The best event was definitely jet boating even though we got drenched and it was cold ..it was something i probably wouldn't do on my own.. The best park was probably Canada's wonderland though I'm in love with Darien lakes ride of steel -- Camper 2007
What they are saying...
My parents have always tried to find a camp just right for me, a camp where people don't judge other kids. My mom looked in the paper one day and found an article about ThrillCoaster Tours for Teens. My parents know that I love roller coasters, but I rarely get a chance to ride them. My parents wanted me to have a good time, but they were nervous because I never went to a sleep away camp before. I went for 3 weeks for the summer of 2005 and it was the most fun I think I ever had. For the summer of 2006 I am signed up for 5 weeks. I can't wait to see all my friends.
"""We have been sending children to private camp for over 10 years. We are incredibly impressed with the depth of planning and safety measures ThrillCoaster Tours has put in place. It puts others to shame."" --- Parent, NJ"
I cannot say enough good things about Ira Gordon and ThrillCoaster Tours. I have very high standards about programs for my kids (even though they are teenagers) and ThrillCoaster Tours has exceeded anything I could ever dream of. What an experience for my son. His three summers with ThrillCoaster Tours have been amazing. Ira is the perfect mix of a person that both parents and teenagers love!!! Thank you. I am planning on sending my daughter next year. ---Parent 2005, 2006, 2007
I went to this camp to have fun and ride roller coasters! Last summer was a blast and this summer was even better!! You also get to meet a lot of really good friends when you go to this tour! -- Camper 2005 and 2006
"""We feel confident that there is no room for improvement in the painstakingly detailed arrangements Ira has made. It will be a great summer!!!"" -- Parent"
The staff at Thrill Coaster tours is fun and willing to do whatever you want to do and to help you feel more comfortable while on tour. -- Camper 2006
"Dear Ira, ThrillCoasters is a type of camp that I would have dreamed of going to as a child. My son was ecstatic when I discovered it existed. To top it off was having my entire family meet Ira and his lovely wife. By the end of almost three hours, we felt like we knew them all our lives and what was more important, my husband and I have no problem in leaving our child in their care. For us, this is monumental because we are very cautious who we give our children to even on a temporary basis. I am sure this will be the first of many wonderful years for you and my family to come and I know people will be clamoring at your doorstep to be included as participants in the future years of ThrillCoaster Tours and the main improvements on an almost perfect concept that I am sure will happen. However, I am unsure of at this point how one can improve upon apparent perfection in attention to every exquisite detail and planning required for this kind of undertaking. I can't wait to hear the amazing stories that my son will come home with! Thank you, Ira for a future fantastic and novel experience.
Sincerely, Paris (Parent) Jericho, Long Island, NY"
This year was my 13 year old son's first tour, and he had the time of his life. He is still talking about the best part of the summer, the Get to The Point Tour. Ira, you are wonderful and do a fantastic job. He can't wait until next summer!
One thing that I would like to stress is the feeling of safety and security with these trips and the staff. I know how parents can worry about sending their children to a sleep-away camp as well as to large, crowded amusement parks and this camp covers all the bases. I went to an orientation meeting and all my questions were answered and fears assuaged.I was totally and utterly comfortable sending my son on these trips.Donna Carey Abrams - Parent 2008
I can't tell you enough how comfortable I felt leaving her in your hands. I knew in my heart (and I was right) that you would take care of her as if she was your own child!
I was very nervous sending Jennifer so far from home for her first time away. I was (and still am) shocked at how patient you were with my "mom nerves" during our many phone calls prior to the week.
In addition to Ira, the tour counselors were excellent. We also feel that Ira's wife, Laura is instrumental to making Thrill Coaster Tours a fantastic, memorable program for the kids. Bottom line, this camp company offers a secure way for kids to enjoy aggressive thrill rides without the parents spending hours getting heatstroke while "benchwarming" and waiting for their kids to come off the rides. It's an awesome win-win!
What was your best meal...I thought the best meal was Wednesday night when we ate dinner at that Damons steakhouse(I think its called that!). The food was pretty good and the waiters were customer friendly. -- Camper 2007
Initially insecure about sending our son half-way across the county with total strangers, we attended some of Ira's tour reunion get together, and were very pleased and relieved to meet the families Ira takes on tours; without question, these are good kids. We were impressed that many of the kids were repeat attendees. Our son's tour ran extremely smoothly.
As an aside, my son has participated in 2 ultra expensive summer programs, one a residence program at an Ivy League university, and frankly, only Ira's tour required an 18 page info packet to be filled out before the camp, and only Ira's tour had unprecedented, excellent supervision and security.
"""Ira seems to have addressed all the concerns we had with our previous camp. Our son is looking forward to the summer now. We know he will have a great time and be safe."" --- Parent, Randolph, NJ"
I have always loved roller coasters and i find them a lot of fun but i hardly get to go to amusement parks and it was just so great to go this tour gives me an opportunity to go on the roller coasters that i want and with people that like them like me. -- Camper 2006
The staff was awesome, definitely no complaints. --Camper 2006
"What was your favorite part of ThrillCoaster Tours??? As a parent, it was a tie. It was when they left at the beginning of a session and when they returned home at the end of that same trip. But my most favorite was seeing the kids' faces when they returned from each session as they described their experiences and the tremendous amount of fun they had. -- Parent 2006"
She had the time of her life and met some great friends. It is something she will remember forever. One of my favorite parts of TCT was looking at the pictures on a daily basis. Seeing those kids having such a great time was a lot of fun! --Mom 2006