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 www.campfishtales.org, 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

“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!

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 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.

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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.

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