GROW’s Tie-Dye Day

At G.R.O.W. here in Virginia today, our girls decorated some tie dyed camp t-shirts! We started off our session by talking about compliments that we normally receive as girls. Some examples of compliments on this list include “I love your eyes,” “you have great style,” and “you are so pretty!” We decided that while these compliments are great, we would also love to be complimented for things other than our appearance. Then, we proceeded to make a list of compliments that we would LIKE to receive. Some of the compliments we came up with for this list included “you are so athletic,” “you are very smart,” and “you have a great sense of humor.”

After making these lists, everyone got a pre-tie dyed t shirt and a black permanent marker. On the back of the t-shirts we wrote some of the compliments that we would like to receive in “I am…” statements (“I am strong, I am brave etc.). Each girl got the opportunity to wear their t-shirt and take it home to show it off to friends and family!

Camp Kindness Day at TIC

On July 24, 2018, TIC participated in the America Camp Association’s Camp Kindness Day. The day was meant to highlight “the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps.” (ACA Camps website) TIC participated by writing letters to those that displayed kindness to them; wither that be a friend, family member, counselor, fellow camper, or someone else. TIC created a post and TIC VA produced a short video to celebrate the occasion.

GROWing Perspective

This summer, the VA Site has been participating in TIC’s new program called G.R.O.W. (Girls Rock Our World). The goal of G.R.O.W. is to provide an intentional space where any girl campers can share their interests, ideas, and challenges with each other. Any female-identifying campers are welcome to join some of our female staff twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for lunch to talk about the struggles and triumphs of being a female in the fields of technology and athletics.

Today, our G.R.O.W. girls did a super fun activity relating to compliments. First we discussed what kind of compliments we typically receive from boys, parents, teachers, counselors, and each other. Then we discussed what kind of compliments we would LIKE to receive from these people. Then we made paper buttons to show what we talked about that say “NOT JUST _______, I AM________”, and the girls filled in the blanks with a compliment they typically get and then one that they would like to receive.

Josie Ziemski

JOSIE ZIEMSKI

Digital Photography Counselor

Josie Ziemski

TIC MD is happy to welcome Josie back for her fourth summer with us and her second summer as part of our staff! She is a rising senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child (our TIC MD homebase!) Outside of camp, Josie enjoys playing the violin, playing piano, tennis, drawing, and painting. Her favorite show to watch is The Office. In the future she wants to become an illustrator, animator, or a concept artist.

Michelle Armstrong-Spielberg

MICHELLE ARMSTRONG-SPIELBERG

Filmmaking Counselor

Michelle Armstrong-Spielberg

Michelle is excited to be back for her second summer as part of our TIC MD staff! She is a rising sophomore at Macalester College. When Michelle isn’t helping our campers with their incredible films, she enjoys Disney karaoke, eating anything chocolate, watching every Marvel movie, reading, and rowing. Luckily, she’s most passionate about filmmaking. In the future, she hopes to visit every continent, especially Antarctica because “who wouldn’t want to hang out with penguins!”

Moses Hetfield

MOSES HETFIELD

Athletics Counselor

Moses Hetfield

TIC MD is excited to welcome Moses back for his sixth year (wow!) as part of our staff! He recently graduated from Stanford University with a History degree. Although Moses enjoys baking bread, he says that his true passion is eating bread. He hopes to one day become a math teacher. We think Moses can make math fun for anyone!

John Foster

JOHN FOSTER

Athletics Counselor

John Foster

We are excited to welcome John back for his third summer with us at TIC MD! He is an Elementary Education major at Bowie State University. John loves playing sports, reading (even though he hasn’t in a while), and being the best role model he can be. Already a teacher for GDS, he hopes to become a basketball coach as well. We think his students are very lucky to have him!

Brendan Eagan

BRENDAN EAGAN

Filmmaking Counselor

Brendan Eagan

TIC MD is excited to welcome Brendan to his first year on our staff! He is currently a Cinema and Media Arts major at Vanderbilt University. His hobbies include cooking and watching short documentaries on YouTube but he is most passionate about learning interesting new things about science and pop culture. Ryan hopes to one day direct a feature-length film and/or create my own TV show. We can’t wait to watch his first premiere!

Ryan Grossman

RYAN GROSSMAN

Athletics Counselor

Ryan Grossman

TIC MD is excited to welcome Ryan back for his fifth year at TIC and second year on staff! He is a Statistics major at the University of Connecticut. When Ryan isn’t with us at camp, he enjoys studying the differences between llama and alpaca eating habits and their impact on Peruvian grass growth. His one life ambition is to drive the fourth float in the next Washington Capitals Stanley Cup champions parade.