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WHAT'S NEW!



PLAYGROUND RIBBON CUTTING!!
Tuesday June 22 is the ribbon cutting ceremony for our playground!  We are excited to thank the foundations that helped make our playground a reality.  Please feel free to visit and see our playground!!   Thank you.



CAMP IS IN SESSION!!
 
Camp Schedule is now posted on the calender for the summer.  Applications have been mailed out.  If you have any questions, or have not received an application, please call the camp office to get one.  We still have openings, so call the camp office to get your camper scheduled.

 

FALL AND WINTER RESPITE SCHEDULE

We will be posting a fall/winter 2014/2015 schedule soon.  Please feel free to call the camp office with any questions.
 




If you have any ideas for fundraisers for camp, we'd love to hear from you!  Please contact the camp office.  




                                       Please call the camp office if you have any questions.


 

   
What is Camp?

Camp Fish Tales is a 100% barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp located on 67 acres on the corner of Erickson and Old State Road between Linwood and Pinconning (4 miles north of Linwood, 1/2 miles east of M-13). The lodge has a large dining room, a recreation room with many games, a large meeting area with a stone fireplace for those rainy summer nights and a full kitchen. The lodge is heated and air conditioned for year-round comfort. There are two large cabins for housing campers and attending staff. Other facilities include a medical building, covered chapel, two pavilions, archery and air gun ranges and a beautiful beach with an accessable dock for access to the pontoon boat and fishing!. The camp has a 5,000 foot nature trail (wheelchair accessible) that leads to an amphitheater and fire pit area.

Philosophy

We, Camp Fish Tales in unity will empower each other to achieve the highest level of self-esteem. Through encouragement, we will continue to grow in mind, body and spirit. We will recognized and meet each others' needs. We will carry this team spirit into our homes, our communities and preserve it for posterity.

Mission Statement

We, at Camp Fish Tales, are dedicated to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges. We are committed to being a highly respected member of our business and local communities. We will demonstrate a sincere interest in the quality of life of our campers, volunteers and fellow citizens. We will provide a camping environment that respects and encourages the potential of each individual. We will support and foster camper involvement as well as the opportunity to be part of a winning team. We will continue to be leaders in our communities and will strive to exceed the expectations of our campers, our volunteers and ourselves.

History

In 1993 Camp Fish Tales opened a one-week, overnight, camp at Saginaw Valley State University.  It was a good start, but parents and volunteers had a dream.  One day their children and friends would enjoy a true camping experience…healthy, fun activities outdoors…the chance to meet new friends and develop social skills in a completely new and safe environment…the “confidence building” experience of being away from home.  Hundreds of volunteers pitched in. Finally, in 1996, Camp Fish Tales opened near Pinconning in mid-Michigan.  This barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp, located on 67 ½ acres, is a dream come true for campers and their loved ones.  Camp facilities include: a main lodge with a kitchen, dining area, fellowship room for gatherings, game recreation room and a small nursing station.  We also have two large cabins, one each for males and females.  Counselors stay in the large cabins with the campers to assure campers’ safety.  Eight staff (including the director and nurses for the camp) stay in three small, portable cabins. The ratio of staff to campers is 1:1, occasionally 1:2 if both campers have a higher level of independence.  This type of individual attention gives campers the chance to do more things for themselves, than they might be able to at home or in other settings.  We make every effort to allow and encourage them to do whatever it is they want to accomplish.  With each small success, campers’ self-esteem grows and their level of independence increases.

Who Can Attend

We now have eight sessions of camp scheduled for summer 2010.  These eight weeks consist of youth weeks (age 7-17), young adult weeks (18-35) and adult weeks (30 and over).  There is some overlap due to disabilities or compatibility as they get older.  For many of our campers, this is one of the few opportunities to become more independent and to build social skills.  For caregivers, Camp Fish Tales offers respite, a chance to renew, or even a chance to focus on other family members.  Our campers have a physical and/or developmental disability.  Before accepting a camper, we make sure that we can adequately meet their needs.  Due to our high staffing ratio and 24 hour nursing staff, Camp Fish Tales is known for taking campers with more severe disabilities.  It is often difficult for these families to find an overnight recreational activity that can assist their loved ones, due to their disabilities.

Facilities

We set out to design a camp that encourages campers to become more independent.  We asked our campers and families what would be needed and they told us:

  • Electronic doors that allow campers to enter and exit the lodge on their own.

  • Barrier-free bathrooms large enough for easy navigation in a wheelchair.

  • A 5,000 ft. nature trail, wheelchair accessible.

  • An archery & paint ball range with tripods to hold bows so that campers can aim and shoot on their own.

  • A multi-tiered campfire area designed so that wheelchairs can safely enjoy the fire.

  • An outdoor patio for dances and socializing with accessible picnic tables.

  • A chapel nestled in the woods with an accessible stage for campers to perform on.

  • A pond with an accessible dock and boardwalk for boating, swimming and fishing

Questions?
Call 989-879-5199 or
e-mail our office

 

 

 
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