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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 Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. For teens ages 13-18, we also offer intensive 2-week, pre-college iD Tech Academies at select universities.  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 is a day-only program. Overnight stays are not available at this location.


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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



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. After you enroll, you’ll be able to network with other families. Yep, we built an app for that.


This is our 13th season hosting Thousand Oaks summer camps at Cal Lutheran University. 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 CLU summer day camps are among a handful of elite CA summer camps in Los Angeles and Southern California accredited by the American Camp Association.

We have chosen Cal Lutheran to host our summer computer camps for kids in Southern California because of its up-and-coming status among top schools in the West and its beautiful location in Ventura County. Thousand Oaks is rated the safest city of its size in America according to FBI statistics, and the university is conveniently located less than an hour away from Los Angeles International Airport. Students have the opportunity to gain the university experience in the comfort of a small summer camp setting.

When not in class, students will have plenty of time to enjoy the perfect Southern California weather! CLU is the perfect option for our multiple Southern California summer computer camps. Our computer camp at CLU is a day camp only. For the ultimate overnight computer camp experience, please check out our other Los Angeles summer camps.

It’s no surprise if you’ve studied at Cal Lutheran, but the U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks the university one of the top 20 schools in the western U.S. The school hopes to round out the top 15 shortly. The location in Thousand Oaks is perfect for students looking for an intimate summer camp setting in Southern California.


Mascot: Kingsmen (men), Regals (women)

Founded: 1959

Cal Lutheran University Academics: A progressive liberal arts institution, Cal Lutheran offers 36 academic majors and 31 minors and allows students to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree or a Bachelor’s of Science degree, depending on their field of study.

Student Population: Cal Lutheran University has approximately 2,124 undergraduate and 1,174 graduate students and pushes to increase diversity among their 3,298 total students by maintaining close ties with several foreign organizations, and hosting exchange students from a number of different nations. A large number of students come in from nearby Arizona and Colorado, along with students who come in from Washington, Hawaii and Minnesota.

Rankings: In 2007, among all American Western Universities (including states ranging from Texas to Alaska), Cal Lutheran University was ranked 17th in terms of schools for students to obtain a master’s degree.

Athletics: CLU plays as part of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and is a member of the NCAA at the Division III level. They currently offer the following intercollegiate sports played on campus: baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer, swimming, track and field, and water polo for the men and basketball, softball, soccer, cross country, swimming, tennis, volleyball, track and field, and water polo for the women.



“The camp staff was outstanding…my son was the youngest in class, but it was obvious that his instructor went over and above in working with him. He learned a lot. I was concerned with safety going in, but felt extremely comfortable due to the staff. Thank you.” -Chuck M., Parent, Cal Lutheran University

“My son spends a lot of time on his computer at home and he is fairly knowledgeable with computer games. I thought it might be a challenge to keep him interested. This was not the case as he enjoyed the class, and was interested and excited about all the new skills he learned!” -Barry V., Parent, Cal Lutheran University

“This was an excellent introduction to programming. The Camp is well run, organized, and my son liked the instructor and other students. He definitely wants to return for another session.” -Greg H., Parent, Cal Lutheran University

“Awesome experience for my son. He wanted to take the take the same camp all over again just so that he could learn even more.” -Lauri M., Parent, Cal Lutheran University

“For the 2nd year, my son loved the camp and felt proud of his work!” -Andrea P., Parent, Cal Lutheran University


“I had lots of fun modding and now I can now show all my friends!” -Grayson A., Student, Cal Lutheran University

“Camp was excellent! I had a blast and will remember this experience for the rest of my life.” -Cayden P., Student, Cal Lutheran University

“All of my instructors were awesome! I had a great time and learned so much! I hope to do it again next year!” -Marcus S., Student, Cal Lutheran University

“My instructor was awesome. He was great with adapting the curriculum so that everybody in the group learned at their own pace and skill level. For the advanced students, he would teach what we wanted without requiring us to stick to the typical curriculum, and taught the basic students at the same time.” -Joshua L., Student, Cal Lutheran University

“I really enjoyed the camp and certainly learned a lot about Dreamweaver and Flash this week! Thank you!” -Tyler H., Student, Cal Lutheran University



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

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As appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune – article about our CA camps held at UCSD

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As appeared in the Acorn Newspapers – article about our summer camps in Thousand Oaks

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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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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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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.