The goal of Camp Fish Tales is to promote an atmosphere for the physically challenged individual to meet and make new friends while participating in group growth activities. In many cases campers will learn to deal with own emotional and physical limitations. Camp Fish Tales will provide campers with the opportunity to be away from home and become more aware of the need for their caregiver to have a "break". Campers will become more attuned tothe needs of others within their units. Campers are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible.
- Campers rise early to wash up and dress for breakfast. Some can do these activities alone, others require assistance from a counselor. We set aside enough time in the morning so that campers can do as much of their own personal care as possible. Campers meet for breakfast at 8:30 in the dining room. Breakfast is followed by an hour of open time where campers and counselors tidy up their cabin, socialize and make plans for the day’s events. Most of our campers have to follow someone else’s time table or schedule, due to their dependence for help. At the camp, they are given the freedom to make decisions on what they do and have time to socialize at their leisure. Many of our adult campers do not have the opportunity to socialize with peers on a daily basis.
- At 10:00 a.m. the campers gather for flag raising, which signals the start of morning activities. Organized team games, like scavenger hunts or modified hockey and bucketball games are a wonderful opportunity for campers to work and play together.
- Lunch is at 12:30 and is followed by an hour of rest period. The remainder of the afternoon is spent on individual activities such as arts and crafts (we now offer pottery, thanks to a grant from the youth initiative fund), archery, paint ball target practice, bowling, swimming, boating, fishing, and trail exploring.
- At 5:30 p.m. campers come together in the main lodge for dinner. Evening activities include gathering around the campfire for storytelling, skits and songs. A dance is held weekly on the patio off the main lodge, along with a talent show night and a carnival night that includes a dunk tank to put their “favorite” staff in! By 10:00 p.m. everyone heads back to their cabin for a good night’s rest and another full day.
2015 Camp Schedule
This schedule is subject to change, and depending on each week,
some activities do change to meet the needs of that particular age group.
Camp Fish Tales is licensed by the State of Michigan and is staffed by a camp director, activity director, cook, office manager, medical director, medical volunteers, counselor, counselor in training, lifeguard and program assistant.
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SUMMER 2016 Camper Application - Word PDF
Medical Form - Word PDF
2016 Summer Sessions
Session 1 - June 12-June 17 Adult (physical impairment)
Session 2 - June 19-June 24 Young Adult (18-40)
Session 3 - June 26-July 1 Youth (6-17)
Session 4 - July 10-15 Adult (35 and over)
Session 5 - July 17-22 Young Adult (18-40)
Session 6 - July 24-July 29 Youth 6-17)
Session 7 - July 29-31 Reserved
Session 8 - August 18-22 Reserved
Session 9 - August 16-August 21 Overflow