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    Amherst summer camps for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at Amherst 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 summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 campuses nationwide. At Amherst College in Amherst, MA, 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.

Please note: Per Massachusetts state law, “This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.” (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

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 Amherst College

This is our 4th season hosting Amherst, MA summer camps at Amherst College. 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 Amherst summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen Amherst College to host our summer computer camps and teen camps in Massachusetts because of its widely-recognized academic reputation. The college consistently ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News & World Report, and puts an emphasis on professor-student interaction. With a tradition of personalized teaching and a beautiful 1000-acre campus, Amherst is the perfect setting for our MA summer camp students to be immersed in university life.

Amherst College's 1000 acre campus includes hundreds of academic and residential buildings, athletic facilities, a wildlife sanctuary, a forest for studying ecology, and multiple trails and biking paths. Students also have access to the Mead Art Museum, the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Wilder Observatory, and the Amherst College Museum of Natural History. The campus is as sustainable as it is expansive. Amherst uses a computerized monitoring system for lighting and a cogeneration facility for heating.

Per Massachusetts state law, "This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances." (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

Campus Info: Held at Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.

Amherst College Facts

Motto: Let them give light to the world.

Mascot: Lord Jeffrey Amherst

Founded: 1821

Academics: Amherst is part of the Five Colleges consortium, allowing students to attend classes at Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts. Amherst students can choose from the 800+ courses available on their campus, or the 5,300 classes available through the consortium.

Athletics: Amherst College has one of the oldest athletics programs in the nation. Their sports teams are known as the "Lord Jeffs" and the "Lady Jeffs," and they are part of the Little Three rivalry with Williams and Wesleyan.

Testimonials from Amherst College

What Parents Are Saying

"My student came home each day thrilled to pieces with his time here — second day here he exclaimed, 'Can I come back next year?' — I've never seen him so enthusiastic. We're very happy." -Amity L., Parent, Amherst College

"My son is a second year attendee and it was awesome seeing the excitement on his face every day when I dropped him off and picked him up from camp. He loves this program and we will be back!" -Rebecca L., Parent, Amherst College

"It is so nice to see how happy and enthusiastic my son about the camp each day he comes home. The counselors are great with the kids!" -Joseph P., Parent, Amherst College

What Campers Are Saying

"I really enjoyed the camp. We learned and had a lot of fun. Kuma was a brilliant, funny, and helpful instructor. I'd definitely return for another camp." -Corey D., Student, Amherst College

"I had an awesome time this week, and I'll definitely be coming back next year! I learned Programming in Java™ so I could do Minecraft mods, and had a ton of fun working on my project." -Marlene J., Student, Amherst College

"The pacing of the activities was excellent. There were sessions of work that were long enough to get things done, interspersed with game time and outside activities so that there was never too much or too little of any one thing." -Evan J., Student, Amherst College

"iD is a very fun camp and I'd go all summer if I could!" -Aiden L., Student, Amherst College

"This has been one of the best weeks of my life and I will never forget it." -Thomas M., Student, Amherst College

iD in the News

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ABC 40 - Fox 6 in Amherst visits iD Tech Camps!

July 17, 2013

Kids Learning Video Game Development July 17, 2013 AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — With temperatures this hot, many kids are spending most of their time indoors playing video games. But what if they were designing those games instead?Leo is in the middle of one of the best weeks of his life, participating with his peers in [...]

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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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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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Amherst Summer Camps: Spotlight on New Location

March 28, 2012

Anyone in the Five Colleges area (Western Mass.) looking for hands-on summer technology courses?  iD Tech Camps will be hosting new Amherst summer camps at Amherst College this summer!  Learn iPhone® app programming, game design, programming in C++ or Java™, and more.  Students will complete project-based curriculum in small classes (maximum 8 students per instructor) [...]

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As appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek - Computer Camp: No Canoes, Just Coding (and Kickball)

August 4, 2011

Junior programmers are flocking to Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere to hone their app-writing skills By George Anders Michael Matias traveled 7,400 miles to camp this summer. Usually the 15-year-old computer enthusiast finds plenty to do in Tel Aviv, his hometown. But when a friend won renown as a hotshot programmer after attending a California tech [...]

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