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Thank you, Hanger Charitable Foundation!

Posted by mdash on February 14, 2018
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We are happy to announce that we are the recipients of the Hanger Charitable Foundation Grant again for 2018!

The Hanger Charitable Foundation has once again provided a substantial grant, and continues to be the largest supporter to our program.  The grant funds will continue to support first time campers and their families, returning families in need, and now our newest addition, Teen Camp!

We are thankful to be able to use these funds to support over 100 families, and to support the Teen Camp program this year which plans to host over 24 teen campers in Maine.  This will be the first “teens only” camp, designed to flourish the independence of our older campers. This program will focus on leadership, team building, life skills and more!

We are fortunate to have the ongoing financial support of the Hanger Charitable Foundation, and to also have the many volunteers from Hanger Clinic at our various camps throughout the year. We are so thankful for this wonderful partnership and growing our family network year after year!

    

 

CNL Florida 2018 Recap!

Posted by mdash on February 12, 2018
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Wow! What an amazing start to our 2018 camp season! 140 folks joined us from across the country in January for Camp No Limits Florida.

We began our camp adventure in Clearwater. Some families opted in for the extra day adventure at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We spent time with Winter and Hope, went on a fun boat tour and explored the aquarium and learned about all of the other marine life! That evening we had fun in the hotel pool and hot tub. The next afternoon the rest of the camp gang joined us for a special presentation and more time with Winter and Hope. A fun time was had by all!

     

That evening back at camp, folks got settled, relaxed and enjoyed the musical talents of Miss Nataly. Saturday morning we hit the ground running with our energizers and exercise before breaking up into our groups!

  

Everyone enjoyed the Adventure Afternoon activities of high ropes course, tree climbing, swimming, running/biking clinics and arts and crafts with Hilary!

  

We had s’mores at the campfire while signing campfire songs, showed off our amazing skills and talents at the Talent Show and boogied down at the camp dance! Many memories were made during our fun filled weekend, and many friendships formed. Most of us entered camp as strangers but we all left as family.

Thank you to all who helped bring the camp magic, who helped put those incredible smiles on faces and made bellies ache with laughter. We couldn’t do it without you! Until next camp…

 

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!

      

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