Important Information for Parents
A Family Company Celebrating 15 Seasons!
As a family-owned company operating on a national scale, we continue to pay close attention to the details you care about. We are widely respected in the summer camp industry for setting and maintaining high standards by which great summer day camps and overnight camps are measured: risk management, happy campers, personalized attention, and mixing traditional camp activities with visionary technology education. We take risk management seriously.
Here is what we do to reduce risk at our summer camps:
A League of Our Own : Risk Management
|American Camp Association® (ACA)||No Counselors-In-Training|
|- ACA accredited at multiple locations.||- CITs can be a valuable asset to any camp, but also an easy way for camps to cut corners. Only trained, adult staff teach our courses and supervise our camps.|
|Background Checks on All Staff||Management at Each Camp|
|- Sexual Offender Background Checks.
- Criminal Background Checks.
- Multiple Reference Checks.
- Identification Checks.
|- Trained Camp Director.
- Daily contact with Regional Manager.
- Multiple, unannounced Official Site Visits.
- Must pass rigorous safety and quality benchmarks.
|Training for Each Camp||Code Word & Company Cell Phone|
|- Director and Staff graduate from our IN-PERSON training sessions.
- Staff must pass technical & safety exams.
- Staff are evaluated each week.
|- Parents and guardians of commuting students will be asked to sign their students out using a code word.
- Cell phones are carried by each Camp Director in case of an emergency.
|CPR & First Aid||Internet Filtering Software|
|- All iD camps have Directors AND Staff that are CPR & First Aid Certified.||- Filtering software is installed and incorporated into iD’s responsible internet policy.|
How Do We Pass and Surpass Many ACA Benchmarks?
The American Camp Association (ACA), a leading authority in camps and child development, is an organization that works to preserve the quality of various camp programs. ACA strives to ensure camp safety, quality staff, healthy learning environments and excellence.
iD Tech Camps is ACA accredited at various locations. This is a major undertaking for a camp of our size. We are very proud of our commitment to reducing risk at our camps. All of our summer computer camps across the country follow the same consistent set of standards which meet or exceed many of the ACA standards.
American Camp Association
iD Tech Camps
|Staff Age Requirements|
|- 80% of staff must be 18 years or older.||- 100% of our staff are 18 years or older (we do not allow Counselors-In-Training to teach our courses or supervise our students).|
|Staff to Student Ratio at Day Camps|
|- Average 1:10||- Average 1:8|
|Staff to Student Ratio at Overnight Camps|
|- Average 1:8||- Average 1:8 during the day
- Average 1:8 during the evening
|- Mostly individually governed at the camp level.||- We are located at colleges and universities and follow their standards, rules, and guidelines.|
|- Camp practices reviewed by ACA.||- Policies and procedures reviewed by outside risk management experts.
- New staff are trained in person.
Additional Information to Help You Understand What We Do:
The Volunteers for Children Act, an amendment to the National Child Protection Act of 1993, now allows for iD Tech Camps to not only run a comprehensive background check on all our staff members on a local level, but also a national level. iD Tech Camps also runs a new check each year for all returning staff members. We not only run criminal background checks, but we also run sexual offender background checks and identification checks. In addition, we also check multiple references for each candidate, and then we train our staff IN PERSON.
Best Summer Camp Staff & Instruction
iD meticulously plans each week. We personally interview and hand-pick each instructor. Because we are hiring the best, we also pay the best, which means our instructors are energetic, enthusiastic and tech-knowledgeable. Each member of our team comes to us with a blend of spirit, enthusiasm, energy, knowledge of technology and experience with kids and teens. Our staff is experienced in producing digital videos, creating video games, designing websites, programming robots and much more. We firmly believe that our summer computer camps are only as good as our personnel.
Supervision & Safety
Adult staff supervise ALL summer camp classes, activities, dining, and boarding. Parents or guardians of commuting students will be asked to sign their students out each day and provide our staff with a “code word” as well. These are examples of how we oversee the safety of each camper.
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We do not allow for anyone to visit our iD Labs unless prior authorization has been provided by our main office.
iD’s small classes ensure one-on-one customized instruction. We set the standard of one computer for each student and an average of 6 students per instructor.
Day & Overnight Youth Summer Camps
We offer kids camps and teen camps. Our youngest students (ages 7-10) study together in our Adventures in Game Design, Adventures in Programming or RPG Game Design & Graphic Arts Hybrid course (ages 9-12). We also have many summer camp courses designed just for teens as well as camp courses designed specifically for the 10-and-up age range. We also offer teen academies for students ages 13-18 including the iD Gaming Academy, the iD Visual Arts Academy, and the iD Programming Academy. Please view our courses page for more information.
Each week iD Tech Camps cordially invites family and friends to tour our labs, meet our staff and experience projects created by our students. This event is the perfect opportunity to experience the excitement of camp, provide instant feedback to us, and experience each tech course first-hand. Family Showcase is held every Friday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (at most locations). More specific details will be provided on your first day of camp, including the exact location of Family Showcase at your specific campus.