Our 2021 TS Family Camp will be held VIRTUALLY
To keep everyone safe we are going to have camp virtually this year. The event will be on June 11-12th, 2021.
This event has things for every member of the family. There are dynamic speakers, family activities, kids’ activities and parent discussion groups. All are welcome to attend! Adults with TS, Parents, siblings, family members of those diagnosed with TS, Educators, etc. The event will take place in your own home via zoom. Our hope is for all our attendees to leave with new information and a greater support system.
Everyone who registers for the event prior to May 10th will receive a t-shirt and other fun giveaways and supplies for the event.
We will meet Friday evening for our keynote address, some get to know you games, and a family activity. On Saturday morning we will start our day off with activities for everyone. Our day activities will wrap up mid-afternoon allowing you to plan a family afternoon and dinner together. We will then come back together for a family event on Saturday evening followed by our closing.
All kids attending can choose from the following activity groups that will each meet twice throughout the camp:
Cooking and Baking – We will be doing both!
Science and Nature – We will enjoy exploring and trying an experiment!
Arts & Crafts – Small groups, split by age with fun crafts designed with that age group in mind.
Video Gaming – Our game groups will be playing both Trailblazers and Rocket League. You may play either on most devices, including PC, Xbox, Switch, PS4. However, you must have both games ahead of time for play. Rocket league is a free download and Trailblazers must be purchased if you do not already have it. The cost is approximately $30.
In addition to our kids activities, we have some fantastic sessions planned for the parents. These include:
– A discussion on Parenting led by Jerry & Julie Beers. Their adult son Jesse has TS, and had been to camp several time to speak to the kids. They will offer support and guidance on raising children with TS. Including the family dynamic of having multiple kids with different needs, some with TS and some without.
– An educational presentation of the potential benefits of cannabis use for Tourette Syndrome. Additionally, this session will offer an understanding of the forms of medications, dosing information, and explain how to obtain a patient and/or caregiver card for the PA Medical Marijuana Program.
– A session on the newest information on the genetics behind TS. This talk will be presented by Gary Heiman, PhD of Rutgers University.
Our Family Sessions include:
This event is valued at $50 per person but is being offered free of charge to encourage all to attend and get the support they need during these times. If you are able, please consider donating to help offset the costs.
Our 2022 TS Family Camp will be in person. Camp is held annually in early summer. The event lasts 3 days and 2 nights. The camp that hosts our event, Black Rock Retreat, offers private hotel style rooms with a bathroom for each family. There are wonderful indoor conference rooms for our adult and group sessions. The outdoor activities for the kids are fantastic and include things such as archery, swimming, field games, zip lining, nature center with animals, hiking, arts & crafts, and so much more. Our family events are sprinkled throughout the weekend and include things like a camp fire, movie night, lake or pool party, and more. The weekend will be full of supportive, informative, and inspirational sessions for Adults/Parents, kids with TS, and their siblings.