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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

Jeff Cain

Trail’s Edge Camp
c/o Mott Respiratory Care, 8-714
1540 E. Hospital Dr. SPC 4208
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4208

Phone: 734-232-3823
E-mail: jacain@med.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