Trail’s Edge Camp is a week long summer camp for children who are ventilator-dependent. Opened in June 1990, Trail’s Edge is a place where campers enjoy typical camp activities like playing games with friends, horseback riding, and fishing. Campers enjoy a week of adventure that is full of friendship, independence, and life. It's a place where they meet kids who face the same challenges that they do, where they are not different, where the word “can” replaces “can’t” and where the impossible can become reality.
Trail's Edge Camp is undoubtedly an amazing week of fun for the campers, but it also provides parents with a much-needed respite from the difficult tasks inherent in caring for their child. In most cases, it is the only break they get in the course of a year.
Trail’s Edge Camp is staffed by volunteers and funded through donations. There is no cost to the campers or their families. Camp is held during the first full week in June at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, a beautiful barrier-free camp on 200 acres in Mayville, Michigan. The facility is beside an inland lake which makes boating, fishing, and swimming an important part of the fun for campers. Campers also enjoy climbing in the Craig Van Laanen Tree House which was built with the combined efforts of Trail's Edge volunteers and the University of Michigan School of Engineering.
Trail’s Edge Camp is limited to 32 campers. Eligible children are between 5 and 18 years old, and must be ventilator-dependent for at least part of the day or night. They must also be able to interact and communicate with other children using speech or sign language.