Summer Computer Camp at Colorado College gets in on the blogosphere!

iD Tech in action

Here is a blog post from Colorado College. Camp is shutting down for us in Colorado Springs. Sad! Thanks for the post, Pickles!

Hi Pete! This is Pickles, Director of iD at Colorado College.

I'm thrilled to be working with iD this summer, and I want share why working at iD Tech Camp is the Best Job Ever! I've compiled a collection of photos to illustrate my point.

Reason #1 - Stunning Students and Staff: The campers at iD Tech are astounding! They're enthusiastic, hard-working, and crazy fun! Our campers jump into learning and master advanced concepts with ease.

The instructors are experts in their subject and quickly adjust their curriculum to accommodate the innovate ideas that our campers have. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to spend my summer with.
I'm not sure why Justin has a roboquad on his head in this picture… but he has a big smile and a sweet game that he's making on the computer!

Reason #2 - Cool Campus: I love spending the summer at Colorado College! The campus is beautiful, the weather is perfect, and the food is yummy! With a view of the sunny weather and Rocky Mountains out our lab windows, we're always looking forward going outside for intense games of capture the flag on the lawn. Our dorm rooms could be at a hotel…complete with bedding, towels, fridge and microwave! I usually enjoy cooking for myself, but I would be thrilled to eat at CC forever! The campers love the pizza, burgers, fries and soft-serve ice cream… but I go for the salad bar and custom stir-fry creations!

Reason #3 - Stupendous Software: Good job Pete (NOTE: I DO NOT TAKE THE CREDIT FOR THIS, BUT THANKS). Someone is working hard because the software you've chosen for us to use is outstanding!

Camp is like computer heaven for me… every tool used by the pros has been installed on all the machines and it's at my fingertips! I routinely sneak extra lab time after campers go to sleep to play with all the awesome stuff we have! Our campers use nothing but the best, and it shows. Their projects look professional, because they're using professional tools. I included a screen shot of a website by Caitlin W, but the picture doesn't do it justice. Caitlin draws a fox character called Kitsune. The website she made at camp is outstanding, and it even includes a dress-up Kitsune Flash game that will knock your socks off.

Reason #4 - Stellar Support: This is my fourth year with iD Tech, but my first year directing. I was so excited when I was asked to be a director that I did a happy-dance jumping around shouting "Yes!"

After the initial excitement, the weight of the job hit me. I'm responsible for the safety of all our campers and ensuring that they have the best week of their lives. It's a HUGE task! However, I'm not alone. My regional manager is always a phone call away to offer advice for tricky situations. Friendly folks from the main office call to ask if we have any questions about the gaming tournaments or camp setup, and the forums online have answers to every question imaginable! I'm known for being a very organized individual… but I can't beat the system that you've set up for me. A list of tasks for every day is ready and waiting for me, health forms are quickly printed and filed alphabetically in the red binder, and you've even provided a sample voicemail message for the camp cell phone. I couldn't ask for more! I included a picture of the director backpack, because I love it so much. This bag is permanently attached to me for the whole summer and includes everything I need camp emergencies… a first aid kit, medical records, the sign-out clipboard, a roll of green tape, a deck of cards, a Frisbee and a whole roll of tickets!

Reason #5 - Fabulous Fun: A stuffy office job or iD Tech Camp? The choice is easy. Camp is amazing for so many reasons, but above all… it's just really fun! We have Wacky Wednesdays (note the bird hat I have on), attack each other with water guns, sing in the cafeteria, play Apples to Apples until we collapse with laughter and have frequent random dance breaks. Basically, we have an incredible time and so do our campers. It really is the best job ever!

As we finish our last week of camp at Colorado College, I'm saddened this summer camp season is coming to a close but I know I can look forward to next summer. Every year camp gets better and better and I always anxiously wait to hear what's new. Thanks for working so hard to create an amazing experience for me and our campers. You rock!

Colorado College Summer Camp Director

A photo of Pete

Pete has been at the helm of iD since 2000. He resides in Silicon Valley. Pete has a love of design and is passionate about creating memorable experiences for kids. By day he is CEO, by night he is a youth soccer coach and chef of the house. Pete studied at UW in Seattle and worked abroad in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, but his kids think otherwise. The best part of the job? Seeing the kids advance from tech novices to studying at top Universities and landing big-time jobs.

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