Info for Parents

Since 1982
Emagination has been a leader in summer technology camps for over 30 years. Our mission is to educate, entertain and help develop healthy kids & teens.

We design camp programs that encourage children to express creativity, advance technology skills, enjoy exercise, make friends, learn independence and develop self-confidence. We offer a core Computer Camp Program for both kids & teens, plus two more academically oriented STEM programs for teens: Emagination Programming Camp and Emagination Game Design Camp.

A Balanced Technology Camp Program
The camper experience at Emagination differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Our goal is to balance technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps. Achieving our goal requires longer camp sessions.

The Benefits of Two-Week Sessions
Sessions last two weeks and many campers stay longer. We believe that longer sessions facilitate more personal growth. Campers have time to become part of a community, make friends and build self-confidence. For convenience, we also offer a one week mini session at the end of the summer at select locations.

Three Technology Workshops Each Session
For beginners to experts, Emagination offers a huge selection of Technology Workshops that use professionally developed curriculums and some of today’s most exciting software applications. Campers select three technology workshops each session plus they Get Unplugged in a recreation workshop. Campers have the opportunity to explore the following:

  • Create animations
  • Design websites
  • Learn to code
  • Design video games
  • Build Radio-Controlled Cars and Robots
  • Discover engineering
  • Get Unplugged in outdoor games and swimming

 
Tomorrow’s technology professionals get a head start at Emagination. Future animated film creators learn 3D Animation and create 3D environments with objects and lighting effects. Future video game developers don’t just play games, they create them! Future engineers get a foundation in CAD and electronic circuitry and develop mechanical skills by building robots or radio-controlled cars. Future software developers learn a variety of today’s important programming languages.

Learn about a Typical Day

Recreation and Socializing are Important
Many campers would like to be on the computer 24/7 but at Emagination we believe that recreation and socializing are essential ingredients for healthy child development and a well-rounded summer camp experience. Campers spend one of four periods each day in recreation and overnight campers participate in camp-wide large group activities. Emagination’s Super Saturday encourages campers to practice teamwork, try new activities and develop new skills.

Multi-Session Campers Get the Most from Camp
Attending more than one session is common at Emagination and it’s a great way to get the most out of summer camp. Multi-session campers have the opportunity to experience closer relationships with fellow campers and staff and they develop a strong bond with the camp community. Multi-Session campers tend to come back to camp year after year and Emagination becomes an important part of their childhood development.

Saturdays at Emagination
Day campers are invited to join overnight campers for a day and night of fun activities that bring new friends together. Teams of campers and counselors play outdoor games and enjoy a BBQ. At night there are LAN Gaming Tournaments.

It’s Worth the Trip!
Campers come to Emagination from nearby communities, many states and many foreign countries. That makes us very different from local one week computer camps. It may require a family drive or even an airplane ride, but we are confident you will find that it’s worth the trip.

Transportation Assistance
Transportation of overnight campers by Emagination staff members may be arranged to and from airports, railroad stations and bus terminals. There is a $40 charge each way. We assist day camper families with carpools and we offer daily train station service in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Learn more at Transportation Assistance.

Campers Grouped by Age with Senior Camp For Teens
All campers at Emagination are assigned to small groups with a counselor mentor. Kilobyte campers ages 8-10 eat together and receive assistance with daily living activities and have earlier bedtimes if they stay overnight. Megabytes ages 11-13 are the largest group and form the core of camp. Campers in 8th grade or higher before camp are part of Senior Camp which includes more independence, free time and special activities.

Leadership Program for Senior Campers
Seniors at camp may be invited to come back as Program Assistants. PA’s have responsibilities, a dedicated curriculum and special privileges. They receive leadership training and play a supportive role in delivering Emagination’s program. In addition, participation in the program may qualify for community service credit.
Learn how our Leadership Program helps teens get the most out of summer camp.

Carefully Selected & Well Trained Staff
Emagination recruits college students, recent graduates and teachers who have strong technology skills and experience with children.

  • Average 1:7 Staff/Camper Ratio.
  • All staff are adults who live on site with campers. Many staff are former campers.
  • Pre-employment application, interviews, reference checks and background checks.
  • On campus, in-person pre-camp training program.
  • Teaching skills, child safety and behavior, team building, CPR/First Aid and more.
  • Professionally developed curriculums. We do not use web-based tutorials.
  • Our staff have attended some of America’s best universities — Brown, Yale, Stanford, Georgia Tech, to name just a few.

 
Learn more at Our Staff.

Campuses Chosen for their Facilities, Not their Name
Our camp locations are chosen for their quiet suburban locations and the quality of the facilities — classrooms, technology network, quality of housing, recreation and foodservice. We emphasize safety and choose locations that are conducive to an enriching summer camp experience.

A Note to Parents from the Executive Director
Hello from Craig (I’m with my daughter and twin boys in the picture to the right). As the Executive Director of Emagination, Craig oversees and supports an experienced year-round team of camp professionals who are dedicated to creating and delivering summer camp programs that educate, entertain and promote social development in your child.

Allison is our Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (She’s with her children in the picture below to the right). She has been a part of Emagination for nearly 20 years. Allison leads our camp teams during the summer and corporate team in the off-season.

At Emagination we hire and train qualified technology camp counselors and furnish them curriculums that challenge and thrill our campers. We also continually update the “non-tech” parts of our program which are extensive and critical to providing a well-rounded camp experience that goes well beyond technology learning. To monitor and ensure high standards, Allison, Craig and other corporate team members personally visit each camp location during the summer.

Three of Emagination’s five camp locations are American Camp Association Accredited and all locations are operated to the stringent standards of the ACA. Emagination supports the American Camp Association where Craig serves on the board of directors. Allison helps in the accreditation of summer camps as an ACA Visitor as do other members of our corporate team.

My wife and I have three children who attended summer camps and two grew up and became camp counselors. At Emagination we understand that parents may be anxious about sending their child to camp so we invite you to call and speak with a team member to help determine if Emagination is a good fit. We hope that you decide to make Emagination a part of your child’s summertime plans.

Yours in camp,
Craig