History

In 1993 Camp Fish Tales opened a one-week, overnight, camp at Saginaw Valley State University.  It was a good start, but parents and volunteers had a dream. One day their children and friends would enjoy a true camping experience…healthy, fun activities outdoors…the chance to meet new friends and develop social skills in a completely new and safe environment…the “confidence building” experience of being away from home.  Hundreds of volunteers pitched in. Finally, in 1996, Camp Fish Tales opened near Pinconning in mid-Michigan. This barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp, located on 67 ½ acres, is a dream come true for campers and their loved ones.  Camp facilities include: a main lodge with a kitchen, dining area, fellowship room for gatherings, game recreation room and a small nursing station.  We also have two large cabins, one each for males and females.  Counselors stay in the large cabins with the campers to assure campers’ safety. Eight staff (including the director and nurses for the camp) stay in three small, portable cabins. The ratio of staff to campers is 1:1, occasionally 1:2 if both campers have a higher level of independence. This type of individual attention gives campers the chance to do more things for themselves, than they might be able to at home or in other settings.  We make every effort to allow and encourage them to do whatever it is they want to accomplish. With each small success, campers’ self-esteem grows and their level of independence increases.