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Trail’s Edge Camp for Ventilator Dependent Children


Trail’s Edge Camp is a not-for-profit, grant and donation-funded summer camp for children who are ventilator dependent. Staffed by more than 50 medical professionals and other volunteers, campers ranging from 5 to 18 years of age enjoy a week of adventure. The first camp of its kind, Trail’s Edge is a place where campers enjoy typical camp activities such as horseback riding, fishing and pranks. This week-long camp also provides parents with a much-needed respite from the difficult tasks necessary in caring for a medically fragile child.

The program leases the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning north of Lapeer, situated in Mayville. This barrier-free camp accepts children from throughout Michigan to participate in the summer fun.

Contact Information

Mary Buschell

5815 Box 0208

200 E. Hospital Drive

Room 5815 Box 0208

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 231-228-3371
E-mail: mdekeon@umich.edu

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The program is primarily a(n):

Summer Program

Program End Date


Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

University of Michigan Health System

Sponsoring Department(s)

Mott Children’s Hospital – Respiratory Care

Program Available to these Counties

Tuscola, Washtenaw

Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor, Mayville

Subject Area(s)

Community Assistance, Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Environmental, Health & Health Care, Middle and High School (7-12), Social Services