"Young Hacks" Computer Day Camp

Week 1 – July 15-19 – Beginners – Grades 5-7 – “Agent Training”

Week 2 – July 22-26 – Intermediate – Grades 7-9 – “Beta Masters”

Tuition:  $345.00 per week and includes tuition, camp T-Shirt, workbook, completion diploma

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We will be hosting two computer day camps on campus this summer with Young Hacks Academy (YHA). Young Hacks Academy is a summer camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving and teamwork, YHA teaches kids to build cool video games and interactive stories about big challenges facing the world today, such as: climate change, homelessness and endangered wildlife. As serious as we are about exploring technology, YHA is also committed to having fun away from the screen, moving campers outside each day for unplugged games. No programming experience is required. Learn more about Young Hacks Academy 

Typical Day at Young Hacks Academy:

  • 8:30-9 AM - Check-in (Badges are assigned, Agents are authorized to enter training)
  • 9-9:15 AM - Unplugged Warm-up (Get the juices flowing with a warm-up / get-to-know you game
  • 9:15-9:30 AM - Mission Briefing (before assigned a daily mission, agents must solve a riddle challenge)
  • 9:30-10 AM - Mission Exploration (Time to explore the local or global problem they will be working on)
  • 10-10:10 AM - Snack Break (Agents are asked to provide their own snacks)
  • 10:10-Noon - Production (Agents proceed to lab for individual and collaborative game development-onsite)
  • 12-12:30 PM - Lunch Break (Agents are asked to provide their own lunch)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Outdoor Training (Agents are directed outside for fun, team-building games)
  • 1:30-3:30 PM - Production (Return to the lab, recharge and back on task)
  • 3:30-4 PM - Debrief (Mission accomplished, share your findings with fellow Agents)
  • 4-4:30 PM - Camp ends for the day (Badges are collected and parents pick up Agents)

Who Can Attend?

  • "Agent Training" - For Grades 5-7: This is for beginners. This program will tackle daily missions using "scratch," a user-friendly visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends but also teach something about topics that are impacting our local and global community.
  • "Beta Masters" - For Grades 7-9: Imagine a small indie game studio that has 5 days to pitch, design and build a new video game. Following a real-world production cycle, YHA Beta Masters work in teams to develop an innovative game prototype from conception to completion. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Each camp will run Monday through Friday with check-in each day starting at 8:30 AM and the day will end with parent pick-up at 4:30 PM. We ask that campers provide their own lunch and snacks throughout the week – NO NUTS OR NUT-BASED PRODUCTS PLEASE).

How to Enroll

Enroll as soon as possible as enrollments will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until full. To enroll, please complete the online registration form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.). Reminder that the enrollment deadline is July 1, 2019.

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Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by June 1. We cannot make refunds to students who cancel after June 1 because the amount of materials purchased, classrooms reserved, and staff hired will be based upon the number of students expected and cannot be changed after that time.


For further information, please contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling 607-871-2612.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week doing something you love and meeting other students who share your interests.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

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