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Changes coming for the Camp Blue Skies team

Friday, February 9th, 2018

A note from Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies

Jim LizI wanted to share some big news with you about the Camp Blue Skies team!

I am pleased to announce that Jim Guimond will become our Camp Director, a newly created position. As Camp Blue Skies enters our ninth year and continues our strong growth, the need for a Camp Director became more apparent. And we didn’t have to look far for the perfect person.

Jim, as many of you know, is a long-time volunteer and cabin counselor. He teaches the Balance Your Body program, which he created, during camp. His qualifications and passions make him the perfect fit to oversee camp operations and programming.

Jim, who lives in Charlotte, is a life coach, fitness technology consultant, personal trainer, and triathlete. He owns Live Well Charlotte LLC and co-owns Kinetic Heights, which offers weekly classes for those with developmental disabilities and hosts special events, like the one Camp Blue Skies had there in December.

Along with leadership development and fitness training, he works one-on-one and with groups of individuals with developmental disabilities. Jim has worked and volunteered with Special Olympics, Camp SOAR, The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, and Autism After 18.

Another change for our team is that Liz Rumbaugh will be leaving her position as Program Director to pursue a career as a life coach. She is one of the first people who came to work with us and helped shape what Camp Blue Skies has become.

Another change for our team is that Liz Rumbaugh will be leaving her position as Program Director to pursue a career as a life coach. She is one of the first people who came to work with us and helped shape what Camp Blue Skies has become.
Liz developed the schedule and curriculum, building our camp culture with fun and exciting programs. She brought together a diverse mix of talented program instructors. And she has been the energetic “voice” of camp. All of this has made a lifelong impact on campers and volunteers.

Our camp community will miss her dearly and wishes her the best of luck with her new career. She promises she will visit… and you know I’ll personally hold her to that.

Both Jim and Liz will be at the Georgia and Williams Syndrome sessions next month. Please join me in congratulating them!

Camp Blue Skies programs provide fun, safe and meaningful experiences

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Did you know each program activity at Camp Blue Skies is chosen with the intent to create a safe, fun and meaningful experience for our campers with developmental disabilities?

Life skills education is subtly woven into programming, giving everyone the opportunity to stretch their comfort zones and learn something new all while having the time of their lives.

The fact is, individuals with developmental disabilities are living longer. The life expectancy for Down Syndrome, for instance, has increased dramatically in recent decades from age 25 in 1983 to 60 today.

Through our programming,  we integrate life lessons in a fun and stimulating environment with the hope that campers return home equipped to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. The programs highlighted in the video include some of our most popular and innovative activities.

Camp Blue Skies is making a difference in the lives of an underserved population!

In this season of giving, please consider making a donation or volunteering your time.

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

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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:

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

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

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.

Kinetic Heights to host Camp Blue Skies event Dec. 3

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017


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.


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

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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.

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