June 23 – 25, 2023

BLACK ROCK RETREAT – 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA

“The retreat weekend is a way to gain further knowledge and offer support to our son with TS. It is a way for us to gain support in our journey. The retreat is a nice way to connect with families in a relaxed atmosphere while allowing our children to be who they are—not worrying that they will be judged or critiqued.”

Beautiful Rural Location

Hotel style Air-Conditioned Rooms

Fun and Exciting Camp Activities

Meet New Friends and Connect with Old Ones

Relax with Your TS Community

Since 2004, NJCTS has welcomed families to enjoy some time away from it all at the NJCTS Family Retreat Weekend. The weekend allows children and their families to meet others with Tourette Syndrome (TS), learn more about their diagnosis, and engage with peer mentors in a fun, safe environment.

Kids enjoy hiking, swimming, wall climbing, arts & crafts, participating in camp games, rekindling old friendships, and cultivating new ones. Parents join in many activities with their children but also connect with other parents and share their stories. Powerful workshops provide a safe place for both youth and parents to ask questions about TS and learn from peer mentors.

Camp Buddies: During their time at Camp, families are assigned to a group, usually 4-5 families per group.  A Buddy is a Youth Advocate that is assigned to one of those groups to engage with the families, and to help the kids feel comfortable during the daily activities.  Additionally, throughout the weekend we have several information sessions for the parents.  So that both parents can attend the sessions, the Buddies are tasked with managing the kids during that time.  We’ve seen some great connections and friendships made because of this and we are happy to continue to program.  It is a wonderful experience for both the families as well as the Youth Advocates. Email Lisa at laugliera@njcts.org if you would like to be a Buddy.

The NJCTS Family Retreat Weekend is popularly known as “the best weekend of the year” to the many families who attend looking for camaraderie, a relaxing getaway from the stress of everyday life, and a chance to learn more about TS and self-advocacy.

Thank you to the NJ Department of Health and the Wawa Foundation
for their support of Camp FantasTIC!

NJ Department of Health

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