Sending a child to overnight camp for the first time is a big deal for a family. We get it—we're parents, too! It takes trust and a whole lot of pre-planning to make sure your kid or teen is equipped to have a comfortable, safe, and FUN experience. We've created this primer for our first-timers to answer common questions and ease concerns. We hope you’ll find this information useful as you prepare for your student’s first overnight camp adventure at iD Tech!
Benefits of Overnight Camp at iD Tech
Overnight camp has all the perks of day camp...and more! Overnight students will have the opportunity to:
- Experience collegiate life by staying right in the dorms
- Get a taste of independence and increase their self-confidence and sense of responsibility
- Form deeper relationships with new friends and mentors
- Show off their skills in evening video gaming tournaments or participate in craft nights
- Enjoy off-campus outings (varies by location)
Top Parent Concerns About Overnight Camp
Risk management is our number one priority. All courses, activities, meals, and boarding are supervised by our adult staff, and every staff member is required to undergo a thorough criminal background check, sexual offender check, identification check, and multiple reference checks. All camps have Directors and staff that are CPR & First Aid certified.
Overnight students will stay in the campus dorms. Boys and girls will be housed on separate floors or opposite wings of the dorm. Most locations have both male and female instructors that stay in separate rooms on the same floor as the students, generally near fire exits and stairwells.
For our overnight programs, all meals are included, starting with Sunday dinner through Friday lunch. Options vary from site to site, but many campuses now offer organic options and are able to accommodate students with specific dietary needs. If your child has food allergies or requires any other special dietary accommodations, please be sure to notify us in advance.
Cell Phones and Electronics
While students are not required to bring any electronic devices to camp, we know your child might want to bring along their smartphone, laptop, iPad, or gaming console. We recommend that these items be kept locked in your child's dorm or zipped up in their backpack, both for safety, and so they can get the most out of camp! If your child decides to leave their devices at home, they can use the iD Tech computers to send emails to family. Our Camp Directors will notify parents of any emergencies or bouts of homesickness–nothing is more important than our students’ safety and comfort.
If your student will be taking medication while at camp, you will be asked to fill out a list of prescribed medications. All medications must be given to our Camp Director at check-in. Check out our full Medication Policy here.
We offer Ultimate Gaming Weekends (iD Tech Camps) and Weekend Stays (iD Tech Academies) at select locations to bridge the gap between consecutive sessions of camp. Your child is also welcome to stay the weekend after their session! For $379 per weekend, students are provided with supervision, housing, meals, gaming tournaments, outdoor activities, and fun excursions.
iD Tech Overnight Camp Checklist
- Reusable water bottle
- Headphones or earbuds
- Comfortable clothing and shoes (preferably tennis shoes)
- A jacket or sweatshirt
- Backpack (optional)
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops
- Spending money (optional): Good for purchasing vending machine snacks or souvenirs from the campus bookstore! We recommend that students bring no more $20-$40 per week.
- Alarm clock
- Multiple sets of socks, undergarments, etc.
- Sleeping bag or extra sheets (Note: depending on your location, linens may or may not be provided. Please check your Welcome Packet for details one week prior to your arrival.)
- Bath towel
- Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
- If applicable, 2-week supply of medication per week (must be kept in original prescription bottles)
- If applicable, 2-week supply of contact lens supplies per week
Insights From Real Parents
We reached out to our Facebook community for tips and insights for first-time overnight campers. Here's what they had to say:
"I would say to bring one thing that reminds you of home. Perhaps your favorite PJs :) or a family photo. Just as important is what not to bring - any personal electronics. iD has everything needed, even a computer for each student. Students have a chance to connect with family through email, Skype etc. My daughter enjoyed connecting with other kids and had the best of times without electronics by participating in many different great activities that are organized in the evenings." -Nancy P.
"Speak about camp positively and confidently. I was very nervous for my 10-year-old to stay at camp at Stanford last year for a week without us, but for his sake I spoke often about how much fun it would be, and how well trained the staff was. I told him he would love it and make tons of friends. I did cry as I pulled out of the parking lot lol, but he DID make lots of friends, and he was proud of being on his "own" for a week. We are now getting ready for a week in July at Berkeley & that confidence in himself is there. The curriculum is great, the staff is fantastic, and the kids gain so much independence." -Paula F.
"Don't expect to hear from them much because they will have a blast hanging with kids who love the same things they do! Counselors are great too!" -Jeanne M.
Camps nationwide are officially underway, but there's still time to join the fun and give your child a one-of-a-kind overnight camp adventure.