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Spring 2014 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 2014 is now open, and you can register a camper by calling Camp Fitch at 814-922-3219 or visiting www.campfitchymca.org.

Introduction

Camp Fitch Computer Camp provides an inspirational education program to children and young adults. Our program 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 it 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 the camp 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

History33Years!

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.

Location

Camp Fitch

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.

Camp Fitch

12600 Ables Road
North Springfield PA 16430

Staff

Chuck

Chuck

Director

Chuck has been associated with Camp Fitch Computer Camp since 1999, and has been a friend of Camp Fitch since 1992. His career covers more than 30 years as a commercial software developer, systems designer, systems integration architect, and has managed at every level of an IT organization. He was the principal architect of an Electronic Medical Record platform which was awarded the Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for achievement in the implementation and value of utilizing Information Technology. Chuck was also the Chief Information Officer for Whole Health Management, a leading healthcare delivery organization, prior to its acquisition by Walgreens.

Chuck earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Allegheny College, and he served several years on the IT Business Advisory Board for the Ohio Department of Education.

Kathy

Kathy

Director

Kathleen has been associated with Camp Fitch Computer Camp since 1999, and has been a friend of Camp Fitch since 1992.

Her career has been spent in healthcare information technology and healthcare analytics.

She spent her earlier years as a software developer, eventually transitioning to the administrative side of healthcare. There she leads projects developing analytic data warehouses and reporting environments. She serves as the technical liaison between information technology and the business, as well as the lead for reporting and analytic projects.

Charlie

Charlie

Director and Senior Counselor

Charlie is a consultant at MPS Partners in Chicago specializing in Microsoft and Web technologies including C#, SQL, JavaScript, JQuery, and ASP.NET MVC. Most of his personal projects are in Java SE and PHP. 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.
Fitz

Fitz

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 Super Computers, and building complex systems for a large online retailer. He currently works for Amazon Web Services and spends his free time skiing, taking photos, and figuring out how to better teach Computer Science.
Tom

Tom

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.
Dan

Dan

Senior Counselor

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.
Jake

Jake

Counselor

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

Hannah

Counselor

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.
Grant

Grant

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.
Ian

Ian

Counselor

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.
Jordan

Jordan

Counselor

Jordan's first year at Computer Camp was 2011. Jordan is familiar with a variety of languages including Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, PHP, and Visual Basic. He loves coding, playing ultimate frisbee, singing and dancing in show choir, and the Camp Fitch Bunch!