Towson University Summer Tech Camps
Towson summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Towson University
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 summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 campuses nationwide. At Towson University in Baltimore, MD, we offer co-ed iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17. Learn code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!
At select locations, other co-ed options include intensive 2-week, pre-college iD Tech Academies for teens ages 13-18 and iD Tech Mini for ages 6-9. We also offer Alexa Café, an all-girls program for ages 10-15. 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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
- Tech Rocket (year-round subscription)
- Accredited Continuing Education Units (ages 13+)
- Ultimate Gaming Weekends (available at select locations, ages 10+)
Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.
About the University
This is our 9th season hosting summer camps in the Baltimore area at our Towson University location. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular Towson University summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite summer camps located in the Baltimore, MD area.
We are excited to be hosting our academic camps for teens and kids at Towson University. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, the beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for our summer computer camps. TU is the second-largest public university in Maryland and is a smoke-free campus. TU is also recognized among the nation's best regional public universities, offering more than 100 bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields.
Transportation to and from our TU summer day camps and overnight camps is fast and easy. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), located about 45 minutes south of Towson, handles air traffic from all major carriers. Train service is available via Amtrak in and out of Baltimore's Penn Station, 20 minutes south of campus. TU also runs its own on-campus shuttle system, operating free of charge for students' convenience. Come and check out our Maryland summer camps!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Towson University Facts
Colleges at Towson University: TU educates undergraduate and graduate students in 30 academic departments across its campus. These departments are subdivided into eight different colleges and include: College of Business and Economics, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, College of Health Professions, Honors College, and the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Student Population: Over 20,000 full and part-time students are enrolled at TU, with more than 15,000 being undergraduate students. Of the total 20,000 students, 800 are from abroad and represent 100 different nations. It is definitely the place to go for business in Maryland, as in 2006, Towson enrolled more students in its business school than any other college in the state.
Rankings: The Maryland State Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education have both accredited Towson University. In 2007, Towson had a 69% acceptance rate, and had a yield rate of 29%. The average GPA of entering students was a 3.45.
Athletics: The Towson Tigers (who were formerly known as the Towson College Knights) are part of the Colonial Athletic Association and currently make up 18 Division I athletic teams (11 in women's sports, 7 in men's sports).
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: The voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash; host of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe; and President of BreakAway Games Deborah Tillett.
Points of Interest: Loch Raven Reservoir, Towson Town Center, and Hampton Mansion.
What Parents Are Saying
"I was very impressed by the staff and the computer lab that was provided for the campers. My son thoroughly enjoyed the camp and now that he has experienced game design, he is considering it as a course of study in college. All and all, a very good program." -Troy L., Parent, Towson University
"I was very impressed by the level of organization at every stage of the process, from registration, to communication, to sign in and out procedure." -Susan E., parent, Towson University
"I really appreciated the instructor's constructive comments, both verbal and on diploma - I look forward to discussing those with my son. I think he believes for the first time that this is something he could be good at. I really liked the instructors and small size of the Towson campus - I believe the camp size was more conducive to my son's learning and he said it was the most fun he'd had in a long while." -Sharrill H., Parent, Towson University
"I was very impressed with the staff - very energetic and friendly. They seemed to make a VERY positive impression on my daughter immediately." -Bob V., Parent, Towson University
"My son does not express excitement about many things, but his excitement about this course was one of those rare instances. I'm looking into a course for his jealous younger brother." -Kim C., Parent, Towson University
What Campers Are Saying
"iD Tech Camps was the best camp I have ever been to. I was in the robotics class and learned so much. It never seemed like work!" -Nick A., Student, Towson University
"I really liked how there was a seriously positive atmosphere and lots of fun things to build and do. The other kids were nice and the counselors joked and helped you when you needed it. I think it was really fun and hope many others come here, not just for the fun, but also for the education in either robotics, C++, Java™, video game making and RPG. Overall, I think it was a great camp and an even better experience!" -Noah T., Student, Towson University
"I think the camp is great because I got to learn a lot, meet new friends and had a great summer camp experience. My counselor was a nice and cool one. I really had fun this year and I hope to come back next year." -James H., Student, Towson University
"Plan on begging my mom to sign up again as soon as I get in the car." -Wills M., Student, Towson University
"To any student or parent, this camp is excellent. I loved this camp... it gave a fluent knowledge of Java™ programming. Not only was it informational, but fun as well! The instructors are excellent, and the class is well thought out and executed." -Dylan G., Student, Towson University
iD in the News
June 27, 2014
Campers. Students. Kids. Teens—we refer to iD Tech attendees in a variety of ways. WBAL-TV in Baltimore is using the term "Future Innovators"...and we like it! The station recently visited iD Tech Camps held at Towson to see the program they say is "designed for the next generation of computer programmers." Take a look at [...]Read More
July 17, 2013
UVA Camp Hones Technological Skills By Matt Talhelm A high-tech summer camp at the University of Virginia is preparing kids and teens for computer careers. Thirty-nine students are spending the week in the computer labs on grounds as part of the iD Tech Camps program. They're designing video games and writing computer program codes. Camp [...]Read More
July 12, 2013
By Susan Robertson July 12, 2013 WILLIAMSBURG — Metal plates, wheels, gears and various other pieces strewn across desks and the floor of a room at the College of William & Mary aren't just parts. In the right hands, they become a robot. Unlike countless other campers this summer, those at iD Tech camps aren't [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More
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 [...]Read More