Camp Fish Tales will be offering a number of respite weekends during the Fall and Winter of 2017. Join us at camp for fun-filled Halloween and Thanksgiving-themed weekends or join us for single day drop-in sessions in December. Click on the links below for more information and a printable application:
Camp Fish Tales hosted its First Annual Fish Races on Saturday, March 10th. Wooden fish, made and donated by the carpentry students from the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, were sponsored by local businesses and individuals. We had some very creative fish this year!
This year’s event was attended by over 100 individuals. Kevin Kendrick was our emcee and track announcer for the evening. The races raised over $9,000 to support the programs and scholarships that we provide to individuals with disabilities.
Honors for this year’s event include; Best Dressed Fish Winner, Vicky Jezweski & Natalie Herber “Chasing the Captain” and Fastest Fish Winner, Forshee Friends & Family “Hook-it”.
A huge thank you to everyone that attended! What an energetic crowd we had! Thank you for all your continued support and a big thanks to everyone that sponsored a fish, made a donation and attended. You truly made our event exciting and fun! We couldn’t do it without you! EVENT SPONSORS: GOLD: Fisher Companies, Garber Chevrolet of Linwood, Ieuter Insurance Group, Kevin & Jennifer Kendrick, ReMax of Midland, Sowle Properties, Dr. Buchanan, DDS, Dr. Derek Sanders, DDS, Dr. Darl Pochert, DDS SILVER: Special Tree Rehabilitation, United Bay Community Credit Union, Yeo and Yeo, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan FOOD SPONSORS: Lalonde’s Market, Valley Food, Weiss Fruit Market
The Midland Daily News Published 8:00 am, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Sam Forshee presents a check to Camp Fish Tales Executive Director Beth Dow at an open house on May 20. Sam Forshee, a student from Susan Shaffer’s 4th grade classroom at Siebert Elementary, recently organized a fundraiser benefiting Camp Fish Tales. Camp Fish Tales is a nonprofit, located in Bay County, that provides an outdoor camping experience for children and adults with special needs. Forshee organized a group of classmates, held meetings at recess and made a formal presentation to his class. He then sent information about the fundraiser home with his classmates asking for help raising money and awareness. Forshee and his classmates collected donations for one month before totaling the proceeds.
At Camp Fish Tales “Fish Races”, the Camp presented the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award” to Bubba Philipp, a long time supporter, fundraiser, and former board member of Camp Fish Tales.
Ben was one of the “Super Friends” that was the reason behind the start of Camp Fish Tales. Unfortunately, the orld lost Ben in Sep-tember 2016 at age 44. One of the Traditions at camp is to take the ashes from the camp fire of the last camp and restart the first with that ashes at the first camp of the next season. Hence, “Keep the Fire Burning”.
Bubba organizes charity poker rides for camp scholarships and brings motorcycle riders every Thursday night to camp to sit on their bikes–a true highlight of many of the campers among many activities that have earned him the first annual re-cipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning” award.
Howdy! Summer Camp 2017 is fast upon us. This year’s western theme: Wild Wild Fish Tales will feature a chuck wagon dinner and Sunday night Hay Ride followed by a Hoe Down. Pack your boots, jeans and cowboy hats and ride off into the sunset with Camp Fish Tales.
Camp Fish Tales is situated on over 67-acres in Pinconning, Michigan, in Northern Bay County. Our picturesque setting features meadows, forests and a sandy beach lakefront – plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun.
Emphasis is placed on the ability of each camper to participate in camping experiences according to his or her physical, cognitive and psychological abilities. A concerted effort is made to remove any possible barriers and to create a secure, positive and reinforcing environment.
All of our facilities are designed to meet the special physical, social, intellectual, emotional and motivational needs of our campers. We have a large, central dining hall and activity center where campers congregate for group dining, special events, and important social interaction. Surrounding this facility are two rustic cabins, which provide group living arrangements during residential sessions and an opportunity for campers to develop true friendships. Throughout the grounds of Camp Fish Tales are numerous activity are-as designed with our campers in mind. This includes a central outdoor gathering spot for traditional campfires, camp songs, and flag raising ceremonies. Camp also includes a vegetable garden that campers can tend, a rock climbing wall, archery range and Nerf gun range. We have our own beautiful lake for water activities including swimming and boating.
Camp sessions begin June 11th and continue through August. Sessions are filling up quickly. Wild, Wild Fish Tales is waiting for you.
Beth A. Dow
State Senator Mike Green, representative of Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties in the Michigan Senate, visited Camp Fish Tales, a barrier free camp that provides unique and specialized camping experiences for individuals with special needs, during an Open House on Saturday May 20th. The state senator joined others in touring the camp’s grounds and facilities before addressing the gathering and presenting a framed tribute to the camp in honor of its mission and legacy within the community.
The highlight of this year’s Open House was a “rock wall” climbing tower that the camp recently acquired through two grants provided by the Bay Area Community Foundation and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. The tower will be used throughout the summer to allow campers with cognitive and physical disabilities a chance to “ascend toward the sky” and try rock climbing in a manner that is assisted and safe. Open House visitors of all ages had the opportunity to climb the tower, paddle and pontoon on the camp’s lake, hike throughout the camp’s wilderness area and enjoy hot dogs and other treats.