Camp Twitch offers young people living with Tourette Syndrome the chance to hang out for a week with others just like them.
Camp Twitch is a place where children and young people living with Tourette Syndrome can come together in a safe and welcoming environment without fear of being judged because of the physical and vocal tics that afflict them.
Growing up with Tourette Syndrome is hard - both physically, emotionally and socially. Some of the tics are hard to hide and as one young person once said "you feel let down by your own body, your brain is betraying you when it makes you tic".
Each year the Tourette's Association hosts Camp Twitch for kids from all around New Zealand.
For some, coming to camp is the first time that they will meet someone else with Tourette Syndrome; for others it is the highlight of their year when they get to come back to see their friends - their "second family".
Feedback from one teenage girl was that she didn't want to leave and go home because she felt like she belonged when she was at camp.
This year Camp Twitch is being held at Living Springs on Banks Peninsula from September 30 to October 4.
We offer peer support for children, adults and parents of those with Tourette Syndrome. We also administer a website and provide information services for those with TS as well as schools if necessary.
Funds raised will be to assist additional families to attend camp and for us to offer games and activities while at camp.