Spring 2015 Update
Camp Fitch Computer Camp is getting ready for our 33rd year. Our team is preparing for this coming year's
courses in areas of software development, game creation, multi-media programming, and robotics.
Consider signing up for one or two weeks this summer. Registration for 2015 is now open, and you can
register a camper by calling Camp Fitch at 814-922-3219 or visiting www.campfitchymca.org.
Camp Fitch Computer Camp provides an inspirational education program to children and young adults. Our
is constantly evolving to provide a relevant, foundational, and real-world knowledge in computer
programming, content-creation, and robotics.
Our highly innovative program combines the intellectual challenge of computing and technology with
Camp Fitch's traditional summer camp program. It is a one-of-a-kind program and is held at one
of the country's oldest and most successful year-round camps.
Regular computer camp sessions are open to anyone between 8 and 16 years of age. Please don't hesitate to contact us
if you have any questions. Our regularly returning staff, campers, and their parents believe you will find
to be an excellent value and an incredible experience.
What sets us apart:
- Individualized and adaptive program
- At least one counselor for every two campers
- Traditional summer camp activities
- Very high breadth and depth of course offerings
- Extremely high return camper (and counselor) rate
Camp Fitch Computer Camp (CFCC) can trace its roots back to 1982, when Roger Patterson and Bill Schrack,
math teachers from Boardman, Ohio decided to extend the work they were doing with computers in their
classrooms to a summer camp setting at Camp Fitch. Camp was originally run out of the Nature Lodge. They
used the latest hardware in the then emerging field of personal computing. This hardware included TRS-80,
Apple II, Atari personal computer, and Commodore 64 computer systems. As computer hardware technology and
operating systems advanced, CFCC kept pace with these changes and added "IBM compatible"
PCs and Apple Macintosh computers.
From its inception, CFCC's focus has been teaching its campers computer programming using languages such as
BASIC and eventually incorporating LOGO, PASCAL, and C into the course work. Programming exercises designed
by Roger and Bill were intended on teaching concepts of computer programming along with various concepts in
mathematics and problem-solving. More advanced campers were able to work on projects independently or in
small groups to create games, network chat programs, and more..
In the late 1990's robotics was introduced using LEGO Mindstorm and similar robotics kits. Students learned how
to write programs to control robots they designed. CFCC also began using satellite technology to connect to
the internet. It was always fun trying to figure out where to point the satellite dish every summer in order
to get the best possible signal. CFCC also adopted its new home in Mirto Lodge, which remained as the
computer center until 2012.
Over the past several years, CFCC has kept true to its main goal of teaching computer programming to campers.
In addition, the curriculum has expanded to include teaching concepts in multi-media, configuration of web
servers, and working with various hardware such as 3-D printing. In 2012, CFCC moved to its new home, The
Banana Tree Room, located in the Skeggs Lodge dining hall facility.
Because the ratio of campers to counselors averages 2:1, coursework for each camper is customized to address
their particular level of knowledge and individual interests they may have. This has been a mainstay of camp
since its early roots.
CFCC continues to stay current with leading edge information technologies as they emerge. This is possible
because the vast majority of the CFCC staff works as software developers or are studying computer
science/software engineering at college level and are constantly being exposed to changing technologies.
Since its inception in 1982, CFCC has always offered its campers "a head start with essential skills",
and with the passion of our staff and campers, this will continue into the future.
Camp Fitch Computer Camp is part of Camp Fitch
, which is located in Pennsylvania on the shore of
Lake Erie, just a few miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
12600 Ables Road
North Springfield PA 16430
Director and Senior Counselor
Charlie is a software developer at Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore in Chicago. He has worked on and lead many projects using
He's been part of Camp Fitch Computer Camp since 1997, his first of three years as a camper. He is passionate about usability, graphic
design, and the future of humanity.
Director and Senior Counselor
Andrew (aka Fitz) first attended Camp Fitch Computer Camp as a camper in 1996. CFCC gave him a solid
foundation and passion for working in the Computer Science field. In addition to being at Computer Camp
every summer, he's spent time working in systems administration, educating people about supercomputers,
writing software, and helping others write better software. He currently works for Google and spends his
free time skiing, taking photos, and figuring out how to better teach Computer Science.
Director and Senior Counselor
Tom is a Software Engineer at Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore, where he develops web services for the Xbox360 Edition of
World of Tanks. Tom specializes in python, and he's familiar with most popular programming languages.
He's fascinated with the fields of Software Engineering and DevOps, and he has been involved with Camp
Fitch Computer Camp since 1998, his first year as a computer camper.
Director and Senior Counselor
Grant has been involved with CFCC since 2003. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of
Technology in 2013 he now works for RSA, a leading information security company, doing system
administration and infrastructure tool development. In his free time Grant is an avid hockey
enthusiast/player and frequently attends a variety of local technology conferences.
Daniel has been a counselor at Computer Camp since 2002 and since then has held an array of different
jobs in the Technology Industry including Quality Assurance, Web Design, Customer Support and most
recently as a Developer. Daniel currently lives in Lakewood where he attends Cleveland Sporting events,
plays Frisbee and enjoys the great food in the area.
Ryan has been a part of Camp Fitch Computer camp since is first year as a camper in 2004. He is now an
electrical engineer and is currently a Product Engineer at Analog Devices. His background in programming
gives him skills that set him apart from most other electrical engineers, and his background in EE gives
him knowledge of the deep magic of hardware that most programmers don't have. He writes mostly in Python
and C, but his first and only true love will always be QBASIC. He also coined Schuster's Law, which
states: "If something has gone horribly wrong, it's probably my fault." Schuster's Law is
widely known (in the lab where he works) and is generally recognized as one of the most important
principles in engineering and debugging.
Megan has been a counselor at computer camp many times since 1997. In college she studied computer
engineering for a short while before earning her degree in Graphic Design. Since then she has gone on to
get her Masters in Education and is currently a Math, Science, and Computer teacher in Northeast Ohio,
working with students of all ages (although Jr High is her favorite). In her spare time she enjoys
traveling and photography and one day hopes to relearn to play the piano - this time by ear.
Jake is a junior studying math, computer science, and finance at Washington
University in St. Louis. He was a camper for 6 years, a CIT for 2 years, and have has been a counselor since 2009.
Outside of schoolwork he is a member of his university's swim team and competes in the
100 and 200 yard breastroke events. Jake is also a TA for introductory computer science, where he leads recitations
and teaches students course material. Camp Fitch Computer Camp introduced him to computer programming which has led to the pursuit of
his degree. " I can't wait for the opportunity to come back and enjoy my two
favorite weeks of the summer."
Hannah's father, a website builder, was on a quest in 2002 to find his daughter a computer camp that
lived up to his standards; when he came across Camp Fitch's Computer Camp. Trusting in the leadership,
Hannah was shipped off to CFCC for two weeks. Ever since, Hannah has returned each summer to learn new
realms of computers as well as ventured into the traditional activities (she loves archery). She
successfully made it through the CIT program, spent several weeks on Dishcrew, then became a traditional
counselor. She has worked in Inca, Aztec, and Navajo villages as well as a Computer Counselor. During
the cooler months, Hannah migrates south, to Charleston, South Carolina; where she teaches Pre-Algebra
and Algebra to eighth grade students at Laing Middle School of Science and Technology. A partial magnet
school that has a fully integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education
system. In her rare spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, playing with her dog, going to concerts
and seeing movies.
Ian has been part of CFCC since 2009, and spent his last two years as a CIT and then a counselor. He is
familiar with Python, Java, and PC computer hardware. In his free time, Ian enjoys running, playing in the
Jazz and Marching bands, and online computer games.
Visual Basic. He loves coding, playing ultimate frisbee, singing and dancing in show choir, and the Camp Fitch Bunch!