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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:

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.

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

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