The Tourette Syndrome Camp USA, founded in 1994, is a residential camping program designed for girls and boys ages 8 - 16+ whose primary diagnosis is Tourette Syndrome (or Tic Disorder) and OCD, and to a lesser degree ADD/ADHD. The goal of the camp is to allow children with TS an opportunity to meet other children, share similar experiences and coping mechanisms in a fun, safe and positive environment. We are a 501(c)3 non profit organization.
The TS camp is run concurrently with a traditional camp week. While there are separate cabins for the TS campers, all programming is done with the rest of the camp. However, we do have our own group time with the TS campers so they have an opportunity to share their experiences with each other. In addition, Camp Duncan is home to many medical camps such as ours which provide a safe, positive and understanding environment.
There is a nurse to handle medication and medical issues for the TS campers.
This year for our campers who are 16, we are adding a Counsellor in Training Program CIT. These campers will be given leadership opportunities that will help with a transition to possible future positions on our staff.
This is not a therapeutic program and the camp has some limitations in accepting children whose needs are beyond the scope of its design.
Campers must be able to handle routine daily living skills (i.e. dressing, self hygiene) and have the ability to function in a group setting. While the program is modified to meet the needs of most children whose primary diagnosis is TS, experience has demonstrated that not every child with TS is capable of participating in the camp program.