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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Camp Info

We have camps available to youth of various ages. The price breakdowns and age ranges 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.

Who Should Apply?

Youth between ages 10-17 who:

  • show interest in computers or technology
  • are strong academically
  • are analytical
  • like to tinker
  • like science
  • want to understand how technology works

Camp Application

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...

Past Camps

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. 

    Ages 10-18

    Cost: $150                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    • Wednesday 1pm - 5pm, Thursday and Friday - 9am - 5pm
    • Exposure to Computer Concepts
    • Exposure to Computer History, Today's and Future Trends
    • Exposure to Programming
    • Learn Raspberry Pi - micro computer
    • Interested students can advance to the Into to Engineering or the Jr Engineering camps.                                                               
  • 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.

    Ages 10-17

    • Four Sessions, One Week Each(you can take one or more sessions)
    • each session builds on the previous and is the pre-requisite to the next
    • Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    • Intro to Computer Hardware
    • Intro to Networking
    • Intro to Python Programming
    • Intro to Graphics Design
    • Intro to 3D Printing
    • Intro to Computer Music and Sound Engineering
    • Raspberry Pi - Micro Computer Projects
    • Understand Technology in Society
    • Understand the History, Current Trends and Future of Computer Technology
    • Understand the many Facets of Computer Technology
    • Participate in Raspberry Pi Automation Projects
    • Write Your Own Program

    Cost: the first session is $225 and each additional session is $125

  • A 2 week Summer Camp

    Ages 12-17

    • Two Weeks
    • Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    • Computer Hardware - Build Your Own Computer
    • Basic Networking
    • Basic Computer Graphics
    • Basic Python Programming
    • Write Your Own Program
    • Basic 3D Printing
    • Intro to Sound Engineering
    • Learn Raspberry Pi - micro computer
    • Create Raspberry Pi Projects
    • Understand Technology in Society
    • Understand the History, Current Trends and Future of Computer Technology
    • Understand the many Facets of Computer Technology


    Cost: $375

  • 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.

    • Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
    • Laptop hardware
    • Intro to Computer Repair
    • Basic Networking
    • Advanced Basic and Intermediate Programming
    • Sound Engineering
    • Web Development and App Development
    • Intermediate Graphic Design and Intro to Animation
    • 3D Printing
    • Intro to Data Modeling
    • Apply Technology Skills to Project(s)
    • Trip to Silicon Valley to see tech companies first hand
    Cost: $300 for each camp
  • After completing the Senior Engineering Summer Camp, students can continue growing their technical and leadership skills by becoming a mentor to other students.  They teach sessions and coach students.
    They teach sessions during the Intro to Engineering and Jr Engineering summer camps.  They coach new students as they learn to build their own computer.  They continue building their technical skills through more advanced project work throughout the summer.

    Call for more details.
  • Ages 10-17
    • Twice a Month During the School Year
    • Saturdays 12 pm - 3 pm
    • Beginner Programming
    • Learn Computer Concepts
    • Learn Raspberry Pi - micro computer 

    Cost: $35/session

    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

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:

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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