D.C. North’s Got Talent (Show)!

Check out some awesome performance highlights from session 3! This may be a technology and athletics-focused camp, but D.C. North kids and counselors have other amazing aptitudes as well—lucky they can showcase them at TIC! Not only do campers receive an A+ for talent, but also for breadth of acts! From alphabet burping, to sleeping, to ti quan do, to flying paper airplanes across the forum, TIC expertise has no limit!

Pudding Eating Contest-D.C. North!

In the Spirit of the 4th of July, TIC North held a pudding eating competition. Four counselors gulped down chocolate pudding like their lives depended on it!

Competitors

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Ryan, an international counselor from England, wanted to show off his American spirit by participating in an American-themed competition. Not pictured: his American flag themed shutter shades and fidget spinner.

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Garry could not be happier for some mid-afternoon pudding. His Jigglypuff-style smile says it all as he gets ready to compete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alek is ready for fierce competition. You can see the determination in his eyes and hardcore attitude in his willingness to eat a paper plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Braden may put on a happy face, but you can see he is clearly unnerved having to take off his expertly themed hat. He is in it to win it…OH YEAH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition Live-Action 

 

Afterward

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Take a look at our ranking order! The winners numbers 1-4 are holding up fingers to represent their places. (1) Alek, (2) Ryan, (3) Braden and (4) Garry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beforehand

Assistant Director Nate preps the pudding for competition.

Assistant Director Nate preps the pudding for competition.

And So It Begins! Welcome TIC D.C. North!

Summer 2017 made its debut on June 18th! TIC could not be more excited to welcome back campers for another spectacular summer! Take a look at day 1 introductions featuring campers and counselors, and see the FUN in store for this session!

 

Our amazing staff is excited to kick off the summer, cheering it out on day 1 as TIC North counselors gear up to welcome campers!

Our amazing staff is excited to kick off the summer, cheering it out on day 1 as TIC North counselors gear up to welcome campers! You can check out this ritual every camp morning at 8am!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haley, our camp Health Advisor, is here to make sure everyone has a fun but safe summer! Health is a number-one priority at camp, and Haley will make sure campers are feeling great!

Haley, our camp Health Advisor, is here to make sure everyone has a fun but safe summer! Health is a number-one priority at camp, and Haley will make sure campers are feeling great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Introductions!

Greeting campers brings joy to the faces of campers and counselors alike!

Greeting campers brings joy to the faces of campers and counselors alike! The filmmaking team can be found in room 114 in front of green-screens, and among LIGHTS, garnering CAMERAS and taking ACTION all over camp!

 

 

 

 

 

Counselors Alyssa and Hunt posing with new friends: campers XXX and XXX!

Counselors Alyssa and Hunt posing with new friends! These athletics counselors are all about fun and games incorporating teamwork and physical fitness into everyday activities!

 

 

Adi high-fives his campers, getting pumped to start the day!

Adi high-fives his campers, getting pumped to start the day! The programming room 103 has great projects in store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIC counselors are so excited to meet new and returning campers!

TIC counselors are so excited to meet new and returning campers! All counselors at TIC are ready to foster camp relationships: camper to counselor as well as camper to camper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendships flourish at TIC!

Friendships flourish at TIC! These girls are enthusiastic about hanging out with great friends at camp!

These boys are excited to start their summers at camp! It may be early, but their smiles are high-energy!

These boys are excited to start their summers at camp! It may be early, but their smiles are high-energy!

2017 Summer T-Shirt Design!

With only 7 weeks until summer starts, we are pleased to announce the 2017 TIC T-shirt design! This past summer, campers and counselors submitted designs to our year-round team. After a thorough and exhaustive review process including many sleepless nights of debate, we finally reached a quorum. Behold, Raleigh and Callista’s  camper created 2017 T-shirt design coming to a TIC Site near you!

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3 Reasons to send your child to a STEM Camp

Stop me if you have heard this before: “Technology is the future.” All of us have, and when it comes to preparing our kids for tomorrow, we all want them to have all the tools needed to succeed. During the school year, kids are so busy they barely get time to relax and just have some fun. Enter summer. We assume summer is a time to let them relax and clear their schedule, but what if there was a way to continue their learning WHILE allowing them to relax and unwind from a busy year? You guessed it, there is. STEM Day Camp. Here are 3 reasons to send your child to a STEM camp this summer:

 

dsc_02281. Develop Social Skills

Regardless of what type of camp your child attends this summer, it really just matters that he or she attends CAMP. Camp is so important in developing trust, responsibility, social skills, teamwork, and respect amongst kids. I know you have heard it before; kids are spending more time in a virtual world rather than out meeting people face to face. Why not send them to a place where the virtual world does not exist? Or rather it does exist, but only through actual real life interactions with their friends. At a STEM camp, campers work together to create something unique and entirely camper driven. There are no presets, no online walk-through to guide them. There is only the real life interaction between peers that helps develop confidence and social skills for life.

 

 

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At school, kids are confined to the curriculum and rarely allowed the opportunity to be creative and express their interests. The exact opposite is true at camp! At camp, nobody tells a child exactly what they should be doing every second of the day. Rather, the kids tell themselves what they want to be doing. They are provided the opportunity (and trust) to captain their own ship and pursue their own interests. This is such a rarity in today’s world, especially at such a young age. Most people follow the blueprint of school, college, maybe more school, job, career, etc. All along the way, they are constantly following directions and working for somebody else (often times for someone else’s ideas). At camp, the only person kids are truly listening too is themselves. The follow their own dreams, get lost off the beaten path, and complete challenges that they set out themselves. Camp offers kids a unique opportunity to try something new and stop following directions for a change. Who knows, they may even enjoy the freedom.

 

dsc_03553. Learn a college level skill

Yes, you read that correctly. At a STEM camp, not only are kids provided the chance to be creative and socialize, but they are also learning a skill (programming, robotics, graphic design, etc.) that can help them on those college applications! Many of the STEM camps in the area teach college level skills not to mention those skills are taught by college students. When your child is finally ready to head off on their own (*GASP!) he or she will be prepared and will have already been exposed to the material that most other students will not. He or she will immediately feel at ease and comfortable in what can be a very VERY overwhelming environment. At TIC, we have had campers arrive with no prior computer experience, fall in love with programming, and leave only to end up pursuing a career in computer science. These kids came to camp for the fun, creativity, socialization, and freedom, and left with the knowledge and skills required to succeed later in life. Oh, and they also had some fun on the way.

 

Whether you choose TIC or not, we hope you at the very least make the choice to send your kid(s) to camp. There is so much to be gained and I promise you, they will thank you for it down the line. STEM camps offer kids the traditional camp experience (and benefits), while at the same time allowing them learn a useful skill in a great environment. We hope to see you at camp this summer! Happy camping!