COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M's Fish Camp is going to look a little different as the camp undergoes some changes, but the Aggie spirit will remain the same as student leaders and university administrators explore the possibility of hosting Fish Camp on campus.
Fish Camp organizers are working tirelessly to find ways to keep Aggie traditions alive during the coronavirus pandemic.
"There’s a new opportunity to serve the freshman class in a new innovative way,” explained Ryan Brown, Head Director of Fish Camp.
But moving Fish Camp to campus is bringing challenges. Last year alone, fish camp hosted 48 camps, organized by 1,168 counselors who welcomed 6,500 students into the Aggie family.
"It's definitely very difficult given the size of Fish Camp as one of the largest student organizations in the nation,” said Brown.
While the changes aren’t easy, it's important student leaders continue the tradition while staying safe.
"It's definitely a difficult decision to make, but at the same time, the health and safety of all participants in Fish Camp are the highest priority,” said Brown.
Fish Camp hopes to get the Class of 2024 Aggies excited about starting their collegiate careers on campus in August.
"We want to give the freshman some sort of experience that excites them for their time at Texas A&M, that excites them for their next chapter of their life," said Brown.
For camp leaders like Suyash Gupeta, co-chair for Fish Camp 2020, he remembers how excited he was at his own fish camp.
“They quickly welcomed me into their family, and I was so welcomed and so excited and enthusiastic to begin my college journey at Texas A&M," he said.
While Fish Camp details are still being worked out, one thing is a given, they will have one of the most unique experiences in Aggie history.
Fish Camp registration will open at the end of the month pending more information from the university and the CDC. You can visit the Fish Camp Facebook page for weekly updates every Friday at 5 p.m. moving forward.