Camp Fish Tales

Camp Fish Tales is a year-round independent non-profit camp, conference and retreat center located in Pinconning, Michigan just north of the Great Lakes Bay Region. This barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible camp, encompasses 67 ½ acres and is a dream come true for campers and their loved ones.

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.

Camp Goals

The goal of Camp Fish Tales is to provide an atmosphere for individuals with special needs to meet and make new friends while participating in activities designed to promote physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.

For many campers, this is one of the few opportunities to be away from home and become more independent. For caregivers, Camp Fish Tales offers respite and a chance to renew.

How Camp Fish Tales Got Started

In 1993 Camp Fish Tales opened a one-week, overnight, camp at Saginaw Valley State University.  It was a good start, but parents and volunteers had a dream in which one day their children and friends would enjoy a true camping experience. A camping experience which would include healthy, fun activities outdoors…the chance to meet new friends and develop social skills in a completely new and safe environment…the “confidence-building” experience of being away from home.  Hundreds of volunteers pitched in.

Finally, in 1996, Camp Fish Tales opened near Pinconning in mid-Michigan. This barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp, located on 67 ½ acres, is a dream come true for campers and their loved ones. 

Mission Moments at Camp Fish Tales

The Story of Camp Fish Tales 1989-1999

Camp Fish Tales Accessible Playground Dedication - 2014

Sunshine Lodge - The lodge includes a full-service commercial kitchen, a large dining area that doubles as a fellowship room, a large game room, and an activity room. The capacity for the main lodge is 250.

Health Lodge - The camp health lodge is a facility with 2 separate rooms, a handicap-accessible bathroom with a shower, and a nursing office.

The Salmon & Bluegill Cabins - Each cabin is 18 capacity, air-conditioned and heated for winter. They both have handicap-accessible restrooms/showers.

Rainbow Cabin - Capacity of 24 with heat and air conditioning. Handicap Accessible showers/restrooms.

Mini-Cabins (3) - Each cabin houses 2 people. Two of the three mini-cabins have a restroom.

Chapel - An open-air chapel nestled in the woods with wooden benches and an accessible stage.

The Sensory Cabin - The Sensory Cabin is a therapeutic space designed to promote physical change through special lighting, music, and objects.

Lion's Pavilion - Covered picnic area with picnic tables adjacent to the kitchen.

Outdoor Recreation Areas - Five thousand feet of wheelchair-accessible hiking trails, access to Camp Fish Tales' waterfront (2.5-acre pond with swimming/beach area,  fishing deck, pontoon, kayaks, and paddleboats), archery range, 2 playing fields, paved basketball/game area, rock climbing wall, 2 outdoor pavilions, 2 fire pits, and an outdoor amphitheater (a multi-tiered campfire area).

Camp Fish Tales is always looking for responsible, caring and Camp enthusiastic individuals to join our team!

CFT Summer Staff 2019

*ALL applicants must be able to pass fingerprinting/background check, DHS and Recipient Rights Clearances, and not be a Sex offender.

You can fill out the application at the link above or send your resume to director@campfishtales.org.

Camp Counselors (18 and older)
Camp Fish Tales is looking for responsible, caring and enthusiastic individuals to join our team. Camp Counselors (18 and older), will be working with campers (adults and children) with special needs to help them experience a safe, growing, and fun outdoor camp experience.
Camp counselors stay at camp during the week, have free room and board, amazing meals, and their weekends off. They also receive training certificates in first aid/CPR. This translates into all professions while making a huge difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Camp Nurse
The RN, LPN must be licensed to practice in Michigan. The RN, LPN will be responsible for, in general, the health and well being of campers and staff. The RN/LPN will be responsible for dispensing all medications/ treatments for staff/campers.
RNs/LPNs stay at camp during the week, have free room and board, amazing meals, and their weekends off.

Camp Director
Applicants must be 21 years of age and MUST have 3 years of camp experience. Must complete all training provided by CFT. Must be enthusiastic and dependable. Will direct all camp functions, activities, schedules, and employee reviews. Will assist counselors when needed and ensure documentation is kept for camp licensing.
The Camp Director is the leader, cheerleader and prime example for the counselors and other staff to follow. The Camp Director ensures camper and staff safety and also monitors all camper and staff interactions.
The Camp Director will stay onsite any time camp is in session. Food and apartment provided.

Program Lead
Applicants must be 18 years of age. Must complete all training provided by CFT. Must be enthusiastic, dependable, have professional conduct, and maintain confidentiality when needed. Will create and implement activities that allow the campers to reach their highest practical level of physical and social well being. Will accommodate activities for all campers' needs. Will help direct all camp functions and activities. Activities included but not limited to: boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, talent shows, art n crafts, bike night, a weekly dance, bonfires, and skits. The Program Lead will also assist counselors when needed.

Camp Chef
Must be 18 years of age and be SERV-Safe certified. Experience preferred.
Must place orders weekly, be resourceful with food items, and turn in weekly nutritious menus. The kitchen must be well maintained and cleaned per SERV-Safe standards.

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