Camp Fowler

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Welcome to the Wilderness!

About Wilderness Trips

Come to the Wilderness!

Camp Fowler Wilderness Trips are for everyone: for returning campers and first timers, for expert outdoors people and for those who have never spent the night in a tent, for musicians, artists, athletes, and wanderers, for fifth graders who want to play in the woods and for recent high school graduates looking for one last memory before heading off to college. 


Wilderness trips are led by two of Camp Fowler’s trained Wilderness Guides who take small groups of campers on week long backpacking and paddling excursions into the backcountry during which they will cook their own food, sleep in tents under the stars, and swim in some of the very best Adirondack swimming holes. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your sleeping bag, and take only what you need, because the wilderness awaits. You’re an outcamper now! 


    **Packing list sent following registration. Camp Fowler can provide all necessary gear with the exception of shoes and personal gear**


Below are the descriptions for the different trips we are offering for the Summer of 2018. Trips are designed with various age groups and interests in mind. Unless otherwise noted, all trips cost $425.


Choose your wilderness adventure!

#22 LEAD Expedition (grades 9 - 12) 

June 24 - 29, 2018

8 campers

This trip is for high schoolers who want to learn how to explore the wilderness on their own. With an emphasis on teaching essential backcountry skills like cooking, trip preparation, group dynamics, and leave no trace camping, Lead Expedition is a great way to hone your skills and maybe learn some new ones. 


Campers will embark on a classic “Paths & Paddles” adventure, spending two days backpacking and two days canoe camping in some of the Adirondack’s most beautiful wilderness. 


This trip differs from others by its emphasis on teaching and equipping future wilderness leaders, whether for personal interest or to for service at Camp Fowler. Students coming out of 10th, 11th, or 12th grade can apply to be S.W.i.M.s later in the summer, either during one of our incamp weeks or by helping out with one of our wilderness trips for younger campers. Please visit our SWiM Page for more information about the SWiM Program. 

#32/82 Paths & Paddles • (grades 7 - 9)

Two Options: July 1 - 6, 2018  OR  August 5  - 10, 2018

8 campers

Paths & Paddles trips provide you with a classic and comprehensive wilderness experience and are exclusively for our middle school aged students. They are some of our most popular trips.


You will embark on a week long trip of two days canoeing and two days backpacking, which is a wonderful way to experience the joys and challenges of both of these activities. You’ll paddle through winding rivers and big lakes before trading your paddles and life jackets for boots and backpacks and trying your hand at hiking some of the Adirondack’s most beautiful trails. This is a great introductory trip for first time wilderness campers!

#42 Mountain Men (all males) (grades 7 - 9)

July 8 - 13, 2018

8 campers

On this week long backpacking trip, you’ll find yourself on the northern third of a popular northeast thru-hiking trail: the Northville-Placid Trail. You’ll stay at some of the most beautiful campsites in the whole Adirondacks (and also some of the best swimming holes! We should mention the waterfalls!). 


Designed for our middle school male campers, this trip is a great way to build relationships while also building wilderness skills. It’s an excellent opportunity for campers to bond with staff and with each other, to experience adventure, and to participate in an adventurous and intentional community.


#52  High Peaks Adventure (grades 9 - 12)

 July 15 - 20, 2018

6 campers

This is our most challenging trip, but we’ll let you in on a secret: it has the best views! You’ll spend five days backpacking and climbing mountains in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, and you’ll quickly bond with your small community of adventurers. 


We believe you can learn a lot from the mountains; like the value of hard work, the importance of awe and wonder, and what it feels like to sleep hard after a long day. So break in your boots and start doing some squats, you’ve got mountains to climb!


#62 Fish and Float • (grades 7 - 9)

July 22 - 27, 2018

8 Campers

Fish and Float is a week long canoeing trip with a route designed specifically around fishing some of the best waters in the Adirondacks. With opportunities to fish both rivers and lakes, campers will also get a classic canoe camping experience: paddling each day to a new campsite, bonding around a campfire under the stars, and maybe even catching your dinner for the night! No fishing experience is necessary to embark on this adventure. Come, see what adventures (and fish) await!



#72  Adirondack Wild! (grades 5 - 6)

July 29 – August 3, 2018

8 Campers

This week is for our youngest wilderness campers and let us tell you: it is a total blast! Exclusively for campers coming out of fifth or sixth grade, ADK Wild is the perfect way to introduce young people to the wilderness and keep them coming back.


With a small group size and lots of time spent with our most enthusiastic and fun loving wilderness staff, you’ll spend a week playing in the mountains with a bunch of your friends! You will base out of the Wilderness area at Camp Fowler, sleeping in log lean tos, cooking all your own food, and building tons of campfires. You’ll spend your days canoeing, exploring, learning essential wilderness skills like shelter building and and canoe rescuing, and you’ll end your week with a camping overnight before heading home to share your stories. You don’t want to miss it!


 #92 Sailing  (grades 7-12)

August 12-17, 2018

10 campers

What could be better than riding the winds across beautiful Sacandaga Lake, with the mountains on the horizon and your friends by your side? We’re convinced it doesn’t get much better than that. 


No sailing experience is necessary, because we’ll teach you everything you need to know about sailing one of the sunfish sailboats we have at Camp Fowler. You’ll base out of the wilderness area where you’ll sleep in one of Fowler’s log lean tos and cook most of your own food. In between the sailing and the swimming, you might climb a mountain or paddle a canoe, because, why not? You'll also attempt to sail across the lake to camp for the night, a wonderful way to wrap up a week spent on the water!