It starts out as an idea, then a dream, and with a lot of hard work it becomes a reality. Camp Twitch and Shout
just completed its 1st Annual overnight camp for children with Tourette Syndrome. During this week, 50 campers and over 35 volunteers had a chance to enjoy the Camp Will-A-Way location of Camp Twin Lakes. Although the camp is located about 1 hour outside of Atlanta, Georgia, people came from across the US to attend.
The children did swimming, drumming, nature, tree climbing, ropes course activities, climbing walls, zip lines, swinging from 50 feet in the air, and made friends with others who were very much like them.
At Camp Twitch and Shout, we wanted the kids to be treated like any other child. We didn’t focus on TS, we just allowed them to be kids.
This week allowed the children to gain independence, be risk takers, be social, and focus on their strengths. Overall, the week was a huge success.
I’m so excited that Jimmy Wolk, who played me as an adult in my movie Front of the Class was able to come volunteer for the week. The group was so excited to meet him.
A big thank you to Hailey my co-director and Tricia the head of the Tourette Syndrome Association of GA for all their hard work. An even bigger thank you to all of the volunteers who dedicated 1 week of their lives to make a difference for our children. And the biggest thank you goes to the campers and their families for trusting us with their kids at Camp Twitch and Shout.
We are already getting ready for next year so get your name on the list if you are interested in helping out in the summer of 2010.
If you are interested in making a donation to the camp to help us with camper scholarships and keeping our costs down, I’d love to chat with you.
You will be able to learn more about Camp Twitch and Shout at www.camptwitchandshout.com
Also find us on facebook or my website!
Enjoy these photos from Camp Twitch and Shout. Thanks to Troy from www.karenimages.com for most of the photos.
On September 15th, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville did a story on “Front of the Class.” Kim Dean (as seen in the picture above) did a great job as the reporter as she visited my classroom and chatted with some of my students.
If you would like to see the 3 minute clip, click on my agents website and scroll down to the end of my section. http://www.martinliterarymanagement.com/film%20rights.htm