FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 11, 2018
Contact Person: Shannon Forshee
Info: (989) 879-5199
(Pinconning) The Board of Directors for Camp Fish Tales, located in Pinconning, Michigan, is pleased to announce the appointment of former board member, Shannon Forshee, as Executive Director. Shannon is a former special education teacher with Bullock Creek Public Schools, and an engaged community volunteer for a number of local organizations. In her two years of board involvement with Camp Fish Tales, and as chair of the fundraising committee, Shannon has raised over $50K in additional scholarship and programmatic funding for camp.
“Shannon has shown a great deal of leadership on our board from day one,” said Karl Ieuter, current Camp Fish Tales board chair “although she will be missed in this capacity, we have full faith in her ability to bring camp to the next level during this transitional phase”.
Camp Fish Tales is partnering with IKUS Life Enrichment Services, formally Indian Trails Camp, out of Grand Rapids to deliver its 11 week camping season in 2018.
“This partnership is a great opportunity to bring the expertise and innovation of IKUS to our local community as we work on continually improving our program and providing the best possible experience for our campers” Ieuter added, “With their programmatic leadership and Shannon’s connections and knowledge of this community, we know this will be our best camp season yet”.
Camp Fish Tales is a barrier-free, accessible camp located on 67 acres located on the corner of Erickson and Old State Road between Pinconning and Linwood. Camp Fish Tales serves individuals of all ages with varying types of disability in order to ensure an enjoyable and enriching experience for our campers.
For more information regarding Camp Fish Tales, or to register a camper, please visit www.campfishtales.org or call (989) 879-5199.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Pinconning, MI – April 3, 2018
Camp Fish Tales, a camp for children and adults with special needs, located in Pinconning, Michigan received a grant of $10,000 to provide scholarships to Midland County residents with special needs to attend summer camp.
“Providing an opportunity to attend summer camp is a once is a life time experience for many of the campers,” said Karl Ieuter, Chair of Camp Fish Tales Board of Directors. “We hope these scholarships will provide opportunities for campers from Midland that may not have had the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor camp setting.”
Midland County Youth Action Council (MCYAC) is a project of the Midland Area Community Foundation and is made possible through the Council of Michigan Foundations and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.
Camp Fish Tales opened its doors in 1996. Since that time, summer camperships have grown from 25 campers to 160 campers. Camp Fish Tales weekend respites have added substantially to camper numbers in the past two years.
“We never want to turn a camper away because they can’t afford camp. These scholarships will give Midland County campers the opportunity to attend the premier summer camp for campers of all ages with special needs,” said Jan Lampman, member of the board.
Board Member, Shannon Forshee added, “This generous grant from the Midland County Youth Action Council will allow more campers to have their summer dreams come true.”
To apply for a scholarship, go to www.campfishtales.org and fill out the scholarship application or call 989-879-5199. Registration is open for camp online.
Karl Ieuter, Chair
2177 E Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
At Camp Fish Tales annual fish races, the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning” Award was accepted by Jimmy Smith. Jimmy is a board member and he also attends camp. The tradition at camp is to save the ashes from the last camp fire and use them to start the first fire of the season. This tradition keeps the fire/spirit alive in all of us. Shannon Forshee, board member said, “Jimmy exemplifies keeping the spirit alive. He has a passion for camp. A passion that could never be blown out. Jimmy is such a hard worker. He’s an advocate for camp & our biggest fan. He is truly a person with passion & we are thankful for him.” You will find Jimmy around town and at trade shows selling raffle tickets to help campers attend camp.
Registration is now open for summer camp for campers of all ages with special needs. See www.campfishtales.org to register or call 989-879-5199 for more details.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pinconning, MI – March 15, 2018
Camp Fish Tales, a camp for children and adults with special needs, located in Pinconning, Michigan received a grant of $120,000 to fund the construction of two new residential housing facilities for campers and staff.
“Some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned in nature,” said Macauley Whiting Jr., President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. “We hope these new housing units enhance the experience of the campers and staff.”
In the past two years, camper registration has increased by 60 percent. In order to handle the expected increase in 2018 and beyond, the Board of Directors of Camp Fish Tales has embarked on an expansion and renovation project to house and care for children and adults with cognitive and/or physical impairments.
Camp Fish Tales opened its doors in 1996. Since that time, summer camperships have grown from 25 campers to 160 campers. The need for additional housing and bath facilities has grown exponentially. Camp Fish Tales weekend respites have added substantially to camper numbers in the past two years.
The universally designed cabins will house up to an additional 40 campers per session. Estimated growth to over 500 campers per summer is anticipated by 2020.
“We never want to turn a camper away because we don’t have room. The board and staff are working toward making Camp Fish Tales the premier summer camp for people with special needs,” said Karl Ieuter, chairman of the board.
Board member, Jan Lampman says, “This generous grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will pave the way for Camp Fish Tales to move forward and make summer dreams come true for more and more campers.”
Karl Ieuter, Board Chair
2177 E Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650