Merrimack College Summer Tech Camps
Merrimack camps for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Merrimack College
Important update: iD Tech programs will no longer be held at Merrimack College for Summer 2015. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we encourage you to consider one of our other Massachusetts summer camp locations.
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 6 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 Merrimack College
This is our 12th season hosting North Andover, MA summer camps at our Merrimack College 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 Merrimack College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen Merrimack College to host our kids summer camps and teen camps in Massachusetts because of its world-renowned reputation and dedication to academic integrity and personal growth. Merrimack College's campus now consists of 40 buildings and stretches 200 acres, making it the perfect summer camp location. Located in the suburban towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts, which are rich in historical and cultural heritage, the beautifully maintained campus boasts birch-lined walkways and traditional red brick buildings alongside their newly renovated and modern facilities.
Merrimack College is conveniently located approximately 25 miles northwest of Boston's Logan Airport. You may also choose to fly into the Manchester, New Hampshire Airport, which is approximately 35 miles north of Merrimack College. With our Ultimate Gaming Weekends program, Merrimack College is an excellent option for teen students considering multiple weeks of summer camp in the Northeast.
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)
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Merrimack College Facts
Student Population: Merrimack has approximately 2,400 undergraduates and only a handful of graduate students (15 students). 72% of the student body reside in Massachusetts, meaning the other 28% came in to attend Merrimack from out of state. A small percentage (1%) are international students and 53% of the student body is comprised of women.
Rankings: Merrimack is considered to be one of the nation's top liberal arts schools by U.S. News & World Report, which has placed Merrimack among the nation's top 178 liberal arts colleges in their 2010 America's Best Colleges Guide. Merrimack also boasts one of the longest running cooperative education programs for students of all majors - making it the perfect location for our Massachusetts summer camps.
Athletics: Most of Merrimack's 16 varsity sports participate at the Division II level. These sports include men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. Thanks to the college's academic and athletic prowess, Merrimack has garnered the #4 ranking in the country among NCAA Division II schools in the Top 100 Collegiate Power Rankings.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Merrimack alumni include: Massachusetts House of Representatives member Christopher G. Fallon; actor from TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Charlie Day; NHL Hockey player for the Minnesota Wild Matt Foy; and actor Tim Fields.
Testimonials from Merrimack College
What Parents Are Saying
"The camp was the highlight of my son's summer. He learned a lot, made friends and I was impressed by what he accomplished. The camp staff was friendly and encouraging. Thanks so much." -Al C., Parent, Merrimack College
"This is my son's 6th year at iD Tech Camps, so my expectations are very high! This year's camp was another positive experience for my son, and the staff is terrific. Equipment and facilities are excellent, dormitory was clean. My son will be back." -Bonnie M., Parent, Merrimack College
"Great learning experience for kids that sets the foundation for their future! Extremely helpful instructors who make the kids feel comfortable as they are learning new concepts." -Kartik S., Parent, Merrimack College
"This has been a wonderful experience which has aroused my 12-year-old's interest in taking a Java™ class for programming as his next course. I look forward to his participating in future opportunities!" -Theresa S., Parent, Merrimack College
"Alex really enjoyed himself... A great way to break up the summer for kids too old for traditional camp and too young for a job." -Stephanie M., Parent, Merrimack College
What Campers Are Saying
"Maya was a useful tool; relevant to a real career. The instructor had a great understanding of the program, and could teach very well." -Damon D., Student, Merrimack College
"I love this camp... I loved making games, our free time, and basically everything else! I will be back next year and the next and so on." -Brian L., Student, Merrimack College
"I love how in the photography class, we were taught by a professional photographer and were able to go outside for photo shooting. Also, with my smaller class, we got more hands-on experience and help from our teacher." -Brad L., Student, Merrimack College
"The camp curriculum moves right along, so campers do not get bored, but it also offers extra one-on-one assistance for those struggling. The staff is friendly and easy to interact with, as well as knowledgeable about the subject they teach. The staff is fun and full of energy, but keep a firm enough hold on the campers that the activities are organized and fun for all. This camp is truly wonderful, and the variety of the programs offered mixed with the all-inclusive games really gives the camp a unique feel. It leaves its campers with lasting, useful knowledge that they can use later, like a class would." -Remy B., Student, Merrimack College
"I really like iD Tech Camps... it is really fun and a great experience. I learned a lot in one week; so much that it will help me for many years. The staff is great, fun, and very helpful." -Max U., Student, Merrimack College
iD in the News
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 [...]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
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 [...]Read More
August 5, 2010
Getting into the game By Sally Applegate August 5, 2010Read More