Dear Summer Staff,
So, tech camp is just a couple months away. We are so excited to have you on board with our team. We've been running technology camps since 1999--and we love what we do.
(If you are already bored with this blog post, check out what my cat has been up to, and blow past this).
As we've grown over the years, we have tried very hard not to lose sight, or lose perspective, of what our mission is. I hope you will remember that there is no "Corporate Office." We are all one team focusing on providing the most amazing technology experience we can envision--and it starts with you! We want the best instructors--those passionate about teaching technology and impacting kids and teens--to have an amazing teaching experience in a non-traditional, fun, creative environment.
Our regional managers have all "come up through the ranks" and were once camp instructors and camp directors at iD Tech Camps. They know what they are doing--they know what they are looking for. So, congratulations for making it this far through the hiring process! We can't wait to see you out at Staff Training! I truly hope you are getting psyched about online training, hands-on in-person training...and that we "cement the vision" for you as you spread out across the country to do something BIG!
On a separate note, I wanted to let you know you aren't coming to work for an ordinary company, or an ordinary camp. Our culture is different. Our people are different. We are full of ambition to be the best--but we also care about having fun. We care about the environment and our planet. We care about our staff in the main office--and our awesome staff out at camp. We are one family. One team. Let's get a taste of things here in the main office today...
In thriving Silicon Valley, we are neighbors with Google, eBay, Yahoo...and the quickie mart.
Lots of us care about the environment.
We started a One Camper One Tree program this year. We were inspired by Tom's Shoes and their One for One mission. So, if we care about the environment, why not plant one tree for every camper that attends our program? We'll plant 20,000 trees this year...and we are aiming much higher in future seasons. We're not doing this because we have to. We're doing it because we actually care.
We celebrate Birthdays and decorate each other's work spaces.
You'll find Charlie (the other Charlie) hanging on the walls of our HR department. WINNERS!
We celebrate more than campers and staff. We celebrate iD Babies too. Pictures hang (and continually get added) to the door. We need more doors.
This is THE WALL. Not the wall on Facebook. It is the original wall in our main conference room. Those who have worked several seasons at iD year-round make it to the wall. They are part of iD history.
University banners decorate the walls of our marketing team.
Allison greets us each morning and makes the office festive. She chose a St. Patrick's Day theme this month. I voted for Hoops and March Madness. She won. At camp, we celebrate birthdays, 4th of July, and lots of other ways. There is always a reason to have fun in the office, and at camp.
This is just a taste of our unique atmosphere. Camp is simply an extension of the atmosphere of our Silicon Valley office. Have fun. Keep the students safe. Bring your A-Game to training and to our summer camp. No matter if you are going to create iPhone Apps, teaching our summer filmmaking courses, going to develop Android Apps, or going to create your own video game with our students...we set lofty expectations of you. And we'll give you the tools to be your best. We can't wait to see you out at training. Thanks for helping make us a special company to be a part of...and welcome to the iD Family!
OK, if you made it this far, you might as well also check out my cat. His name is Jimmy The Cat. He has been up to some seriously naughty business. And I won't stand for it.