CAMP du BALLON ROUGE
Our 16th Annual Camp du Ballon Rouge was held Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Camp For All. Activities for our campers began with a campfire on Friday evening and concluded with the always emotional Red Balloon Ceremony on Sunday morning, which parents are invited to attend.
OUR NEXT CAMP IS FRIDAY, MARCH 1 - sunday, march 3, 2019. APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE here IN MID-JANUARY!
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 acceptance is complete. Campers will be notified by email when all their forms are in and they have been approved for attendance. BE SURE TO INCLUDE/UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ON PAGE 4 OF THE APPLICATION.
You will find a $25 non-refundable Camp Application/Commitment fee/form included in your packet. Camp dBR itself remains tuition-free, the only Tourette camp to do so. Transportation, to and from the Camp For All facility, is not provided for campers. Pay ON-LINE by using this DONATE button. You can write "CAMP" in the comment section -- or don't worry, we will know what it is for!
There is a separate application process for Counselors-In-Training (CITs) and Junior Counselors and Counselors. CITs must be age 19; Junior Counselors are age 20. Ages 21 and up are eligible to be considered for Counselor. Acceptances for CIT, Jr. Counselor or Counselor are all contingent on a separate Application and Selection process. Please email TouretteTexas@aol.com to request that application. When emailing, please provide your child's name, age and previous camping experience.
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!
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.
Help Sponsor a Child at Camp!
Even with all our wonderful volunteers giving of their time and knowledge, TSA of Texas still pays approximately $350 for each child at dBR. Make a difference for a child and help us pay their way to Camp in 2015!
Please send $100.00 for a virtual red balloon to help sponsor a child:
Camp du Ballon Rouge
c/o TSA of Texas
P.O. Box 147
Richmond, TX 77406
All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
You can also support Camp by making a donation to TRI FOR TOURETTE’S. Read more here.