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2013 North Carolina Camp Dates

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

We are excited to announce that we are planning
to have two NC sessions again this fall, running from Saturday-Wednesday.

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Camp Blue Skies – NC 2013 Dates:

Session 1: October 5-9 (volunteer Orientation Oct. 4th)

Session 2: October 12-16 (volunteer Orientation Oct. 11th)

 Camper applications are open:

May 13th for returning campers

June 10th for new campers.

Volunteers can sign up anytime!

Just in case you need a reminder of why we love North Carolina….check out these pictures from our past camps…

Camp Blue Skies North Carolina

Camp Blue Skies Volunteers: Fun Facts About the Backbone of our Community.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

If the campers are the heart, then volunteers are the backbone of Camp Blue Skies.

Volunteers wear many hats while at camp. Within the week, one could find themselves wearing the friend, teacher, counselor, student, cheerleader, rule-follower, walkies-talkie commander, skit director, and logistics coordinator plus many more.

You may be wondering just who jumps into the above roles. Here is a breakdown of some CBS volunteer facts.

Total amount of CBS volunteers so far? 162ish and counting.

Geographical breakdown (camp location and state)

NC Camp - Massachusetts (1), South Dakota (1), North Carolina (73), Georgia (2), Florida (1), New Jersey (3), Illinois (1), Ohio (2), South Carolina (2), Minnesota (2).

ATL Camp- North Carolina (8), Georgia (51), South Carolina (2), Texas (1),  Alabama (15),  Minnesota (1).

Families who have worked together at camp: 12

  • Our NC camps have had members of the Barry, Tinkey, Ingle, Robinson, Cox, Parrish and Shockley families come together.
  • Our Atlanta camp had members of the Barry, Tinkey, Ingle, Robinson, McElheny, Morgan and Stanley families come together.

Couples who have volunteered together: 8

  • NC Camp- The Caudills, Wholbruck’s, Harris’, Holcomb’s, Lindley’s, Eary’s-Wade’s and the Sesler’s in North Carolina.
  • ATL Camp- The Sacco’s.

Volunteers who came with Friends:

  • 3 amazing ladies made coming to camp a girls road trip last October in NC!
  • 1 male volunteer came only because of a friend’s recommendation.
  • 3 of our Director’s fraternity brothers have been CBS regulars.

How many have been connected to our Directors?

  • 43  North Carolina volunteers came as  friends of Dick (or Founder/Director)
  • 24 Atlanta volunteers came as  friends of Trey (of Atlanta Director)

How many have come to more than one CBS session?  9
Age breakdown:

15-30 yrs: 48
31-40 yrs: 29
41-50 yrs: 21
51-60 yrs: 33
61-70 yrs: 27
70-80 yrs: 4 (oldest volunteer is 80!)

Other fun facts:

  • Our Director’s Son’s friendship with a friend back home brought in a fantastic volunteer last October.Facebook is to thank for one of our nurse volunteers
  • 5 NC volunteers were also planning to return but could not due to schedule conflicts and health reasons.
  • Volunteering at Camp Blue Skies has led to employment at the host camps for 2 volunteers so far.
  • Our camp has been an option for the Georgia Southern University’s honors spring break program two years in a row. Last march 29 students came and we expect 19 this upcoming year.
  • Wrigley our favorite 4 legged volunteer will return for another camp this March.
  • Majority of our volunteers do not have a tie (i.e. child, sibling, relative) with our camper population other than volunteer experiences and many come with no experience at all.

It is a fact that we couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers.

Thank you again.

The Blue Skies Team.



Welcome Amy Millikan ~ Camp Blue Skies’ New Development Director!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

We are excited to welcome Amy Millikan to our Camp Blue Skies team.  Here is her bio and how she came into our family. With Amy working her Development magic, we believe Camp Blue Skies will continue to grow for many years to come.

How did we find Amy?

Dick (our Founder) met Amy through Shana Plott, who helped us initially with fundraising and has continued to help behind the scenes with computer projects (thank you Shana!).  Dick met Shana through Kathi Knier who is the Development Director for InReach (a nonprofit organization that provides residential and community supports and services for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities in residential and community settings). InReach sends many campers to our North Carolina Camp. In the end, thanks to these great wonderful women and their involvement with our camper community, we found Amy!

Amy’s Bio:

In mid-August 2011, Amy returned to Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) to serve as the Interim Director of the Annual Fund.  Amy was the Director of the Annual Fund at Country Day from August 2001 to October 2004.  She was directly responsible for overseeing the annual campaign by identifying and engaging prospective donors, conducting mail solicitations, managing 8 different constituency groups, and supervising over 75 volunteers.  Prior to working at CCDS, Amy was Area Director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.  Over the course of 7 years with the organization she oversaw fundraising and special events for the AHA’s national programs Jump Rope for Heart, American Heart Walk and the Charlotte Heart Ball.  Her responsibilities included sponsorship, marketing, logistics, auctions and managing over 60 volunteers to meet the goals.  After graduating from Salem College in 1990, Amy was an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions at Salem.  She traveled the east coast recruiting students, as well as planning on-campus visitations and overseeing the Admissions student ambassador group. Amy has been in Charlotte 14 years. She is married to Bill, who owns a commercial construction business.  They have two children, Will seven years old and Mary Cass four and half.

So there you have it! Our team is complete. Stay tuned for fun ways we will be raising funds and awareness of our camp with Amy’s wisdom and guidance.

Exciting New (Four Legged) Additions to Our North Carolina Host Camp’s Staff.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just when you thought camp couldn’t get better, it does thanks to some four legged additions. 

Camp Harrison, our North Carolina host camp, has added some interesting additions to their staff this year. For what this personnel lacks in personal hygiene, they more than make up for it with love and character.

You can find them at their office, the beautiful barn and stable that is the heart of the brand new Camp Harrison Dude Ranch.

School Bus, ATV, Truffles, Genesis, Moses, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Rebel, Nutmeg, Chocolate Chip Milkshake (Chip for short), Linus, Shrek, Rusty, Sweet Potato, Jones, Nancy and Momma Eleanor are just some of the animals who will welcome you on your drive into camp. They may also be described as 24 horses, 4 goats, 10ish chickens, 4 donkeys, 1 alpaca and 2 kittens.

Thanks to Denise Hammond and her family, campers and volunteers will be able to enjoy the company of these four legged friends while experiencing a taste of working on a farm.

Even if you have never wanted to put on some chaps and live in the Wild West, the Camp Harrison Dude Ranch experience promises something enjoyable for everyone. Their “human” staff  understands that participants come with differing comfort levels and promise to provide a variety of ways to take part of the fun.

Regardless of what role you play while at the ranch, it has been proven that there are many emotional, physical and psychological benefits to being around animals.  We see this program as one more opportunity for campers to widen their comfort zones and learn something new.

Can’t wait to hear all the stories from our happy campers as they mosey in from a great time on the ranch!

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