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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 Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. 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.


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



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 11th season hosting summer camps in the Minneapolis St. Paul area and our 7th season at Macalester College. 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 Macalester College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We are excited to be hosting our summer academic camps for kids and teens at Macalester College. Macalester is among the top ranking liberal arts colleges in the country, and provides an undergraduate education of uncompromising quality, characterized by academic excellence, international perspectives, a diverse academic community, and civic engagement as an integral part of learning and life.

Located at the intersection of historic Grand and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, MN, our summer computer camp in the Twin Cities is a convenient 10 minutes from both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. Beyond its architecture and amenities, the neighborhood also earns superlatives for safety: the St. Paul Pioneer Press rated it one of the two safest in the metropolitan area. Come check out our summer day camps near Minneapolis as well as our awesome overnight camps and teen camps!


Nickname: The Scots

Founded: 1874

Schools at Macalester College: Liberal Arts College

Student Population: Macalester is a highly selective school, with a current admittance rate of 39%. This low rate has lead Macalester to be considered “Most Selective” by the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. For the class of 2012, 5,040 applications resulted in one of the lowest acceptance rates ever for the college.

Rankings: Among the 215 national liberal arts colleges listed in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, Macalester College is now ranked 24th (up one from their #25 ranking last year). Looking at the academic quality and the net cost of admittance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid, Macalester was ranked 9th nationally in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices” – making it the perfect academic summer camp location.

Athletics: Macalester’s athletes, The Scots, are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Macalester’s football team has faced a tough road since its inception. The program was officially dissolved by the college in 1906, citing “thoroughly aroused to the evils, real or imaginary, of this game, the public is clamoring for the entire abolition or reform on this ‘relic of barbarism.’” However, the team was reinstated in the early 1970′s, only to ride a 50 game NCAA losing streak that lasted six years! Since 2002, the football team has competed independent of the MIAC due to poor performance.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: The list of the distinguished Macalester alumni and faculty includes: architect Cass Gilbert; political figure Kofi Annan; businessman and philanthropist DeWitt Wallace; writers Tim O’Brien and Wang Ping; musicians Bob Mould and Will Sheff; sculptor Anthony Caponi; talent agent Ari Emanuel; and actors Peter Berg and Carl Lumbly.



“I believe this is our seventh year at iD Tech Camps. My boys have always had an enjoyable time and learned a lot about computer programming and game design. The staff is knowledgeable and trustworthy, and I know the campus is a very safe environment for my boys. I recommend iD Tech Camps whenever possible!” -Ann F., Parent, Macalester College

“My boys said this was their favorite camp. They wished that school was like iD Tech Camps because then they would want to go every day!!” -Kathryn A., Parent, Macalester College

“Amazed by such involved, proactive, encouraging staff! That really makes the experience unique for each of these kids! I love the technical angle that is lacking in so many other camps!” -Kavita N., Parent, Macalester College

“I love how the staff continually honors the campers’ greatness in a profoundly positive, fun, kid-accessible and downloadable way!” -Anne L., Parent, Macalester College

“The first day of camp, my son came home and said that he finally met kids that were like him. He’s never been so excited about ANYTHING before. Thanks so much! You’ll see him again for years to come!” -Gina K., Parent, Macalester College


“Totally awesome…I would definitely come back! Great educated teachers! Nothing is bad about this camp! Once again, AWESOME!!!!” -Charlie N., Student, Macalester College

“This camp was great! I was already experienced in robotics, and I was hoping that the whole week wouldn’t be “This is an NXT.” Fortunately, the counselor was understanding of my situation, and taught me things I didn’t think possible. I would recommend this camp to my friends without hesitation.” -Jonathan D., Student, Macalester College

“Incredibly good counselors, and always a ton of fun. iD Tech Camps is always the highlight of my year. I recommend the camp to everyone whenever I have the chance. Once again, amazing job on another incredible year!!!!!!” -Wesley S., Student, Macalester College

“I loved how the instructors used creativity and hands-on interactions to teach the curriculum!” -Graham J., Student, Macalester College

“Awesome! I had never used this software before, but by the end of the week I had made a complete game! That’s so cool!” -Jonathan D., Student, Macalester College



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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.