The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) would like to thank five important contributors to the 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend, which will take place June 7-9, 2013, at YMCA Camp Bernie in nearby Port Murray.
The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation in October 2012 issued NJCTS a grant to underwrite the cost of kids and families attending the event, which each year attracts scores of families affected by Tourette Syndrome in New Jersey and the surrounding region.
For the past five years, the HAPI Foundation has provided NJCTS with a generous donation, which also is used each year to offset the cost of camper registration and operating expenses.
And this year, Wegman’s, ShopRite and Costco have supported Family Retreat Weekend efforts by providing food, beverage and/or monetary considerations.
“We are honored to receive contributions from each of these valued partners, which demonstrate a dedicated commitment to serving children and teenagers with TS,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “We believe the tools and strategies delivered at our Family Retreat Weekend address issues TS children and families face each day, and we are grateful that the Foundation has partnered with us in our quest to provide support for the 1 in 100 kids affected by this often devastating neurological disorder.
NJCTS welcomes more than 200 children, parents and siblings each June to YMCA Camp Bernie for an enjoyable weekend of self-esteem building and empowerment in a camp setting. Aside from canoeing, fishing, campfires, a talent show and myriad other fun activities, children bond with other TS kids. Parents form support networks and families also participate in skills training workshops.
More information about the Family Retreat Weekend is available by calling 908-575-7350 and by visiting www.njcts.org or right here on TSParentsOnline. More information about YMCA Camp Bernie is available by visiting www.campbernieymca.org.
The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend is coming up fast! Taking place June 7-9 at YMCA Camp Bernie, the weekend once again promises to be the “best weekend of the year” — even moreso after NJCTS received a generous grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation to help offset the cost! If you’re going, here’s a little of what you can expect:
The staff at YMCA Camp Bernie has been renovating and cleaning the swimming pool so that campers this summer can enjoy it!
- After check-in and prior to our usual campfire, join in a pick-up game of basketball or volleyball. Then sit back, relax and bask in the glow of a roaring, warm campfire — complete with s’mores and glow necklaces!
The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders’ (NJCTS) yearly Family Retreat Weekend has been a source of fun, inspiration, learning and encouragement to individuals with TS and their families for nearly a decade. Many memories have been made, and myriad more are sure to be captured in 2013!
NJCTS is proud to announce that “the best weekend of the year” will return to beautiful YMCA Camp Bernie for the 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend on June 7-9. Registration is now open for this exciting event, and NJCTS encourages you to get your family signed up right away by filling out an new easy-to-use online registration form. The registration deadline for this year’s weekend is May 10, and the cabins fill up fast so don’t waste timing signing up!
Scores of New Jersey families flocked to YMCA Camp Bernie for last year’s event, and every single one of them had the time of their lives. Here’s what a few of them had to say: Continue reading
Hi! I never thought about participating on the blog before, but ran across it today and thought that it sounded like a good idea. As a parent of a 17-year-old boy with Tourette Syndrome, my experiences over the years might serve to help parents deal with a new diagnosis. We have been through much, but survived. Our son is doing well now.
Over the years, the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome has offered a lifeline to many. We have taken advantage of the wonderful family retreat weekends at Camp Bernie and found that networking with other parents there has proved a valuable resource. We found our son’s doctor through another parent at camp.
Thank you for providing a forum through which parents can connect and be comforted. I will look forward to participating.