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    LFC summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at Lake Forest College

In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet, with co-ed summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. At Lake Forest College in beautiful Lake Forest, IL, we offer three distinct programs: iD Tech Camps, iD Programming Academy, and iD Game Design & Development Academy.

At select locations, we also offer Alexa Café and iD Tech Mini. 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®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.

Summer 2015 Courses & Dates

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!

Learning

  • 8:1 Ratio Guarantee: We do it differently—this isn’t school. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.
  • Personalized Instruction: Your path, at your pace. Most of our courses are beginner through advanced. If a course has prerequisites, you’ll be notified during registration. You’ll be immersed in a blended learning environment using our iD Game Plan 2.0 engine, along with one-on-one instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows you to learn at an appropriate, customized pace.
  • Project-Based Curriculum: At iD, you learn by doing—it’s hands-on. You’ll work with industry-standard hardware and software, complete a final project, create an online portfolio, and bring your new tech knowledge into the real world.

Staff

  • All-Adult Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, all-adult instructors to teach our courses and supervise our kids and teens. We recruit from thousands of candidates, and select from the best. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve been named a Top Workplace 5 years in a row, and that we have the reputation as the #1 Tech Camp on the planet. The top talent works at iD.
  • Best of the Best: Many iD Tech instructors are students or graduates of prestigious universities like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. Some are industry professionals. Others began as iD students and have returned to give back to the next generation of innovators!

Meals

  • A Taste of College: We eat right in the university dining halls! (If the dining hall is closed, we will bring in catered meals or eat in the university food court). Meal plans are available for Day Campers and Overnight Campers. The food is generally good at most campuses. More and more campuses are paying attention to important details like organic and sustainably-farmed food sources, kosher and vegetarian options, and a variety of overall healthier options.

Safety & Risk Management

  • American Camp Association® Accreditation: iD Tech Camps is accredited by the Southern California Region of the ACA—and we spread those best practices to each of our programs across the country. Being ACA accredited means we have met over 300 health and safety requirements.
  • Background Checks: We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all camp staff members.
  • CPR & First-Aid: All program locations are staffed with CPR Certified Directors and Instructors.
  • Risk Management Training: Our staff members attend in-person risk management training, and our content is updated every year as conditions change.

Tuition

The following are included in tuition cost:

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence

Optional Add-Ons

Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.

About LFC

This is our 14th season hosting 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.

Campus Info: Held at Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL 60045

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

Nickname: Foresters

Founded: 1857

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

What Parents Are Saying

"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

What Campers Are Saying

"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

iD in the News

Lake Forest College

Fox 9 KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul visits iD Tech Camps!

July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 M.A. Rosko checks out a summer camp that exercises the brain. Along the way, she encounters plenty of impressive preteens. Macalester is hosting an ID Tech Camp this summer -- it's a Monday through Friday program that allows kids to design their own video games and whatever else they can dream up, [...]

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Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity - Article as Written by The Associated Press

June 25, 2013

By Christina A. Cassidy ...So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder [...]

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Camp Minecraft: How educators use the block-building game to inspire kids to code - Article as Appeared on VentureBeat.com

April 17, 2013

By Jeffrey Grubb April 17, 2013 Summer camp used to mean swimming, hiking, and bonfires. These days it could mean mines, exploding creepers, and Java™Script. Educational group iD Tech Camps is using the block-building sandbox Minecraft and other games to teach children about science, technology, education, and math (STEM). The organization holds its camps over [...]

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Learn how to make apps over vacation. Article as appeared in Time Out Chicago Kids

January 29, 2013

By Amanda Sims Meet the next Steve Jobs: [caption id="attachment_59781" align="alignright" width="492"] Photo by Erica Gannett[/caption] Andrew. The 14-year-old from suburban Glencoe already has six apps available for download in Apple’s App Store and won a scholarship to the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in June 2012. He was one of the youngest in attendance. [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

April 12, 2012

This morning, NBC's Kathie Lee and Hoda sat down with Rory Halperin of Time Out New York Kids magazine to talk summer camps.  One of their favorites?  iD Tech Camps!  Check out the clip below for the full segment where they touch on game programming for kids, app development, and more. Visit msnbc.com for breaking [...]

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Summer Camps in Illinois News - As Appeared in Chicago Parent

February 23, 2012

Here is an excerpt from a great article about our Summer Camps in Illinois and STEM education.  The full article is currently posted online and will appear in the March edition of Chicago Parent.  Enjoy! Science Deficit By Robyn Monaghan ...But the real burst came when they sent Andrew to iD Tech camp at Northwestern [...]

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