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“Opening Skies” Film Shares Camp Blue Skies’ Story In 100 Words

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

We are pleased to share “Opening Skies,” Austin Huddy’s entry in 100 Words Film Festival featuring Camp Blue Skies’ story in 100 words.

Austin, a student at Queens University of Charlotte, contacted us in July and worked hard to capture our story so beautifully and concisely. He and Brent are big pals now, and Austin says he’ll be volunteering at camp. Please take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy this film… and share it with your friends and family.

“Opening Skies” debuted Friday, Nov. 6, during the first night of the Charlotte-based festival. Learn more about the festival, created by filmmaker Scott Galloway and organized by Susie Films:

WCNC’s Charlotte Today Features Campers, Fishing Derby Fundraiser

Monday, August 17th, 2015
WCNC Charlotte Today Camp Blue Skies Dick Sesler Dr. Peter Cox Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Dr. Peter Cox (left) of Dynamic Health & Pain Management and Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies, a few minutes before going on the air with Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson, hosts of Charlotte Today on WCNC-TV (NBC Charlotte).

On Monday, Aug. 17, Camp Blue Skies founder Dick Sesler and Dr. Peter Cox of Dynamic Health & Pain Management were featured on Charlotte Today (NBC Charlotte, WCNC) to talk about serving adults with developmental disabilities and the upcoming Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser.

Larry Sprinkle of NBC Charlotte, Dick Sesler, Camp Blue Skies, Dr. Peter Cox, Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Before the Charlotte Today taping, Dick Sesler (center) and Dr. Peter Cox (right) had the chance to catch up with Larry Sprinkle (left), NBC Charlotte’s long-time weather anchor.

Dick talked about his inspiration for creating Camp Blue Skies and the opportunities for campers and the respite provided to parents/caregivers. Dr. Cox explained how he became involved with Camp Blue Skies and its Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser Sept. 10-11. Dynamic Health & Pain Management is the title sponsor for the fishing event. John Wendel, NBC Charlotte meteorologist, will return to serve as honorary chairman.

Click here to watch a video of the interview with Charlotte Today hosts Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson on

Camp Blue Skies Featured In The Charlotte Observer

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Charlotte Observer Camp Blue Skies

Founder Dick Sesler shared the story of how Camp Blue Skies and the impact on the lives of campers, parents/caregivers and volunteers with reporter Karen Garloch in an article in The Charlotte Observer. Here’s one excerpt about the camps serving adults with developmental disabilities:

Sesler considered buying some land and starting his own camp. But after talking with camp directors across the country, he realized he could just rent existing campgrounds during the off season, when children were in school. People like Brent (Dick’s son), no longer subject to school vacation schedules, could go anytime.

“Wherever there are blue skies,” Sesler said, “we could have camp.”

Brandon Burrows, who has been to at least two sessions every year, told The Observer that camp “has made me a better person inside and out. I can now be more outgoing, and I have more friends.”

Burrow’s mother, Adria Appleby, was also interviewed. She has volunteered at sessions in the past and will be there again in October.

For parents whose children still live at home, Appleby said the camp provides a well-deserved respite. She recalled hearing from one mother who said it was the first time in 22 years that she was able to spend three nights alone with her husband. More than 90 percent of the campers return every year.

“I think I get more out of it than the campers do,” Appleby said. “The campers make you feel so special. You feel like you’re making a difference in people’s lives.”

Click here to read the article online. Click here to download a PDF of the print version of the story.

Thanks to Karen Garloch and The Charlotte Observer.

Support Camp By Shopping Our Wishlist

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 Wishlist items for Camp Blue SkiesCan’t make it to Camp Blue Skies as a volunteer and want to show your support? We’ve created a wishlist on for supplies. Some items are serious (stethoscopes), and some are for fun (photo booth props!). Click here to view our wishlist.

The shipping address to use: Camp Blue Skies Foundation, 200 S. Tryon St., Suite 520, Charlotte NC 28202-3251. Phone: 704-236-7902. The items will ship directly to Dick and the team so we’ll get them to camp!

Bonus: If you link your account to our AmazonSmile account, part of what you spend will also be donated to Camp Blue Skies. Click here for details on how to link your account

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

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