What’s New for TIC Summer 2018?


As year round staff, many people ask us what exactly we do when camp isn’t in session. Truthfully, we are still very busy and only take breaks to longingly look out the window for the first signs of that 90 degree weather and 110% humidity that signifies another wonderful summer has arrived in Washington DC. There is a very important ritual, however, that occurs right after camp ends…

Just after move-out, TIC’s year-round staff goes home and sleeps for approximately 76 hours straight. Upon waking, we gather at the TIC Office and literally devour all the feedback we received from parents, staff, and campers throughout the summer. Okay, we don’t literally devour it because we’re professional and like to keep it on file for later reference, BUT we are pretty hungry after 76 hours of sleeping and that can make some feedback forms looks particularly delicious. Anyway, after completely figuratively devouring all this excellent feedback, we start to plan. We plan for days and nights on end until we get so excited about the 2018 season that we don’t want to wait another second for it to begin!

So, dear TIC friends, it is with much eagerness and delight that we present: What’s New for TIC Summer 2018!!

1) We are back to 3 Sites!

This summer, TIC will return to having 3 sites and is no longer offering camp at the TIC DC West location. In order to continue ensuring the excellent quality of our program, we felt it’d be beneficial to re-centralize, allowing us to increase the amount of focus and attention we can give to each individual camper. As part of this effort, we are also slightly decreasing our enrollment at all 3 locations. The VA, MD, and DC (previously called “DC-North”) locations will return to the same facilities for 2018. You can find more information about the site locations here.

2) Graphic Design is now Digital Arts!

In order to expand the project possibilities in the vast realm of digital art creation, we are changing Graphic Design to Digital Arts! This Tech Option includes instruction in industry standard software from Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and an endless list of project ideas, ranging from general artwork to posters to infographics and brochures. Come explore the depths of your creativity in Digital Arts!

Get more details here!

3) Animation now has option of 2D or 3D!

The options in animation are so diverse, we are now offering Tech Options specifically focusing on either 2D or 3D Animation. 2D Animation is done frame-by-frame using Anime (the software formally known as Flash) or a DSLR to create stop motion animations through Dragonframe with legos, clay, or whatever inspires your camper!

3D Animation uses Mudbox for beginners and Maya for advanced animators. Campers will learn the tools to sculpt and paint their 3D visions, as well as an understanding of vectors, rigging, and layers. In addition, 3D animation will also include the option to explore 3D printing to bring to life models campers have created!

Read more about 2D or 3D at TIC!

4) Robotics is expanding!

Despite the warnings from movies like iRobot, we’ve decided to continue to develop our Robotics program with more counselors, more advanced equipment, and more equipment in general! Just promise you won’t create a robot that is designed to replace your loyal and caring Site Director, okay?!

Learn more about Robotics!

5) Film is going DSLR!

Move over guy-that-directed-Avatar, TIC is getting DSLRs! That’s right, we heard your feedback loud and clear, and now we’re going to see your movies with even quality! Our brand new DSLR cameras will take your short films to the next level. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Check out more about Filmmaking!

6) Girls Rock Our World!

It’s no secret that girls are awesome. It’s also no secret that girls face a disproportionately high amount of barriers when it comes to the sports and technology fields. At TIC, we can’t necessarily find solutions to all these barriers, but we can give our girls the tools to knock ‘em down. New for Summer 2018, TIC is starting the GROW (Girls Rock Our World) Club at all 3 sites! The GROW Club will meet during lunch twice a week with some of our female staff and share their interests, ideas, and challenges. As a pilot program, the DC location will also offer an after-camp portion of the GROW club once a week and at no extra cost.

Read more about Girls at TIC!

Well, that’s what’s new for 2018! Be sure to check out our dates & rates and take advantage of our Early Bird Special once registration is open! If you have any questions or comments, you can reach us at 703-876-2868 or email Executive Director Emily Riedel at [email protected].

Now back to looking out the window…

2018 Website Update!


As the weather is finally changing, so is our website! Take a moment to poke around and spot new Tech. options and other updates for summer 2018. Registration is around the corner and we are totally excited for what’s in store for us next camp season!

Further details to come…

Yours in camping,

TIC Team!

Jared Senator Joins the TIC Office Team!


TIC Summer Camp expands its year round-team with a new position—Marketing and Communications Manager. Jared Senator is a graduate of The University of Maryland College Park with a degree in Marketing and Information Systems. He is no stranger to TIC Summer Camp, having spent the last nine seasons as part of the summer staff, beginning his career as an athletics counselor and most recently in several management positions and running both, as Camp Site Director, at the TIC-MD and TIC-VA locations.


In the off-season, Mr. Senator worked as the Program Coordinator for Playworks in Washington, DC. Playworks is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of play to help kids, schools, and communities become stronger using team building, social development and problem solving skills. Most recently, he taught physical education for the Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC and coached football, soccer, and basketball. We are honored to have Mr. Senator continue his commitment to youth development by joining TIC Summer Camp’s year round team. He will continue to serve as Camp Site Director during the summer which will, in turn, further strengthen TIC’s brand and mission.

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Get to Know the New TIC Maryland Site!

TIC Maryland will have a new home for the summer of 2015. Our new site will be located at the beautiful Connelly School of the Holy Child (9029 Bradley Blvd Potomac, MD 20854)! With spacious classrooms, a top notch field, and other amazing facilities, we are excited to now include Holy Child in TIC’s history.

Take a look at the photos above for a sneak peek of our new home. We hope to see you here this summer!

Thank You!!!


For some of us school has already started (yikes!) and for others it’s right around the corner; but before summer becomes a distant memory we just wanted to say… THANK YOU!!! We have just closed the book on yet another amazing and successful summer and we have no one to thank, but our marvelous campers and standout staff! We wish everyone well this school year and we hope to see everyone back at TIC for summer ’15! Don’t forget to check out www.dailyticker.net to revisit all of your favorite TIC memories from this past summer!

Run An Empire!

Just like TIC Summer Camp, this soon to be developed app, Run An Empire, aims to combine technology and physical activity! Might be the perfect game for the fast approaching warm weather! Dust off those running shoes and get ready to challenge your friends!

The 2014 TIC Leadership Team!!!

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Please welcome TIC’s Leadership Team for Summer 2014!!!

1. Jared Senator (TIC MD Site Director)– Graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2012 with degree in Marketing and Information Systems. After school, spent a year at a non-profit called Playworks teaching kids in NE Washington, DC the power of play to make schools and communities safer and inclusive. After Playworks, joined the staff of the Center City Public Charter Schools as a Physical Education Teacher at the Trinidad campus. In addition to teaching, coaches middle school football, basketball, and soccer.

Jared is a talented juggler and dog lover. After 8 years of TIC, one of his favorite memories from TIC is watching the orange team narrowly defeating the white team on a last second 3pt shot by Mr. Taylor Crimmel! All campers and counselors went wild!

2. Alvaro “It’s a Me a Mario” Nunez (TIC MD Assistant Director)– In school at Montgomery College, majoring in Gaming and Simulation (Animation track), graduating Fall 2014.

Secret talent is that he can talk with his mouth closed (it sounds like someone is trapped inside!). Favorite memory is seeing all the kids before the Color War announcement, everyone is so excited when the tallies are coming in!

3. Evan Kerich (TIC MD Athletic Director)– In school at Bucknell University (Class of ’16), majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Talented in martial arts! Favorite memories are all the amazing friendships he has made and how campers come up and say how they will miss camp at the end of each session!

4. Matt Craddock (TIC MD Technology Director)– Attends “Skool” at the University of Toronto (Class ’16).

Has the amazing ability to juggle flaming torches and run marathons. Contemplating combining the two talents! Favorite memory is a camper gave him his first ever baseball card. It’s still in my wallet. (Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers, 2009)

5. Rob Cobb (TIC DC Technology Director)– University of Maryland ’14, making his own major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in STEM Education.

Rob crochets stuffed animals as a secret talent – he has done sheep, otters, hedgehogs and alligators, among others! May be crotcheting a friend for the mascot! His favorite memory would have to be seeing campers collaborate between rooms and disciplines to meet the challenges their counselors set for them – making robots that match concepts in animation, programming games to complement projects in digital art. “TIC is always a great family, and on those projects, camp was in perfect harmony.”

6. Daniel Morais (TIC DC Site Director)– College of the Holy Cross ’08. Is living the dream working at TIC Sumer Camp working with the year round staff!

Little known fact is that he has an extensive hot sauce collection; he may or may not have a cabinet dedicated to it in his kitchen. Favorite TIC memory would be unexpectedly getting pied in the face by Robin Wilke on the last day of camp last summer!

7. Taylor (aka Tay Tay aka I Make Buckets) Crimmel (TIC DC Athletic Director)– I go to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I’m a double major in Media and Communication Studies and Psychology, and I am going to be graduating in Fall 2014.

I have two secret/talents: First I was president of my fraternity this past school year. Second, I can perform a multitude of accents and impressions! As for my favorite memory, being told I was going to be a counselor 4th session during my time as a Staff assistant. A close second would be the famous 2008 TIC Color War Buzzer Beater (see Jared Senator’s favorite memory!).

8. Leslie Keller (TIC DC Assistant Director)– Since summer I took a job working for Chesterfield Parks and Recreation near Richmond, organizing recreational activities for at-risk 8th graders.

A secret dream of mine is to become one of Beyonce’s back up dancers aka I’m a phenomenal dancer! My favorite TIC memory is from when I was an Athletic Director at TIC-VA. A bunch of the technology counselors and their campers pranked us by storming the office and starting a giant dance party! It was awesome!

9. Emily Schwartz (TIC VA Site Director)– Currently in my first year of a Masters program for public policy at Georgetown University.

I tell really good jokes and I just completed my first half marathon! Favorite TIC memory… hmm, I have many favorite memories from the past 5 summers… One that sticks out from last summer was our Talent Show- it was awesome seeing campers and counselors showcasing their unique and exciting talents!

10. Christine Tran (TIC VA Athletic Director)– A senior at the University of Mary Washington (Biology major)- graduating May 10th 2014!

Is an animal lover, especially Corgis and otters! I would totally open up zoo, featuring just those two animals, maybe some others! Her favorite TIC memory was Water Day 2012. They had a huge water slide and a bunch of campers were challenging other counselors to race on the slide. Seeing campers and counselors running, laughing, and enjoying water day was the most memorable moment for me.

11. Colin Sundwick (TIC VA Assistant Director)– I have been a substitute teacher in Arlington Public Schools, including a long-term position over the winter in a 2nd grade classroom at Arlington Traditional School. I have also been working as a hitting instructor at Virginia Baseball Club in Merrifield.

I don’t have any secret talents because, when I have a talent, I make sure not to keep it a secret! A favorite memory… 2012, the campers voted me “Mr. TIC” after my campers decorated me with face paint and various accessories. The counselors then competed in a talent show where I delivered a phenomenal rendition of Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”.

12. Chrisser Alvarez (TIC VA Technology Director)– BYU ‘11, majored in Animation with a minor in Ballroom Dance.

My secret talent is that I am a competitive Ballroom Dancer! Foxtrot, Waltz, Macarena, I can do it all! My favorite TIC memory would be Monday Fundays at camp! The spirit and quality of the costumes are high and everyone is having a great time!

Adding Coding to the Curriculum!

Programming isn’t just a summer option! Schools are beginning to incorporate coding into classrooms of all ages around the world! Read all about it in a recent NY Times article!

If you haven’t already, take a look at Hour of Code. Even though CSED Week has passed, you can still take advantage at csedweek.org. Kids of all ages are able to learn some basic coding through the website!

GoldieBlox Strikes Again!

If you haven’t noticed already, we are big fans of GoldieBlox and what they are trying to accomplish with their toys. Therefore, we were quite pleased to see their newest commercial during the not so competitive “Big Game” this past weekend. In case you missed it, here it is! Rock on girls!