Summer Camp

Who Can Attend

We now have ten sessions of camp scheduled for summer 2017. These ten weeks consist of youth weeks (age 7-17), young adult weeks (18-35) and adult weeks (30 and over). There is some overlap due to disabilities or compatibility as they get older. For many of our campers, this is one of the few opportunities to become more independent and to build social skills. For caregivers, Camp Fish Tales offers respite, a chance to renew, or even a chance to focus on other family members. Our campers have a physical and/or developmental disability. Before accepting a camper, we make sure that we can adequately meet their needs. Due to our high staffing ratio and 24 hour nursing staff, Camp Fish Tales is known for taking campers with more severe disabilities. It is often difficult for these families to find an overnight recreational activity that can assist their loved ones, due to their disabilities.

2017 Summer Sessions

(Openings/reservation availability effective 5-18-17)

Session 1 – June 11-June 16  Adult (physical impairment) 
Session 2 – June 18-June 23 Young Adult (18-40) 
Session 3 – June 25-June 30 Youth (6-17) 
Session 4 – July 2-July 7 Adult (35 and over) 
Session 5 – July 9- July 14 Young Adult (18-40)
Session 6 – July 16-July 21 Youth 6-17) SESSION IS FULL
Session 7 – July 23-July 28 Young Adult (18-40) SESSION IS FULL
Session 8 – July 30-August 4 Young Adult (18-40)   SESSION IS FULL 
Session 9 – August 6-August 11 Overflow – TAKING RESERVATIONS – 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR GIRLS
Session 10 – August 13-August 18 Private registrant. Session is full.


 

Facilities

We set out to design a camp that encourages campers to become more independent. We asked our campers and families what would be needed and they told us:

  • Electronic doors that allow campers to enter and exit the lodge on their own.
  • Barrier-free bathrooms large enough for easy navigation in a wheelchair.
  • A 5,000 ft. nature trail, wheelchair accessible.
  • An archery & paint ball range with tripods to hold bows so that campers can aim and shoot on their own.
  • A multi-tiered campfire area designed so that wheelchairs can safely enjoy the fire.
  • An outdoor patio for dances and socializing with accessible picnic tables.
  • A chapel nestled in the woods with an accessible stage for campers to perform on.
  • A pond with an accessible dock and boardwalk for boating, swimming and fishing

Camp Goals

The goal of Camp Fish Tales is to promote an atmosphere for the physically challenged individual to meet and make new friends while participating in group growth activities. In many cases campers will learn to deal with own emotional and physical limitations. Camp Fish Tales will provide campers with the opportunity to be away from home and become more aware of the need for their caregiver to have a “break”. Campers will become more attuned tothe needs of others within their units. Campers are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible.

Activities

Campers rise early to wash up and dress for breakfast.  Some can do these activities alone, others require assistance from a counselor.  We set aside enough time in the morning so that campers can do as much of their own personal care as possible.  Campers meet for breakfast at 8:30 in the dining room.  Breakfast is followed by an hour of open time where campers and counselors tidy up their cabin, socialize and make plans for the day’s events.  Most of our campers have to follow someone else’s time table or schedule, due to their dependence for help.  At the camp, they are given the freedom to make decisions on what they do and have time to socialize at their leisure.  Many of our adult campers do not have the opportunity to socialize with peers on a daily basis.

At 10:00 a.m. the campers gather for flag raising, which signals the start of morning activities.  Organized team games, like scavenger hunts or modified hockey and bucket ball games are a wonderful opportunity for campers to work and play together.

Lunch is at 12:30 and is followed by an hour of rest period.  The remainder of the afternoon is spent on individual activities such as arts and crafts (we now offer pottery, thanks to a grant from the youth initiative fund), archery, paint ball target practice, bowling, swimming, boating, fishing, and trail exploring.

At 5:30 p.m. campers come together in the main lodge for dinner.  Evening activities include gathering around the campfire for storytelling, skits and songs.  A dance is held weekly on the patio off the main lodge, along with a talent show night. By 10:00 p.m. everyone heads back to their cabin for a good night’s rest and another full day.

Staffing

Camp Fish Tales is licensed by the State of Michigan and is staffed by a camp director, cook, office manager, licensed medical director, medical volunteers, counselors, counselors in training, lifeguard and program assistant.

Camper Registration Forms

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