App State Partners to Offer Autism Camp: Registration Ends April 1

Camp Crinkleroot, a free day camp April 15-17, is recruiting campers ages 8-14 with autism spectrum disorders. The retreat will be held at the Camp Sky Ranch facility in Blowing Rock. It will be staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers.


Camp Crinkleroot is a program sponsored by Appalachian’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services within the Beaver College of Health Sciences. It provides parents and caretakers with free respite care, offers children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities that have been modified for their specific needs and celebrates April as autism awareness month. Siblings of campers are also invited to attend and will participate in all camp activities as well as special camp activities designed for them.

Children will have one-on-one supervision and be encouraged to take part in expressive arts and nature activities, field games, s’mores making and other camp fun.

Applications are due by April 1. Availability is limited to 15 campers.

Parents and caregivers interested in participating in this program should contact Mary Sheryl Horine at to receive a camp application and information or visit