Quinnipiac University to host overnight camp for children with limb loss or differences and their families

Camp No Limits aims to increase the functional independence of children living with limb loss or differences.

Quinnipiac University’s occupational and physical therapy programs will host Camp No Limits, an overnight camp for children and adolescents with limb loss or differences and their families, July 7-10, on its York Hill Campus, 305 Sherman Ave.

Camp No Limits aims to increase the functional independence of children living with limb loss or differences. About 20 campers and their families will experience a network of support through adaptive recreational activities and life skills programs. These events will be led by physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists, Quinnipiac students and faculty, and teen and adult mentors with limb loss or differences.

On Friday, July 8, a field day program and running and biking clinics will take place from 2:45-5:45 p.m. During this time, campers and staff members will learn about scholastic sport rule modifications that pertain to playing sports with prosthetics.

Each day will start with “energizer” activities from 9 a.m.-noon. Sports at the camp will include volleyball, sled hockey and basketball.

In 2015, Quinnipiac became the first and only institution of higher education in the country to host Camp No Limits. There was no camp in 2021 due to the pandemic.

“The participants are truly inspirational and supportive of each other’s goals, challenges and ultimate triumphs while experiencing life skills and recreational opportunities provided throughout the weekend,” said Valerie Strange, clinical associate professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac. “The sense of community is palpable. We are so excited to bring camp back to QU and to welcome campers and their families to a fun-filled and meaningful program.”

Camp participants will develop self-confidence, achieve personal goals and form enduring friendships. They also will participate in recreational programs available to children with limb loss or differences and gain knowledge of the latest prosthetic options.

Camp No Limits was founded in 2004 by Mary Leighton, an occupational therapist from Maine. The camp began with four children. Today, there are nine locations nationwide, serving hundreds of families. In addition to Connecticut, Camp No Limits is offered in Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

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