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iD Tech Camps (Ages 7-17) and iD Tech Academies (Ages 13-18)


In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet. Our summer technology programs for kids and teens are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. At UCLA, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps, and iD Programming Academy. We guarantee a maximum of 8 students per instructor for personalized learning, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.

Please note: This program is NOT affiliated with nor endorsed by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and its UCLA Arts Camp.


Enrollment for 2015 begins November 1st, 2014. Click here to request an iD Tech brochure and get on our mailing list. In the meantime, continue your tech journey with Tech Rocket, our year-round, online learning platform for all ages.


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iD TECH CAMPS (Ages 7-17)

Courses, Dates, Prices, Enrollment



Our summer computer camps for Kids & Pre-Teens ages 7-12, and Teens ages 13-17 are segmented by course and age. Teens will study, socialize and eat with other teens, but may be in the vicinity of younger students during lab time. Yes, we’re a tech camp, but we do not sit in front of digital devices all day. We provide a well-balanced, fun summer camp experience that is age-appropriate for kids, pre-teens, and teens.

Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. You’ll gain confidence, explore a unique college campus, and get a taste of the collegiate experience. This isn’t just camp. It’s a portal to a fulfilling future, in college and beyond.  Join us this summer at our kids camps and teen camps—learn iPhone® and Android™ app development, programming with C++ or Java™, video game design, web design, moviemaking, robotics, and more.  Get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. Beginner or advanced, we offer a customized learning experience. Do something big this summer!


  • 8:1 Ratio Guarantee: We do it differently—this isn’t school. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.
  • Personalized Instruction: Your path, at your pace. Most of our courses are beginner through advanced. If a course has prerequisites, you’ll be notified during registration.  You’ll be immersed in a blended learning environment using our iD Game Plan 2.0 engine, along with one-on-one instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows you to learn at an appropriate, customized pace.
  • Project-Based Curriculum: At iD, you learn by doing—it’s hands-on. You’ll work with industry-standard hardware and software, complete a final project, create an online portfolio, and bring your new tech knowledge into the real world.


  • Adult-Only Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, adult-only instructors to teach our courses and supervise our kids and teens.  We recruit from thousands of candidates, and select from the best.  It doesn’t hurt that we’ve been named a Top Workplace 4 years in a row, and that we have the reputation as the #1 Tech Camp on the planet. The top talent works at iD.
  • Best of the Best: Many iD instructors are students or graduates of prestigious universities like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. Some are industry professionals. Others began as iD students and have returned to give back to the next generation of innovators!


  • A Taste of College: We eat right in the university dining halls! (If the dining hall is closed, we will bring in catered meals or eat in the University food court). Meal plans are available for Day Campers and Overnight Campers. The food is generally good at most campuses. More and more campuses are paying attention to important details like organic and sustainably-farmed food sources, kosher and vegetarian options, and a variety of overall healthier options.


  • American Camp Association® Accreditation: iD Tech Camps is Accredited by the Southern California Region of the ACA—and we spread those best practices to each of our programs across the country.  Being ACA Accredited means we have met over 300 health and safety requirements.
  • Background Checks: We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all summer staff members.
  • CPR & First-Aid: All program locations are staffed with CPR Certified Directors and instructors.
  • Risk Management Training: Our staff members attend in-person risk management training, and our content is updated every year as conditions change.


The following are included in tuition cost:

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence





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Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus. Want to Carpool? Go green and save some green when you carpool to camp. Sign up for our Carpool app in My Account to see the other families in your area that are interested in carpooling.


This is our 15th season hosting summer camps at the University of California, Los Angeles campus. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular UCLA summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite CA summer camps in Orange County accredited by the American Camp Association.

Our summer camp held at UCLA is located in the residential neighborhood of Westwood/Bel Air in Los Angeles, California (approximately 15 minutes from Hollywood). During their stay, campers may have the opportunity to walk to local shops and movie theatres in Westwood Village. Movie and television stars are often sighted. UCLA also boasts the best dining halls in the nation!

UCLA has a world-renowned reputation in research and technology. Many of its programs are rated among the best in the nation and the world. UCLA faculty members have received four Nobel Prizes and seven National Medals of Science. It is the most sought-after university in California.

Los Angeles International Airport is located approximately 12 miles south of our Los Angeles, CA summer camps, making UCLA the perfect day camp and overnight camp option for our Southern California summer computer camps. Come check out our awesome summer camp held at UCLA!


Mascot: UCLA Bruins

Founded: 1919

UCLA Academics: UCLA’s College of Letters and Sciences (humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute) has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty. The majority of UCLA’s 129 undergraduate majors can be found in the College of Letters and Sciences.

Student Population: UCLA has approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. In 2009, UCLA was named the “most selective” public university in the entire United States, beating out Northern California’s UC Berkeley.

Rankings: With its rich history and prestige, UCLA continuously has more applicants than any other university in the US. It is 12th in Newsweek’s Top 100 Global universities ranking, and in 2007, it was ranked 13th in the world by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. UCLA’s undergraduate program is ranked second among public universities in the United States.

Athletics: UCLA’s Bruins participate in NCAA Division I-A as part of the Pac Ten Conference alongside Southern California rival USC. UCLA’s football team plays home games at the well known Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; UCLA’s men’s basketball team (made famous by the legendary John Wooden who coached the team to 10 NCAA championships) plays its games at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA’s athletic teams have won a staggering 104 NCAA team championships as of 2009, more than any other university.

Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: Two current faculty members (and four former faculty) and four alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their work in science and peace. UCLA alumni have also accomplished the following: 15 Academy Award winners, 10 National Medal of Science winners, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 1 Pritzker Prize in Architecture winner. A number of professional athletes have come out of the university.



“I want to thank you so much for giving my son a gift that he will always cherish. He went to the Flash animation class at UCLA two summers ago. He also went to the Maya class at UC Irvine last summer. I bought the CS4 suite for him and the Maya suite. Nathan has concentrated on Flash and has since posted a project on deviantArt.” -Kimberlyn H., Parent, UCLA

“My son is seven and this is the first time he’s ever LOVED camp. I asked him his favorite part of camp and he said “EVERYTHING!” And the final games he created blew me away!” -Marjorie S., Parent, UCLA

“My son’s 5th summer with iD Tech Camps has been another great experience for him. You have our confidence that he is safe, well fed and comfortable for the time he is away from home. He will be back! Thanks to all.” -Susan C., Parent, UCLA

“My son has been attending iD Tech Camps at UCLA for the last four years in a row. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to attending every year. We pick two weeks during the summer of courses he’s interested in and they never disappoint. Through this camp, my son took away the confidence to create three steady performing apps on the Mac Store. One is called “Teleprompter” and he has been getting positive feedback from all over the world.” -Bethann B., Parent, UCLA

“My son’s instructor was outstanding. She was helpful, courteous, but most importantly, patient. She was extremely intelligent and we hope to have her again as an instructor either this year or next.” -Todd W., Parent, UCLA


I have learned so much at iD Tech Camps! It was a blast working with Autodesk Maya and it really helps to have an awesome instructor. iD is the place to be!” -Lindsay S., student, UCLA

“The counselors were relatable, and seemed to really “connect” with us children without trying too hard. The gaming tournaments were very fun and competitive.” -Noah M., Student, UCLA

“I loved iD Tech Camps at UCLA! All of the instructors were so nice, and all of the questions were answered within a few seconds. The software we used was perfect for making RPGs!” -Matthew B., Student, UCLA

“I learned a lot more about photography than I ever thought was possible in one week – and the week didn’t even seem long. I had an AWESOME time…the counselors were super cool and nice. I had a great time and wish I could have stayed longer!!” -Amanda F., Student, UCLA

“The amount of knowledge you acquire in a day is phenomenal. You feel like you learned weeks of skills in just a matter of hours. The staff are all great people – they’re funny and take the time to connect to their students. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I had the time of my life.” -Aaron J., Student, UCLA



Coding Camp or Canoes & Campfires? iD Tech on NPR!

NPR listeners were recently treated to a little talk about iD Tech Camps! Adriene Hill of NPR’s Marketplace paid a visit to our UCLA summer tech camps, touching on the benefits of a camp for coding along with those of camps with canoes, campfires, and ghost stories. Have a listen by clicking the player below, [...]

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Kids program their own adventures at iD Tech Camps in Pomona – Article as Written by Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

By Beau Yarbrough July 12, 2013 POMONA — They sat quietly in an air-conditioned room decorated with images of video game characters and icons tapping away at their keyboards: This is summer camp in 2013. Almost two dozen students, ages 7 through 17, were sitting in a rented computer lab at Cal Poly Pomona taking [...]

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Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity – Article as Written by The Associated Press

By Christina A. Cassidy …So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder [...]

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Video Game Summer Camps Double in U.S. – Article as Appeared on Patch.com

The number of summer camps geared toward video game development has doubled since 2012, according to one video game research and advocacy group. By Jared Morgan April 23, 2013 If you’re looking to supplement your child’s exposure to STEM education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, then why not enroll them in [...]

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Camp Minecraft: How educators use the block-building game to inspire kids to code – Article as Appeared on VentureBeat.com

By Jeffrey Grubb April 17, 2013 Summer camp used to mean swimming, hiking, and bonfires. These days it could mean mines, exploding creepers, and Java™Script. Educational group iD Tech Camps is using the block-building sandbox Minecraft and other games to teach children about science, technology, education, and math (STEM). The organization holds its camps over [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

This morning, NBC’s Kathie Lee and Hoda sat down with Rory Halperin of Time Out New York Kids magazine to talk summer camps.  One of their favorites?  iD Tech Camps!  Check out the clip below for the full segment where they touch on game programming for kids, app development, and more. Visit msnbc.com for breaking [...]

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Summer Camps in California – Article as Appeared in OC Family

Looking for tips on how to optimize your 2012 summer camp experience?  Here is a great article from OC Family magazine that offers suggestions, ideas, and more.  The write up also mentions how our summer camps in California are the perfect destination for any student with a passion for technology.  Below is a snippet, but [...]

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As appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek – Computer Camp: No Canoes, Just Coding (and Kickball)

Junior programmers are flocking to Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere to hone their app-writing skills By George Anders Michael Matias traveled 7,400 miles to camp this summer. Usually the 15-year-old computer enthusiast finds plenty to do in Tel Aviv, his hometown. But when a friend won renown as a hotshot programmer after attending a California tech [...]

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As appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent – UCSB Computer Camp Challenges Kids

iD Tech Camp Steers Youths Nationwide into the Demanding World of Computer Technology By Nikki Chan Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Despite the ever-increasing dependency of youth on computer technologies (encouraged by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, etc.), public schools lack education programs for computer gaming and programming. That’s where iD Tech Camps comes in. The youth camps [...]

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As appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent – article about our UCSB summer camps

UCSB Computer Camp Challenges Kids iD Tech Camp Steers Youths Nationwide into the Demanding World of Computer Technology By Nikki Chan Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Despite the ever-increasing dependency of youth on computer technologies (encouraged by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, etc.), public schools lack education programs for computer gaming and programming. That’s where iD Tech [...]

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As appeared in the Daily Pilot – article about iPhone app creation at our UCI camps

Aliens invade 11-year-old’s iPhone- and he doesn’t mind By Britney Barnes IRVINE — Pulling out his black iPhone, Luke Stanback called up an app for “Alien Invasion” and started blasting space invaders from a ship. The game is pretty challenging, but Luke knows all the “cheats.” That’s because the 11-year-old created the game over the [...]

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As appeared in The Ventura County Star – article about our CLU summer camps in Southern CA

This tech camps is no Flash in the pan By Terria Smith Kids and computers fill a room in California Lutheran University’s Nygreen Hall, creating digital army tanks, animals and landscapes for the computer games the students are making at iD Tech Camp. “This is very fun. It’s what I live for every year,” said [...]

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As appeared in The La Canada and Crescenta Valley Sun – article about our CA summer camps for kids and teens

Stimulating imaginations and learning March 14, 2008 Producing digital movies and learning languages like C++, Java™ or HTML might sound intimidating to those of us who grew up using a typewriter and listening to records.  Not so, though, for Willis Danielson and others from Los Angeles and throughout the country.  At a young age, Willis [...]

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As appeared in The Santa Monica Daily Press – article about our specialty summer camps for kids in CA

Bigfoot won’t trouble these summer campers By Irene Manahan Summer camps were once synonymous with campfires, smores and cumbaya.  But kids today might be left to ponder the purpose of all those sleeping bags and tents. Traditional summer camping, complete with all its familiar outdoors trappings, remains a summer standby, though some Santa Monica parents [...]

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How much do your camps cost?

The cost of tuition varies depending on the course, location, and camp option that you choose. Basic Day Camp ranges from $799-$1029 per weeklong course. There are additional costs for program add-ons including lunch, overnight camp, and weekend stays.

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To register, please click here. Our courses sell out very fast—sometimes as early as January, so avoid disappointment and enroll at your earliest convenience. Remember, you can register now and make changes later with no penalties—we offer flexibility for the modern parent.

A thoughtful cancellation policy? Really?

We know plans change. You can register now, and make as many changes as you like (courses, locations, dates, etc.) without any fees or penalties. We only ask that you try to not make changes 3 weeks from the start of your session—there is a $35 fee within the 3-week window.

When you enroll, there is a non-refundable deposit of $250 per week. Should you need to cancel, you can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Balance payments, less the non-refundable $250 deposit, are refundable up to three weeks prior to the start of your session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within three weeks of the start of your session. If you need to cancel, we ask that you go online to My Account to cancel your session, or email us at info@iDTech.com. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

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Do you offer financial aid?

We are proud to offer tuition assistance for families who qualify. Application deadlines are announced each spring. Click here for our tuition assistance page.

Does my child need to have a high computer IQ?

No. Our courses are for beginner to advanced students. Because of our small ratios, instructors work with students one-on-one to personalize the curriculum. For courses that do contain prerequisites, we’ll notify you during the registration process so you don’t accidentally enroll a beginner student in an advanced course.

Should my student bring a personal laptop to camp?

Students do not need to bring laptops to camp. We provide a computer for each student to use for the week. All software, hardware, and other materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Do you offer any other teen programs?

We have weeklong courses for teens at iD Tech Camps, plus two-week pre-college Tech Academies. iD Tech Camps is for ages 7-17, with courses and activities divided into teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens will be in the same lab vicinity as the pre-teens (but will not be mixed in the same class). Students will be supervised at all times. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels.

At select locations, we also offer iD Tech Academies for teens. These include the iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Film Academy. These intensive two-week teen programs include tours of nearby industry studios, instruction from experienced faculty, and portfolio building workshops. (Jump to all Teen Programs)

How do I contact you?

Please phone us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.