College of William & Mary Summer Tech Camps
CWM summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at William & Mary
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 the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, 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 College of William & Mary
This is our 10th season hosting Williamsburg, VA summer camps at our College of William & Mary 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 College of William and Mary summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen the College of William & Mary to host our summer academic camps for kids and teens because it is one of the nation's premier liberal arts universities. In recognition, the media have included William & Mary among the nation's prestigious "Public Ivies," and ranked it first among state institutions in terms of commitment to teaching.
Located in historic Williamsburg, VA, the College of William & Mary campus rests on roughly 1,200 acres including picturesque Lake Matoaka and the College Woods. The Ancient Campus is adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, and restored to its 18th-century appearance.
Richmond International Airport is located northwest of the campus and is approximately 45 minutes from the college. Norfolk International Airport is located south of the campus and is also approximately 45 minutes from the college. Come and check out our excellent day camp and overnight camp programs at the College of William & Mary!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
College of William & Mary Facts
Nickname: The Tribe
Schools at College of William & Mary: Schools of Business, Education, Law, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Student Population: William & Mary has a total enrollment of 5,850 undergraduates and 1,414 graduates, along with 628 professional students. Women comprise 54.7% of the undergraduate student body, 53.5% of the graduate student body, and 49% of the professional student bodies, respectively.
Rankings: The College of William & Mary's undergraduate program ranked as the fourth best public university by Forbes and sixth best public university by U.S. News & World Report.
Athletics: William & Mary's sports teams are known as "The Tribe." The College competes in the NCAA Division I in men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, and track and field. In addition, there is women's field hockey, lacrosse and volleyball squads as well as men's baseball and football.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Author of the United States Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson; Fifth President of the United States, seventh United States Secretary of State and architect of the Monroe Doctrine James Monroe; Tenth President of the United States and former chancellor of William & Mary John Tyler; First President of the United States, fourteenth chancellor of William & Mary, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and president of the Philadelphia Convention George Washington; Anchor and writer of Emmy-winning The Daily Show and host of the 2006 and 2008 Oscars Jon Stewart.
Points of Interest: Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown Settlement, Water Country USA, Historic Jamestown.
Testimonials from College of William & Mary
What Parents Are Saying
"This was my son's first experience with an overnight camp and he had a fantastic time. The staff and overall customer service levels surpassed my expectations." -Robin H., Parent, College of William & Mary
"I called for a lost item for my son and the camp director and staff knew him by first name. They then welcomed me into the campus and checked me in appropriately and safely. I was very impressed with the campus and the institution. It was a well-oiled machine... Wow!" -Delia H., Parent, College of William & Mary
"Not only was my son's instructor knowledgeable, but he was able to teach to the students; meaning he was able to get through to my son in a way that had not been done before. I know my son took more away from this class than either of us expected. He experienced success, and so we will keep coming back. See you next year!" -Laryssa K., Parent, College of William & Mary
"The staff did an amazing job of taking a group of kids from different backgrounds, with different interests and in different tech courses and creating a positive, fun, balanced camp experience. Thank YOU!" -Chesa P., Parent, College of William & Mary
"This summer program far exceeded our expectations. Our son was so excited to attend each day. In fact, as a result of this camp, my son speaks computer jargon that his parents are not even familiar with." -Barbara S., Parent, College of William & Mary
What Campers Are Saying
"The course was a very fun experience for me. I learned the software lingo quickly, and the end result, my game came out well. I highly recommend this camp to all." -Madison P., Student, College of William & Mary
"My iD Tech Camps experience was awesome both inside and outside of the computer lab. The lunch food was great, and I learned a ton of cool stuff about Java™. Overall it was an AMAZINNNNNGGGGGG experience." -Jeremy W., Student, College of William & Mary
"I went to iD Tech Camps and instantly my life was changed. All of a sudden I had new fiends, and my knowledge and appreciation of designers was vastly increased. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give a 15!" -Caleb B., Student, College of William & Mary
"iD Tech Camps was a fun and educational experience. I would definitively do it again." -Joe D., Student, College of William & Mary
"I love iD Tech Camps! My sister wants to try it too (she's jealous)." -Paige C., Student, College of William & Mary
iD in the News
College of William & Mary
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
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