Computer Camps for Kids

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Computer Camps for Kids
Kids who love computers may like summer camps that feature technology programs. (Boy whit computer. image by maron from

Computer camps aim to give children and teenagers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of technology while experiencing living within a community away from home. Although the main focus of computer camps is education, campers usually have plenty of time to make new friends, participate in group activities and enjoy the summer outdoors. Most computer camps are offered by nationally recognised programs at several colleges and universities across the United States.

id Tech Camps

Operating at more than 60 universities in the United States and Canada, id Tech Camps offer a variety of weeklong day and overnight technology camps for children ages 7 to 17, and multi-weeklong teen academies for ages 13 to 18. Programs focus on topics such as game design and modelling, programming and robotics, application development, graphics and digital arts, web design, video editing and digital photography. Campers will have access to their own computer and will receive plenty of personalised instruction, since the average student-staff member ratio is 6-to-1. Although the camp is co-ed, overnight campers are housed in separate facilities. When campers are not in the lab, they can be found participating in group activities like team sports, gaming tournaments, movie nights, talent shows and campus tours. Many of the id Tech Camp locations are accredited by the American Camp Association.

id Tech Camps 42 West Campbell Avenue, Suite 301 Campbell, CA 95008 408-871-2227 888-709-8324

Emagination Computer Camps

Emagination Computer Camps provide a two-week long day and overnight summer camp experience for children ages 8 to 17, with five locations near Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Campers can choose three technology workshops each day, focusing on topics such as digital art, video game design, computer system configuration, programming logic, website design and computer skills. They will also have scheduled time for recreation workshops such as swimming, drama, basketball, field sports and retro games. Campers are assigned to small groups by age and gender, with an average ratio of five campers per staff counsellor, and are housed in separate facilities. Overnight campers get "Rec 'n Tech" time each night when they can play in gaming tournaments, host talent shows and enjoy open lab time. Emagination Computer Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

Emagination Computer Camps 54 Stiles Road, Suite 205 Salem, NH 03079 781-933-8795 877-248-0206

National Computer Camps

National Computer Camps offer a variety of weeklong day and residential camps for children ages 8 to 18 at four different locations in Fairfield, Conn.; Atlanta; Cleveland; and Riverdale, NY. All campers will have their own computers as they explore topics such as video game design, computer language, web page design, software applications and digital video production. Camps also offer intensive courses to help students prepare for the PSAT and SAT math tests. The curriculum for each class continues each week without repeating, so campers can stay in the same class for more than one session. Although classes are co-ed with an average ratio of six campers per staff member, residential campers are separated by age and gender and are housed in separate facilities. Outside of the lab, campers can enjoy many recreational opportunities such as swimming, sports, game tournaments and social hour.

National Computer Camps 102 Shorefront Milford, CT 06460 203-710-5771

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