Going off to college can be somewhat daunting for even the most outgoing of students. Life as students know it is about to change and, for many, it’s the first leap into independence. When entering college, everything is new – campus, residence hall, classes, student organizations and classmates. Many colleges and universities have some sort of orientation for first-year students but Texas A&M has something very unique – Fish Camp! Most everyone has at least heard of Fish Camp, which is a four day orientation for incoming Texas A&M freshmen held before the start of the school year at the Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. Fish Camp is entirely student-led and provides the opportunity for freshmen to learn Aggie traditions, make friends and learn more about life at Texas A&M.
Fish Camp is divided into seven sessions, each with seven camps. Each camp is named after someone who has contributed to Texas A&M in a positive way. Fish Camp receives several hundred nominations for potential Namesakes every year. Being selected as a Fish Camp Namesake is considered an honor because Namesakes have the opportunity to interact with and impact all involved with their particular camp.
SSC’s Regional Director of Maintenance Operations, Paul Tisch (’89), was a Namesake at Fish Camp over the summer. His camp’s color was aqua and included 105 freshmen, 22 counselors and 2 co-chairs. Camp Tisch’s theme was family and that carried through the entire four days, including Paul’s campfire speech on the second evening. His wife, Debbie, and daughters, Julia (’18) and Emma were part of Camp Tisch as well so it really was a family affair. Congrats to Paul on his dedication, commitment and support of Texas A&M University!