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!
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Proud to help fulfill the national need for meaningful extracurricular activities for adults with developmental disabilities. Camp Blue Skies, where campers “age-in”.
Anyone who attended our inaugural Camp Blue Skies North Carolina session in 2010 knows it was something special. As staff we left feeling excited about what was accomplished and eager for future sessions. So, it was no surprise that we have filled our 2011 session with happy campers.
What was a shock was just how quickly we reached that goal. Within a month of opening enrollment we were full! The fact that our waiting list is still growing daily proves that this type of program is fulfilling an important need and is meaningful to our campers and their families.
It is comforting to know that Camp Blue Skies is one solution to the growing void of services and programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, including Autism. One story highlighting our country’s lack of programs for adults is part 5 of the PBS series, Autism Now.
Camp Blue Skies provides a much needed forum for socialization, recreation and education for our campers. We strive to become a model program for adults with disabilities and a way for communities to take control of a potentially overwhelming situation.
How great would it be for camp to become an expected and assumed next step for adults with intellectual disabilities? Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to support and create programs that allow individuals to “age in” to communities that are meaningful, fun and enriching.
If you would like to be a part of the solution please consider making a donation to Camp Blue Skies or volunteering either this Fall at our North Carolina camp located at Camp Harrison in Boomer NC from October 2-6th, or this spring at our Atlanta camp located at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA from March 12-16th, 2012.
Liz, Camp Blue Skies staff