Lake Forest College Summer Tech Camps
LFC summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Lake Forest College
Welcome to our 15th season hosting summer technology programs at Lake Forest College (home of the Boomer the Black Bear)! In 1999, our family company set out to reinvent "camp" for the 21st century. Today, we’re #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more.
At our LFC camps, near the banks of Lake Michigan approximately 30 minutes north of Chicago, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!
NEARLY SOLD OUT: Due to extremely high demand at Lake Forest College, most courses are sold out. If the course you want is sold out (see course grid below), please check real-time availability at nearby Northwestern University or any of our other Illinois locations.
Other Programs at this Location
- Ages: 10-15
- Price: $$
- Duration: 1 Week
- Time: Day, Overnight
- Topics: Photography, Web Design, Programming, Engineering, Game Design, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing
iD Programming Academy
- Ages: 13-18
- Price: $$$
- Duration: 2 Weeks
- Time: Overnight
- Topics: Programming, Engineering, Robotics
iD Game Design & Development Academy
- Ages: 13-18
- Price: $$$
- Duration: 2 Weeks
- Time: Overnight
- Topics: Programming, Engineering, Game Design
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iD Tech Camps Program Details
Co-Ed | Weeklong | Programming, Game Design, Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Film, Photography, and More
Our summer computer camps for kids, pre-teens, and teens are segmented by course and age. Teens will study, socialize and eat with other teens, but may be in the vicinity of younger students during lab time. Yes, we’re a tech camp, but we do not sit in front of digital devices all day. We provide a well-balanced, fun summer camp experience that is age-appropriate for kids, pre-teens, and teens. Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build critical 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends.
You’ll gain confidence, explore a unique college campus, and get a taste of the collegiate experience. This isn’t just camp. It’s a portal to a fulfilling future, in college and beyond. Kids camps and teen camps encompass courses in programming with Java, C++, Python, Scratch, and more, app development with iPhone and Android, Minecraft, modding, FPS and RPG game design, robotics engineering with VEX and LEGO, 3D modeling & animation, filmmaking, photography, and web design. Course offerings vary by site. View courses at this location. Beginner or advanced, you'll get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors. Do something big this summer!
At our Lake Forest, IL summer camps at LFC, we strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular Lake Forest College summer day camps and overnight camps are held in Lake Forest, IL.
We have chosen LFC to host our summer kids camps and teen camps in Illinois because it rests in one of the most beautiful suburbs on Chicago's North Shore. The pristine and quiet 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is a short walk from quaint downtown Lake Forest. LFC is ranked in the top 100 liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News & World Report. It also ranks as one of the Best Midwestern Colleges and Best Values in the country. With its range of architectural styles and spacious park-like landscaping, LFC has access to a variety of resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and enrichment in the surrounding communities and nearby Chicago, making it the perfect day camp and overnight camp location.
O'Hare International Airport and Midway are both 45-60 minutes away from the Lake Forest campus. Amtrak trains arrive in Chicago at Union Station. To reach Lake Forest from Chicago you will need to get to the Ogilvie Transportation Center where the METRA commuter train boards. The Ogilvie Transportation Center is located three long blocks north of Union Station at 500 West Madison Street, at the intersection of Madison and Canal Streets. There are two commuter lines that run to Lake Forest, so be sure to board the Metra Union Pacific North Line. The train runs to and from Chicago 30 times a day.
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Lake Forest College Facts
Student Population: About 1,400 students attend LFC, and a large percentage of them live on campus (86%). The Princeton Review says "Life at Lake Forest is generally laid-back, with a pace set by the quiet, high-end suburb in which the school is located." The student radio station (WMXM), rugby club, Greek organizations and the e.team (organizes on-campus entertainment) are among the most active of the 100 student groups on campus.
Rankings: The Princeton Review places LFC on its list of 361 Best Colleges to attend. Also, as of 2009, LFC appears on the lists of Best Midwestern Colleges and the Best Value Colleges. In addition, it ranks 12th in the country for "Students Happy with Financial Aid." In terms of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, LFC was ranked 94th by US News & World Report, making it the perfect location for our Illinois summer camps.
Athletics: Lake Forest participates at the Division III level and has been a member of the Midwest Conference since 1974. The college gives student athletes the opportunity to participate in 17 intercollegiate sports (9 women's and 8 men's). Most notably, the Lake Forest handball team has won an astounding 30 national championships and has been recognized nationally.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Among LFC graduates are some who are recognized nationally, including: three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Block; G4 host and comedy writer Blair Butler; bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey; producer of the movie Grease and Tony Award winner Allan Carr; reporter at WNYW-FOX 5 New York and winner of three Emmy Awards Andrea Day; Chairman and CEO of Charles River Laboratories, Inc., and 2003 Forbes Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year James C. Foster.
Point of Interest: These Illinois summer camps are near the Center for Chicago Programs, which was established as part of LFC's mission to make Chicago more accessible to students. The center (sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) provides the college community with event discounts and organizes city gatherings.
Testimonials from LFC
"All the instructors seemed to 'get' Chris, and were patient in the right ways while getting the best work from him as well. This is definitely a camp he's enjoyed - and I'm sure we'll be back."- Vanessa M., Parent, LFC
"We appreciate iD Tech Camps' ability to fulfill the special interests of our children while allowing them the opportunity to feel they "belong" to an elite group of fellow programmer/gamers! Thank you!"- Michelle M., Parent, LFC
"Our son, one of the youngest accepted, was wowed by the entire experience and he excelled tremendously in his first short week! Thanks!"- Debb D., Parent, LFC
"I drive 120 miles a day for my son to attend iD Tech Camps. It's our 3rd year... he loves it, and I couldn't ask for more. Needless to say iD TECH CAMPS IS WORTH THE TRIP. We'll be back next year."- Diana B., Parent, LFC
"Flexible, positive, helpful and fun instructors and director."- Taj R., Parent, LFC
"iD Tech Camps is a great place to go for the summer... you make new friends, learn a lot and have fun, which is what summer is all about."- Daniel S., Student, LFC
"This camp introduced me into the world of strict computing and will help me when I pursue computer science in the future."- Carlos R., Student, LFC
"Best camp ever. I have learned how to do Flash animation!"- Roman G., Student, LFC
"Amazing. I was looking forward to this all summer and it didn't disappoint."- Adam P., Student, LFC