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

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25 Year Celebration Family Event!
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, please join Tourette Syndrome Camp USA as we kick off our 25 years will a family event at the First United Methodist Church at 232 S York St, Elmhurst IL 60126. We will be hosting an Adult Painting Party with Children Activities from 5 PM to 8PM: Adults will be led in a painting session by Jan Wilinski while the children will get to meet and have programming with our volunteer staff. Dinner is included. Cost is $15 for each adult and $4 per child to help cover our costs. You may rsvp by e-mail scott63@prodigy with your name, e-mail/phone number and how many adults/children will be attending.


Summer 2013 Registration

June 7 2013: Please Note: Summer registration is now closed to new applicants.
Due to a record enrollment for our 20th year, we are closing our registration and no longer accepting any new camper applications.
While we are sad to close enrollment, we want to ensure that we have a quality program for all involved.

Dear Parents:

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) will host the 20th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 23, 2013 until Saturday, June 29, 2013 at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois.

Camp Duncan is situated on a semi-private lake in northeastern Illinois, just south of the Wisconsin border. Camp Duncan offers a recreational/residential setting. The TS camp program is run concurrently with a traditional YMCA camp week. TSCO is not a therapeutic program and there are some limitations in accepting children whose needs are beyond the scope of its design. The focus of the camp's staff will be to provide general supervision with as much one-on-one mentoring as well as the situation permits. In addition to providing in-services to all Camp Duncan counselors, TSCO supplements the staff by providing volunteer counselors who have TS, or have experience dealing with TS. Campers must be able to handle routine daily living skills (i.e., dressing, self-hygiene) and have the ability to function within a group setting. While the program is modified to meet the needs of most children whose primary disability is TS and some degree of attention deficit and/or obsessive-compulsive components, experience has demonstrated that not every child with TS is capable of participating in the camp program.

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

The Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization camping fees are based on the price we are given by YMCA Camp Duncan. Due to the increase in what we are charged by the YMCA, we have had to raise our base price to $575, however we offer a discount for cash, check or money order for $565. As always there are scholarships available.

The basic price for camp will be $575, (or $565 for check or money order). This amount represents the basic cost for a child to attend camp based on what we are charged by Camp Duncan. The all inclusive price for camp is $710. This amount represents the complete cost for a child to attend camp including required insurance, medical supplies and cost that we are charged by Camp Duncan for our all volunteer staff. In the past, these costs have been covered by donations and fundraising. You may consider paying any amount from $575($565) up to $710. Any payment above $575 will be considered a donation and assist us with the necessary costs. We have always asked families who can afford to pay our basic full price based on their financial ability. We also offer aid to those families who need assistance based on need. We simply need you to apply. Our process is confidential and requests are only known to the President and Camp Director. We are also providing candy that families can sell to help pay for your child’s camp fee. Please e-mail or call for details. While we could apply the funds we have available to reduce our basic price, using our existing model, in our 20 years history, we have never had to turn away a child due to need.

Please take the time to read the enclosed materials and discuss camp with your child. If, after careful consideration, you feel your child is ready for a successful camp experience, please fill out the on line application and mail in a check for $35 or pay a $35 deposit online. The deposit is refundable up to, June 4, 2013 minus a $12 service fee.

The Health Form should be turned in no later than June 5, 2013. However any changes in medication or dosage will have to be updated prior to the start of camp.

The initial deadline for the Camp Application is June 5, 2013. Any application received after June 5, 2013 will require a $50 late fee. Please note we may require additional information after reviewing the application including a phone or if possible, an in person interview.

We look forward to meeting your child(ren) this summer at Camp Duncan.

Scott Loeff       Monica Newman
President             Camp Director

Children Traveling to Camp Unescorted to Camp by Plane

The Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization (TSCO) can accommodate a limited number of campers who would be flying unaccompanied subject to their acceptance to our program and the following conditions:

  1. All flights must be in and out of Chicago O'Hare airport.
  2. Flight times must be cleared and approved by TSCO before they are made if pick up and/or drop off is expected. This must be completed no later than 10 days prior to the start of camp.
  3. Any child who is new to our program must first be approved by camp staff before using this procedure.

Financial Aid

TSCO does have aid available. If you are in need of assistance, please fill in the financial aid form below. Please submit your aid request as soon as possible but not later than May 14, 2013.

    Some funding for scholorships is provided by the Brad Cohen Foundation for Tourette Syndrome.

Financial Aid Form (Microsoft Doc)
Financial Aid Form (Adobe PDF)

Step-by-Step Guide to Registration

If you need a hard-copy of a form please contact us ( and we will send one to you.
Due to changes in ACA Standards your child must have had an exam by a physican within one year of June 23, 2013.

Step 1: Print out, complete and turn in part 1 and part 2 of the following Medical History Form by June 4 2013:

Medical History Form (part 1) (Adobe PDF)
Medical History Form (part 2) (Adobe PDF)

Step 2: Complete the online registration:

Online Application  

Step 3: Pay your $35 deposit- either pay online using your credit card using the button below or mail in a cheque.

Step 4: If your application is accepted, pay your remaining balance either online (below) or mail in a check.

Balance to Pay:

Step 5: Complete the following risk release and photo release forms:

Risk Release Form (Online)  

Photo Release Form (Online)  

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