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Join Us For A Charlotte Knights Game

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Camp Blue Skies, Charlotte Knights, ambassadors

Camp Blue Skies Ambassadors, a group of our volunteers in Charlotte, invite you to join them at a Charlotte Knights game on Sunday, June 21, 2015, 2 p.m., at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

Camp Blue Skies campers and volunteers will enjoy an afternoon of fun as the Charlotte Knights take on the Indianapolis Indians. Part of our mission is to provide socialization opportunities for campers, and what better way to reunite with friends!

A $50 donation covers the costs of your ticket and a ticket for a camper. Plus, you can enjoy a lunch buffet and soft drinks during the game. Click here to buy your ticket now.

Your ticket(s) will be mailed to you before the game. Tax deductible amount: $20 per each $50 ticket purchased. Have a question? email hidden; JavaScript is required

Hoops For Camp 2015: Brackets Are OPEN!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Hoops For Camps NCAA Bracket Challenge fundraising captains and players, the brackets close Thursday, March 19, at noon!

If you haven’t donated yet to play, visit…/hoopsforca…/ and do the following:
Camp Blue Skies 2015 Microsoft prize pack1. Register.
2. Donate ($10 minimum donation). You’ll get a confirmation email once you donate with the password to join the Camp Blue Skies League on CBS Sports website.
3. Fill out your brackets.
4. Microsoft graciously has donated prizes for this year’s NCAA Bracket Challenge! At the end of the tourney, we will randomly draw the names of four lucky winners from the Top 25 scores in our league.

  • First drawing: $300 Microsoft gift card.
  • Second drawing: Xbox 360 and a one-year subscription to Xbox Live.
  • Third drawing: Microsoft HP Stream 7 tablet with a one-year subscription to Word.
  • Fourth drawing: One-year subscription to Xbox Live and one-year subscription to Microsoft Word.

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Good luck! Game on!

New Director Named For Camp Blue Skies-Georgia!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Annie GarrettCamp Blue Skies welcomes Annie Garrett to the team as the Director of Camp Blue Skies-Georgia. She will be at the upcoming session, March 16-20, at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge.

Her role will be to support camper and volunteer recruitment as well as administration and logistics for the Georgia session. “Annie will strengthen our efforts in Georgia and help develop a strong corps of volunteers,” says Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies. “Her experience with Camp Twin Lakes makes her a perfect fit.”

Garrett is a Senior Camp Coordinator at Camp Twin Lakes. Her favorite camp activity is Wacky Olympics!

To contact her: (404) 654-3625 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

5 Ways To Support Camp Blue Skies

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Here are five ways that you can help Camp Blue Skies celebrate our fifth year of camps for adults with developmental disabilities:

1. Give us a #High5for5 donation on #GivingTuesday

beadsHere’s how your #GivingTuesday donation would benefit Camp Blue Skies:
$5 = Arts/crafts supplies for one individual.
$10 = 5 water bottles.
$25 = Props and background for photo booth.
$50 = One healthy eating class for 13 campers.
$100 = One “Get out of your seat and dance” drumming class.

Donate via our Facebook app: or through our site!

2. Volunteer for camp

Sign up for a session of camp… for all five days, for a few days or for 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!

  • Georgia at Camp Twin Lakes: March 15-20
  • Ohio at Recreation Unlimited: early September
  • North Carolina at YMCA Camp Harrison: two weeks in early October

Interested in volunteering? Visit

inventory3. Volunteer when we’re not at camp

With four weeks of camp in three states, Camp Blue Skies Foundation needs assistance with different tasks year-round. These tasks range from envelope stuffing to supply inventory to database management.
Interested in non-camp volunteer opportunities? Visit

4. Make your shopping on do some good

Through the AmazonSmile Foundation program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Camp Blue Skies. Use this link to designate Camp Blue Skies Foundation as your AmazonSmile nonprofit of choice: or search “Amazon Smile” on your Amazon account 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, Twitter or through email.

5. Tell 5 people about Camp Blue Skies

Help spread the word about the incredible opportunities that camp offers to your family, friends, co-workers, house of worship, book club, pick-up basketball team, etc. Share our website, Facebook page or a brochure. As Dick often says, we all know someone who would benefit from a week of camp. Need brochures? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.
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Hooked On Camp 2014 Raises More Than $17,000

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Dynamic Health & Pain Management logoMore than 18 people caught over 100 fish during Hooked On Camp, a tournament fundraiser, on Oct. 23-24, 2014, on YMCA Camp Harrison’s Lake Broyhill.

The annual event raised more than $17,000 for Camp Blue Skies Foundation. The title sponsor for this year’s event was Dynamic Health & Pain Management of Charlotte.

Many participants arrived Thursday evening and enjoyed a hearty dinner. Hooked On Camp captain Gene Vaughn went over guidelines and safety practices. John Wendel, NBC Charlotte meteorologist and honorary chairman for the tourney, provided the weather report.

Nine boats cast off the dock early Friday morning. As the fog and the chill lifted, it was a glorious day for fishing.

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

The Biggest Bass

Biggest bass, Ric Hendrickson, Hooked On Camp 2014

Ric Hendrickson (center) caught a 3.35 lb. bass during Hooked On Camp 2014.

The Biggest Bluegill

Biggest bluegill, John Wendel, Hooked On Camp 2014

John Wendel (center) caught the biggest bluegill at 13 oz. during Hooked On Camp 2014.

The Most Fish Caught

Most Fish Caught, Peter Cox, Andre Cox, Hooked on Camp 2014

The Most Fish Caught were 30 by Andre (left) and Peter Cox (second from right) during Hooked On Camp 2014.

We are grateful to the following sponsors and donors who made Hooked On Camp 2014 such a success:

Aspen Medical Devices John & Coletta Lenhart
Barnhardt Manufacturing Company Jack & Barbara Marks
Bass Pro Shops Tom & Chris O’Boyle
Bubba Blades Patterson Heating & Air
Cox & Company Mark Ridenhour
Edifice, Inc. T-N-T BBQ
Foreign Cars Italia, Greensboro YMCA Camp Harrison
HarkerDoerre, LLC John Wendel, Honorary Chair & NBC Charlotte Meteorologist
Johnson’s Roofing, Inc. Tom Wendel, Wildlife Artist

Save the Date: Hooked On Camp 2015 is Sept. 10-11 at YMCA Camp Harrison! Want to sign up now or become a sponsor? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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