CFT would like to thank our Fish Race Sponsors

Camp Fish Tales would like to thank our 2018 Fish sponsors for our Fish Races that were held in March.

Your commitment to camp and your generosity is certainly appreciated!

Below is a list of all 2018 Fish Race sponsors.
*= indicates businesses and individuals who are also 2018 camp sponsors
Arc of Midland
Kathy Dolan
The Forshee Family
*Fisher Companies
*Sowle Properties
*Ieuter Insurance Agency
*Bartlett Farms
*Pioneer Golden Estates
*Eden Fields Assisted Living and Memory Care
Associated Builders and Contractors
Midland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The McClelland Family
*Chemical bank
The Riddle Family
George Phillips Law Firm
Judy McAtee
Alex Rapanos
Pavlik Trucking
Standish Milling
*Richardson’s Standish
*United Bay Community Credit Union
*GEI Insulation
Jensen Family
*Three Rivers Corporation
Karl and Julie Ieuter
Bubba’s Tri-City Cycle
CJ’s Sports Grill
Arbury Insurance Agency
Thelen Auto Group
*Associated Family Dental Center
Rick & Judy Cundiff
The Gaskell family
Classic Lawn Care
Disability Network
Bay Side Home Care

Volunteers Needed for Camp Clean Up

Volunteers Needed for Camp Clean Up

Looking to lend a hand?


Clean Up Day has been moved to Sunday, April 29 from 12 to 4.


Help us spiff up camp before summer camp begins.

Your help is greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance!



CFT Spring Respite Weekends

Respites Spring

Camp Fish Tales will be offering a couple of Spring respite weekends. Click on the links below for more information.

All  overnight respites registration/drop off times are Friday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and pickup times are Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
$225.00 per person

April Showers Respite Weekend
April 13-15 – April Showers and Planting Flowers
Up, Up & Away Respite Weekend
April 20-22 – balloons, kites and more

Be Greater Race Series

Be Greater Race Series

5K Fun Run-Walk

Become part of the Be Greater Race Series and join us at our 5K Family Fun Run/Walk.





Camp Fish Tales’ 5K Family Run/Walk is now part of the Be Greater Race Series!

Stay committed all race season and register to run the Great Lakes Bay Region! This collection of races which will keep you moving and motivated all race season long!

FREE to register for the series! All you have to do is race in at least four races to receive a shirt and gain eligibility for prizes provided by Runners.


Series Details





Camp Fish Tales begins a new campaign

As camp Fish Tales continues to grow and serve more campers every summer, the need for additional housing and bath facilities has emerged. We do not want to turn away any campers due to lack of space.

The board, in a strategic planning session has laid out the plans for expansion beginning with a new accessible shower house affording more privacy and more shower and toilet facilities. A new universally designed residential 24-bed camper cabin with room for up to 8 staff is next on the docket. Providing more privacy and more bathroom facilities is a must going forward.

The capital fundraising campaign has begun. Dow Corning has given $50,000 toward the project. The Strosacker Foundation has pledged $50,000. The Gerstacker Foundation of Midland has donated $10,000 toward the project. The Jean V and Donald J Massnick Charitable Trust has contributed over $14,000 toward the effort. In addition, many personal donations have been collected during our camp fundraisers. Please consider donating to CFT today and help us meet the goal of a new cabin.

Our dock is in need of renovation. The Garber Management group has pledged to repair the accessible dock beginning in the spring of 2018. THANK YOU GARBER! Plans to extend the current office and reception area as well as storage are also proposed. A wetlands delineation and environmental survey has taken place. Volunteers have begun to clear the areas of trees and brush to make way for the new buildings. Some material and much of the labor for the bath house have been donated by Van Popplen Brothers, Sequin Lumber, Operating Engineers OE 324 and many community volunteers.

We are always looking for volunteers and donations of money or supplies. Please consider giving today!


2018 Letter from the Director


Dear Family, Friends, and Area Businesses,

I would like to take a minute of your time to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about an amazing place I just began my Non-Profit career. My name is Rachel Bartlett, and I am the new Executive Director at Camp Fish Tales, Pinconning MI.


Camp Fish Tales provides a unique and exciting outdoor learning experience where individuals with special needs interact and develop skills that enhance their health, abilities, independence and quality of life.

We helped just under 160 campers last year, and for 2018 our goal is 200! We have plans of expansion soon, and have upcoming fundraisers to help make this all possible. We also provide scholarships, so we never have to turn a camper away. To provide these services, we count on our partners in the community to help us achieve our goals.

If you are receiving this letter, it is because someone who cares about Camp Fish Tales has recommended I send this information to you. We have a phenomenal board, 15 upstanding members of the community, that donate their time to help people and achieve Camp Fish Tale’s mission.

I hope you will consider partnering with us! I have included a Sponsorship Form and if choosing to do so, I will mail our 501c3 information and receipt for your tax deduction purposes.

I thank you for taking the time to read, and encourage you to stop out for a tour or visit our website at You can also visit us on Facebook and sign up to receive our quarterly newsletters. If you have any questions or need more information, please call me anytime,

Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director 2177 E. Erickson Rd
Pinconning, MI 48650


Download the Sponsorship Form

*Your logo and business name at all of our events:

The Fish Races, Open House, and The Happy Camper 5k.
It includes your name & logo on a mile marker and at the start/finish line, on t-shirts for all events, on our FB page, mentions on FB, mentions in other advertisements, inclusion of name & logo in our email blast, and a “fish” for the Fish Races. Any event we hold, you will be a part of!

*Your logo and business name at the Open House and The Happy Camper 5k. It includes name and logo on a mile marker, on t-shirts, on our FB page, mentions on FB, and inclusion in email blasts. You also will receive 2 tickets for the Fish Races.

*Your logo and business name at the Open House & The Happy Camper 5k. It includes logo on the t-shirt & a mile marker for The Happy Camper 5k. It also includes 2 tickets to the Fish Races.

*Your personal or business name on our website.
NOTE: You can mail check now, or do it anytime your budget allows in 2018!! THE CAMPERS of CAMP FISH TALES, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND I THANK YOU for your continued support.
Those planning a Gold sponsorship kindly reply by 2/10/17 to reserve your fish and seats at the races!


Camp Fish Tales Fish Races
2nd Annual Fish Races: March 16th, 2018
Doors open: 5:30pm. Dinner Served: 6pm Post time: 7pm
Join us for dinner and this crowd pleasing, one of a kind event which includes pari-mutuel betting on wooden fish. 6 fish will race in each heat on our very own “track.” Admission is $25 per person and included dinner and an evening of gambling fun. Event is BYOB. Must be 18 years old to attend and place bets. Tickets are available beginning January 15th or by calling 989-879-5199.

Camp Fish Tales Open House
May 20th, 2018 12-2pm
Camp Fish Tales would like to invite you to our open house! Lunch Menu: Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, slushies, and lemonade. We will have activities for the family including: Camp Tours, Build-a-cabin, Pontoon Rides, Zipline and Rock Climbing Wall!

Camp Fish Tales Happy 5K Fun Run/Walk
3rd Annual Family 5K on September 30th at 2pm. The event will take place at camp. Runners & Walkers will get to explore parts of the property’s 66 acres via the groomed trails. Race is timed. Registration begins July 2018, and if using the link provided, you reserve your t-shirt and swag bag! Call Camp Fish Tales for more information!
Adults $20; Kids 16 and under $15, $50 for a family of 4
All proceeds from fundraisers benefit Camp Fish Tales. For further information go to or visit us on Facebook. Be sure to like our page!

Don Wackerly and Green Hills Golf Course are hosting the Camp Fish Tales Annual Golf Outing July 21st! The cost is $75 per person and includes a delicious meal, green fees, cart, raffle drawings, and a 50/50. All proceeds will be generously donated to Camp Fish Tales.