Try to forget it’s September.
Instead, transport yourself to May. The sun is out, and school is nearly out...
Your summer planner is out, too, in front of you, but it has holes larger than the Grand Canyon.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to rush to figure exactly how your kids will be spending their time for the next three months.
Okay, you can come back to September.
And take a deep breath to relax—an empty summer calendar is safe here.
With that said, I have two goals with this post:
One, explain the benefits of signing up for camp when we launch in November (or soon after; definitely not waiting until May).
And then two, address the reasons why you can’t register that early, and see if I can be of any help!
So, let's get going! You should consider signing up for camp looooong before summer for the following reasons:
1. You save money, plain and $imple
You will never save more money on camp than you would in November. Period. End of blog.
But seriously, not only do we typically offer our largest discount opportunities in November, but registering early ensures that you have more time to refer friends to camp.
What do friends have to do with anything?
The benefit here is that you’ll save up to $50 for each and every one of those friends who registers for camp (as long as they haven't attended before).
Meaning, once you register, you'll receive a code that can be shared with 10 others (more details here). So the sooner you register, the better the chances of you saving, say something like $200 for succeeding in getting four friends to join you at camp—because you'll have more time at your disposal to recruit!
2. You have a (flexible) plan
Planning for summer is difficult, without a doubt.
The good news is, if you register for camp early, you have more than enough time to get your schedule together. And, if you need to make adjustments, you have more time to do so without having to worry about incurring any type of fee.
On the other hand, if you register later, you might find yourself stuck because camp could be taking place the next week or within the next couple of weeks (or within the 21-day window where a charge is incurred for changes).
3. You get the courses your child really wants
Registering early for camp makes available virtually the entire lineup of courses, dates, activities, and options.
At iD Tech, popular courses sell out quickly! (Fortnite summer camp anybody?)
Sure, there is always another date to consider, and yes, there are plenty of related courses to take—and a number of camp locations across the country to choose from—BUT, it’s your first choice for a reason. Make it happen!
This way you can almost guarantee your son or daughter will be able to experience all of the benefits summer camp has to offer.
4. You get peace of mind
Is there anything better than uttering the statements “I’m glad I got that done," or “I’m glad that's out of the way,” or “I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore”?
On the flip side, isn’t the gut pang of “Ughhhh, I still have to do that” or “Darn it, I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long” just the pits? Free your mind!
Still unsure about registering in November?
As compelling as these benefits might be, sometimes there are just other barriers preventing you from signing up for camp "early." I get it.
So I'm asking because I genuinely want to know... why can’t you sign up for camp early?
Maybe you just don't want to, and that's fine as well. But, the more we know, the more we can help. We will respond to questions in the comments.
Until then, I’ll predict some of your potential hurdles:
"I don't know if a computer or tech camp is right for my son or daughter."
Well, honestly, me neither!
What I do know is that computer/tech/programming/STEM camp is for a LOT of people (over 400,000 students have attended our programs). At the same time, I know camp just isn’t a good fit for some.
One important thing to remember is that determining if tech camp is a fit or not doesn’t always come down to having a child who enjoys technology.
"I don't know enough about iD Tech as a summer camp destination..."
In a nutshell, iD Tech opened its doors in 1999. Now, with 150 locations nationwide, students can learn anything and everything from Minecraft to 3D Printing to Coding to Game Development, and so much more. Students enjoy personalized learning in small classes with just 5-10 students per instructor.
"I don't know which course is right for my child and their interests."
This is a tough one. With so many choices, how could you start to narrow it down?
Personally, I'd start with one of our "Paths." Ask yourself (or your child), which course Path—whether it's coding, game development, robotics, or our creative path—sounds most appealing.
Once you've figured it out, visit the page for your preferred camp location and see which courses are offered.
Here are a few other tips on choosing a summer camp.
"I don't know if iD Tech is worth the cost..."
A huge question! So big, we dedicated a whole other post to answering it.
The bottom line is, are we an inexpensive camp? No. But are we worth the cost? Families across the country are responding with a resounding “YES!” Please take a look at the post for the many reasons why.
So, there you go. I’m sure there are other reasons for not registering, but remember that questions don’t have to go unanswered!