Camp BYOC is a community focused educational organization that teaches youth how to build computers. Our goal is to ignite a passion for technology in youth and create future technology innovators. Students who successfully complete the camp get to keep the computer that they build.  There are camps all year round with expanded technology options for students to continue learning and growing in the technology realm.

Founded by Robin Walker of CDM Technologies, Camp BYOC is one way CDM gives back to the community.

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Explore the world of zeros and ones, the world of computer technology.  A series of 1 week sessions designed to expose the student to computer technology concepts including the history, current and future trends.  The student will get a taste of many facets of computer technology and have hands on experiences.  The Engineering sessions go deeper into technologies.  Building a computer is our signature allowing students to have a unique experience.  Many options for developing skills in preparation for college or other career paths are offered. 

We take local field trips to visit companies involved in technology.  We visit Silicon Valley to see technology giants up close.

We have camps available to youth from ages 9 to 17. The fees and ages are described below. If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the camp or its operation, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Contact Us

 

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YOU Should Apply!

This is an ideal camp for youth between ages 9-17 who:

  • show interest in computers or technology
  • are strong academically
  • are analytical
  • like to...

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Year Round Camps

Students from 9 - 17 who have an interest in technology are eligible to register for the sessions year round.

Some sessions and/or series have pre-requisites which are listed where...

Past Camps

Since beginning in 2014, Camp BYOC has invested and trained many students to build and maintain their own computers. Each year we have improved the program to add younger students and grow the skills and...

  • These sesssions allow students to get a taste of several facets of technology.  The variety of experiences allow students to find their passion for technology.

    Ages 9-17                                                         

    • Monday - Friday - 9am to 5pm
    • Exposure to Computer History, Today's and Future Trends
    • Circuitry, Robotics
    • Computer Automation
    • Python and Scratch Coding
    • Applications Galore - Graphic Design, Web Design, Data Science, VR, Music Development, and more
    • 3D Printing                              

    Interested students can take the complete series and/or qualify for the Jr Engineering camps. 

    All sessions are published in the calendar.

    Cost: $250/week.  Qualify for a 10% discount by registering for 2 or more sessions or referring another student. 

  • These sessions designed to take the student on a journey through the world of tech.  The journey starts at the basics of computer hardware/software and progresses to coding.  The student will build a new computer that they keep.  

    Returning students learn new skills, have new experiences building on their past experiences.

    Ages 12-17 

    New and Returning Students

    • Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    • Computer Hardware - Build Your Own Computer (requires 3 weeks)
    • Python Coding and Next Level Coding
    • Exposure to the Computer History, Today's and Future Trends

    All sessions are published in the calendar.

    Cost: $250/week

    Discount of 20% if you take the 3 building or all 4 sessions.  

  • These sessions allow returning students to go deeper into some of the same technology topics covered in the Jr Engineering camps.

    Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills at the previous Engineering levels.

    Ages 12-17

    • Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    • Intro to Computer Repair
    • Circuitry and Robotics
    • Basics of Networking
    • Intermediate and Advanced Coding
    • 3D Printing

    All sessions are published in the calendar.

    Cost: $250/week.  Qualify for a 10% discount by registering for 2 or more sessions or referring another student. 

  • Students who excel in our camps can continue growing by becoming a mentor/trainer to other students.  They teach sessions and coach students during the Exploratory and Jr Engineering summer camps.  

     
    No Cost 
  • Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions
    Ages 9 - 17
    • Saturdays 11 pm - 4 pm
    • Building
    • Coding
    • Circuitry
    • Robotics and Computer Automoation

    Cost: $45/session

    New students are welcome and all past camp participants are eligible.

    Key requirement is to be interested.

    See calendar for specific dates.

  • A competition team in the making.  Applicants must be Camp BYOC students and must qualify to join.

    Preparation sessions are included in the Associate and Senior summer camp sessions.  As such, there are no additional fees for preparation.

    Competition fees will be deteremined once specific competitions are scheduled.

    All sessions are published in the calendar.

     

"I never dreamed that I would ever build my own computer, but I did."   

-- A. Rodriguez, Cincinnati

 

”Camp BYOC is a great opportunity for students and was a great success this year (2017). I started off as a student in 2014 and came back as a volunteer for the past two years”.   

--David Fowler, Jr., Cincinnati

 

"The trip to California (2015) was a tremendous  experience! Being able to visit five different major companies  had one common effect on me and that is dreams really come true! This great opportunity put me on a different road to greatness, to make a difference in the world. I'm now a dream maker and catcher, this trip will always live with me!"   

--Kayln Lee, Cincinnati

 

"I got to get on a plane and go to California! We went to Silicon Valley and had an exciting, almost once in a lifetime experience. We went to big companies like SAAMA, HP, FACEBOOK, INTEL, and CISCO. These companies change technology, making it easier and easier to work on and use computers. Thank you very much for helping us have this experience." 

--Brandon Thomas, Cincinnati

 

"My time at BYOC has been amazing. I was apart of the associate camp (2015)... ,Camp BYOC Forever!!!!!!"

--Khalil Thomas, CIncinnati

 

"It was the excitement, creativity, curiosity and accomplishment of each youth that made the program transformative and equipped them with a life skill"   

-- Father T. Babb, Cincinnati

Your Help & Support Is Critical

Volunteer Help And Support

We need volunteers to assist with running the camps, teaching students, updating the camp course curriculum, fundraising, and marketing. Our biggest and most challenge endeavor is an "end of summer camp" trip to Silicon Valley for select Jr. & Sr. Engineering students, chaperons, and camp administrators.

Fundraising efforts are key to providing financial aid to the students for the trip and for helping to reduce other student expenses, like hardware and software.

Camp BYOC has several working committees that assist with operations:

Fundraising
Marketing
Special Events

If you would like to support us by joining one of our Camp BYOC committees, please click the volunteer button below.

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