud to help see these cabins built for the sake of the children who will come to this amazing place for many decades to come. This camp provides a public service to children who otherwise might never have had or will not have the chance to benefit from everything they do here, âsaid Brooks.
The cabins at the camp were originally built 80 years ago and were eventually past their useful life with uneven and damaged floors, leaky roofs, rotten wood siding and no insulation, resulting in nights of uncomfortable summer and inability to use during fall and winter.
Now, at the end of the project, Camp Fowler has six new sleeping cabins, as well as a two-story cabin with offices for staff, dormitories and a sensory room.
All new cabins for campers are equipped with heating, air conditioning and interior plumbing, which expands the possibilities of programs throughout the year.
In addition, the camp’s basketball courts have been renovated and an archery range is under construction.
These renovations will not only improve the safety and usefulness of Camp Fowler for Valley Youth House clients, but will also benefit community groups who use the camp.
âAs builders first, we know the value of creating successful communities, where families and businesses know their future is secure and bright. We are honored to dedicate the time and resources to help Valley Youth House build cabins for the youth being served, âcommented Sceler.
Valley Youth House owns and operates Camp Fowler, a 43-acre property located in Orefield.
Camp Fowler’s programming provides therapeutic outdoor recreation and promotes healing and growth through adventure-based activities and experiential learning.
Campers experience breakthroughs and healings, leading to behavioral changes that lead to their future growth.
The camp serves youth of all ages with a focus on those who would otherwise not have access to the camp experiences.
This population includes low-income children and youth, youth in foster care and homeless youth, many of whom have experienced significant trauma in their lives.
âAs the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that young people can attend a summer camp. With Camp Fowler serving vulnerable youth in the community who would not typically have access to a summer camp or enrichment programs, it is extremely important that the youth attend the summer sessions after a year of isolation. , virtual learning and the global uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, âsaid Tom Harrington, President and Executive Director of Valley Youth House.
âMy wife, Andrea, and I are delighted to be part of this meaningful project. We don’t have children, so we see this as our opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people in our community, âsaid Koze. âCamp Fowler is a special place and everyone involved in this project is making sure it will exist another 100 years.
âKay Builders has been building communities for three generations and we look forward to laying the groundwork and shaping the future of the youth served by Valley Youth House.
Valley Youth House will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony later this month to celebrate the completion of the camp cabin renovations.
The social-distanced outdoor event will feature speakers Stephanie Raymond, Chair of the Board of Directors of Valley Youth House and President of PPL Electric Utilities, and Tom Harrington, both of whom will recognize the many donors who have helped make this event. project a reality.
The Camp Fowler Cabin Building Campaign Committee included volunteer fundraisers Anne Baum, President of Capital Blue Cross’s Lehigh Valley Market, Kathryn Brown, Founder and Director of Morton Brown Family Wealth, Eric Luftig, former Chairman of the Board of Director of Valley Youth House, Travis Rhodes, Regional President of BB&T, Now Truist, William H. Spence, Former President and CEO of PPL Corporation, and Loretta Tubiello-Harr, Director of Tubiello-Harr & Associates.
Many thanks to the following benefactors: Whispering Pines Cabin generously donated in memory of Jerry and Stella Grossman, Echo Point Cabin donated anonymously in memory of Jerry, Hilltop Forest Cabin generously donated by the Fleming Foundation, Timber Oak Cabin generously donated by Keystone Savings Foundation, Windy Ridge Cabin generously donated in memory of Angelo Salvaggio, Hawk Meadow Cabin generously donated by the Majestic Realty Foundation, Pebble Brook Cabin generously donated by Corning Painter and Dorothy Penney, Sensory Room inside Timber Oak Cabin generously sponsored by Air Products, Health Lodge generously sponsored by Dr Constantina Pippis-Nester, Dr Brian Nester and Lehigh Valley Health Network, and basketball court renovations generously sponsored by Lehigh Valley IronPigs Charities presented by Air Products.
For a full list of supporters and to find out more, visit valleyyouthhouse.org/camp-fowler-cabins/.