As the owners and employees of the most successful computer camp in the country, we are surrounded by kids all summer long. Hundreds of kids. Thousands of kids. It's an awesome, awesome responsibility. Because we're surrounded by so many kids, many of us put off having kids of our own...until recently.
When we first launched iD Tech Camps in 1999, neither Alexa (my sister, biz partner and iD's CFO) nor myself had kids of our own. But we still took safety seriously. Very seriously. Nine years later, both of us have young kids. The old saying goes, "put your money where your mouth is." Our response to that is "put your kids where your camps are." We say in our catalog and on our website that we constantly ask the question, "Would we send our own kids to iD Tech Camps?" The answer to the question is yes. They aren't quite old enough for iD, but when they turn 7, game on!
We are always pushing the boundaries of technology--this is something you would expect. But as we focus on teaching technology skills, we are also unceasingly committed to executing our risk management plan behind the scenes. Our plan strives to reduce risk at each location, each week, each year. The ultimate goal is to ensure that our summer camps become safer each year--and are among some of the safest camps that exist.
When parents and students show up for camp, they trust that we have trained our staff appropriately. They trust that we have done our homework and the students will be fully supervised. They expect that we'll deliver on our promises. So, how do we follow through? We circle back to the original question, "Would we send our own kids to iD Tech Camps?"
Now more than ever, Alexa and I (and the rest of our employees) understand the emotional bond between a parent and child. It is a bond that runs so deep that it truly cannot be explained with words. When a parent drives off from camp, and they see their student waiving goodbye in the rearview mirror, they need to feel secure with the camp. Very secure. We've always tried to create this security, but now that we have more and more iD employees that are having kids of their own, it becomes easier to answer the question and spread the message: Each camper at iD Tech Camps is precious. We have the responsibility of treating every single camper like we would treat our own kids. This is what we mean when we talk about "The iD Family."
We fully expect our 2007 computer camp season to be our best yet. We thank you for your trust!
Speaking of kids...this just in!
A new iD Tech Camps baby was born yesterday at noon. A 7.4 lb beautiful baby girl, named, uhm, we don't know the name yet. And pictures? We don't have those either. But let's focus on what we do know.
1) If you call our Client Services department in the next few weeks, you might get some crankiness on the other end of the line. Why? Our Client Services Manager is the proud papa. How's that sleep, Monte? Because we have no pictures of the baby yet, here's a good picture of the father.
2) We also know that the mother, Champagne Supernova, acted like a rock star yesterday. She took care of business and has a lot to show for it! She was a little upset yesterday, however, because the hospital would not deliver pancakes from IHOP. Again, we have no pictures of the big day, but if you look really closely, you can see the outlines of blueberry pancakes on her tummy.
3) We also know that Monte and Supernova are two proud parents. Congratulation you guys! It is a day to celebrate!
4) I might also point out that as soon as you both wake up, you'll realize that this is not a dream. That WAS your baby crying. It IS 2 AM. And she DOES need to be changed. But that's the fun stuff. If we fast-forward just a few years, here's what you can expect:
More iD Babies on the Way?
We have some other significant announcements at iD. We currently have two other gals that are expecting-mothers. Our employees know of the first gal already. Somer-Lovin', big-time congratulations to you! We look forward to your relocation to the West Coast!
The other expecting-mother is someone you might have expected, but didn't know about. I hope she doesn't kill me for this, but check out this picture. Do you know who it is? Let's get the water cooler chit chat going, folks! (Double-click the picture to enlarge for a clue).
Until next time, iD Nation!