A Note From the Founder, Dick Sesler
Why Camp Blue Skies?
The number of services and support for persons with intellectual disabilities drops off dramatically after they reach the age of 21. A residential camp can offer these individuals opportunities for making new friends and experiencing new activities. Year after year they will have a special place to look forward to – where they can enjoy themselves and build their self-confidence.
Camps are ideal places to learn new things while having fun. My vision is to create camping experiences throughout the United States for adults with developmental disabilities.
Our model, rather than owning our own properties, involves leasing camps during their off-seasons. Hundreds of traditional camps are underutilized during the academic year and thousands of potential campers would benefit from the opportunity to improve upon essential life skills while making new friends and nurturing the body, mind, and spirit. And have a GOOD TIME!
The camp experience will focus on the camper’s physical, mental and emotional well-being through continued development of a healthy lifestyle and positive social skills.
- Recreation — Discover enjoyable and sustainable physical activities.
- Socialization — Join a network of new friends from camp.
- Life Skills – Learn practical skills towards an independent lifestyle.