Minecraft Modding & Programming Courses for Teens

Ages: 13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-14)
Duration: 2-week long Sleep Away Camps (weekends optional)
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Ratio Guarantee: 8 Students per Instructor


Minecraft | Java™ (Eclipse®)


Prerequisite: Proficiency in Algebra

Discover the powerful world of Java™ coding using Minecraft as your sandbox! Java™ is one of the most relevant, in-demand programming languages on the job market today, and is the development language for one of the most popular games in existence, Minecraft. Learn Java™ skills applicable to engineering, development, 3D rendering and more, all while creating and coding your own custom mod of Minecraft.


You can expect roughly 6-7 hours a day of class instruction, with plenty of time for campus excursions, socializing, outdoor activities, video game tournaments, and more. Parents want peace-of-mind and student supervision—teens want a taste of independence. At iD, we work hard to provide the right balance. We hope to make your experience valuable and memorable.



This Minecraft course is for ages 13-18 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-14).

Prerequisite: Proficiency in Algebra

This class is suitable for beginner to advanced students, but requires proficiency in algebra. Personalized instruction allows students to move along at their own pace, and customized lessons provide fun and appropriate challenges. Instructors work closely with students and adjust the curriculum to fit their progress and their project goals.



  • Programming
  • Creating custom blocks and items
  • 3D rendering



  • Java™
  • Minecraft
  • Forge API



  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Program debugging
  • Project planning


This introductory programming camp is a great step if you are considering studying programming or computer science in college. Our Modding & Programming with Minecraft course is ideal for transitioning from weeklong iD Tech Camps programs to intensive Academy programs, and provides a comprehensive overview of genre principles. It is a good way to test your interest in the field and build up a solid base of knowledge. Learn the basics of programming and application-specific modifications from top tier instructors with industry experience.

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.



We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.


Our 2-week courses at the Academy provide you with the right amount of time to get comfortable in your field of study and put your knowledge to use with hands-on projects. You’ll have ample time to work on your online portfolio, enjoy excursions and tours of nearby facilities, relax with late-night gaming tournaments, and explore campus (Weekend Stays optional).

Week 1: Programming in Java™ Utilizing Java™ and Minecraft, start learning the skills needed to write your own Minecraft modification. Learn how to work with variables, data types, operators, and more! Throughout the week, you will also learn about control flow using conditional statements, loops, and functions, as well as more advanced data types and data structures. Finish the week with an introduction to methods, classes, and other advanced topics in Java™. Put your skills to the test by analyzing the code structure of Minecraft modifications and adding your owns blocks to the game.

Week 2: Coding Minecraft Modifications Start your second week refreshing crucial topics in Java™ and then get ready to dig deep into Minecraft Modification using the Forge API. Apply your new found coding skills and see your progress in your own world! Create special powers for you and your friends, develop your own crafting recipes, design your own armor sets, and more. Wrap up your experience with a portfolio of Minecraft modifications you and your friends can enjoy at home. The flexible knowledge of programming that can be applied to multiple disciplines is just a bonus!


Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.



Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 5PM-6PM Sun
Pick-Up: 3PM-5PM Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: $3,699-$3,899 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Included

For beginner to advanced students, we provide immersive, pre-college courses in app development, robotics engineering & coding, game modding, and more. Programs are held at top academic institutions. Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision.

Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Please note: A minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration. Students attending iD Programming Academy at MIT must be in high school.


Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 8-9AM Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6PM Mon-Thu, 4PM Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: $2,899 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Lunch for the 2-week session can be purchased for an additional $110

For beginner to advanced students, we provide immersive, pre-college courses in app development, robotics engineering & coding, game modding, and more. Programs are held at top universities. NYU offers day programs only—no overnight or weekend stays.

Please note: A minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration.



Ages: 13-18
Cost: $369 (per weekend, optional)
Meals: Included

Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision. We invite you to stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks—most students elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, and supervision are included over the weekend. You’re also welcome to stay the weekend AFTER your 2-week program.

Please note: Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.


Ages: 13-18
Cost: $198 (per 2-week session, optional)
Issued By: Stanford Continuing Studies

Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units are available for purchase upon registration.


Ages: All ages
Cost: $179 (per year, optional)

Build your STEM skills year-round with our online subscription service. Learn from tech tutorials, compete in gaming tournaments, and stay connected through community forums. Tech Rocket is the perfect add-on to iD Game Design & Development Academy.


  • 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)
  • Studio tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence



Teens experience independent college life in a supervised environment. This pre-college program is overnight-only, so teens stay in real college dorms, eat in dining halls and get a feel for daily life on campus. Choose the recommended Weekend Stays option to have even more time to explore campus and local attractions.


iD Programming Academy students will use professional, industry-standard tools while at the Academy, including software repositories. These cutting edge technologies allow aspiring programmers to collaborate, share projects, and work in real-world coding environments. Students will not only learn to revise code and push it to the repository while in session, but also have full download access to retrieve their projects after their session. Establishing a repository sets our participants apart from their peers on college and internship applications.


Build up your resume for college by earning Continuing Education Units. Receive an official transcript from Stanford Continuing Studies (available for purchase at all Academy locations). CEU Credits demonstrate that students have completed course content of college-level difficulty.


Get a feel for future career options and meet industry professionals. Depending on session location and availability, students tour big-name studios like Turbine, Google, and more.




“My son called me the first Thursday of the camp and asked if he could change plans and stay for the weekend. What could be better than that?” -Robert A., Parent, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“Not only did my son learn tons about object-oriented programming, he also exploded with individuality, imagination and independence. He enjoyed extraordinary opportunities to collaborate with others, and to renew his passions in programming by assisting his fellow students. We couldn’t be more delighted with his time at iD Tech.” -Janet R., Parent, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“Our son raved about how much fun he had. We will be back!” -Alex N., Parent, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“This was an exceptional experience in every way. I was impressed by the confidence my child expressed in his ability to tackle programming challenges after this camp.” -Valerie H., Parent, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“Finally a camp that is ideal for my son. He’s not the cabin, sleeping bag, bug spray kinda camper…this is a launching of wonderful ideas and hopeful aspirations for future interests in the technological field.” -Paige D., Parent, Modding & Programming with Minecraft


“iD Programming Academy is an amazing place to learn and have fun at the same time. It was so great to get immediate feedback on my project from both the instructors and the other campers. Even better was seeing everyone else’s projects. Being in a creative environment inspired great creativity. iD Programming is simply amazing.” -Andrea R., Student, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“I really loved how the course was based towards my favorite computer game. I was able to learn coding in a fun way that I actually want to continue outside of the camp. The dorms, dining halls, and computer labs were fantastic as well.” -Brennan A., Student, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“I think this camp is a great place to not only gain coding experience, but also a great place to meet friends.” -Viktor D., Student, Modding & Programming with Minecraft
“This whole week, I’ve felt happier than I have in a long time.” -Jed F., Student, Modding & Programming with Minecraft

“I met so many new and interesting people that I will stay in touch with for a long time!” -Sam F., Student, Modding & Programming with Minecraft



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Why is the iD Programming Academy the nation’s premiere pre-college destination to learn essential programming skills and STEM skills?

We offer intensive and relevant technology curriculum, taught by well-versed, accomplished faculty. The summer teen programs for ages 13-18 offer:

  • Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor
  • Intensive, college-level curriculum for beginner to advanced learners, based on the new learning engine, iD Game Plan
  • The latest industry-standard hardware and software
  • Portfolio-building workshops
  • Accredited Continuing Education Credits available at all Academy locations. Official transcripts are from Stanford Continuing Studies.
  • Industry-savvy faculty
  • An immersive university experience
  • Tours of big-name studios
  • Guest speakers at many sites

How are Academy courses different from the courses at iD Tech Camps?

Academy courses are 2-week, overnight-only programs (at most locations) for teens ages 13-18 (Weekend Stays optional). Students in the iD Game Design & Development Academy and iD Film Academy build online portfolios in addition to completing a final project. Students in iD Programming Academy utilize software repository systems and graduate with full access to their code. All Academy students have the opportunity to tour a nearby studio. Our Academies provide an intensive, pre-college experience. Comparatively, iD Tech Camps offers weeklong day camps and overnight camps for students ages 7-17. More traditional summer camp activities are integrated into the iD Tech Camps curriculum.

Where is this course offered?

This course is offered at several top universities across the U.S. View our Locations page for more information.

How much does this course cost?

The cost for the 2-week overnight program is US $3,699-$3,899. Check our site for special promotions. Continuing Education Units are available for an extra fee. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $369 per weekend.

Are there teen summer camp savings?

View our current Promotions.

What are the dates of this course?

View availability here.

How do I know if this course is open for enrollment?

For info, click here.

How do I register?

Registering online is the fastest way to get into a program. Choose your path and we’ll guide you through registration: All Teen Programs or iD Tech Camps for Kids

What if the curriculum is too easy or too hard once the course starts?

Academy programs are taught in small, personalized classes. Instructors are able to work closely with each student to customize the course curriculum to each student’s skill and experience level. Whether you are a beginner or extremely advanced, our instructors find fun and challenging ways to develop your tech skills. If you have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with you and guide you.

Do I need to bring any computer equipment to camp?

No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.

What “off-computer” activities are there?

Our teen programs are academic camps, but we also create a fun summer experience. The intensive curriculum and lab time are balanced out with cool excursions, trips to nearby studios and fun down time activities like gaming tournaments. Students may participate in organized outdoor sports, movie nights, campus tours, and more. Since this is a teen-only program, we try to allow students as much freedom as possible in shaping their own weeks – but students are supervised.

Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling?

We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a carpool app located in My Account which is available to all iD clients after registering. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past students have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

You can phone us as 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.