Camp Fish Tales honors Thelen

Tom Thelen

Tom Thelen

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.”

Open House and 5K Run Walk set for May 19

CFT 5K Run/WalkJoin 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:

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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.

Recent Donors to Camp Fish Tales

Kiwasee Kiwanis Foundation 4-19-2019April 15, 2019 – Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation Vice President, Duane Townley, presented a check to Camp Fish Tales for $6,400 to Camp Executive Director Shannon Forshee and board member Karl Ieuter. The funds are being used to help furnish the camp’s new 24-bed cabin due to open for campers on June 2, 2019. “We are very thankful to the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation for being so generous to Camp Fish Tales. This new furniture will be a wonderful addition to the camp,” said Executive Director, Shannon Forshee.


Midland Soccer ClubApril 15, 2019 – Thank you to the Midland Soccer Club for donating soccer goals they were no longer using. We will be using them for our new sports field at camp! The campers appreciate it.




April 7, 2019 – What an amazing weekend of giving!

The Ability Experience is the philanthropic initiative of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. They strive to instill a passion for lifelong service in the fraternity members while helping to empower people living with disabilities.

They did our front landscaping, helped re-vamp the interior of several of our cabins and took on several other projects around camp. Their fundraising efforts throughout the year allowed them to make a $5000 donation to camp. ”Create a community one relationship at a time where all abilities are recognized and valued.”
We are thankful!

Six weeks and counting


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