Fish Camp Turns 60, Sends Largest Aggie Freshman Class Off to Learn

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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - For the 60th year, incoming freshmen at Texas A&M are set to learn all the traditions of their new institution.

The largest ever group of "fish" (Aggie freshmen) will take part in the annual trip to campgrounds in Palestine to get to know each other and get to know the various intricacies of the university, including the student organizations they can participate in and how to find any help they need.

"Afterwards, I think they'll get a better realization about everything and how big and connected everything is on this campus," said one of this year's organizers, Erik Blixt. "That's what Fish Camp is here for, to help them realize that."

After loading up their luggage, students in Session A -- there are seven sessions that will go to camp at separate times -- gathered in Reed Arena for the send-off ceremony, then loaded buses to go camping for four days.

"My dad was a Fish Camp counselor, so he's been talking up A&M since I was really, really small, but his best memory was Fish Camp, so here I am," said incoming freshman Tori Withrow.

Each session has a number of camps, each with a namesake. In Session F from August 16-19, there will be Camp Winkley, named after KBTX Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley.

The final Fish Camp session for 2014 ends August 22. The fall semester starts September 1.