“Keep the Fire Burning Award” presented to…

“Keep the Fire Burning Award” presented to…

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!

Drum Roll, Please!

Drum Roll, Please!

CFT Fish Races update

We are excited to announce that our 3rd Annual Fish Races Fundraiser brought in $30,173.00!!! We are so extremely grateful! We couldn’t have done it without our gracious sponsors, all of the volunteers, the many people that donated items and guests that showed up that night. Thank you!

All proceeds will go towards camperships and camp maintenance.

By the way, the winners were…

Ieuter Insurance Group won first place in our 3rd annual fish races! Congratulations and thank you for all you do for camp!



2019 Camp Fish Tales Fish Races

Camp Fish Tales Fish Races

 Join us for the Camp Fish Tales’ Fish Races

Friday, March 15, 2019

Doors open: 5:30 pm ⋅ Dinner served: 6:00 pm ⋅ Post time: 7:00 pm

Purchase your Tickets

Join us Friday, March 15th for this crowd pleasing one of a kind event which includes pari-mutual betting on wooden fish. Doors open at 5:30, dinner served at 6:00, betting starts at 7pm. Six fish will race in each heat on a custom track. Admission $25.00 per person and includes dinner and an evening of gambling fun. Event is BYOB. Must be 18 to attend and place bets. Purchase tickets below or call 989-879-5199. ALL proceeds benefit Camp Fish Tales programming, scholarships, and camp maintenance.

For questions, please email director@campfishtales.org


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.

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