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 summer camps and school year club sessions. Founded by Robin Walker of CDM Technologies, Camp BYOC is one way CDM gives back to the community.
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Youth between ages 10-17 who:
Students are selected based on age and interest and completion of the application process. We are looking for students who want to learn the science of computer technology. Three steps must be completed to comply...
Since beginning in 2014, Camp BYOC has invested and trained approximately 50 students to build and maintain their own computers. Each year we have improved the program to add younger students and grow the skills...
An introduction to the world of computer technology. Three days during the 1st week of June, the sessions are designed to expose the student to computer technology concepts including the history, current and future trends. The student will understand the many facets of technology with some experiences to help decide if they want more.
You will leave with an appreciation of how computers work and how they have helped shape society. You will leave with new knowledge, some hands on experience and a Raspberry Pi computer.
For students who want an introduction to technology to get exposure and decide if they want to make a deeper commitment. Students who are 12 and older can advance to the Jr Engineering camp if they decide they want more. All students are eligible for Club BYOC after the summer.
Cost: the first session is $225 and each additional session is $125
A 2 week Summer Camp
Ages 12+ - Associate and Senior Engineering Summer Camps
Associate and Senior Engineering camps are 2 weeks each. These are offered sequentially so that a student can attend both camps.
All summer camp participants are eligible to join.
Interested youth (10-17) who are not past camp participants can apply.
A competition team in the making. Applicants must be Camp BYOC students and must qualify to join.
More details to come.
"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
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:
If you would like to support us by joining one of our Camp BYOC committees, please click the volunteer button below.