Our Camps

2017 Sessions

State Start Date End Date Location
Georgia March 13
(Monday)
March 17
(Friday)
Camp Twin Lakes,
Rutledge
Williams Syndrome March 20
(Monday)
March 24
(Friday)
Camp Twin Lakes,
Rutledge
North Carolina
Session 1
Sept. 30
(Saturday)
Oct. 4
(Wednesday)
YMCA Camp
Harrison, Boomer
North Carolina
Session 2
Oct. 7
(Saturday)
Oct. 11
(Wednesday)
YMCA Camp Harrison, Boomer

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Overview
Camp Blue Skies provides 5-day, 4-night camps for individuals over 21 with cognitive and developmental disabilities. In addition to the many recreational and outdoor activities available, we offer activities to encourage individual independence. Camp Blue Skies’ focus is on the camper’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being through continued development of a healthy lifestyle and positive social skills. Camp Blue Skies seeks to provide each camper with fun and adventure through appropriate challenges, and a better understanding of self and others through group living with shared experiences.

The camper to counselor ratio is approximately 2:1, with an experienced caregiver in each cabin, along with other volunteer counselors. Campers and counselors move about the grounds in teams. Activity teams are typically be comprised of two cabins, with approximately 4-6 volunteers and approximately 12-16 campers.

LOCATIONS
Camp Blue Skies-Georgia and Camp Blue Skies-Williams Syndrome at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, approximately 45 minutes east of Atlanta, south of I-20.

Camp Blue Skies-North Carolina is at YMCA Camp Harrison in the Brushy Mountains between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro, 90 minutes west of Charlotte.

CAMPER FEES
Camp Blue Skies strives to make camp available to all eligible campers. If you are concerned about being able to afford the camp tuition fee, please contact Richard Sesler at 704-236-7902 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Camp Blue Skies’ actual cost per camper per session is approximately $1,500. Please consider a contribution to help us cover the difference. It is solely through generous donations we can offer this incredible experience to deserving individuals.

A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP
Each session is a little different, depending on location, time of year, etc. Specific activities, meal times and schedule will also change with each session. Below is a sample of what a typical day/week at camp.

8:15-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2 activities such as healthy eating class, drumming, hike
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cabin time
2:30-4 p.m.
1 activity (zipline, giant swing, arts/crafts)
4-5:30 p.m.
1 optional activity (choose from Balance Your Body, bingo)
5:30-7 p.m.
Dinner
7-9 p.m.
Evening activity (campfire, Skit Night, etc.)
9:30-10 p.m.
Cabin time and lights out

 

 


 


 

A sample of one camper’s “Summary of Activities”:

Day of Camp Morning Activity 1
Morning Activity 2    Afternoon Activity 1 Optional Activity Choice Evening Activity  
Opening Day Healthy Eating Kick Ball Campfire
Day 2 Zipline Drumming Paint Group Flag Bingo Skit Night
Day 3 Dude Ranch Fishing Dance Yoga Karaoke
Day 4 Nature Walk Arts/Crafts Giant Swing Wacky Olympics-Everyone! Final Dance
Closing Day Closing Ceremony
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