About the Program
The Boston International Turner Syndrome Summit is an eight-day residential summer program for young women with Turner syndrome between the ages of 12 and 19. The summit provides a healthy, social environment where young women with Turner syndrome can grow and form a community that will last far longer than eight days.
BITSS 2017 ran from Sunday, July 30 to Sunday, August 6, and it was all about cranking it up yet another notch in the fun department! Read on to see what went down.
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2017 Program Highlights
In addition to repeating some of the most-loved activities from 2016 (Zumba with Ketty, karaoke, paint night, a trip to the theater...), we brought even more excitement to the program in 2017. And we continued some of our favorite traditions: Summit Speaks, mentor-led group discussions, and Summit Shout Outs, celebrating all of our participants.
As honorary Bostonians, BITSS is proud to welcome you to Red Sox Nation! Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium, opened in 1912, and home to the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park is a historic, well-known staple of Boston life. BITSS went on a guided tour of Fenway and stayed to enjoy a knockout home game—dubbed the best game of the year—plus some ballpark treats.
The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum takes you back to December 16, 1773. Through live reenactments and multimedia exhibits, we got a real feel for Colonial America. Our summiteers even got to dump tea in the harbor themselves!
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the most well-rounded collections of art in the world. The MFA has works of art and history from across the globe. This year, our focus was on the Art of the Americas wing, opened in 2010. It is an award-winning addition that has hundreds of unique American works of art. Attendees from 2016 will remember visiting the Paul Revere House; the MFA has John Singleton Copley's famous portrait of Paul Revere surrounded by his works in silver. We also saw in person the portrait of George Washington that we all see a copy of every day on the dollar bill.
The Boston Public Garden is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Established in 1837, it is also renowned for being the setting of Robert McCloskey's famous children's story Make Way for Ducklings. There are many interesting statues in the garden of historical and literary figures alike.
The Swan Boats, a genteel relic of the Victorian age, have been a major Boston attration since their first appearance in 1877. They have operated in the public garden for over 135 years.