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We’re reducing our camp fees!

Posted by mdash on October 12, 2017
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We’re so excited to finally announce that we’re reducing our camp fees! This reduction will take place over the course of the next 3 years. If at anytime this plan becomes unsustainable, we will revisit and make changes as needed. Our Scholarship fund is still in place for those who need financial assistance and you can request your need in the body of the camp application. Before we get into the 3 year plan, check out some stats from the 2017 season.

2017 Camp Stats
This past camping season we:

  • Served over 1100 people
  • Hosted 10 camps including adding a new teen program and introducing the INSPIRE Program
  • Welcomed 260 families to camp and 366 volunteers
  • Gave scholarships to 83% of our families. Scholarship giving increased from 81% in 2016.

The 3 Year Plan
Beginning now for the 2018 season, we’re reducing camp fees by $100 per person. As always, children under 3 come to camp for free. If we’re in a comfortable position to continue with the plan, in 2019 we will reduce fees by another $100 bringing fees to $300 per person. Finally in the third year we will further reduce by $50 bringing camp fees to $250 per person.

How Is This Possible?
We feel we’re at a comfort level with the amount of donations, sponsorships, grants, personal fundraising and larger fundraising events/giving campaigns that we can make this change. That being said, this plan can only stay in place if current funding trends persist. In order to understand the full picture, let’s now take a look at what the true cost of camp is per person.

True Cost Of Camp
We worked with our accountant and based on the 2017 season, we determined the true cost of camp per person on average was $1000. This sum was determined by calculating program expenses, insurance costs, facility rental fees, costs associated with travel and administration fees among other expenses for the full 2017 season and taking an average based on the number of folks who attended camp.

We were able to offer camp at $500 per person due to funds received by donations, sponsorships, your individual fundraising, grants and larger fundraising events. The true cost of camp per person will gradually increase over the years based on inflation trends, insurance rates increasing, and if the facilities we rent increase their rates. Our goal is to work hard in order to stick to this 3 year plan but a few things need to happen in order for it to be possible.

How Do We Keep The 3 Year Plan In Place?

  • Sponsors maintaining sponsorship level at $500 per person or higher
  • Providing testimonials about how CNL has impacted your family or as a volunteer/amputee mentor that we can share with our donors
  • Checking with your employer to see if they have a donation matching program that will multiply any donations you give
  • Participating in, helping to promote and/or contributing to fundraising events and giving campaigns benefitting CNL
  • Setting fundraising goals higher than actual camp costs (yes, any funds raised over what is needed for the current year will be credited to your account for future camps)

We hope this is great news to folks and you’ll join us in spreading the excitement, and continue to support CNL and the No Limits Foundation. Together we can embrace and sustain this plan to benefit our campers and their families!

Last month Camp No Limits mentors, volunteers, families and staff met in New York City for a fun filled weekend of city adventures and to support camp at the 3rd annual Out on a Limb Beach Benefit!

We started our city adventures off Friday evening by catching a game at Yankees Stadium. While folks enjoyed stadium snacks and the game, Joe Girardi, the New York Yankees Manager, talked about what CNL is all about! Check out Joe in the video below.

Joe Girardi Talks About CNL!

Saturday morning we took the ferry over to Liberty Island to check out the Statue of Liberty! It was such a beautiful day to explore the grounds and take some memorable pictures. Soon after we headed back to the city to grab a slice of NYC pizza for lunch!

       

We made a pit stop to see the Raging Bull and Fearless Girl statues. Rob took advantage of a cool photo op for the benefit. Check out Fearless Girl rocking the OOAL tee! Next we headed to Long Island to get ready for the night.

Everyone got dressed up and ready to celebrate our successful year of camps at Blue Moon Restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner, danced, sang and took lots of great pictures in front of the new CNL backdrop!

            

Sunday morning we all headed to Lido Beach for the benefit! What a day! Rob, Jill and their team did an incredible job organizing an amazing day for everyone. There was live music, delicious foods, lots of cool vendors, a giant raffle, the beach obstacle course for folks to compete in and the coolest carnival with lots of games and prizes. The day was a huge success with an estimated 500 people showing their support! The event raised $22,000, all of which will go to support our camp families with camp scholarships.

A huge thank you is in order for Rob Schulman, his incredible sister Jill and the awesome team of folks they brought together to host such a great weekend in the city and the benefit to support Camp No Limits. We are so appreciative of all their efforts and hard work to support camp and our families. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

 

CNL Maryland 2017 Recap!

Posted by mdash on September 27, 2017
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What a way to end our 2017 season! We had over 70 families and a total of 253 people join us at CNL Maryland! Here is a quick overview of the fun we had!

Once everyone arrived we broke into teams and played some get-to-know-you activities and Minute-to-Win-It challenges. We also enjoyed some s’mores down at the campfire on the beach! Nataly and Jaxon entertained us with some music while we chowed down.

After breakfast, we dive into our regular programming with energizers and exercises in the gym before getting into our groups. The OT group showed off their life hacks while the PT crew worked on team building, and leadership development! The siblings played lots of games and worked on team building too!

      

Our Adventure Afternoons consisted of the high ropes course, a zip line, swimming in the pool and everyone’s favorite, the giant swing! Folks enjoyed ice cream from the ice cream shop and others worked on their running and biking skills with the therapists and prosthetists!

   

Saturday night we were treated to an amazing talent show! We had singing, dancing, playing lots of different instruments, a skipping routine, a math demonstration and the cutest rendition of 5 Little Monkeys you ever did see!

A special thank you to Mike Farmer and crew for supporting Camp No Limits once again with an amazing $10,000 donation from the Nuts for No Limits fundraiser they host each year! Your contributions will help many families with camp scholarships. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to our program, and our families!

As we wrap up our 2017 season and set our sights on 2018, we can’t help but smile at all of the friendships made, all of the firsts that were achieved and all of the lives changed by embracing the No Limits attitude!

      

CNL Maine 2017 Recap!

Posted by mdash on September 12, 2017
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What an amazing week we had at CNL Maine! Over 200 people joined us for our 14th summer on North Pond at Pine Tree Camp. We had families join us from many different states across the US and a couple families made the voyage across the pond from England!

Our fun-filled week consisted of lots of time spent on the water swimming, canoe/kayaking, fishing and going on pontoon boat rides. Campers and siblings showed amazing leadership and cooperation while they worked together to solve puzzles and decipher codes during Puzzle Break.

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation joined us again to teach us some adaptive paddling techniques for kayaking. We love our partnership with this organization as they bring fun to our summers and our winters when we hit the slopes at Sunday River at Camp sNOw Limits! A special thank you to their volunteers for coming out and spending the afternoon on the water with us.

Wednesday afternoon our partners at Hanger Clinic joined us as they went live on their Facebook feed to capture some great moments in a typical day at Camp No Limits! Hanger Charitable Foundation is a platinum sponsor of Camp No Limits and has provided scholarship funds to support over 300 participants since 2014! In addition to the scholarship funds, they also provide clinical volunteers to support our program goals to ensure our campers interact and learn from certified therapists, prosthetists and amputee mentors.

Hanger Live: Camp No Limits – Maine

We’re giving you a #BehindtheScenes look at Camp No Limits for a tour of this amazing camp making a difference for kiddos with limb loss or limb difference. #HangerLive

Posted by Hanger on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thursday afternoon was our Adventure Afternoon! Once again we filled the main lawn with a rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, bungee jump, jousting, Zorb ball and a bungee run! Campers enjoyed the waterfront while the sun shined and lots of games of corn hole were played. Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause visited us once again and brought lots of delicious ice cream! Thank you to those who donated money for ice cream, we put those contributions into our scholarship fund to help support getting families to camp. This year we raised enough to send one camper to camp next summer!

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had some special visitors join us for the day and capture the magic that is Camp No Limits. NBC Nightly News followed us around as we energized and exercised in the morning, played on all of the adventure elements, ran, biked, swam, and kayaked! They put together a beautiful story about Camp No Limits that you can view here!

CAMP NO LIMITS

CAMP NO LIMITS: At this camp, children with prosthetics get to enjoy games and form special bonds with each other, while participating in activities that double as physical therapy.

Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thank you to everyone who donated as a result of watching the story. We received over $10,000 from those contributions which will go to our general scholarship fund to support our camp families in 2018!

We had our annual Lobstah Dinnah once again this year! A huge thanks to Becky’s Seafood for preparing the lobsters for us, they were perfect. We finished our evening with an amazing talent show. We were dazzled by many singing acts, dancing, beautiful piano pieces, gymnastics and some corny joke telling!

We finished our week of with lots more time on the water with the addition of paddle boarding, cotton candy and popcorn treats and a rockin’ dance on our last night!

New friendships were made…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and old friendships renewed!

    

We hope you all had an amazing time, and made lots of great memories to carry you through the year until we do it all again next summer! A huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers once again. Camp would not be possible without you and all you do to bring the magic!

CNL Texas 2017 Recap!

Posted by mdash on June 03, 2017
Category : Uncategorized

We just had our fourth Texas camp and it keeps getting better and better! Thanks to Camp For All for hosting us again with their amazing staff and beautiful facility.

Check out the highlight video here!

From the high tower and zip line, team building, archery and the escape room; returning families and new families bonded quickly as we made our way through the adventurous afternoons.

We had a visit from Ottobock, keeping us informed on the latest in the world of prosthetics and sharing in the afternoon fun!

Check out the camp slideshow here!

As always, the talent show was a highlight of camp with loads of smiles, hula hooping, dance numbers, singing and gymnastics. Thanks to Roberto for the photo booth – a great way to think of our friends at camp all year long!!!

 

 

Thanks to all of our volunteers and mentors, we couldn’t do it without you!!!

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