It’s that time of year again – can you believe it? Registration for our 2011 Season is now LIVE and we’re looking forward to another exciting year. While it’s always important to stay on top of new trends and technologies, the things that stay constant season after season are just as important, if not more so. Keeping traditions alive, remembering our roots and never being afraid to laugh at ourselves is a big part of running The World’s #1 Tech Camps. We love what we do and we rarely need a reason to have fun. So when the holidays roll around, we like to pull out all the stops at the Main Office and Do Something BIG!
Halloween was a great start to our corporate holiday happenings, and we’re not ashamed to admit that we like dressing up just as much as our campers do! Check out some photos, below, of our Main Office Halloween shenanigans.
[caption id="attachment_34615" align="alignnone" width="225"] Bovina from Administrative Services as a Pink Lady & Sarah from Payroll as Thing 1[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34617" align="alignnone" width="225"] Crystal from Applications Development, reppin’ Bedrock[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34618" align="alignnone" width="300"] Our Marketing Team - Racing toward the finish line[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34622" align="alignnone" width="225"] Red Riding Hood & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34623" align="alignnone" width="225"] Spiderman even stopped by for a visit![/caption]
Our campers also got into the Halloween spirit this year, albeit a tad bit early. The kids and teens at our summer technology camps and summer programs for teens definitely gave us a run for our money with some awesome costumes of their own this past August! Check out some early Halloween photos at our Stanford summer camps and Stanford teen summer programs.
As much as we love dressing up and having a good time during the Holiday Season, giving back to the community is a priority and an iD tradition that we hold close to our hearts. Striving to enrich our community through volunteerism is part of our mission.
So once the excitement of Halloween has passed and we’ve thoroughly stuffed ourselves at our annual Thanksgiving potluck, each December, we give back to kids who are less fortunate by volunteering with the Family Giving Tree organization. The iD Tech Camps Main Office holds a Holiday Wish Drive to gather presents for needy children, and then we go one step further by dedicating time as “Holiday Warehouse Elves” – sorting gifts and organizing them for delivery throughout the Bay Area.
[caption id="attachment_34624" align="alignnone" width="300"] A sampling of sorted and organized gifts at the Family Giving Tree Warehouse[/caption]
Participating in philanthropic events like the Family Giving Tree – as well as enriching our community through iD Greening – is a big deal to us. In fact, this year we’ve started a new “green” initiative: ONE CAMPER. ONE TREE, with the Arbor Day Foundation.
What are you doing to give back – while having fun – this season? If you want to help and don’t know where to start, check out volunteermatch.org for a list of opportunities to lend a helping hand in your area. We’d love to hear about how you’re making your community a better place! Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know how you’re spreading some holiday cheer.