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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 8:48 am | (1) Comment

Join us Dec. 3 for Camp Blue Skies Fun @ Kinetic Heights in Charlotte!

Join us Sunday, Dec. 3, for some camp-style adventure and a chance to hang out with your Blue Skies friends and volunteers! Campers, families/caregivers and volunteers can take part in activities like the ropes course, zip line, climbing wall, and more at Kinetic Heights, an adventure sports center in Charlotte.

Camp Blue Skies Fun @ Kinetic Heights
When: Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Kinetic Heights, Providence Square Shopping Center, 5664 International Drive, Charlotte NC 28270 (directions).
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Deadline to register: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. 

Jim Guimond, the instructor for Balance Your Body at Camp Blue Skies and a long-time volunteer, will be our host. Jim is the fitness director and outreach coordinator at Kinetic Heights. Charlotte’s first and only indoor challenge center, Kinetic Heights offers 22,000 square feet of indoor obstacles and adventure.

by Crystal Dempsey

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 2:29 pm | (0) Comments

Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby raises over $23,000; record number of fish caught


Twenty anglers and 10 guides enjoyed a perfect fall day Sept. 29 for fishing on Lake Broyhill, the private lake at YMCA Camp Harrison, and raised more than $23,000 for Camp Blue Skies.

The participants broke the unofficial derby record for the total number of fish caught at 378 fish, which tops the 2012 derby record of 250. Watch the slideshow for highlights!

The annual fundraiser took place the day before Camp Blue Skies session 1 got underway at Camp Harrison. Camper Brandon Burrows joined the Derby and shared his Camp Blue Skies experiences with participants.

Among the Derby winners:
● Most Fish Caught: Keith Wall and Matt Hanson, 66.
● Biggest Largemouth Bass: Keith Westrick, 4 lbs., 2 oz.
● Biggest Bluegill: David Harker, 10.3 oz.
● Smallest Fish: Matt Hanson, 1 oz. (beating the second place by 1/10th of an ounce).

Special thanks to Brooks Runkle, Derby Chairman, and Gene Vaughan, Derby Captain!

Thank you to the following sponsors, donors, and guides for their support:

SPONSORS
REDLINE Design Group
Barringer Construction
Cox & Company
Dynamic Health & Pain Management
FS2 Flooring
Garmon & Company Commercial Flooring
Harker Doerre, LLC
John & Coletta Lenhart
Mannington Commercial
Poly-Tech Industrial, Inc.
Warco Construction

IN-KIND DONORS
Dish it Out Pottery Studio
Jesse Brown’s Outdoors
Lauren Reddick, Artist
Tipton Bar-B-Que
YMCA Camp Harrison

GUIDES
Kim Baker
Brian Dancy
Tom Hucks
Kevin Ingle
Todd Low
Todd Lynn
Jamie Morgan
John Morse
Wayne Spencer
Mark Vaughan

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby: Sept. 27-28! Want to reserve your boat now? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

by Crystal Dempsey

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 10:03 am | (0) Comments

Support Camp Blue Skies at Camp Twin Lakes fundraiser

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 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 Wabler, 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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 12:08 pm | (0) Comments

Kinetic Heights to host Camp Blue Skies event Dec. 3

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Join Camp Blue Skies for an afternoon of fun on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Kinetic Heights, an indoor challenge center in Charlotte! Campers, their families and caregivers, and volunteers can take part in activities such as the high ropes course, zip line, climbing wall, and much more.

The Camp Blue Skies event is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Kinetic Heights, Providence Square Shopping Center, 5664 International Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270 (directions). Registration will begin Nov. 14. Watch your inboxes and social media for updates.

Jim Guimond, the instructor for Balance Your Body at Camp Blue Skies and a long-time volunteer, will be our host. Jim is the fitness director and outreach coordinator at Kinetic Heights.

Charlotte’s first and only indoor Challenge Center, Kinetic Heights offers 22,000 square feet of indoor obstacles and adventure, including a high ropes course, a Ninja Warrior course, a Parkour training area, a bouldering wall, a warped wall and zip lines.

 

by Crystal Dempsey

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 12:22 pm | (0) Comments

Join the Camp Blue Skies team at the Let Them Soar 5K

Lace up those sneakers and join our Camp Blue Skies team for the Let Them Soar! 5K to benefit The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, a nonprofit that provides programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 5K race is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Christ Covenant Church, 800 Fullwood Road, Matthews, NC. Camp Blue Skies is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Click here to register for the Camp Blue Skies team. When you register, use the drop-down menu to find the Camp Blue Skies team.

If you’re a volunteer, camper or family member/caregiver, wear a shirt from camp to let everyone know you’re with the Camp Blue Skies team.

Want to help out at our information booth during the event? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

by Crystal Dempsey

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