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Get the Scoop on the Hoops For Camp Video

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

For the third year of Camp Blues Skies Hoops for Camp fundraiser, we wanted to go “big” for a promotional video… and we did! The minute-long NCAA Bracket Challenge video features Jay Bilas, an award-winning basketball analyst for ESPN and a former starter for Duke University, along with campers, volunteers and founder Dick Sesler.

A friend connected us to Jay, and he graciously agreed to appear in the video. We then asked campers Michael Harvey, Brandon Burrows, and Kelly Case to join us. And, of course, we needed some volunteers for the video … Nicholas Lee and Collin Wade answered that call.

We mapped out a script for the big day, and what we had on paper is pretty much what you see on the screen. Our mission was to capture the spirit of fun and teamwork that makes Camp Blue Skies so wonderful.



The CBS team gathered the morning of Nov. 18, 2013, in the gym at Charlotte’s Providence United Methodist Church (thanks for so graciously allowing us to use the space). Amy Millikan and Crystal Dempsey had visited the day before to test the light and sound levels. They blocked out where everyone should stand and assessed what we needed (snacks? water? special shirts?). During the shoot, Crystal served as the director/camera operator while Alison Barry and Amy watched for consistency and sight-lines. Russ Case, Kelly’s dad, and Christie Sproles served as morale boosters and cheerleaders.

The “cast” stayed upbeat and downright joyous when they were asked to do their lines and take shots… a few dozen times. Again, that Camp Blue Skies spirit shined through.

After two hours of filming, the team called it a “wrap,” at least we think that’s the show biz term for “we’re done.” The video then went to Stan Peal who edited the two hours into the one-minute video. Stan had some help from Anthony Proctor of 1060 Creative in post-production.

Thanks to all of the folks who helped make this video a reality! Now, go sign up for Hoops For Camp… you could be a Fundraising Captain, A Team Player or a No. 1 Fan. Sign up here TODAY and you could win a $500 Apple gift card.


NC Camp 2013 Session 1: Scenes from Day 2

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It was another gorgeous day Sunday at Camp Blue Skies, being held this week at YMCA Camp Harrison. We enjoyed hiking, swinging on the giant swing, learning about healthy snacks, practicing for skit night, painting our banners and meeting some new furry friends at the Dude Ranch. (Yes, there are kittens!) And we drank plenty of water and put on lots of sunscreen!

Camp Blue Skies, YMCA Camp Harrison,

NC Camp 2013 Session 1: Scenes from Day 1

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Camp Blue Skies NC Session 1 is open at YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, N.C., … and the weather is so warm and sunny that it feels like we’re at a summer camp!

All of the campers arrived safely and immediately the fun started. To end the day, we gathered around the camp fire to sing along with Sugar Creek, listen to stories and eat s’mores!

Camp Blue Skies, Boomer NC, YMCA Camp Harrison

NC Camp 2013 Session 1: Yellow Shirt Alert

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Session 1 Final Group Photo
Camp Blue Skies at YMCA Camp Harrison opens Saturday… and we’re counting the minutes until it does!

We ask that all of our incredible volunteers wear their yellow volunteer shirts daily so that they can be easily identified around camp.

When you arrive, volunteers staying all week will receive two shirts and day volunteers will receive one shirt.

Packing tip: Bring long sleeve shirts to wear under your volunteer T-shirt! We can wash your volunteer shirts during the week if needed. 

If you are a returning volunteer, PLEASE bring any yellow volunteer shirts you have from previous years!

NC 2013 Camp Session 1: The Weather Forecast!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Camp Blue Skies, Fishing, Camp Harrison, Boomer N.C.

If you’re packing right now for Camp Blue Skies this weekend at YMCA Camp Harrison in the N.C. mountains, you might be wondering: What’s the weather going to be like? And what do I need to pack?

The forecast is highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-40s. Looks like we will have sunny days, cloudy days and rain showers. Come prepared for all types of weather. Remember camp goes on rain or shine! Do another forecast check on Friday just to be sure.

Don’t forget to pack…

  • Your pillow, sheets, blanket or sleeping bag and towels.
  • Clothing that you can wear in layers such as T-shirts (long and short sleeves), sweatshirts, pants, shorts, leggings and tights (to wear under pants and shorts), jackets, gloves, socks and an extra pair of sneakers.
  • Rain jacket or poncho and rain or water-resistant boots if you have them.
  • Sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
  • A water bottle.
  • Something ORANGE to wear for the dance on Tuesday Night.
  • A flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries).
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