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!