Chicago, Illinois
Tel:  (773) 465-7536
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

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Tourette Syndrome Camp USA Summer Camp will run from Sunday June 25 2017 until Saturday July 1, 2017.
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Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization's Annual Fundraising dinner and raffle (click for more info)



The Organization

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camping opportunities for children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its associated disorders Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

The Program

The Tourette Syndrome Camp USA, founded in 1994, is a residential camping program designed for girls and boys ages 8 - 16+ whose primary diagnosis is TS, and to a lesser degree, OCD and ADD/ADHD. The goal of the camp is to allow children with TS an opportunity to meet other children, share similar experiences and coping mechanisms in a fun, safe and positive environment.

The TS camp is run concurrently with a traditional camp week. While there are separate cabins for the TS campers, all programming is done with the rest of the camp. However, we do have our own group time with the TS campers so they have an opportunity to share their experiences with each other. In addition, Camp Duncan is home to many medical camps such as ours which provide a safe, positive and understanding environment.

There is a nurse to handle medication and medical issues for the TS campers.

This year for our campers who are 16, we are adding a Counsellor in Training Program CIT. These campers wilbe given leadership opportunities that will help with a transition to possible future positions on our staff.

This is not a therapeutic program and the camp has some limitations in accepting children whose needs are beyond the scope of its design.

Campers must be able to handle routine daily living skills (i.e. dressing, self hygiene) and have the ability to function in a group setting. While the program is modified to meet the needs of most children whose primary diagnosis is TS, experience has demonstrated that not every child with TS is capable of participating in the camp program.

The Staff

In addition to providing in-service training for the Camp Duncan staff, TSCO augments the Tourette camps with special TS volunteer counselors who either have TS/OCD/ADD or have experience in dealting with the disorders. Our staff includes medical and psychiatric professionals that have volunteered as well as high school and college students along with young adults who hace a desire to work with children and are positive role models.

We are always looking for candidates to be counselors.
If you are interested, please apply for a staff position.

Staff Bios

Camp Director

Monica Berg has been on camp staff for 16 years. When she was 16 years old, she began her camp “career” as a junior counselor. Monica decided to become involved when her younger brother Sean (who is now also on staff) started attending camp. Monica became the Camp Director in the summer of 2011 after serving two years as Assistant Director. She is a Special Education teacher in a suburb of Chicago where she has given multiple in-service presentations about Tourette’s syndrome and has become her school districts resource person for Tourette’s syndrome. Monica graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and is certified as a Learning Behavior Specialist 1. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree at Concordia University Chicago. She will hold a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction (M.S. Ed) with an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) in December 2013. Monica credits her brother as well as TS camp for her decision to pursue a degree and a career as a Special Education teacher. Watching her brother struggle through school pushed her to become an advocate for children with special needs. She looks forward to camp every summer and has joked that she is now a “lifer” with TS camp!

Assistant Director

Marleen Martinez Sundgaard has been Assistant Camp Director for six years. She joined the camp staff 7 years ago as a young adult with TS. She has been featured as part of the Family Portraits of Adults with TS in the Tourette Association of America Newsletter. Marleen has a degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. She has been involved with numerous spacecraft missions for NASA. Most notably the GRAIL twin satellites sent to the moon and the Orion spacecraft being built to send humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Her work was featured in the documentary Makers: Women in Space on PBS.

Director of Camper Success

Sarah Matchen has been on camp staff since 2001, starting as a counselor and moving into her current position after earning her Masters in Social Work. Sarah has her LCSW and the 51 weeks of the year she is not at camp she works as a crisis therapist with children, adolescents and families while dreaming of being back at camp!

The Facility

The Tourette Syndrome Camp USA is held at YMCA Camp Duncan which is located 30 miles north of Chicago. Camp is home to other special needs such as burn and diabetic Camp. The facility features an Olympic size indoor swimming pool and a semi-private lake. Their caring staff assures a positive experience in a caring environment.


Tourette Family and Teacher Camp - May 19-20 2017

Tourette Family and teacher camp will be held on Friday May 19/Saturday 20th 2017 at the DNR youth camp in Cambellsport, Wisconsin.

Arrival time is 4pm on Friday May 19 and departure time is 7:30pm on Saturday May 20.

Adults will learn information about Tourette Syndrome and supporting youth.

Kids will enjoy age appropriate camp activities and meeting others who understand Tourette's.

There will be all ages traditional camp activities as well.

Each family is encouraged to invite one teacher or educational professional who can attend with their family at NO COST to them.

Click here for more information and to register/pay.

2017 Tourette Syndrome Camp USA Summer Camp

Tourette Syndrome Camp USA Summer Camp will run from Sunday June 25 2017 until Saturday July 1, 2017.

Click here to Register and for more information.

Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization's Annual Fundraising dinner and raffle

Honoring our long time Health Director Janis Sanchez

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host a Fundraising dinner and raffle on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 6-8pm at Moretti's at 164 S U.S Highway 12 Fox Lake, IL 60020.

The cost for this program will be $35 for adults, $10 for kids under age 10

Either pay online (see below)or mail a check payable to TSCO to: 4416 N. Greenview Unit E, Chicago, IL 60640 or pay below using PayPal.

More Information

If you would like more information or desire to be put on our mailing list, please e-mail or call us at (773) 465-7536.