Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Children’s Camping Weekend
Sending your wish, by red balloon, into a clear, blue Texas sky with hopes
that it will come true – anything is possible at du Ballon Rouge!
du Ballon Rouge (dBR) is a unique time and place. Held annually in the hill country of Texas, dBR provides a setting for children with Tourette’s syndrome to experience events and activities that can change the quality and outcome of their life.
“To enrich the lives of children diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, through a unique outdoor experience that offers acceptance, provides hope, promotes discovery, and creates the opportunity to establish relationships with others affected by TS” – that’s our mission!
Our next du Ballon Rouge weekend will be held from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, 2013. PLEASE NOTE: As of 3/16/2013 ALL SPOTS for this weekend are filled and NO MORE applications are being accepted! If you have already submitted an application, and your plans have now changed, be sure to let us know if you child will no longer attend, so that we may open his or her place to others.
See the application form button to the left. ALL campers, new OR returning, must submit an application each year. Medical forms must be signed by your physician within 8 weeks of Camp, but you can send in the rest of the application NOW to reserve your child's spot.
MANY THANKS to our weekend's Physicians, Nurses, Counselors, Support Staff -- and special thanks to the 115 Campers who attended 2012 du Ballon Rouge. We hope to see you all again next year.
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Campers feel better because they can relax, have fun, and not be concerned about hiding their symptoms. They feel accepted because of who they are and not excluded because of their disorder.
Campers express hope, through challenging activities, interaction with others, and a supportive staff, that their lives can be successful and fun.Discovery. Campers are exposed to activities and situations they may not have previously experienced. Smiles of accomplishment and understanding fill the weekend as campers discover unknown talents and interests.
The weekend provides the setting for participants to make new friends. New campers may be shy and uncomfortable with their new surroundings. However, new friendships can begin to develop immediately and continue to grow throughout the weekend. Many campers have shared similar experiences, remained in contact, and do things together once the weekend has ended.
The program, founded in 2003, is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 18 whose primary diagnosis is Tourette’s syndrome (TS). Many participants exhibit other TS related conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). We are able to accommodate the needs of most campers, but the weekend outing has some limitations in accepting children whose needs are beyond the scope of its resources. Campers must be able to handle daily routines such as dressing and personal hygiene. Campers are assigned to cabins based on their age and gender. They experience activities both as a cabin and as a group. Weekend activities include fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, arts and crafts, ropes challenge course, swimming, and team sports. The environment is fun, safe, and positive, and campers, while challenged to reach their individual potential, are not required to participate.
dBR is held at Camp For All, a unique camping and retreat facility located in Burton, Texas, which is about 90 miles from Houston. Camp For All (CFA) works together with many special needs groups in providing programs that are “recreational, therapeutic, and educational”. The CFA staff is professionally trained and is compassionate and supportive of each special needs group. You may access their website, www.campforall.org, for more information.
Counselors and dBR Staff
The staff of dBR are volunteers dedicated to providing the best experience for our campers. Our staff includes adults with Tourette’s syndrome, outdoor experience, and medical training. Staff members attend training sessions and are prepared for the weekend. With properly executed parental authorization, the medical personnel handles all medications and medical issues for campers.
du Ballon Rouge
The 10th Annual du Ballon Rouge Weekend was held Friday March 23 through Sunday, March 25, 2012. Activities for our 115 attending campers began with a campfire on Friday evening and concluded with our Red Balloon Ceremony on Sunday morning.
2013 dates are Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21. APPLICATIONS are available for download via the button to the top left. ALL campers MUST fill out an new application each year. New campers are accepted on a first come – first served basis. All required forms must be received and approved by our medical staff before an invitation is made. Currently, thanks to support from our wonderful donors, there is no cost for campers to attend dBR.
Transportation, to and from the Camp For All facility, is not provided for campers.
Help sponsor a child at camp! Even with all our wonderful volunteers giving of their time and knowledge, TSA of Texas still pays about $250 for each child at dBR. Make a difference for a child and help pay their way to Camp in 2013!
Please send $100.00 per child you wish to help sponsor to:
du Ballon Rouge
c/o TSA of Texas
3919 River Forest Drive
Richmond, TX 77406
All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.