Spring, Summer, Seminar, & Speeches

New TICS programs and Summer Camp preparations!

Camp Twitch & Shout's SUMMER OF SUPERHEROES 2018!

This Is Camp Twitch & Shout

New programs for our young adults, and news for Camp 2018!

NEW! TICS Speakers Bureau

NEW! Camp Twitch & Shout Young Adult Spring Retreat Weekend

News about Camp Twitch & Shout Summer 2018

Andrew, Zach, Tricia, Danielle, Katie, and Caleb

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A Speakers Bureau weekend in Arlington

This year we were invited to present at the National TAA conference in Arlington on Saturday, March 3rd. This event was officially our first TICS Speakers Bureau engagement, and the beginning of many to come.

"Speakers Bureaus have long been used by corporations, agencies and non-profit groups to offer presentations to the community. A Speakers Bureau is a core group of speakers (either staff or volunteers) who are available for community meetings or gatherings. It is an opportunity to educate the public and act as a community resource."

Our first group of presenters included a group of our Camp Twitch & Shout volunteers who have shown Leadership and outstanding performance while volunteering with us throughout the years. The goal of this presentation was to give our families hope and encouragement, and educate the audience on what it is like to live with, or love someone with Tourette's through our stories. Tourette's cannot be told by one person's story. Caleb Harrill, Zach Pursley, Andrew (Hollywood) Barrelet, Katie Adams, Danielle Kardon, and I gave the audience a glimpse in to our connection to Tourette's and the messages that we wanted to convey to our parents and families.

Enjoy a video of our presentation below, and look for more information soon on programs and events connected to the TICS Speakers Bureau soon!

Thank you!

Tricia Kardon, Executive Director

TICS, Inc.

The impact on parents...

"Thank you again for everything. Seeing all of the young adults who have lived with TS and are thriving and happy overall gives us parents hope from bright futures for our children. There's not enough "thank yous" for me to say because you have given me more than I could ever thank you for." Mother of a child with TS attending conference

"As a camp mom I am so proud of each of you for the beautiful job you did speaking and sharing on stage the stories that my son, or any campers story, for others. As a board member, a representative of our organization, I am most appreciative for the professional representation each of you have for both TICS and CTAS. You made us all so proud.

I sincerely thank you, Tricia, Caleb, Zack, Danielle, Katie, and Andrew. I will hold the words you shared close to my heart. It almost felt as though I was sneaking a peak into a looking glass of my sons future watching and hearing you speak. Like each person in that room, I too have been changed by your words." Mary Lamb, Parent Representative

Speakers Bureau Presentation Arlington VA March 3, 2018

TAA Conference Speakers Bureau March 3, 2018

National ACA Conference in Orlando Florida!

American Camp Association (ACA) Leadership Training

At the end of February, Camp Director Tricia Kardon and Team Leaders Cody Weavil and Nicole Tindel attended the National American Camp Association's (ACA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Camp Twitch & Shout is an ACA Accredited and Award Winning camp. Tricia, Nicole, and Cody are so excited to bring all that we learned back to our Team in preparing for Summer of the Superheroes in July!

Young Adult Weekend March 9-11, 2018

We held our 1st Alumni Weekend for our young adults that have aged out of camp. This year we started with our LITs and CITs from the summer of 2017. It was a GREAT weekend! It was a chance for them to get together again, have a lot of fun, and we have goals to start to prepare our past campers for life outside of High School. Our plan is to continue and add to this Spring program each year. Look for information about this new Annual program in the Fall of 2018.

DATES & REGISTRATION for Summer 2018

* Applications are LIVE on our website NOW...yet there is currently a waiting list for most age groups (only a couple of spots open in random groups). There is no cost to remain on the waiting list - so don't hesitate to apply if your child is interested. We should know by June 1st if there will be a spot for your child at camp this summer.

* Camper ages 8-17

(Automatic enrollment in our Leaders In Training program for 17 year olds)

* Summer Camp dates: July 8th through July 13th, 2018

* Parent Workshops (TICS, TAA & CDC - see below): July 11th & 12th

Camper arrival on Sunday July 8th between 2-4:00 PM

Camper departure on Friday July 13th around 11:00 AM

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  • Paddle boarding
  • Canoes & Kayaks
  • Pedal boats
  • Fishing
  • Pool Swimming
  • Archery
  • Horses
  • Arts & Crafts - Pottery
  • Gardening
  • Capture the flag - "Da-Nu-WAW"
  • Wacky Olymp-tics
  • Talent shows
  • Camp Dance
  • Carnival Night
  • Rock climbing walls
  • Giant swing
  • High ropes course (over 12 years of age)
  • Low ropes course
  • Biking
  • Discovery Programming; Cooking/Baking, Soccer, storytelling, music, Mad Scientist, Photography, Dance, etc...
  • And more!
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    Discovery programming is designed to allow campers to explore an area of their interest at a deeper level during their week at camp. Each of these discovery programs is divided into different tracks and each track is designed around a central theme, interest, or skill. Campers will be allowed to choose a track that interests them when they arrive at camp. Discovery programs will meet in the morning three days during the camp week.

    Your Camper will get to choose from a wide range of programs such as cooking/baking, swimming skills, music, art/ceramics, archery, survival skills, biking, soccer, storytelling, fishing, and more!


    The Leader In Training (LIT) program is designed for young adults to gain leadership skills, challenge themselves, participate in fun and engaging Camp activities, and to feel confident to transition to life outside of High School. The LIT program is available to Tourette Syndrome diagnosed young adults 17 years of age. If you want to learn more about yourself, leadership, and working together with a group of teens who truly want to leave a camp legacy – join us as an LIT.


    * Camp Twitch and Shout is a program of the NONPROFIT Corporation "T.I.C.S., Inc."

    * Campers are ages are 8 through 17

    * 17 Year old applicants will automatically be enrolled in the "Leaders In Training" or "LIT" program for the week (see below)

    TUITION covers all costs during the week of camp and there are several Options:

    A $50 deposit is required for ALL applicants to secure a spot at camp, and

    PAYMENT PLANS are available for all options when you check-out of Registration.

    Several Tuition OPTIONS at Registration:

    * #1: Full Tuition is $900 per camper. This is the actual cost of Camp per Camper - payment plans are available at check-out.

    * #2: Subsidized Tuition options This option is for those families who cannot afford the full tuition cost. Options range from $500 to $800 for the week of camp. You do NOT need to complete a financial need application for this option - all we ask is that you choose your most affordable option so that we can help as many families as possible with financial assistance.

    We depend on fundraising to help provide this tuition option and scholarships for our families. You can choose an option of $500, $600, $700, or $800 at Registration - payment plans are available at check-out.

    (Subsidized Tuition EXAMPLE: If you choose the $500 option - Camp Twitch & Shout will fundraise to pay the $400 balance. If you choose the $700 option - Camp Twitch & Shout fundraises to pay the $200 balance.

    * #3: Scholarship applications are available for those who cannot afford the above tuition options. A $50 application fee is required at Registration to apply - Scholarships are given based on financial need and on the amount of funds that we have available. A separate application is required at Registration for this option. Partial and full scholarships are available.

    DEADLINE to apply for Scholarship Assistance is March 15th, 2018.

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    SAVE THE DATES! 3rd Annual TS PARENT SEMINAR in Athens July 11th & 12th, 2018

    Wednesday July 11th: Noon until 5pm

    Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders in the Classroom

    SUSAN CONNERS This workshop will be hosted by T.I.C.S., Inc.

    Thursday July 12th: 9am until 4pm

    Dr. KEN PHELPS will be hosting a one-day seminar for parents of children with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome in Athens, GA at The Graduate Hotel sponsored by the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    See descriptions below...

    Wednesday: Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders in the classroom with Sue Conners!

    This workshop will be an in depth discussion of all of the symptomology of Tourette Syndrome. It will also deal with the most common neurological disorders associated with TS, in particular, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dysgraphia, Executive Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Learning Disabilities and the impact of all of these disorders on social emotional well-being, classroom performance and home and school behaviors. It will include specific classroom and home strategies and techniques for working with these children in a variety of settings as well as introduce participants to a Functional Behavior Assessment created for children with all these disorders. Parents and educators alike are often confused about the process of obtaining educational services for struggling students regardless of their disability. We will explore all the options available for services in school including appropriate 504 Plans and IEP’s, who is eligible and what these documents should include.


    Thursday: All day Parent Workshop with Dr. Ken Phelps!

    Motor and vocal tics can cause significant distress and impairment for individuals living with Tourette’s Disorder. The disruption in daily life is not confined to the individual coping with tics, as parents, siblings and extended family are also impacted by the noises and repetitive movements. Dr. Phelps will address, via lecture and discussion, the impact of Tourette’s Disorder and co-occurring conditions on the family system. Specific strategies to foster resilience and manage relational tension will be discussed.

    In the afternoon session, Dr. Phelps will overview what is known about Tourettic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Tic-Related OCD. Similarities and differences between this form of OCD and other presentations of the condition will be covered, as well as evidence based treatments to minimize daily interference. Specifically, the components of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness based techniques will be summarized.

    Both morning and afternoon sessions will include extensive time for group discussion, networking among parents, and discussions around accessing providers with proper training.

    TICS, Inc. / Camp Twitch & Shout

    A program of the nonprofit corporation the Tourette Information Center & Support (T.I.C.S.), Camp Twitch & Shout is a 1 week overnight camp for children ages 8 to 17 with a confirmed diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. Located in Winder, GA at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way, the program will be going in to their 10th summer in 2018! Camp Twitch & Shout is an Award Winning American Camp Association Accredited camp...winning both the Regional Edie Klein Program of Excellence, and the National Eleanor P. Eells Program of Excellence Awards.

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    Camp Twitch & Shout/ TICS

    2472 Jett Ferry Road, Suite 400-156

    Dunwoody, GA 30338