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    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…

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    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.

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    TIC Got Talent

    TIC VA recently celebrated the talents of campers with a talent show. With acts ranging from comedy, to music, to magic campers and counselors bravely shared their talents with the camp for the entertainment of others. The video here showcases highlights from that event. TIC VA Talent Show Highlights

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    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.…

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    Announcing our Multimedia Directors for 2018!!

    Hey folks! As the summer draws EVEN CLOSER we are happy to announce our Multimedia directors for 2018! These directors have expertise in MULTIPLE MEDIAS. I know, it’s impressive. Here’s some more info about them: Meet Rachel! Rachel is joining TIC for her third summer and second summer as Multimedia Director for TIC-MD! As an International Counselor, Rachel first came to us as an animation counselor. She always brings her humor and sharp wit to camp, which is clearly demonstrated by her shockingly good impression of those tall inflatable things that flop around outside of car dealerships. Meet Jan! Jan has worked at TIC-DC for several summers and this will…

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    WE. ARE. HIRING. (Bum Bum Bum Bum BUMBUMBUM)

    If you read the title of this post to the cadence of: “WE ARE FARMERS! Bum Bum Bum Bum BUMBUMBUM” well then you just might have worked at summer camp! Or you’re just really intuitive and you probably should think about working at summer camp. Luckily for you- WE’RE HIRING!! That’s right! It may surprise you to know that our staff does not just magically show up on the first day, excitement in their eyes and W-2’s in hand- they actually go through a whole process to work here! And we do our very best to select the most qualified applicants that also share in our values and mission. TIC might…

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    Announcing our Athletics Directors for 2018!

    We are so proud to announce our Athletics Directors for the 2018 season! Although we are often characterized as a “Tech Camp”, the Athletics side is equally important to our success as a program. Athletics isn’t just a great way to get some exercise and have fun, it also teaches the necessary soft skills for success! Sports can build confidence, leadership skills, communication skills, empowerment, resilience, and so much more! Our amazing Athletic Directors for 2018 definitely embody all these skills and more. Here they are!               Jon Casey and Chad Lynch will be running the Athletics Program at TIC-Virginia! Jon has been working…

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    Announcing our Programming Directors for 2018!

    We are very excited to introduce our Programming Directors for 2018! Our Programming Directors don’t just oversee our Programming program, they also oversee our Robotics rooms and Circuitry circuses (circi?)(nah.) All our Programming Directors are computer science experts! When something is not working properly, they are able to come up with solutions beyond ctrl+alt+del, which in my opinion makes them equivalent to super heroes. Let’s find out a little more about them! Deirbhile “Derv” Larkin is returning to her position as Programming Director for a 2nd year! She comes to TIC-DC all the way from Ireland, bringing her passion for programming as well as an affinity for pranks. Each morning when…

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    TIC attends National Camp Conference!

    When you think “Summer camp” you probably don’t think of words like “conference”, “professional development”, or “expert in their field”. That is probably because summer camp is fun and all those other words would sound super weird if you inserted them into a camp cheer. (“1, 2 Conference for you! 3,4 career growth some more!!”) The truth is, however, that although the reputation of camp is that it’s all about being silly, there is a ton of intentionality and learning behind our seemingly relaxed atmosphere. TIC’s year-round team attends 3-5 conferences or professional development events during the off-season in order to keep up with the cutting edge research in the camp…

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    2018’s Leadership & Training Directors!!

    TIC’s Leadership & Training Director (or LTD) is an elusive being that roams the campus doing basically everything you didn’t know needed to happen to make each and every day of camp epic. Many people ask, “but what does the Leadership & Training director DO?!?!?!” Well, that is a difficult question because the answer is essentially: everything. Attendance? Yep. Activity Planning? Yep. Being the Site Director’s best friend and confidant? You betcha! In fact, the Leadership & Training Director is pretty much the best friend and confidant of everyone on staff. They are the dependable glue that holds camp together if camp were, in fact, held together by glue. It’s…