Bentley University Summer Tech Camps
Bentley summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Bentley 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 Bentley University in Waltham, 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!
- 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 Bentley University
This is our 6th season hosting Waltham, MA summer camps at our Bentley 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 Bentley University summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen Bentley University to host our summer computer camps and teen camps in the Boston area because of its long-standing position as one of the top universities in the country. Founded in 1917, Bentley University is located on 163 acres and is just minutes west of Boston. Bentley integrates business and information technology, and is consistently ranked in the U.S. News and World Report information systems top 20 for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Known for its dynamic community of scholars and creative thinkers, Bentley is held in high regard within the academic community. Bentley's classic New England campus is just minutes from Boston and stretches across 163 acres in Waltham, Massachusetts, making it the perfect summer camp location.
Our Bentley College Summer Camp near Boston Logan International Airport is only about a 20 minute drive. Come check out our Boston summer camps!
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.
Bentley University Facts
Nickname: The Falcons
Bentley's Campus: Originally located in Downtown Boston, Bentley made the move to Waltham, Massachusetts in 1968. Today, the campus stretches over 163 acres of land.
Student Population: Bentley University hosts nearly 5,557 total students, comprised of approximately 4,253 undergraduates and 1,304 postgraduates.
Rankings: Bentley's excellence has been recognized repeatedly in some of the nation's leading publications. BusinessWeek ranked Bentley among the top 30 undergraduate schools of business. U.S. News & World Report added Bentley to its list of MBA Top Graduate Business Schools of 2009, while The Princeton Review's list of "Best Northeast Colleges" includes Bentley.
Athletics: All of Bentley's 23 men's and women's varsity teams compete as part of the Northeast Ten Conference at the NCAA Division II level. The one exception is Bentley's men's hockey team, which was one of the six original members of Atlantic Hockey.
Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: Notable Bentley alumni include Robert Smith, former Chairman and CEO of American Express Bank; and Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia. Late night talk show host Jay Leno also attended Bentley, but did not graduate from the university.
Testimonials from Bentley University
What Parents Are Saying
"My daughter's instructors made learning fun. She learned quite a bit and finished the week with a beautiful looking website with animations." -Ginger W., Parent, Bentley University
"We're extremely grateful for an outstanding tech type of camp for children who are more into their computers/devices than sports." -Liz T., Parent, Bentley University
"The staff were incredibly positive, upbeat and used humor very effectively. The kids learned SO much in such a short amount of time! This is a testament to the camp and the staff." -Tania H., Parent, Bentley University
"I was most impressed with two things: How in a short span instructors were able to teach my son, who had no experience, something about programming and get him working on a meaningful project, and second, how much fun he had with it." -Nathan L., Parent, Bentley University
"I was very impressed with the organization on opening day of camp. The director and all counselors and had excellent social/interpersonal skills. Our son feels he learned a great deal. Nice job iD Tech Camps." -Eric M., Parent, Bentley University
What Campers Are Saying
"I loved camp! It was fun and awesome, and I will never forget the great times. This was the best summer ever because I went to iD Tech Camps." -Thomas S., Student, Bentley University
"I had an awesome time during my first week at iD Tech Camps! I plan on coming back next year because it was SO awesome!" -Adam K., Student, Bentley University
"I liked the idea of learning a programming language but I never thought it would be fun. iD Tech Camps has changed this opinion because now I really like programming and I think this is because of iD Tech Camps." -Brendan T., Student, Bentley University
"iD Tech Camps is a great place for all kinds of gamers; whether you're a PC gamer or a console player, a great time is always had here. It is a great place to meet people with similar interests." -Chris S., Student, Bentley University
"'Great' is the only word I can use to describe this camp. I enjoyed learning about gaming and was able to think creatively with help from staff. Every activity was entertaining and enjoyable." -Saishravan S., Student, Bentley University
iD in the News
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
July 4, 2012
Here is another great article about our summer tech camps for kids and teens! Find a quick snippet of the article below, and follow the link to WSJ.com to read the article in its entirety. Children Learn a New Way to Play at Summer Camp That Teaches Tech By Rachael King MORAGA—Eight-year-old Daniel Katari isn't [...]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 21, 2008
Innovative iD Tech Camp Lets Kids Create Computer Games By Sally Applegate North Andover - The Blade of Awe has been stolen, and it is up to you to find The Prime Suspect and return the stolen sword to the king. To do so, you will have to face all the creatures in the woods [...]Read More