Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 10:03 am | (0) Comments

Support Camp Blue Skies at Camp Twin Lakes fundraiser

Spin For Kids Camp Blue Skies

A team of Camp Blue Skies supporters will be riding in the Spin For Kids event Oct. 15 to raise money for the Georgia and Williams Syndrome sessions held at Camp Twin Lakes.

Click here to support the Blue Skies the Limit team by signing up to ride or making a donation.

Spin For Kids is Camp Twin Lakes’ annual fundraising bike ride that helps provide life-changing camp experiences. On Oct. 15 at Camp Twin Lakes – Rutledge, riders’ fundraising efforts culminate in a fun, fulfilling ride that winds through the scenic backroads of beautiful Morgan County, Georgia.

Camp Twin Lakes-Rutledge is the home of Camp Blue Skies-Georgia and Camp Blue Skies-Williams Syndrome in March.  Every $850 the Blue Skies the Limit team raises will make Camp Blue Skies a reality for an adult with a developmental disability.


Jacqueline Warbler, a Camp Blue Skies program leader and veteran volunteer, is the captain of the Blue Skies the Limit team. Emily Finn, Camp Blue Skies volunteer coordinator in Georgia, is helping with logistics. email hidden; JavaScript is required

Spin For Kids offers multiple routes for riders of all skill levels. Participants can choose from six scenic road routes: 5, 15, 27, 47, 62 or 100 miles. Along each route, riders enjoy delicious homemade goodies and local fare at rest stops, while a dedicated team of first aid, route marshals, and bike technicians keeps riders safe. Riders with young children can register their children to participate in the complimentary Day Camp.

Click here to support the Blue Skies the Limit team by signing up to ride or making a donation.

by Crystal Dempsey

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 11:31 am | (0) Comments

Camp Blue Skies team welcomes Emily Finn

Emily Finn Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Blue Skies in GeorgiaAs our Georgia-based Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Finn’s goal is to help people connect their talents to a passion for volunteering and to make sure volunteers have a positive, rewarding experience at Camp Blue Skies-Georgia and Camp Blue Skies-Williams Syndrome in March 2018.

Emily will recruit local day volunteers, cabin counselors and HEPs (people who Have Experience with our camper Population) and will help with camp logistics. She will also lead our cycling team during the Spin for Kids fundraiser Oct. 15 at Camp Twin Lakes.

Emily has volunteered with a variety of partner groups at Camp Twin Lakes since 2010 and has worked professionally with people with developmental disabilities. Her passion for camp and volunteering is contagious.

Contact her at email hidden; JavaScript is required; (404) 654-3625.

by Crystal Dempsey

Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 3:39 pm | (0) Comments

Meet Blythe … and donate today to change a life!

The story of camper Blythe Wilson and her family validates Camp Blue Skies Foundation’s commitment to providing recreation, socialization and life skills education for adults with developmental disabilities. We hope you will consider a donation to Camp Blue Skies. Your contribution will help us continue our service to this underserved population.

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Blythe Wilson collage and quote

Blythe Wilson, 30, loves to read fiction series such as “Twilight” and “Divergent.” She writes stories, too. A bit of a thrill-seeker, she heads straight to roller coasters at amusement parks.

And she loves Camp Blue Skies, all of it. “The dancing, karaoke, arts/crafts… zipline… the climbing wall… the pottery wheel,” Blythe says. She loves seeing old friends and making new ones.

Blythe’s parents, Sara and Steven, say Camp Blue Skies is the miracle they needed. During her school years, Blythe was a social butterfly who enjoyed learning. After high school, she started to withdraw as the few opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities dwindled.

The Wilsons learned about Camp Blue Skies in 2011 while listening to the John Boy and Billy Show one morning on the way to work. “We were at our lowest point in trying to find something for Blythe when we heard Dick and Kit on the radio talking about camp,” says Sara. “This was like a divine intervention.”

Blythe Wilson climbing wall NC 2016The Wilsons were apprehensive registering Blythe for her first camp in 2012, but the professionalism of the staff, nurses and counselors put Sara and Steven at ease. Even better was Blythe’s smiles in the daily photo updates. She made lots of friends and found plenty of thrills in the zip line and high ropes course.

At camp this year, Blythe conquered new challenges (hello, climbing wall!) and helped welcome new campers. When she returned home, her parents noticed Blythe standing taller, chiming in on family jokes and looking people in the eyes.

“It’s a dream come true for Blythe,” Steven says. “That’s what you want for the people you love.”

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by Crystal Dempsey

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 8:27 am | (0) Comments

10 ways to support Camp Blue Skies

Camp Blue Skies provides recreational and social opportunities, along with life skills education, to adults with developmental disabilities in a traditional camp setting in Georgia and North Carolina. Here are some ways to get involved and help this underserved population:

1. Make a donation!

Camper fees only cover a third of actual cost per camper. Click here to donate online. Call (704) 266-2267 or email hidden; JavaScript is required us to discuss giving opportunities. Also, ask if your workplace will match your gift.

Camp Blue Skies 2016 volunteeers

2. Volunteer for Camp

Sign up for all five days, for a few days or one day! Our incredible volunteers provide support and encouragement to adults with developmental disabilities. Opportunities range from cabin counselor to health services to program assistance to taking photos to being an extra set of hands.

Our sessions in 2017:

  • Georgia at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge: March 13-17
  • Williams Syndrome at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge: March 20-24
  • North Carolina No. 1 at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer: Sept. 30-Oct. 4
  • North Carolina No. 2 at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer: Oct. 7-Oct. 11


3. Play in Hoops For Camp bracket challenge

During the NCAA Basketball playoffs in mid-March, your brackets can make a difference in the life of an adult with developmental disabilities! Donate $25 or more to play Hoops For Camp NCAA Bracket Challenge online. Bonus: Great prizes! Interested? Click here to sign up for email alerts.

4. Spread the word

Founder Dick Sesler often says we all know someone who would benefit from camp. Tell your family, friends, book club, and golfing buddies. email hidden; JavaScript is required

5. Make your shopping do some good

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to Camp Blue Skies. To connect your account, click here. You can also search for “Amazon Smile” on and then search for “Camp Blue Skies Foundation.” Once you connect your account, that’s it. After you make an AmazonSmile purchase, you will be prompted to share the news about your good deed to Facebook or email.

6. Buy supplies for Camp Blue Skies

After you connect your account to AmazonSmile, check out our “Wish List” for health center supplies, bingo prizes, games and more. Click here for the list.

Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby

7. Drop a line at the Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby

Our annual Hooked on Camp Fishing Derby fundraiser offers a morning of unparalleled large-mouth bass and bream fishing with professional guides on the private lake at YMCA Camp Harrison, home of Camp Blue Skies-North Carolina. In 2017, the Derby is Sept. 28-29, the days before the first North Carolina session. email hidden; JavaScript is required

8. Book a speaker

We’re available to speak at meetings, gatherings, lunches at work, or your house of worship. Interested? email hidden; JavaScript is required!

9. Get social with us

Connect with us on social media to keep up with the latest news about Camp Blue Skies and adults with developmental disabilities.

10. Become a Blue Skies Booster

The Boosters, a group of volunteers and supporters in Charlotte, help spread the word about our mission. They host special outings and fundraisers. email hidden; JavaScript is required We hope to establish a Georgia Boosters group in the future.

by Crystal Dempsey

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 11:46 am | (0) Comments

Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby 2016 Full Of Fun, Sun

Camp celebrations kicked off a little early this year as 18 anglers rolled into YMCA Camp Harrison on Thursday, Sept. 29, for the Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby. The annual fundraiser at Lake Broyhill generated approximately $20,000 for the Camp Blue Skies Foundation, and anglers reeled in close to 200 fish.

This was the first year our fishing derby occurred before the start of Camp Blue Skies-North Carolina, Oct. 1-5.

Most derby participants arrived Thursday evening and enjoyed a hearty dinner followed by fellowship. Over breakfast Friday, Sept. 30, Derby Captain and Camp Blue Skies volunteer extraordinaire Gene Vaughan went over guidelines and safety practices.

It was a glorious day for fishing and celebration of Camp Blue Skies!

Among the winners of the competition (watch the video to see the fish):

  • The Biggest Largemouth Bass: Keith Wall, Mannington – 2 lbs., 5 oz.
  • The Biggest Bluegill: Jim Adkins – 1 lb., 1 oz.
  • The Most Fish Caught: JD Donelson and Jim Adkins – 37 bass
  • Smallest Fish Caught: JD Donelson – 1 oz.

We are grateful to the following who made the 2016 Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby such a success!

Barringer Construction
Garmon & Company
HarkerDoerre, LLC
JD Donelson
John and Coletta Lenhart
Mannington / Bonitz
Poly-Tech Industrial, Inc.
REDLINE Design Group
Southeastern Architectural Systems
Warco Construction

Adam Fishman
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Mac’s Speed Shop
YMCA Camp Harrison

Kim Baker
Tom Hucks
Kevin Ingle
Todd Low
Todd Lynn
John Morse
Wayne Spencer
James Summers
Mark Vaughan

Save the Date!
The 2017 Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby returns Sept. 28-29 to Lake Broyhill at YMCA Camp Harrison.

by Crystal Dempsey

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