Camp Fish Tales Announces the Recipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award”

Camp Fish Tales Announces the Recipient of the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning Award”

At Camp Fish Tales annual fish races, the Ben Wackerle “Keep the Fire Burning” Award was accepted by Jimmy Smith. Jimmy is a board member and he also attends camp. The tradition at camp is to save the ashes from the last camp fire and use them to start the first fire of the season. This tradition keeps the fire/spirit alive in all of us. Shannon Forshee, board member said, “Jimmy exemplifies keeping the spirit alive. He has a passion for camp. A passion that could never be blown out. Jimmy is such a hard worker. He’s an advocate for camp &  our biggest fan. He is truly a person with passion & we are thankful for him.”  You will find Jimmy around town and at trade shows selling raffle tickets to help campers attend camp.

Registration is now open for summer camp for campers of all ages with special needs. See to register or call 989-879-5199 for more details.

Camp Fish Tales Receives $17,000 from Community Wish Gala


Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director
Camp Fish Tales

Midland, MI – The Community Wish Gala of Midland chose Camp Fish Tales, Pinconning, MI as one of its three recipients of funds from its annual charity fundraising events. On January 16th, the Community Wish Gala gave three checks totaling $51,000 to Midland County Emergency Food Pantry, A Brighter Tomorrow, and Camp Fish Tales hosted at the Whine, Wackerly Road, Midland MI. The Holiday Wish Gala held in December raised more funds this year than ever before.

Camp Fish Tales is a camp for children and adults with special needs and has been serving campers since 1993. The $17,000 check will be used towards scholarships and programming activities for its upcoming camping season. The camp expects to serve over 200 campers in 2018 and has grown over 200% over the last two years.

“This is truly unbelievable. I am so impressed with the efforts of this group and how giving they are following the holiday season. Their efforts do not go unnoticed, and I can’t thank them enough for what they have done. I hope they realize the impact they have made,” commented Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director of Camp Fish Tales.

To learn more about Camp Fish Tales please visit their website at or visit their Facebook page for upcoming events.


Camp Fish Tales Receives Funds to Re-Do Dock

CFT Pier Restoration

Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director
Camp Fish Tales

February 7th, 2018 – Pinconning MI

Camp Fish Tales, in Northern Bay County, received $16,763.00 in funds from the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and $2,500 from the Union Sportsman’s Alliance to “replace the old dock” located on-site at Camp Fish Tales. Members of the community will be coming together February 10th and 11th to tear out the old dock and put in the new. Camp Fish Tales is a camp for children and adults with special needs and has been serving campers since 1993.

The funds granted are estimated to complete the entire project, and with the Union Sportsman’s Alliance’s assistance, and volunteer members in the community, the project is expected to be completed during the planned weekend.

“The event has been placed on Facebook, and volunteers have already confirmed they are coming to help. We are hoping it will be a nice weekend, but its Michigan so we will wait till closer to the event to decide if the weather will be permitting. If anyone wants to assist, bring your drill, or electric generator, and put on your coat and earmuffs. We want to have this done before Spring” said Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director.

Rachel also stated that if anyone needed more information, call the office at 989-879-5199 or call her cell at 989-903-5405. “We are grateful for the community support and can’t thank the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and the Sportsman’s Alliance Union enough for their funding and labor,” Rachel Bartlett said. For more information about Camp Fish Tales, please visit or their Facebook page.


First Fish Races Fundraiser a Success!

Camp Fish Tales hosted its First Annual Fish Races on Saturday, March 10th. Wooden fish, made and donated by the carpentry students from the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, were sponsored by local businesses and individuals. We had some very creative fish this year!
This year’s event was attended by over 100 individuals. Kevin Kendrick was our emcee and track announcer for the evening. The races raised over $9,000 to support the programs and scholarships that we provide to individuals with disabilities.
Honors for this year’s event include; Best Dressed Fish Winner, Vicky Jezweski & Natalie Herber “Chasing the Captain” and Fastest Fish Winner, Forshee Friends & Family “Hook-it”.
A huge thank you to everyone that attended! What an energetic crowd we had! Thank you for all your continued support and a big thanks to everyone that sponsored a fish, made a donation and attended. You truly made our event exciting and fun! We couldn’t do it without you!
GOLD: Fisher Companies, Garber Chevrolet of Linwood, Ieuter Insurance Group, Kevin & Jennifer Kendrick, ReMax of Midland, Sowle Properties, Dr. Buchanan, DDS, Dr. Derek Sanders, DDS, Dr. Darl Pochert, DDS
SILVER: Special Tree Rehabilitation, United Bay Community Credit Union, Yeo and Yeo, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan
FOOD SPONSORS: Lalonde’s Market, Valley Food, Weiss Fruit Market

Event: Camp Fish Tales Hosts 1st Annual Fish Races


March 1, 2017

Camp Fish Tales Fish RacesCamp Fish Tales, a barrier free camp that provides unique and specialized camping experiences for individuals with special needs, will host their first annual “Fish Races” ‪on Friday, March 10 at 6:00 PM.

The fundraiser will take place at the camp, located at ‪2177 E. Erickson Rd. in Pinconning.

Area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to sponsor a specially designed wooden fish that will represent them at the event. Sponsors get to name their fish, decorate it and get it “pond” ready for racing. A special award will be given to the most creatively dressed fish.

Tickets for the event are $20. Ticket purchase and sponsor information available at or by calling 989-879-5199

Camp Fish Tales is a 100% barrier-free wheelchair accessible camp located in northern Bay County. More information on the programs offered by Camp Fish Tails and how donations can be made to support both programs and campers can be found at

Notes To Editors
You are invited to send a photographer/reporter/camera crew to the Camp Fish Tales 1st Annual Fish Races.

  • Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Camp Fish Tales, 2177 E. Erickson Rd, Pinconning, MI. 48650

Please contact Beth Dow at or (989) 327-3216 for further information and to arrange interview opportunities.