Vassar College Summer Tech Camps
Vassar summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Vassar 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 Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps and iD Game Design & Development Academy.
At select locations, we also offer iD Programming Academy, 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!
- 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 Vassar College
This is our 16th season hosting Poughkeepsie, NY summer camps held at Vassar College. 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 Vassar College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
Our New York summer camp students enjoy the full iD Tech Camps experience with our day camps and overnight camps in the beautiful Hudson Valley at Vassar College. The historic campus has buildings dating back to 1861 and is surrounded by 1,000 wooded acres. Vassar is just a few hours away from Boston and New York City, located in New York's Hudson Valley.
Vassar College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country and is rated one of the Top Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges." Vassar was also voted "Best College of the Year" in TIME Magazine/The Princeton Review's Best Colleges.
Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York is only 35 minutes from Poughkeepsie. With our Ultimate Gaming Weekend program, Vassar College is an excellent option for our teen students considering multiple weeks of summer camp in the Northeast.
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Vassar College Facts
Student Population: Approximately 2,400 students currently attend Vassar College. About 60% of these students come from public high schools, and 40% from both independent and religious private schools. Females make up about 60% of the student body, which is slightly above average when looking at liberal arts colleges. Surprisingly, 85% of those who graduate from Vassar go on to pursue advanced education within five years of leaving Vassar. In terms of faculty, Vassar employs over 270 faculty members.
Rankings: Earning "College of the Year" is quite an achievement, and Vassar did just that in 1999, recognized by Time Magazine/Princeton Review. Understandably, Vassar has been placed in Barron's in its "most competitive" category for admissions. Also regarding selectivity, The Princeton Review gave Vassar a 97 rating out of a possible 100 in 2006. Setting a school record, Vassar's Class of 2013 had an acceptance rate of 24%. Kiplinger's Personal Finance has also recognized Vassar as one of the ten best private liberal arts college values in the nation.
Athletics: Vassar competes at the Division III level of the NCAA, and is currently a member of the Liberty League. Competitive intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, squash and track among others. Club sports include Equestrian Team, Polo Team, and Cycling Team.
Points of Interest: When at Vassar, be sure to stop by the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Bardavon Opera House, and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
Testimonials from Vassar College
What Parents Are Saying
"This experience for the entire family was a great experience. My two boys talked non-stop about the projects, and what they wanted to continue to work on. By day 2 they were talking about what they want to learn next summer. They cannot wait to use what they learned at iD Tech Camps throughout the school year!" -Roberta S., Parent, Vassar College
"We were impressed with the professionalism of the camp staff and their level of knowledge. The entire experience was well coordinated, from the point of arrival to check-in at the Family Showcase." -Kathy A., Parent, Vassar College
"My son referred to this week as his "week of heaven." He truly feels accepted and with his own kind here. Everyone understands each other and are of like minds. This camp helps him so much socially and the staff is exceptional. This will help him with his long term career goals." -Nancy M., Parent, Vassar College
"All of the instructors were kind and caring with my children. They reached out to meet our child's individual personality and he had a great time. Thank you." -Joseph M., Parent, Vassar College
"My son has been coming here for 5 summers and has loved each and every year. The people, the programs and the spirit so inspire him, and there is always a sense of sadness when he leaves and comes home. Next year will he be attending his first year in college and he is going for computer engineering, so this has been a great intro and phenomenal experience for him. I am sure he will never forget all the wonderful people he's met and the education he received. Thank you iD Tech Camps." -Patricia R., Parent, Vassar College
What Campers Are Saying
"iD was an awesome camp experience. The counselors were very fun and helpful. I have made many friendships and memories, and am excited to come back next year!" -Maggie S., Student, Vassar College
"I have been attending iD Tech Camps for 6 years, and it has always been great. The instructors are wonderful and I have made many friends—what is there to complain about?" -Samuel D., Student, Vassar College
"This was my first year here and it has just been absolutely great. I loved every minute of it and will remember this for a while." -Adam B., Student, Vassar College
"I thought this camp was an amazing experience. I got to meet new friends, design games, play outside activities and just have an all-around fun time." -Michael D., Student, Vassar College
"iD Tech Camps is great! I learn something new every year." -Christopher P., Student, Vassar College
iD in the News
July 11, 2014
How far would you travel to attend iD Tech? For some families, it isn’t a matter of a 10-minute drive to a neighboring city, or even a 2-hour trek down the highway to attend summer camp. Instead, some are hopping on planes and making the journey to a completely different country. From Japan to the [...]Read More
July 29, 2013
By Beth Whitehouse July 29, 2013 In a classroom at Adelphi University in Garden City, 13-year-old Chris is creating "petrified boots" for his Minecraft video-game character, boots that will let his character jump from higher locations without being injured. He'll add them to his arsenal, which includes, among other things, a jet pack for flying. [...]Read More
July 24, 2013
By Chris Valdez July 24, 2013 Imaginations come to life during the summer. Focused on their computers, kids at the iD Tech Camp at Vassar College created their own video games, apps for mobile devices and other programs. Across the hall, a camper with a frightening white-painted face groaned like a zombie as he chased [...]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
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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