3rd Annual Happy Camper 5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 

5K Fun Run-Walk

Camp Fish Tales Happy 5K Fun Run/Walk

Inaugural Fun Run Walk

A group shot of participants at the Inaugural 5K Family Fun Run/Walk.

The 3rd Annual Family 5K will be held 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!

Adults $20; Kids 16 and under $15, $50 for a family of 4
Online payment capabilities will be added as available.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Camp Fish Tales.

Call Camp Fish Tales at 989-879-5199 for more information or
BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

Camp Fish Tales announces 2018 Camp Director

J Scholma
My name is Jodi Scholma. I’m very excited to be working as the Camp Director of Camp Fish Tales for the summer. I love working with people who have disabilities and therefore I chose to get my bachelors degree in Special Education. I have taught in the classroom for 5 years as well as I’ve worked in group homes, and at day camps. I also love different cultures and to travel. I have lived in Spain, Liberia and Israel; a total of three continents. Out of all of the jobs I’ve had, my all time favorite job, was working at a camp. I’ve worked at a camp in Indiana and in New Mexico. At these camps I’ve worked as counselor, mountain biking instructor, dining hall assistant and lifeguard. No matter what title or position you have; you can guarantee it will be great fun if you’re working at a camp.

Camp Fish Tales Introduces New Program Lead – Mitchell Prater

Mitchell Prater

Mitchell Prater, Program Lead

We are very excited to introduce our Program Lead for 2018, Mitchell Prater! Mitchell is a recent graduate of Siena Heights University where he graduated with his Bachelors of Social Work. During his time at Siena,  Mitchell was involved in many organized groups and held various leadership positions including Pi Lambda Phi, Campus Ministry, and Orientation Team. Mitchell has always had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and fell in love with the camp experience last summer at Indian Trails Camp in Grand Rapids. He is excited to make even more wonderful camp memories at Camp Fish Tales this summer. When he isn’t at camp,  Mitchell enjoys watching Netflix, playing video games, and spending quality times with his family and friends.

Team Up to Clean Up

Team Up to Clean Up

Volunteers, we need your help getting camp ready for the 2018 season!  Join us Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 12pm – 4 pm.

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

Camp Fish Tales Open House Scheduled for May 20, 2018

Camp Fish Tales Open House Scheduled for May 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 20, 2018
Contact Person: Shannon Forshee
Info: (989) 879-5199

(Pinconning) Camp Fish Tales will be hosting its Spring Open House on May 20, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its Pinconning location. Refreshments will be available, including a hot dog bar, snacks, and drinks. Guests will enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including golf cart tours of the property, pontoon rides, a rock wall, and crafts. Anyone interested in learning more about camp is encouraged to attend!

In addition to the regularly scheduled activities, the Camp Fish Tales board will be conducting a number of ribbon cuttings on renovated, newly built, and planned additions to the facilities. Numerous community donors have generously contributed to the improvements at camp and will be honored at the ceremonies; including, Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Strosacker Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Dow Corning Foundation, Saginaw Society for Crippled Children, Leadership Bay County, Lions Clubs of Midland and Bay City, Jean and Donald Massnick, the LaTulip Family, the late Mary Ellery, Don Wackerle, the Thelen family, and  the Community Wishes Gala of Midland.

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 all campers.

For more information regarding Camp Fish Tales, or to register a camper, please visit www.campfishtales.org or call (989) 879-5199.

Click here for additional information.

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
*Lalondes
*Shaw
Judy McAtee
Alex Rapanos
Pavlik Trucking
Standish Milling
*Richardson’s Standish
*RE/MAX
*United Bay Community Credit Union
*GEI Insulation
Jensen Family
*XALT
*Three Rivers Corporation
Karl and Julie Ieuter
Bubba’s Tri-City Cycle
CJ’s Sports Grill
Arbury Insurance Agency
Thelen Auto Group
*Garber
*Associated Family Dental Center
Rick & Judy Cundiff
Magline
The Gaskell family
Classic Lawn Care
Disability Network
Bay Side Home Care

Spring Respite Weekend – April 20-22

Camp Fish Tales will be offering a couple of Spring respite weekends.

SPRING RESPITE WEEKENDS
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 20-22 – Up, Up and Away – Balloons, Kites and More

CLEAN UP DAY CANCELED

Clean Up Day has been canceled due to inclement weather! The clean up date has been moved to April 29th.
Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope you are able to change plans and help clean up on April 29th.

Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for Camp Clean Up

Volunteers Needed for Camp Clean Up

Looking to lend a hand?

ATTENTION

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

DUE TO THE ANTICIPATED BAD WEATHER, CLEAN UP DAY HAS BEEN CANCELED SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH

Help us spiff up camp before summer camp begins.

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

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Spring Respite Weekend – April 13th -15th

Spring Respite Weekend – April 13th -15th

Camp Fish Tales will be offering a couple of Spring respite weekends.

SPRING RESPITE WEEKENDS
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

REGISTER

Shannon Forshee appointed Camp Fish Tales Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 11, 2018
Contact Person: Shannon Forshee
Info: (989) 879-5199

Shannon Forshee

(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.

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.

SPRING RESPITE WEEKENDS
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

Camp Fish Tales Receives Scholarship Money for Midland Campers

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.

Contact:
Karl Ieuter, Chair
director@fishtales.org
2177 E Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
989-879-5199

Camp Fish Tales Announces the Recipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award”

Camp Fish Tales Announces the Recipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award”

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.

Mar 23-25 March Madness

Mar 23-25 March Madness

Come to camp and enjoy spending time with your friends and camp staff during one of our Winter or Spring Respite weekends.

Please note: 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.

RESPITE WEEKEND DESCRIPTION

March Madness Respite WeekendMarch 23, 24 & 25 – March Madness

 

RESPITE WEEKEND PRICING

Respite care starts at $225 per weekend for level one campers, $275 for level two campers and $325 for level 3 campers.

March 9-11 The wearing o ‘the green

March 9-11 The wearing o ‘the green

Come to camp and enjoy spending time with your friends and camp staff during one of our Winter or Spring Respite weekends.

Please note: 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.

RESPITE WEEKEND DESCRIPTION

Wearing of the Green Respite WeekendMarch 9,10 &11 – The wearing o ‘the green: Bring your green for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration this weekend

 

 

RESPITE WEEKEND PRICING

Respite care starts at $225 per weekend for level one campers, $275 for level two campers and $325 for level 3 campers.

Camp for Children and Adults with Special Needs Gets Big Boost from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

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.”

Contact:
Karl Ieuter, Board Chair
director@fishtales.org
2177 E Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
989-879-5199

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 HAPPY CAMPER 5K

PINCONNING

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

RACE OFTEN – RACE LOCAL

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.

BeGreaterRaceSeries

Series Details

 

 

 

 

New Sensory Room To Be Added At Camp Fish Tales

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2018
Contact: Kate Hofmann, (989) 894-3813

Leadership Bay County Class of 2018Bay City, MI – With the help of the Leadership Bay County class of 2018, Camp Fish tales is looking forward to the addition of a new sensory room this spring.

Leadership Bay County, a program of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, includes a nine-month curriculum designed to help participants better understand the community. The average class size is 20 people, who are also challenged to select and complete a class project.

“We were presented with a number of options for our class project, including a proposal from Camp Fish Tales to develop a sensory room specially designed for campers with autism,” said Leadership Bay County participant Kate Hofmann. “It quickly became apparent to our group that this project would have a lasting impact on our community, and we jumped at the chance to get started.”

In the proposal, Camp Fish Tales describes the discomfort and anxiety campers with autism sometimes feel when introduced to a new environment. “Though each person with autism is an individual, many have difficulty processing sensory information,” said Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director at Camp Fish Tales. “Though camp can be an overall enjoyable experience, some campers with autism have trouble processing their new sensory environment, which may make them uncomfortable and act out.”

A sensory room is a space designed with special elements to help engage the senses. Sensory rooms often include lights, colors, calming sounds, sensory play objects and aromas all within a safe environment that allows a person to explore without risk.

Camp Fish Tales Sensory RoomCamp Fish Tales looks forward to having a space to serve as therapy for those with sensory issues. The addition of a sensory room may also help the camp expand the number of individuals with autism they are able to serve.

“I am so impressed with the Leadership Bay County class, and am grateful for all they have done,” Bartlett said. “They have done their homework, and you can tell time and thought were really put into this project. We just can’t thank them enough, and the parents of our campers are so excited.”

The completion of the project is anticipated for June of 2018, which means campers will be able to use the room this summer.

“Most people do not understand the sensory issues that come with autism,” said Tonya Asbury, whose son Tristan has autism. “I would feel confident sending my son to a camp with a sensory room to help him during the times he is over-stimulated and overwhelmed.  It would put my mind at ease to know sensory tools are available to help calm him.”

Bartlett is eager to see the sensory room in action, and is proud to be able to offer the space to families and campers who need it. “They feel like this is an ‘aha’ moment – that people are finally paying attention to their needs on the disability spectrum,” Bartlett said. “We are working to provide a people-first, person-centered unique camping experience, and the Leadership Bay County class is helping us make that happen.”

Bay Area Chamer of Commerce

Leadership Bay County will host a silent auction fundraiser at the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on March 20, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the development of the Camp Fish Tales sensory room. Those interested in donating to the silent auction can contact Jena Lowell at Jena.Lowell@hilton.com or 989-460-1681.

Current sponsors of the project include Consumers Energy, McLaren Bay Region, Northwoods Wholesale Outlet, Bob & Joyce Hetzler, Catholic Federal Credit Union, Chemical Bank, Garber Chevrolet Linwood, Independent Bank, Labadie Buick GMC, Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc. and Serenus Johnson Construction.

The Leadership Bay County Class of 2018 includes Stephen Bigelow, Superintendent of Bay City Public Schools; Michael Ciaciuch, Founder and Principal of Act Two Financial Advisors; AmyLou Gage Douglas, Corporate Data and Health Information Technology Manager for CMU Health; Sarah Dufresne, Vice President of Business & Finance at Delta College; Alyssa Gulvas, Insurance Advisor and Owner of Gulvas Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance; Kate Hofmann, Marketing Communications Specialist at McLaren Bay Region; Melissa Jo Horn, Admission Advisor for the Great Lakes Bay Region and Online Programs for Northwood University; Jessica Jacobs, Account Manager for Valley United Insurance Agency; Sean Kelly, Performance Engineer at Consumers Energy; Jena Lowell, Catering Sales Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront; Molly Neymeiyer, Business Account Manager at Consumers Energy; Alan Nicholls, Regional Manager for PM Environmental, Inc.; Mike O’Hearn, Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Events at Saginaw Valley State University; Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist at Catholic Federal Credit Union; Amber Phillips, Assistant Vice President Bank Manager for Independent Bank; Emily Radlinski, Collections Manager for the Bay County Historical Society; Josh Rappuhn, Senior Accountant at Weinlander Fitzhugh; Chris Sheridan, Senior Accountant at Yeo & Yeo, CPAs & Business Consultants and Melissa Vrable, Principal of Bangor Central Elementary.

Feb 9-11 Cupid’s Capers

Feb 9-11 Cupid’s Capers

Come to camp and enjoy spending time with your friends and camp staff during one of our Winter or Spring Respite weekends.

Please note: 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.

RESPITE WEEKEND DESCRIPTION

Cupid Capers Respite WeekendFebruary 9, 10, 11 – Cupids capers:  Hearts and flowers and our annual sweetheart dance.

 

 

RESPITE WEEKEND PRICING

Respite care starts at $225 per weekend for level one campers, $275 for level two campers and $325 for level 3 campers.

Camp Fish Tales Receives $17,000 from Community Wish Gala

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FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director
Camp Fish Tales
989-879-5199/989-903-5405
director@campfishtales.org


Midland, MI – The Community Wish Gala of Midland chose Camp Fish Tales, Pinconning, MI as one of its three recipients of funds from its annual charity fundraising events. On January 16th, the Community Wish Gala gave three checks totaling $51,000 to Midland County Emergency Food Pantry, A Brighter Tomorrow, and Camp Fish Tales hosted at the Whine, Wackerly Road, Midland MI. The Holiday Wish Gala held in December raised more funds this year than ever before.

Camp Fish Tales is a camp for children and adults with special needs and has been serving campers since 1993. The $17,000 check will be used towards scholarships and programming activities for its upcoming camping season. The camp expects to serve over 200 campers in 2018 and has grown over 200% over the last two years.

“This is truly unbelievable. I am so impressed with the efforts of this group and how giving they are following the holiday season. Their efforts do not go unnoticed, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done. I hope they realize the impact they have made,” commented Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director of Camp Fish Tales.

To learn more about Camp Fish Tales please visit their website at campfishtales.org or visit their Facebook page for upcoming events.


 

Camp Fish Tales Receives Funds to Re-Do Dock

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FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director
Camp Fish Tales
989-879-5199/989-903-5405
director@campfishtales.org

February 7th, 2018 – Pinconning MI

Camp Fish Tales, in Northern Bay County, received $16,763.00 in funds from the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and $2,500 from the Union Sportsman’s Alliance to “replace the old dock” located on-site at Camp Fish Tales. Members of the community will be coming together February 10th and 11th to tear out the old dock and put in the new. Camp Fish Tales is a camp for children and adults with special needs and has been serving campers since 1993.

The funds granted are estimated to complete the entire project, and with the Union Sportsman’s Alliance’s assistance, and volunteer members in the community, the project is expected to be completed during the planned weekend.

“The event has been placed on Facebook, and volunteers have already confirmed they are coming to help. We are hoping it will be a nice weekend, but its Michigan so we will wait till closer to the event to decide if the weather will be permitting. If anyone wants to assist, bring your drill, or electric generator, and put on your coat and earmuffs. We want to have this done before Spring” said Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director.

Rachel also stated that if anyone needed more information, call the office at 989-879-5199 or call her cell at 989-903-5405. “We are grateful for the community support and can’t thank the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and the Sportsman’s Alliance Union enough for their funding and labor,” Rachel Bartlett said. For more information about Camp Fish Tales, please visit campfishtales.org or their Facebook page.


 

Jan 26-28 Snowballs and Snow Forts

Jan 26-28 Snowballs and Snow Forts

Come to camp and enjoy spending time with your friends and camp staff during one of our Winter or Spring Respite weekends.

Please note: 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.

RESPITE WEEKEND DESCRIPTION

Snowballs and Snow Forts Respite WeekendJanuary 26, 27 & 28 – Snowballs and snow forts … and tales by the warm crackling fire.

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

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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.

MISSION STATEMENT

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 campfishtales.org. 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
989-879-5199/989-903-5405
director@campfishtales.org


SPONSORSHIP FORM 2018

Download the Sponsorship Form

GOLD SPONSOR PACKAGE ($1000)
*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!

SILVER SPONSOR PACKAGE ($500)
*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.

BRONZE SPONSOR PACKAGE ($250)
*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.

FRIEND SPONSOR PACKAGE ($100)
*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!

DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS

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 campfishtales.com or visit us on Facebook. Be sure to like our page!

SAVE THE DATE EVENT
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.