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 taking attendance Derv asks each programming camper the “question of the day.” She listens intently to each answer because she knows everything is not #000000 or #FFFFFF.


Jonathan Gelman will be joining us as a Programming Director for TIC-Maryland this summer!  He is known for being witty and having a zealousness for circuitry. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys fishing, although he admits that he cannot always get them to byte.


Ben Young has been around TIC for many years, but is joining us as a Programming Director for this first time this year! Besides being a computer whiz, Ben also enjoys rowing crew and got 2nd place as the hide-n-seek world championships! First place went to ;

Since Programming requires so much expertise, we feel very lucky to have these Director’s on our team. We can’t wait to get these folks on-site and making our coding programs the best they can be! Remember friends: There’s 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those who don’t.

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 industry (yes, this is a thing- stay with me) and to continuously increase our knowledge in subjects that are important to us and our staff. This past week, Emily and our 3 Site Directors traveled to Orlando, Florida for the National Camp Conference run by the American Camp Association. We focused on new ideas for staff training, cultural competency, leadership training for campers, and understanding and working more effectively with campers with special needs. We also saw 3 keynote speakers, our favorite of which was Dan Heath who wrote “The Power of Moments” (he then proceeded to pull an Oprah and gave a free copy of his book to everyone at the conference!) (Thanks Dan!!) It was an amazing experience, but we are far from being done with our off-season education. In a few weeks we will attend the Tri-State Camp Conference in Atlantic City, then the Chesapeake Conference in Maryland (where we are also presenting!), and then Camp Con in early June in Northern Virginia (which all TIC staff are encouraged to attend!)

So why do we do all this? Because we apply the same values to ourselves as we do to our campers. You can always learn more, you can always improve, and you can always challenge yourself and your way of thinking. Kids are constantly changing, language is constantly evolving, and we are constantly understanding more and more about the best way to help others grow.

We can’t wait to apply everything we’ve learned so far to the 2018 camp season and make it our best summer yet!! Only 112 more days til camp!


PS- Here’s a photo of us! The balloon represents our brains, which have been inflated with knowledge.

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 not (because of the humidity), but you get the idea.

Probably the most essential job of the Leadership & Training Director, however, is training people on leadership. This extends to our staff, but is mostly all about our older campers. The LTD oversees all 3 of our leadership programs for teens, from the Leadership Training Program for rising 9th graders, to the more intense Counselor-in-Training Program for rising 10th graders, on to supervising our 11th & 12th grade Staff Assistants who are well on their way to becoming full fledged counselors. The Leadership Training Director teaches a specialized curriculum of these skills at no extra charge to our awesome participants (and in exchange gets to learn what is cool and hip with teenagers these days) (pretty sweet deal if you ask me) (which you can- on “the snapchats”) (see???)

This year we have 3 AMAZING Leadership Training Directors and there’s still time to sign up to gain insightful leadership training from their large and experienced brains! Click here for more information about our Leadership Programs for enrolled campers! The application deadline is April 15th!

Now, let’s meet the LTDs!


Roshni has been at TIC literally forever and will be joining TIC-DC for her second year as a LTD! She studied at George Washington University and is a Spongebob Squarepants enthusiast.


Christian is himself a product of TIC’s Leadership Training Programs and has now fortuitously risen to lead them for the first time. He studies at RIT and is an absolute beast at Rocket League.


Colin has perfected the art of being the LTD for many years at our TIC-Virginia location. He studied at University of Pittsburgh and is now a 6th grade science teacher in Arlington, VA, although he does dabble in chemistry…PERIODICALLY.

If you have any questions about our Leadership Programs, please email [email protected]

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…

Good bye, Summer!

It’s about that time for us to split up for the summer. We want to thank all of our dauntless directors for all of their guidance and direction throughout each session. We would like to thank our captivating counselors for providing their time, patience and energy all summer. We want to shoutout our creative and carefree campers for making sure there’s never a dull moment at TIC. And lastly, but certainly not least, we want to thank our bighearted Boss lady Emily Riedel for making all of this possible! Join us next year for another awesome summer. Check out Our Website for information on 2018 registration and be on the lookout for emails included camper projects. In the meantime, feel free to follow us on all of our social media accounts!TICSOCIALMED

Memory Books are here!

Are you missing summer like we are? Nostalgic for a less complicated time and warmer weather? With less than two weeks to go before we open registration, let’s take a look back at all of the great memories from last summer! We present, the 2016 Memory Books!

va-memory-book md-memory-book dcw-memory-book dcn-memory-book


TIC-VA Gets In Olympic Spirit, Celebrates the OlympTICs!

All week, campers in Athletics have been participating in our very own OlympTICs!  Athletics groups paired up to constitute countries from around the world, then competed in all kinds of different activities.  These ranged from the usual TIC sports to trivia to Minute-to-win-it games to Track and Field events!  We even had our own opening cermonies! The final winner won’t be announced until tomorrow, but be sure to check out some of the photos below and in the TIC Pics tab at the top of the page!

IMG_4445[1]           IMG_4446[1]


IMG_4441[1]      IMG_4398[1]

IMG_4457[1]        IMG_4416[1]