Camp Crinkleroot

Crinkleroot 2018!

Thank you for your interest in Camp Crinkleroot 2018.  We have reached our maximum capacity for camp applications!  Please feel free to complete an application and your name will be added to our waiting list.

Camp Crinkleroot is a program sponsored by the Appalachian State University Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services. This is a weekend day camp that offers a typical camp experience for children in the community who are ages 8-14 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The 8th annual camp will take place this year at the former Camp Sky Ranch over the weekend of April 27-29, 2018. Camp Sky Ranch is steeped in history as one of the first inclusive summer camps in the country and is now home to Sky Valley Zip Tours.

In 2018, Crinkleroot will be staffed by approximately 30-40 volunteer counselors from Appalachian State University who will attend a training prior to camp. 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 outdoor recreational activities, expressive arts activities, group interaction games, a campfire and other fun camp activities. All activities at Crinkleroot will be modified to provide a fun and enriching weekend for each individual camper.

Siblings are welcome to attend Crinkleroot!  We will have some combined activities and some special activities just for siblings!

Ready to sign up for Crinkleroot?  This is the place to visit! You'll need to to complete a Crinkleroot Retreat 2018 Application and Participation Agreement - see the link at the bottom of this page! Additionally, please see the detailed daily schedule of activities to get a better understanding of the weekend offerings.   There are no fees to particpate in the Crinkleroot Retreat, however, pre-registration is required and space is limited.  The deadline for registration is April 9, 2018. Froms may be sent back electronically, by mail or by fax: 828-262-7680.

Want to volunteer to work at the Crinkleroot Retreat? We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2018 camp! Please complete an online application for consideration.  Note: Volunteers must be currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.

We look forward to meeting you!

Camp Crinkleroot participant and counselor


Crinkleroot 2018 Forms


Weekend Agenda


All 2018 activities will take place at Camp Sky Ranch.


5:30 - 7:00pmDinner - Potluck, Meeting of Campers and Volunteers


9:00 - 9:15amOrientation - Song Time and Get to Know You
9:15 - 10:00amArts and Crafts
10:00 - 11:00am Field Games
11:30am - 12:15pmLunch
12:15 - 1:15pmTreasure Hunt Hike
1:15 - 2:00pmCamp Fire and Marshmallows
2:00 - 2:45pmSongs and Outdoor/Indoor Games
2:45 - 3:30pmArt or Expressive Art Activity
3:30 - 3:45pmClean Up and Pick Up
3:45pmCounselor Meeting


1:00pmArrival and Song Time
1:00 - 2pmArts and Crafts
2:00 - 2:20pmSnack Time
2:20 - 3:20pmField Games
3:20 - 3:50pmPractice for Talent Show
3:50 - 5pmTalent Show for parents and Pick-UP!