Summer Tech Camp Options

Tech & Design Camp

Tech and Design Icon Empow Studios

A camp where kids CHOOSE what they want to create: Video Game Design, Robotics, Animation, Coding, 3D Printing, Music Production and other exciting projects are all fair game!

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Minecraft Camp

Minecraft Icon Empow Studios

The most popular game for kids is also the perfect environment to design, build, and code! Whether you’re just starting your explorations or looking to create mods.

Minecraft Camp details

Additional Tech Camps (in select locations)

Java Coding Camp

Coding Camp & Coding Club Logo Empow Studios

For the young programmer who wants to take their skills to the next level. Grades 4 and up.

Java Coding Camp details

Girls STEM Camp

Girls STEM icon Empow Studios

Bringing some balance to the world of STEM where girls use technology as a creative tool.

Girls STEM Camp details

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2018 Summer Tech Camp in MA

Please click the locations below to see what dates and tech camp program we’re running in/around your community. You can also see a PDF version of this view in our 2018 Camp Brochure.

Acton Congregational Church Empow Studios Tech Camp

Location: Acton Congregational Church 12 Concord Road, Acton MA 01720

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp in Acton

Acton Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Acton Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

Empow Camp at Beth El Temple Center

Location: Beth El Temple Center 2 Concord Ave, Belmont MA 02478

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp in Belmont

Belmont Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Belmont Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

Empow Camp at Old South Church

Address: Old South Church 645 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk*

*The week of July 2 – July 6 has a reduced cost of $280 half-day, $495 full-day due to no camp on July 4th.

Learn more about Summer Camp in Boston’s Back Bay

Boston Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Boston Tech Summer Camps in Back Bay are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

†In the event of school closures with Boston Public Schools that may delay the start of camp, we will prorate & refund the cost of any days missed

*The week of Jul 2 – Jul 6 is a 4-day camp, as we will not be running camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

Empow Camp at Heath Elementary

Location: Heath School, 100 Eliot St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp in Brookline

Brookline Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Brookline Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

Empow Studios Tech Camp at Harvard SOCH

Location:
Harvard University Student Organization Center at Hilles
59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20/day additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp in Cambridge.

Cambridge Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Cambridge Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

CC Academy

Address: Cape Cod Academy 50 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Osterville, MA 02655

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am at no additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

Learn more about Summer Camp in the Cape.

Cape Cod Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Cape Cod Summer Tech Camp weeks are now open for registration! Camps tend to fill, so reserve a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

Robot Person at Empow Studios

Address: Empow Studios, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk*

*The week of July 2 – July 6 has a reduced cost of $280 half-day, $495 full-day due to no camp on July 4th.

Learn more about Summer Camp in Lexington

Lexington Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Lexington Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

*The week of Jul 2 – Jul 6 is a 4-day camp, as we will not be running camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

Glover Elementary School - Empow Studios Tech & Design and Minecraft Camp

Camp Location: Glover Elementary School (2 miles from Route 93). 255 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp in the South Shore.

Milton Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Milton Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

Walnut Hill School for the Arts-Empow Studios Tech and Design and Minecraft Camps

Camp Location: Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 12 Highland St, Natick, MA 01760

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk*

*The week of July 2 – July 6 has a reduced cost of $280 half-day, $495 full-day due to no camp on July 4th.

Learn more about Summer Camp in Natick.

Natick Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Natick Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

*The week of Jul 2 – Jul 6 is a 4-day camp, as we will not be running camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

Our Newton Tech Camp locations

We have two locations in Newton. Please be attentive to which locations you’re signing up for.

Empow Studios - Newton

Empow Studios - Newton

Our new Studio location is coming to Newton in late Spring 2018!

Address: Empow Studios – Newton, 180 Needham St., Newton, MA 02464

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20/day additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

Learn more about our Newton Studio here.

Newton – Needham Summer Camp Sessions at Empow Studios – Newton

2018 Newton – Needham Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Our tech camps tend to fill, so book a spot at Tech & Design Camp before it’s too late!

*The week of Jul 2 – Jul 6 is a 4-day camp, as we will not be running camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

JCC - Newton

Leventhal-Sidman JCC at Empow Studios

Address: Leventhal-Sidman JCC 333 Nahanton Street, Newton MA 02459

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 6:00pm is available for a $15 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $380/wk; Full day $645/wk

Learn more about Summer Camp at the JCC

Newton – Needham Summer Camp Sessions at the JCC

2018 Newton – Needham Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Our tech camps tend to fill, so book a spot at Tech & Design Camp before it’s too late!

Empow Studios at Nashoba Valley Tech

Address: Nashoba Valley Technical High School 100 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335/wk; Full day $595/wk

*The week of July 2 – July 6 has a reduced cost of $280 half-day, $495 full-day due to no camp on July 4th.

Learn more about Summer Camp in Westford

Westford Summer Camp Sessions

2018 Westford Summer Tech Camps are now open for enrollment! Camps tend to fill, so book a spot at our Tech & Design Camp and/or Minecraft Camp before it’s too late!

*The week of Jul 2 – Jul 6 is a 4-day camp, as we will not be running camp on Wednesday, July 4th.

2018 School Vacation Camp – February & April Camp

Empow Camp at Heath Elementary

Learn more about February Vacation Camp, April Vacation Camp, and Summer Camp in Brookline here.

Location: Heath School, 100 Eliot St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

February & April Camp Sessions

Robot Person at Empow Studios

Learn more about February Camp, April Camp, and Summer Camp in Lexington

Address: Empow Studios, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Times: Vacation Camp runs 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and extended day until 5:30pm is available for a $20 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

February & April Camp Sessions

Our Newton Tech Camp locations

We have two locations in Newton. Please be attentive to which locations you’re signing up for.

Leventhal-Sidman JCC at Empow Studios

Learn more about February Camp, April Camp, and Summer Camp at the JCC

Address: Leventhal-Sidman JCC 333 Nahanton Street, Newton MA 02459

Times: Camp runs 9:00am-5:00pm. Early drop-off starts at 8:30am (no additional charge) and an extended day until 6:00pm is available for a $15 additional charge.

Cost: Half day $380; Full day $645

February & April Camp Sessions

We loved the Empow experience. My kids could not get enough of it – they nagged us every morning to leave earlier (which has never happened before). I am really pleased that both boys, who have very different interests, were so engaged.

Melissa a Lexington Empow Camp mother

“It’s a unique camp… where you can learn new technologies, which is something you can’t really do at home.”

Student

“I keep coming back here because it’s a place where I can be myself.” “If I could come here all the time, I definitely would want to.”

Student

Our Curriculum & Teaching Approach

We have always been focused on getting girls and boys across a wide range of interests and ages excited about the creative power of technology. As educators, we’re also constantly trying to improve our practices and tools. We’ve built a new system that will support both of these goals: Talent Box.

Each child’s accomplishments are acknowledged in a way that is motivating, lasting, and flexible through the use of badges. Badges are awarded when kids complete tracks in specific technologies, and are also awarded for leveling-up in cross-disciplines, including secret unlockable badges! Kids choose projects that level-up in three domains: Art & Design, Building, and Coding.

Art & Design

Building

Coding

What makes us special?

  • We’re affordable! Similar Tech Camps charge upwards of $1200! We sit at about half the price, without losing the educational quality. We also offer a liberal refund policy giving you up to 2 weeks before the start of camp to change your schedule.
  • We’re local! We are teaching at 7-9 locations every single week day! We have a busy outreach team that travels MA teaching kids how to design, build, and code in a school or library near you.
  • We’re year-round! College students make great counselors, but our Director and Lead Instructor team teaches year-round and is fully invested in creating a rich educational experience.
  • We give back! Every year, we allocate thousands of dollars to scholarships to help families in need.
  • We’re mission-driven! We strive to make STEM education available to children regardless of economic background. We were selected as a participant of Boston’s 5th Quarter of Learning, which delivers 5 weeks of free summer programming for kids who don’t have a large selection of enrichment opportunities available to them.
  • We embrace the element of choice! When kids arrive at camp, we start by showing them a wide variety of projects they can choose. Then, it’s up to them to choose what tech tracks to engage with. If it’s not a good fit, we’re happy to try something else! Most tech camps have kids working on a very similar subject.
  • Lastly, we’re cool! (at least we think we are) We’re a fun, yet experienced staff. Leonid, the founder of Empow Studios, has been running Summer programs for 14 years! Our Camp Directors & Assistant Directors have university degrees that match their background in art, education, or technology. Most importantly, we channel our inner “kid” to match our “playful learning” approach.

A Day at Empow Camp

Why we choose to be a licensed “Camp”

Unlike many summer technology programs, we are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which establishes minimum health, safety, sanitation, and housing standards to protect the well-being of children who are in the care of Empow.

  • Camp Safety: Our camp locations are inspected for safe structures and equipment, adequate sanitary facilities, sufficient supervision of the campers, appropriate plans in case of medical emergencies, natural, and other physical disasters, sufficient health care coverage, and injury & fire prevention plans.
  • Health & Training: We have a health supervisor at camp at all times, who is certified in first aid, CPR, and is permitted to administer medication. We also have a licensed health care consultant available for training our staff, and available on-call during camp.
  • Staffing: All of our camp staff are required to go through CORI & SORI background checks, and must meet minimum health requirements by submitting immunizations and proof of physical. All staff must meet minimum age & experience requirements, depending on their role at camp, whether it’s a camp counselor or director.
  • Camper Health: All campers are required to submit immunizations and a proof of physical prior to the start of camp, to meet minimum health requirements. This helps ensure a safe, collaborative environment.

Parent Resources

  • Interested in learning what to look for in a safe recreational camp? Download the Recreational Camp FAQs for Parents.
  • Find out what programs have a camp license by calling the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-624-5757.

Our Daily Schedule

8:30am – 9:30am Drop-off and special activities. Kids play games and get comfortable with friends, staff, and the studio.

9:30am – 10:00am Project Time and Camp Circle-Up. We set up the schedule for the day and let kids ease into their projects. This is a good time for anyone to ask questions or get help before we transition into the morning activity.

10:00am – 10:30am Snack time and technology demos. We show kids student projects made at Empow to influence their creativity and get them excited to learn a new craft of their choice.

10:30am – 12:00pm Project time. Campers work on projects at their own pace, guided by our expert staff. Kids can choose to work individually with help from staff, or work with friends in a group project. This is where kids build their robots, design video games, and film unique animations!

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and outdoor time. Our staff will walk the campers over to a play area and have lunch outside (weather permitting). When campers stay inside, they watch some awesome videos like Mythbusters or Smarter Every Day! Only full campers are here during this hour.

1:00pm – 2:30pm Project time. Campers continue to work on their projects and ask questions to our teachers.

2:30pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Snack and tech demo. Each day Staff give kids an introduction to a different technology that we teach. Kids can choose to try out the demo or go back to their own tech project.

3:00pm – 4:00pm Project time. Campers continue to work on their projects and ask questions to our teachers.

4:00pm – 5:30pm Extended day. Campers can play games with other students, continue their projects, or try something new!

Referrals

We recognize that customers who recommend us to their friends do so because they love and enjoy our programs. We’d like to reciprocate. We offer a $50 future program credit for a referral that brings us registration in a full-day Summer camp or an After-School Club membership.

The following conditions apply.

  • Program registration must be through us, not through a partner organization
  • Referring person must be a current customer
  • Referred person must be a new customer
  • Referred customer must complete the program
  • All gifts in the form of future program credit will be sent the following year.
  • One gift per family, regardless of the number of sessions attended.

To be awarded program credit, the new customer must cite you in the registration process. As the new customer creates an account, there is a question stating “How did you hear about us?”. The new customer must select “Friend” and type your first and last name.

Policies

We know it’s not easy to schedule summer activities, especially when parents are booking camp so early! So we want to make it easy: You’re eligible for a refund up to two weeks before camp starts; all we ask is for you to cover the $10 cost of registration & processing fees. To learn more about our camp policies, please click here.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Empow Camp shall inform parents at the time application forms are provided that they may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.

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