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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: 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
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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!!!

Exciting times at CNL Headquarters!

Posted by mdash on June 01, 2017
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May has been an exciting month for our Founder and Executive Director, Mary Leighton!

Dr. Mary Leighton!

Mary was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters on May 20th, 2017, from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.  She was awarded the doctorate for her groundbreaking work with children with limb loss and their families, and for the impact that she has made touching the lives of so many people.

She was invited to deliver the commencement speech to the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac.   Speaking before the graduating class of 2017, she shared memories of her path in life, as she moved toward realization of her passion and her actions in making this vision come to fruition.

“I didn’t do things in the typical order, she said. “Your life choices might take you down a different path, if you follow your heart. That’s okay. Every path you take can teach you something.”

“I realized going through life you’re not alone, and it’s about community,” she said. “Changing the lives of others is the most important thing.”

“Your path may lead you in various directions. But what you want to leave the world with is how you can make the world a better place. There are so many opportunities. You need to be ready and open to them.”

To view the commencement speech please follow this link:

                                                                        Welcome Benjamin!

Welcome Baby Benjamin!  Mary gave birth to her first child May 8th, 2017, at 10:56pm.   Benjamin Thomas Leighton Branagan weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing well enjoying quiet time at home.  Mary is limiting her work schedule for the next few months.  If you have immediate needs regarding camp information, please feel free to email Melanie Dash, Program Director.  If you are in need of questions for Mary, please be advised that a response may take a few days, or you may receive a response from another staff member.  Thank you for your understanding during this wonderful new time!

What an incredible weekend we had at Sunday River Ski Resort. About 50 members of the CNL family came together for a weekend of adaptive skiing, snowboarding, and celebrations! This year we rented a beautiful house which served as home base but also allowed for more family connection as we gathered for meals and evening get togethers. Take a look at some of the excitement below!

Here is what one of our moms had to say about their experience:

“Being part of the Camp sNOw Limits is magical, and with the passing of each year I continue to be in awe! From the volunteers to the facility itself, CNL renews our energy and encourages us to step up and step out!

There are people from all walks of life who volunteer, from the guys at Maine Adaptive who help with things from equipment and sleds to skiing with the campers one on one. Then there are parents who are always collaborating with each other, together making it all happen with seemingly effortless grace, it is true teamwork at its best and is an example of what we all need to see and experience.

We are witness to each other’s talents, skills and knowledge. We get the opportunity to talk and to each other as individuals and as families. To share the struggles and the accomplishments we all gain and grow. We are not alone but part of a greater community. The support system we are part of is phenomenal and drives us to push through the hard stuff so that we can be part of the great stuff!

We have come for the past two years and as a single mom this is so important to my daughter. She gets to see and feel a life free of judgment, and see a life full of possibilities.  

CNL and Maine Adaptive allow amputees and parent’s the ability to be adventurous, take risks and have FUN!” — Jess Biagini, mom of Lilly

A special thank you to Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, without your amazing volunteers, Camp sNOw Limits would not be possible. Your hard work and dedication to our program is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hitting the slopes again with you next year!

We kicked off our 2017 season with Camp No Limits Florida! We started off with a pleasant surprise as the facility we use, Dayspring Conference Center, built a brand new building for their guests and it fit our needs perfectly! Thank you Dayspring for always having a beautiful facility and welcoming, helpful staff!

We began our adventure at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with a visit with Winter the dolphin and a tour of the facility! Thank you to David Yates and the CMA team for welcoming our group and creating an incredibly memorable experience.

Back at camp we were treated to a fun animal show compliments of Gatorland. Tim Williams brought a gator, tarantula, lizards and a python to entertain us on our first night at camp! Thank you Tim for your continued support of our program and bringing out the creepy crawlies for us to play with!

Common Ground Adventures came back to play in the trees with us again this year during our Adventure Afternoon. We also had a great time with the ropes course, going canoeing and kayaking and improving our biking skills with PTs Cameron and Karen.

Camp has a new family art project this year! Each family will work together to create a piece of art to take home to remember their time spent at Camp No Limits! Check out one of the designs created at CNL Florida.

Sticking with camp tradition, we had our talent show once again. Emcees Justine, Cameron and Kristen organized an incredible night of singing, dancing, tumbling, joke telling, one handed shoe tying, tae kwon do, skits, and some impressive piano playing! Thanks to all who dazzled us with your talents and kept us laughing throughout the evening!

Of course camp wouldn’t be possible without our incredible group of volunteers. We welcomed many new volunteers to the CNL family and were thrilled to have so many returners as well. Thank you all for your help, your energy and the connections you made with our campers and their families! We hope you’ll join us at another camp soon 🙂

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