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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAMP CLEANUP!

Saturday, April 30 from 10am-4pm and Sunday, May 1 Noon-5pm
Stop out Saturday and Sunday to Camp Fish Tales, 2177 E. Erickson Rd., Pinconning, and give us a hand with cleaning cabins, gutters, power washing buildings and equipment, washing windows and light fixtures. Camp pathways need to be cleared of fallen timber, branches and leaves. Please bring any yard tools and power equipment.

Additional Clean Up Dates

Sunday, May 1 Noon–5pm
Monday, May 2 - 9:30am-7pm
Tuesday, May 3- 9:30am-8pm
Thursday, May 12 - 9:30am-8pm
Saturday, May 14 - 10am–5pm
Sunday, May 15 - 11am–5pm
Monday, May 16 - 9:30am–8pm
Please call camp and speak with April (989-879-5199) if you are able to volunteer or belong to a group that is willing to help out.
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GIVING DAY DONATE REMINDER - https://givelocalbay.org/

April Douglass, Camp DirectorBeginning at midnight tonight (May 3), your donation makes a larger impact for Camp Fish Tales! GiveLocal Bay is part of the National GiveLocal America Event but with a local appeal. Communities across the country will be raising funds for local non-profit organizations. Every donation made in the 24-hour period will be eligible for incentive pool funds. The more the non-profit raises the more incentive money they receive! Hourly prizes are also awarded to non-profits throughout the day. Think of the impact you can make on the entire community if you Give Local!

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CAMP FISH TALES ADDS NEW TEAM MEMBER

April Douglass, Camp DirectorPinconning, Mich., March 24, 2016 – Camp Fish Tales is pleased to announce April Douglass has joined the staff as the Camp Director. Douglass will oversee the daily operations of the camp during the peak camping season and assist Beth Dow, the Executive Director with community relations and fund development.

Before her new role, Douglass worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region as their Events and Office Manager, where she supported the staff with office duties and planning events. She also executed the logistics of the agencies fundraising endeavors. Prior to her time at BBBS, Douglass worked as an Office Professional at Dow Chemical through Kelly Services and at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a beautiful setting. I look forward to helping Camp Fish Tales grow and getting to know and work with the people in the surrounding communities” said Douglass.

A native of Midland, MI, April is a 1996 graduate of Ferris State University with a B.S. in Television Production.

About Camp Fish Tales

Camp Fish Tales provides a unique and exciting outdoor learning experience where individuals with special needs interact and develop skills that enhance their health, abilities, independence and quality of life. Learn more at www.campfishtales.org.

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A HUGE THANK YOU!

Camp Fish Tales would like to send a huge shout out to Gary Kilmer, owner of Bay City PC, for all of your hard work and donated time and materials to set up camp networking! We couldn't have done it without you!


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GRANT SUPPORTS CAMP FISH TALES

by Midland Daily News
Camp Fish Tales recently received a grant from Hasting Mutual. The grant will go toward purchasing a golf cart at Camp Fish Tales in Pinconning to help campers move around the camp. “All of our campers have a physical and/or developmental disability and before accepting a camper we make sure that we can adequately meet their needs,” said Karl Ieuter, president of Camp Fish Tales Board of Directors. “It is often difficult for families to find an overnight recreational facility that can provide for their loved ones with disabilities, but with our highly trained and dedicated staff providing 24 hour care, Camp Fish Tales strives to accommodate any disability while creating a safe and healthy environment where physically challenged campers get to meet and make new friends while participating in group growth activities.”
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CAMP FISH TALES HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Beth Dow - Executive Director, Camp Fish Tales

Beth A. Dow is the newly hired executive director for Camp Fish Tales. Dow is the former executive director of the Disability Services Resource Center and previously served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as health care service and camp coordinator.

“I look forward to serving the disability community and leading a new team in creating accessible and incredible camping experiences,” Dow said in a press release. “I am thrilled and honored to help write the next chapter of Camp Fish Tales history.”


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2016 ADOPT-A-CABIN CAMPAIGN

One of the new initiatives for 2016 is the Adopt-A-Cabin fundraising campaign, where donations will go toward updating...

Posted by Camp Fish Tales on Monday, January 18, 2016
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WISH LIST

FURNISHINGS AND SUPPLIES
NEEDED ITEMS
40 vinyl clad mattresses
Wheelchair accessible picnic tables
Window blinds
Shades or curtains for office and medical buildings
Door stops
Light bulbs

REPAIRS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Drywall repairs
Painting
Shower trim repairs
Bathroom flooring replacement
Lodge Floor replacement
Kitchen Flour Mixer Circuit needs replacing
Noise-reduction baffles hung in recreation room

WANTED ITEMS
New carpet or flooring for front rooms in cabins
Medical Building Supplies
Non-latex gloves, non-scented wipes
Arts and Crafts Supplies
Examples: Ribbons, Stickers, Pipe Cleaners, Construction Paper, Card Stock Paper, Posterboard, Foamboard, etc

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

Camp Fish Tales provides a unique and exciting outdoor learning experience where individuals with special needs interact and develop skills that enhance their health, abilities, independence and quality of life.

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 six sessions of camp scheduled for summer 2016.  These six 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