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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 Lake Forest College in beautiful Lake Forest, IL. At the location, we offer three distinct programs: iD Tech Camps, iD Game Design & Development Academy, 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.


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 13th season hosting Chicago area summer camps at Lake Forest College. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular Lake Forest College summer day camps and overnight camps are held in Lake Forest, IL.

We have chosen Lake Forest College to host our summer kids camps and teen camps in Illinois because it rests in one of the most beautiful suburbs on Chicago’s North Shore. The pristine and quiet 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is a short walk from quaint downtown Lake Forest. LFC is ranked in the top 100 liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News & World Report. It also ranks as one of the Best Midwestern Colleges and Best Values in the country. With its range of architectural styles and spacious park-like landscaping, Lake Forest College has access to a variety of resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and enrichment in the surrounding communities and nearby Chicago, making it the perfect day camp and overnight camp location.

O’Hare International Airport and Midway are both 45-60 minutes away from the Lake Forest campus. Amtrak trains arrive in Chicago at Union Station. To reach Lake Forest from Chicago you will need to get to the Ogilvie Transportation Center where the METRA commuter train boards. The Ogilvie Transportation Center is located three long blocks north of Union Station at 500 West Madison Street, at the intersection of Madison and Canal Streets. There are two commuter lines that run to Lake Forest, so be sure to board the Metra Union Pacific North Line. The train runs to and from Chicago 30 times a day.


Nickname: Foresters

Founded: 1857

Student Population: About 1,400 students attend Lake Forest, and a large percentage of them live on campus (86%). The Princeton Review says “Life at Lake Forest is generally laid-back, with a pace set by the quiet, high-end suburb in which the school is located.” The student radio station (WMXM), rugby club, Greek organizations and the e.team (organizes on-campus entertainment) are among the most active of the 100 student groups on campus.

Rankings: The Princeton Review places Lake Forest College on its list of 361 Best Colleges to attend. Also, as of 2009, Lake Forest appears on the lists of Best Midwestern Colleges and the Best Value Colleges. In addition, it ranks 12th in the country for “Students Happy with Financial Aid.” In terms of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Lake Forest College was ranked 94th by US News & World Report, making it the perfect location for our Illinois summer camps.

Athletics: Lake Forest participates at the Division III level and has been a member of the Midwest Conference since 1974. The college gives student athletes the opportunity to participate in 17 intercollegiate sports (9 women’s and 8 men’s). Most notably, the Lake Forest handball team has won an astounding 30 national championships and has been recognized nationally.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Among Lake Forest graduates are some who are recognized nationally, including: three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Block; G4 host and comedy writer Blair Butler; bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey; producer of the movie Grease and Tony Award winner Allan Carr; reporter at WNYW-FOX 5 New York and winner of three Emmy Awards Andrea Day; Chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, Inc., and 2003 Forbes Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year James C. Foster.

Point of Interest: These Illinois summer camps are near the Center for Chicago Programs, which was established as part of Lake Forest’s mission to make Chicago more accessible to students. The center (sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) provides the college community with event discounts and organizes city gatherings.



“All the instructors seemed to “get” Chris, and were patient in the right ways while getting the best work from him as well. This is definitely a camp he’s enjoyed – and I’m sure we’ll be back.” -Vanessa M., Parent, Lake Forest College

“We appreciate iD Tech Camps’ ability to fulfill the special interests of our children while allowing them the opportunity to feel they “belong” to an elite group of fellow programmer/gamers! Thank you!” -Michelle M., Parent, Lake Forest College

“Our son, one of the youngest accepted, was wowed by the entire experience and he excelled tremendously in his first short week! Thanks!” -Debb D., Parent, Lake Forest College

“I drive 120 miles a day for my son to attend iD Tech Camps. It’s our 3rd year… he loves it, and I couldn’t ask for more. Needless to say iD TECH CAMPS IS WORTH THE TRIP. We’ll be back next year.” -Diana B., Parent, Lake Forest College

“Flexible, positive, helpful and fun instructors and director.” -Taj R., Parent, Lake Forest College


“iD Tech Camps is a great place to go for the summer…you make new friends, learn a lot and have fun, which is what summer is all about.” -Daniel S., Student, Lake Forest College

“This camp introduced me into the world of strict computing and will help me when I pursue computer science in the future.” -Carlos R., Student, Lake Forest College

“Best camp ever. I have learned how to do Flash animation!” -Roman G., Student, Lake Forest College

“Amazing. I was looking forward to this all summer and it didn’t disappoint.” -Adam P., Student, Lake Forest College



Fox 9 KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul visits iD Tech Camps!

July 1, 2013 M.A. Rosko checks out a summer camp that exercises the brain. Along the way, she encounters plenty of impressive preteens. Macalester is hosting an ID Tech Camp this summer — it’s a Monday through Friday program that allows kids to design their own video games and whatever else they can dream up, [...]

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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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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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Learn how to make apps over vacation. Article as appeared in Time Out Chicago Kids

By Amanda Sims Meet the next Steve Jobs: Andrew. The 14-year-old from suburban Glencoe already has six apps available for download in Apple’s App Store and won a scholarship to the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in June 2012. He was one of the youngest in attendance. Andrew’s mother, Lisa, knew her son found his [...]

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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 Illinois News – As Appeared in Chicago Parent

Here is an excerpt from a great article about our Summer Camps in Illinois and STEM education.  The full article is currently posted online and will appear in the March edition of Chicago Parent.  Enjoy! Science Deficit By Robyn Monaghan …But the real burst came when they sent Andrew to iD Tech camp at Northwestern [...]

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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 Suburban Journals – What I did on my summer vacation: create video games

July 11, 2011 By Mary Shapiro Nearly 30 local kids sat, mouses clicking furiously and heads bent toward screens, in front of computers on a recent Wednesday afternoon. They weren’t playing video games. They were learning how to create programs and design for those games and other projects. They honed their knowledge of new technology [...]

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As appeared in The Pioneer Press – article about teen summer programs in IL

Teens flock to LFC to learn video game development By Stephanie Kohl Coming from all over the country, 25 students spent two weeks at Lake Forest College for the iD Gaming Academy hosted by California-based internalDrive. The Gaming Academy offered students ages 13-18 a 2-week experience in the world of video game development. The beginner [...]

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As appeared in The Chicago Tribune – article about our IL camps for kids in Chicago

Camp geek turning heads by Anne Brennan Click here to read the full article about our IL summer camps

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As appeared in The Evanston Round Table – article about our Chicago summer camps in IL

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What courses are offered at this location?

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When does camp start?

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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.

How do I enroll?

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.

How can I save on tuition?

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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.