Camp No Limits (Wales, ME)


  • Name:Mr. Steven Bacher
  • Title:Grant Writer

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  • Organization Name:Camp No Limits
  • Address:265 Centre Road
    Wales, ME 04280
    United States

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  • Main phone:609-408-9694

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  • Mission:
  • Mission: To educate and empower young people with limb loss to discover and develop a healthy, happy and independent lifestyle.

    Vision: To be the leading camp for young people with limb loss, in the United States and abroad, recognized for camper satisfaction, age specific physical and social skill development, amputee education and peer support.

    Camp No Limits is a unique therapeutic recreational support program for child amputees and those with congenital limb loss, and their families. Our campers learn from each other, their mentors, student and professional occupational and physical therapists, and prosthetics experts. Parents and siblings learn and gain support from their peers, as well as campers, students and professional staff.
    Camp No Limits is designed to provide campers with the skills and confidence they need to participate in life. Camp includes a wide variety of activities to help strengthen campers both physically and emotionally.

  • Overview:
  • In its first twelve years, Camp No Limits has existed solely to offer camps for children, teens and young adults with limb loss or limb differences, and their families. Starting in 2004 in Maine with one small camp, in 2016 we offered ten camps around the United States between January and September. Camp was attended by 422 youth, 401 parents and 377 volunteers in 2016. Eighty-one percent of our families received full or partial scholarships to cover camp fees.
    In 2017, we plan to add a complementary program, called “Inspire,” to strengthen the connection between campers and their mentors throughout the year, and encourage campers to engage in their communities and become leaders in community service.

    Founder Mary Leighton serves as Executive Director and Head Occupational Therapist. She graduated from American International College in Springfield, MA in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). She is currently enrolled in a Master's program for non-profit Leadership/Management. Mary worked in private pediatric practice as an OT in Maine for seven years while Camp No Limits was born. During that time Mary also began to specialize in working with individuals with upper extremity limb loss/amputations by providing training and adaptations to provide the most functional and physically appropriate approach to completing activities of daily living, with or without prosthetics. Mary has upper extremity prosthetics training experience with all levels of unilateral and bilateral upper extremity limb loss. Mary has provided training with the use of myoelectric, body-powered, hybrid, recreational, and activity-specific prosthetics. She is proficient in training with the Myoboy training tool in preparation for myoelectric prosthetics and has attended the Skills for Life course for bilateral upper extremity limb loss.

    Mary Leighton is a nationally recognized presenter at various colleges, Orthotics and Prosthetics conferences and shows, including various Otto Bock and Hanger Clinic informational seminars for therapists, prosthetists, and other health care professionals.

    Mary is also a certified Pilates instructor, which contributes to programs that she has developed for Camp No Limits, emphasizing the benefits and necessity of core strength for everyone, especially those with limb loss. She has developed an exercise program for Camp No Limits to ensure campers and families have the opportunity to develop stretching and strength training necessary for all daily functional and recreational activities.

    Sara McLaughlin, Head Physical Therapist, has over 15 years experience in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. She received her MS in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis after completing her undergraduate studies at Connecticut College.

    Sara has developed a special interest in amputee rehabilitation, following this path after her son was born with a congenital limb difference. She has attended multiple continuing education courses led by Bob Gailey - a world renowned expert in lower limb amputee mobility.

    Sara first attended Camp No Limits with her family in 2010. She initially attended camp for her son, Shaun, to meet other children with limb differences and for her daughter, Jordan, to meet other siblings as well as children her own age with limb differences.

    Melanie Dash, Program Consultant, has two degrees from Acadia University: a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development and a Bachelor of Art in Sociology. Melanie discovered her passion for working with people with disabilities 14 years ago when she became a volunteer at Acadia’s S.M.I.L.E. program. Through S.M.I.L.E., Melanie found Pine Tree Camp in Maine and worked there for 12 camping seasons in a variety of roles. Pine Tree Camp is where Melanie discovered her passion for the camping field and was first introduced to Camp No Limits. Melanie has been with Camp No Limits since 2014.

    Camp No Limits has an active Board of Directors, consisting of parents of campers and professionals in related fields. One hundred percent of the Board members contribute to Camp No Limits.

    CNL has a special relationship with Quinnipiac University’s Physical Therapy program. Don Kowalsky, Associate Professor of PT, is Secretary of our Board of Directors, and volunteers at several camps each year. Many of his students volunteer at Camp No Limits, expanding the capacity of the program while giving the student physical therapists valuable experience in their field. Through Don’s leadership, our tenth camp was added at the Quinnipiac campus in Hamden, Connecticut, starting in 2015.

    The Camp No Limits administrative office is in Wales, Maine.

  • History:
  • Camp No Limits is a non-profit organization providing camps for children, teens and young adults with limb loss, and education, mentorship, and support to these children and their families.

    The Camp No Limits dream started with a little 2 1/2 year old boy named Nicholas who had a big smile, a spark in his eye, and who was missing three limbs. Mary Leighton was working at a private pediatric therapy clinic in Maine and Nicholas was her first patient with limb loss. Throughout his therapy he constantly amazed her with his determination and his willingness to try anything that was asked of him.

    Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics constructed Nicholas's first prosthetics and together with his prosthetist, Scott Hebert, and Mary Leighton, he began using his prosthetics to his full potential. He took his first steps at age three, was more than thrilled when he was able to feed himself with a spoon and wash his face with his body-powered prosthesis. He amazed everyone when he wrote his name for the first time with the most beautiful handwriting around! Mary became determined to make sure that this boy never lost his drive to succeed, and to ensure that he never had limits imposed on his potential.

    In 2004, while brainstorming how to motivate others with limb loss to reach their potential, Bambi Lombardi (Otto Bock Health Care), a fellow OT suggested to Mary Leighton the idea for a camp to educate children AND their families in the importance of physical and occupational therapy, adaptations, prosthetic options, and peer support. Research revealed that no such camp existed, and Mary’s mission was born. From the first weekend camp in August 2004, hosted by Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine with 4 families, Camp No Limits began to take shape. Now after a snowball effect the dream has expanded nationwide with camps in Maine, Missouri, Maryland, Florida, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, California, and Connecticut. We also have Camp sNOw in the winter in Maine. We partner with Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (

    Camp No Limits has been run on a shoestring for twelve years. Only in 2014 did Mary hire a second full-time person. The organization is supported by hundreds of volunteers.

    Camp No Limits has received major grants from the Hanger Charitable Foundation, of $60,000 in 2015 and increased to $100,000 in 2016. We hope to continue this partnership in coming years. Camp No Limits is supported by a growing community of foundations, businesses, fundraising events organized mostly by friends and families of campers, donations from individuals, as well as fees from camp families. A complete list of 2016 funders at the $500 and up level is at

    To get a better sense of Camp No Limits, please consider viewing this three-minute video:

    Our evaluation approach includes measurement and assessment of campers by occupational and physical therapists, skills tests, “What camp means to me” survey, family surveys, and more. Other measurable results are the number of participants enrolled, returning campers, and referrals.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:20-3144444

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:203144444
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% MARY LEIGHTON
  • Organization Address:265 CENTRE RD
  • Organization City:WALES
  • Organization State:ME
  • Organization Zip:04280-3306
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:E60
  • Asset Amount:$438,430
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$609,098
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$594,576
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:50:28 am

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