At Camp Fish Tales’ annual Fish Races Fundraiser, the camp presented the 3rd annual Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award” to Thomas N. Thelen, a long-time supporter, fundraiser, and board member of Camp Fish Tales.
Wackerle was one of the “super friends” who were the reason behind the start of Camp Fish Tales. Wackerle died in September 2016 at age 44. One of the traditions at camp is to take the ashes from the last camp fire of the week and restart the first campfire of the season with those ashes. Hence, keeping the spirit of camp alive and “Keeping the Fire Burning.”
“Mr. Thelen has been instrumental in the construction of new structures at camp as well putting in procedures that helped bring Camp Fish Tales to the next level,” Executive Director Shannon Forshee said. “His commitment to camp has made him the recipient of the Ben Wackerle Keep the Fire Burning award.”