Camp Crinkleroot is a program sponsored by the Appalachian State University Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services. Now offered twice per year, fall camp is a one-day camp for kids ages 8-18 with an Autism Spectrum or similar disorder. The focus of fall camp is on developing communication and social skills and activities are tailored to priority needs for each camper. Themed activities throughout the day are interactive, creative and highly fun. Note: Camp for Spring 2021 has been cancelled.
The spring camp is held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Sky Ranch over the course of a weekend in April. The day camp offers a typical camp experience for children in the community who are ages 8-14 with an Autism Spectrum or similar disorder. Camp Sky Ranch is steeped in history as one of the first inclusive summer camps in North Carolina and is now home to Sky Valley Zip Tours. The focus of Spring Camp is to provide a short break for parents/caregivers and to encourage friendship building for campers in a supportive, fun and interactive environment. Siblings are invited to attend spring camp and there will be special activities designed to support their needs as well!
Both Spring Camp Crinkleroot and Fall Camp Crinkleroot will be staffed by ASU student volunteers and interested faculty members. Each camper will be paired one-to-one with a counselor throughout the camp day. The groups will participate in a variety of activities including indoor and outdoor recreational activities, expressive arts activities, group interaction games, a campfire (spring), riding the AppalCart (fall) and other fun camp activities. All activities at Crinkleroot will be modified to provide a fun and enriching weekend for each individual camper.
Ready to sign up for Crinkleroot? Please complete a Camp Crinkleroot Application and Participation Agreement - see the link at the bottom of this page! There are no fees to participate in the Camp Crinkleroot, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited. Forms may be sent back electronically, by mail or by fax: 828-262-8147.
Want to volunteer to work at the Camp Crinkleroot? Please complete an online application for consideration. Note: Volunteers must be currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.
We look forward to meeting you!
We are looking for students to help staff Fall 2021 Camp Crinkleroot!
Students can choose to help us with planning Camp Crinkleroot, leading various activities based on their interests, or serving as one-on-one buddies for campers. We are also looking for individuals who would like to help us document camp by photographing and designing promotional materials like videos.
***All students must be current Appalachian State University students.
If you would like to help plan and coordinate Fall 2021 Camp Crinkleroot, please email Mary Sheryl Horine at firstname.lastname@example.org