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#GivingTuesday: 5 Ways To Support Camp Blue Skies

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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As part of ‪#‎GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Dec. 2nd‬, 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 in honor of our 5th anniversary could help our campers:
$5 = Arts/crafts supplies for a camper
$10 = 5 water bottles for campers
$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: Facebook.com/CampBlueSkiesUSA/app_599788450050788 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 CampBlueSkies.org/volunteer.

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 CampBlueSkies.org/volunteer.

4. Make your shopping on Amazon.com 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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2354082 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.

Raise money for Camp Blue Skies when you shop on Amazon

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Amazon Smile Want a way to make your shopping on Amazon.com do some good? Camp Blue Skies Foundation is part of the AmazonSmile program. Read more about the fundraising program for nonprofits.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Camp Blue Skies. It’s same shopping site that you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Camp Blue Skies Foundation will receive a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation when you buy eligible items.

Use this link to designate Camp Blue Skies Foundation as your AmazonSmile nonprofit of choice: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-2354082 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.

Pedals For People: It’s like learning how to ride a bike….or trike!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Few things in life can provide the same level of accomplishment and freedom as learning to ride a bike. One of our amazing volunteers is working towards providing our campers with the opportunity to ride during Camp Blue Skies!

Pedals for People Collage

Pedals for People will raise money to supply adult tricycles for our campers to use while they’re at camp! Frannie Root (NC 2013 volunteer) and Brandon Tyrrell (Frannie’s boyfriend and future CBS volunteer) have created a grassroots fundraiser surrounding two bike tours they will be doing this summer. Read all about their planned adventures and how to support them here at the Pedals for People donation website: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/pedals-for-the-people/164243.

We are humbled and honored to be chosen as the recipient for this fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising effort. Goes to show once again the Camp Blue Skies family is hands down filled with the most amazing people.

Thank you, Frannie and Brandon!

Hoops For Camp 2014 Winner!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A big Camp Blue Skies thanks to everyone who donated  to our 2014  Hoops For Camp NCAA Bracket Challenge! You raised more than $25,000 for our campers. Thanks to your generosity, it was another record-breaking fundraiser.

Who won the $500 Apple gift card? Watch the video to find out! We also added a prize from the Camp Blue Skies swag closet for someone from the Bottom 10 of the brackets.

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