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CAMP FISH TALES Covid-19 Warning
Due to Covid-19, we have adapted our program to enhance the health and safety of our staff and campers. Staff, campers, and their families must follow all of the provided instructions while at Camp Fish Tales.

The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 is inherent at camp as it is in any other public or private space where people gather. Covid-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe medical complications and death. Persons with underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician before attending Camp Fish Tales. All campers must have a physical on file. By having your camper attend Camp Fish Tales, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.

Camp Fish Tales is licensed by the State of Michigan. With the COVID-19 situation, we are following enhanced guidelines this summer. Please review this information and be familiar with it before your camper comes to CFT.

In order for us to provide a wonderful and safe camp experience for your camper, please inform us of any health concerns/conditions which may make your camper at higher risk for complications, if exposed to COVID-19. This can be done by informing us of your camper’s health history information (CampDocs) or by sending us an e-mail directly to

Camper Specific Guidelines for Attending Camp

  • If a camper has a fever, that camper must be fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before returning to camp (even if other COVID-19 symptoms are not present).
  • If a camper or camp staff member becomes symptomatic while at camp, they will be sent home immediately. In the case of a camper, he/she will be isolated in a safe location until they are picked up.
  • If any camper or camp staff member tests positive for COVID-19, that camp may be closed for a period of time. That determination will be made based on guidance from our local health department.

COVID-19 social distanceCamper Drop-off and Pick-up
To reduce contact between families, campers and staff, campers are going to be scheduled a specific time slot for drop off. Only one parent or guardian is allowed to check the camper in. All others must stay in their vehicle. Parents and campers are required to wear a face mask during check in/check out.

Daily Screening
All campers are required to be evaluated for any Covid-19 related symptoms at drop-off each day.

Temperature check – Campers with temperatures reading 100.4F or greater, will not be allowed to sign into camp. Campers must be fever free for no less than 72 hours without the use of fever reducers to return to camp.

Symptoms Check – Camp families will be asked two questions at drop-off.

  1. Have you, your camper or anyone in your household been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19?
  2. Has your camper felt unwell within the last three days? Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion runny nose, nausea/vomiting and/or diarrhea?

We will also monitor and address any self-reporting of symptoms from campers/staff throughout their day at camp.

Meals will take place outside weather permitting. Meals will be bagged or pre-plated and served to the campers. No s/p, etc.on tables. All items disposable.

Facial coverings
Staff – Staff will be required to wear a facial covering when inside, or when physical distancing isn’t possible outside.
Campers – Campers will be required to wear facial coverings while inside or when physical distancing isn’t possible outside. 
Parents/Guardians – For the consideration and protection of our staff, any person interacting with our staff during drop-off and/or pick-up must also wear a facial covering.

Increased Sanitation
Equipment/Space Sanitation – We have implemented increased sanitation of supplies, equipment, playground etc.
Handwashing/disinfecting – Campers and staff will wash/sanitize their hands several times throughout the day, before any meal period, after sharing high touch or shared equipment and after sneezing/coughing. Doors will be propped open when able to decrease touch.

Staff training
Each season our staff engage in 40+ hours of pre-camp training. Staff training will include information on our screening procedures, sanitation expectations, and cohort distancing among a variety of other Covid-19 mitigation techniques.

We understand that these times are challenging and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we conduct summer camp as responsibly as we can. We take our responsibility to care for your camper during these extreme conditions very seriously. Exceptions to our procedures will not be allowed for staff, campers, or camp families. We hope to provide your camper with a great Camp Experience this season. We look forward to serving your family!

CFT Fish Races Chairs 2020
Chris and Molly Girard, Honorary Chairs

Camp Fish Tales moves forward with Aug. 21 fundraiser


Ashley Schafer,

PRESS RELEASE – After facing safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at Camp Fish Tales have decided to move forward with the Annual Fish Races fundraiser on Aug. 21.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the barrier-free, accessible camp located in Pinconning. Executive Director Shannon Forshee said the money raised allows campers with disabilities who cannot afford camp tuition to participate. All the proceeds will benefit Camp Fish Tales’ programs, scholarships, and camp maintenance.

“(Campers are) able to do things that every other person can do because of our adaptations to our activities and watching someone who has limited use of their arms and legs climb a rock wall — it is absolutely heartwarming when they make it to the top and are able to do that,” she said

Guests can purchase tickets for $25, which includes dinner and the opportunity for pari-mutuel betting on wooden fish. Six fish, which are decorated by different local groups, will race in each heat on a custom track. Tickets for the Fish Race event are available at or by calling 989-879-5199.

New this year, are honorary chairs of the event — Chris and Molly Girard. Chris is the CEO of Do-All, Inc., which serves individuals with a disability and Molly serves as the administrator for the Episcopal Diocese.

“They have given back so much to your community,” Forshee said about the Girards.

In their free time, the Girards operate GIRARD Investments, which is a residential real estate business that manages more than 60 rental units. Chris was also recently elected as a city commissioner for Bay City. Together, they have four children, five great-grandchildren, and have been foster parents to several children.

The event will be bring-your-own-beverage-style, so guests are welcome to bring their own drinks, including alcoholic drinks in a cooler.

Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. at the main lodge at Camp Fish

Six Weeks and Counting
Camp is starting soon!

Hello Campers and Families!!

We are about 6 weeks away from the start of camp! The first day of camp is June 2nd. Go to our home page, then click on the button that says ‘Register’. If you already registered last year, please do not make another profile. You can use last year’s profile and just update the new information and the week you wish to register. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office 989-879-5199 or my cell at 989-615-7840.

Our theme this year is AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS! The campers are going to be issued passports, so have them be prepared to travel the world!! We are so excited for the season to begin!

Shannon Forshee
Executive Director

Shannon Forshee Leadership Awar
Shannon Forshee, CFT Leadership Award

(Pinconning) The Pinconning & Linwood Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting & Banquet on January 29th at the Pinconning Community Center.

Camp Fish Tales was the recipient of the Leadership award. The Leadership award recognizes a person/organization who models leadership through involvement in the community, and who shows positive vision and direction. Camp Fish Tales Executive Director Shannon Forshee proudly accepted the Leadership Award at the Chamber’s annual meeting, stating, “Every day at camp is a great day!”☀️

Camp Fish Tales will be hosting its Spring Open House on May 17, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its Pinconning location.  A luncheon 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!

Camp Fish Tales is a barrier-free, accessible camp located on 67 acres in northern Bay County. CFT serves campers from all over the Great Lakes Bay Region.  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 or call (989) 879-5199.

Date: February 28, 2020
Contact Person: Karl Ieuter
Info: (989) 879-5199

CFT Fish Races Chairs 2020
Chris and Molly Girard, Honorary Chairs


(Pinconning) – Join us for dinner and this crowd-pleasing, one of a kind event which includes pari-mutuel betting on wooden fish. Six fish will race in each heat on a custom track. Admission is $25 per person and includes dinner and an evening of gambling fun. The event is BYOB. Must be 18 to attend and place bets. Tickets are available at our website or by calling 989-879-5199. ALL proceeds to benefit Camp Fish Tales programming, scholarships and camp maintenance.

Our Honorary Chairs this year are Chris and Molly Girard. They have been married for 22 years and have four children: Laura, Brooklyn, Kayla, & Rachel and five grandchildren. In addition, they have been foster parents to numerous children throughout the years. Chris is the President and CEO of Do-All, Inc. serving individuals with a disability and Molly serves as the administrator for the Episcopal Diocese. In their free time, they operate GIRARD Investments, a residential real estate business managing over 60 rental units. Chris was recently elected to serve as a City Commissioner for Bay City.

Camp Fish Tales is a barrier-free, accessible camp located on 67 acres 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 or call (989) 879-5199.

Date: February 19, 2020
Contact Person: Shannon Forshee
Info: (989) 879-5199

Doors open: 5:30pm  
Dinner served: 6:00pm  
Post time: 6:30pm

CFT Open House and Fun Run 2020
CFT Open House and Fun Run 2020

Join us for our annual Happy Camper 5K Run/Walk and Open House at Camp Fish Tales on Sunday, May 19th! 

Register here

ALL proceeds will benefit camper scholarships.

Bring your family and run or walk through our beautiful wooded campus and be one with nature.

Our Open house takes place just before the race from 12-2pm and this event begins at 2pm. Feel free to join us before the race for our open house. We will have tours of camp, activities for the kids and an outdoor picnic style lunch.

Our 5K is open to individuals, families and pets (pets must be leashed and friendly).

$20 a runner or $50 a family of four.  Kids 16 and under are $15.

Check-in begins at 1pm.  Race begins promptly at 2pm.

You will receive an email after registering to get age of each participant.  Click on the link below for additional details and registration information:

The trails at camp are so beautiful.  Click on the link for details and registration:

Register here

Give Local Bay Logo

Give Local Bay Begins in a Week!

Give Local Bay is a day to celebrate our community and support our local nonprofits!

Donate on May 7th and your gift makes a larger impact! Every donation made in the 24-hour period will be increased by an incentive pool. The more each nonprofit raises, the more incentive money they receive! Your donation will help Camp Fish Tales build it’s endowment fund and will enable us to provide experiences for many generations to come!!

Visit to donate and support Camp Fish Tales.

Keep the Fire Burning Award
"Keep the Fire Burning" Award presented to Thomas N. Thelen

At Camp Fish Tales annual “Fish Races”, 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.

Mr. Thelen has been instrumental in the construction of new structures at camp as well putting in procedures that help bring Camp Fish Tales to the next level. His commitment to camp has made him the recipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning” award. We are thankful for you, Tom!

Shannon Forshee, CFT Executive Director
Shannon Forshee, CFT Executive Director

(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 or call (989) 879-5199.


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

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 and fill out the scholarship application or call 989-879-5199.  Registration is open for camp online.

Karl Ieuter, Chair
2177 E Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650

Pinconning, MI – April 3, 2018

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