Chapel Hill, NC (PRWEB) April 4, 2006
If your teenagers think this summer is going to be nothing but boring TV reruns, tell them to think again. Students today can spend their summers learning about many different academic subjects, such as web design at a summer computer camp in North Carolina that is put on by iD Tech Camps. They have announced an expanded variety of summer camp programs available, so with a little research you can find something that your teen will find more exciting than watching episodes of Friends.
When looking for prospective teen summer camp programs, make it a goal to find a program that will boost his or her confidence and love of learning, and settle for nothing less. To start, speak with counselors at your teen’s school to see if they have any recommendations. A good counselor should be able to suggest a program that will fit your student’s interests and expand his knowledge of technology.
The Internet is also a great resource to tap. Teensummercamps.com is an online site which includes many camp options and teen programs. You’ll find extraordinary, unique programs like the iD Tech camp program in which teens can learn about digital filmmaking, robotics or video game design right on the University of North Carolina campus. Once you research the types of camps available, be ready to dig deeper. Make a list of questions based on what you’ve seen online and call the program to speak with a representative. A good teen summer camp should have personnel ready to answer your questions and address your concerns. You may also want to ask to be put in contact with another parent whose child has attended the program and who can act as a reference.
Once you have a few good possibilities, start comparing and contrasting your top choices thoroughly. Start by evaluating the materials you find on the program’s Web site. Is the company specific about what the students will be doing during their time at camp? Does the Web site tell you about the supervision and safety precautions that are used to ensure the well-being of your teen? Look for testimonials, photos, and even a video from previous years so that you understand what your child will experience on the program.
Next, call the program and speak with a representative. Ask questions regarding the educational content of the program, as well as the recreational time, the supervision, and the facilities. The representative should be ready with answers to nearly all of your questions and should call you back within 24 hours with information on any questions he or she could not answer.
You may want to ask if the program partners with or is sponsored by any well-known businesses. Large companies will take care before making an endorsement, and such affiliations can be a sign of a quality program.
With a little time spent, you can find a teen summer program that will fit your teen’s interests to a tee and that will allow you to sleep at night while your teen is at camp. But beware – you may not recognize your teen when he or she comes home with new-found knowledge and enthusiasm.
About iD Tech Camps
Founded in 1999, iD Tech Camps provides weeklong hands-on technology summer camps for boys and girls ages 7-17 at 40 prestigious universities nationwide and in Spain. The summer camp in North Carolina is located on the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus. At this day and overnight camp, students produce digital movies, create video games, design websites, learn programming & robotics, and more. The hands-on, project-based program offers one computer per student with an average of 6 students per instructor. Each student completes a project at the end of the weeklong program. Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Canon and others have partnered with iD Tech Camps to raise the bar in technology education. Visit http://www.internaldrive.com or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for additional information about the teen programs at iD Tech Camps.
Media contact: Karen Thurm Safran, iD Tech Camps, 408-666-8353