Prep for Scholastic USCF Rating


The 22nd Annual International Chess Academy Scholastic Summer Camp is available virtually weekly through till August 26.

ICA Virtual Summer Camp is integrated into an all-day (with additional A.M. or P.M. options). Our Summer Camps offer intellectually rigorous, yet incredibly fun and structured daily programs for kids ages 6-16. BEST OF ALL, TAKE US WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO, ALL SUMMER LONG!


From small group classes with individualized instruction in a 6:1 ratio of campers to counselors, tournaments, puzzles, art, math, brain games, and even acting performances, we’ll keep your child mentally stimulated and engaged.

ICA Summer Camp draws internationally recognized chess coaches and our lessons are structured based on levels of skill, with a focus on strategy, tactics and end-game training. At ICA, confidence is reinforced at every level and in a multitude of disciplines.


From beginner student to the advanced, our coaches are here to help your child grow, excel and have summer fun.


All chess classes and camp sessions conducted online will use the conferencing tool ZOOM as the virtual classroom platform, however, numerous other programs and apps will be implemented for a variety of activities and functions. With a 6:1 student teacher ratio, our entire curriculum is designed with a focus on safety, discipline and privacy. Instructors are trained to carry out instruction with the utmost respect for the safety of our students. 

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY: ... Kids are kept engaged throughout the day. I am hearing a lot of laughs while my son is in session. And most importantly his chess level jumped up after this camp more than I could imagine (and he's not a newbie by any means). Great program, great instructors who do nearly the impossible - keep kids engaged and happy online for two months! ... My 10 year old son attended ICA virtual chess camp and had a great time. The sessions were so engaging that it felt like all of kids are indeed in the same room. The day was very well structured and had a healthy mix of chess, math and other fun activities of kids' choice. The pace and coordination work well. The groups are small enough, so that kids can be independent and enjoy learning on their own. The variety of activities helps to stay focused. ... My 9 year old went from being a complete beginner to now knowing so many fancy chess strategies that nobody in the family can beat him anymore :-) And most importantly, he went from being mildly curious about what chess was all about two years ago to now loving chess.


10AM - 10:50 AM: First Chess Lesson
(Puzzle/Concepts) Coaches will guide students through a concept for the day, targeted toward a specific area of their games depending on their levels. Puzzles/Exercises will help cement knowledge.


10:50 AM - 11 AM: Short Intermission


11 AM - 12PM: Second Chess Lesson (Analysis)
Coaches will analyze hand-picked chess games, from the students or other players, to illustrate common techniques and critical thinking patterns that are necessary for growth in chess.


12 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break


1:30 PM - 2 PM: Puzzle Rush
(A camp-wide interactive competition) Students will "rush" to solve as many puzzles as they can within a 30-minute period. Three strikes and the run ends!


2 PM-3 PM: A camp-wide chess tournament separated by skill level. All levels participate!


3 PM - 4:30 PM: Various activities including:

-- Math Classes

-- Mind Games 

-- Simul vs. Coaches

-- Art Classes/Acting Classes


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Day Camp Season! You can register for days, weeks or the entire SEVEN Weeks of summer camp. 


Our camp tuition is based on small groups of students led by highly trained Chess instructors, as well as additional supportive professionals. By maintaining small groups of no more than a six students per instructor,  your aspiring chess master is guaranteed to receive the individualized attention and instruction needed for this highly-skilled discipline.


Along with the numerous unique activities we have planned, we intend to maintain a fun, exciting, and engaging camp, and will be giving out awards and prizes every Friday based on the participation and performance of the campers.



We offer multiple discounts!  

20% off when you sign up for 3+ weeks (full day).  

10% Sibling discounts. 


Any ICA student who has attended classes or camps for 2 or more years, that would like to attend but needs financial assistance, please contact our Director to discuss additional financial aid options. 


$500 for Full Week- 10am-4:30pm

$300 for Morning Sessions (per week) 10am-12pm

$400 for Afternoon Sessions (per week) 1:30pm-3:30pm


Mind Games & Puzzles

A class designed to improve a student’s logic, concentration and cognition by using a variety of different approaches that focus on key areas of the brain. Keeping to the traditional classroom experience, students will be exposed to hands on activities (such as the Towers of Hanoi), strategy board games (Reversi/Go) and memory challenges (matching, pattern recognition). Also, students will be exposed to numerous fun and creative “Brain Riddles” that focus on the development of logic and a higher level of understanding (Sudoku, (de)coding, Word Puzzles, Math Riddles). Students will have the opportunity to solve detective mysteries by finding clues and using hints through Bright Side videos, in addition to a number of other interactive games that will improve their problem-solving abilities.


The students will be split into groups based on skill (USCF ratings if they have one) and will play matches against the other students in their group. 


These matches will be regulated the same as normal tournaments! The participants will be together in a ZOOM call and muted so everybody can focus on their games. There will also be a tournament director present on the call during the matches. 


Note: Matches will NOT be USCF rated as the USCF does not allow online games to affect classical ratings. Regardless, we will expect and enforce serious play during the tournament games to ensure that the tournaments are a good learning and playing experience for the participants.

Art Class

Erica Linnik will be joining our team as our Summer Camp Art Instructor!


Erica is a self-taught, hardworking artist. She's been sketching since she was a young girl and her body of work ranges from hand-drawn fantasy creatures, to real-life portraits, to creating unique hand-made dreamcatchers. She will make use of the virtual platform to teach students how to create their very own dreamcatchers and will also teach basic art concepts such as how to identify shapes and shade to build depth. Erica also plans to cover the different styles of art in history, and will expose students to realism, cubism, impressionism, surrealism, and more. 

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Acting Class

In a career that spans 20 years, Alexis Robbins, our Sumer Camp Theater instructor, has worked with prestigious NYC companies such as The Barrow Group, No Tea Productions, and The Pearl Theatre. She's also had the opportunity to perform at acclaimed venues such as The Edinburg Fringe Festival and Boston’s Improv Asylum. Recently she formed her own company, After School Play, and has returned to her love of teaching. 


Alexis has already been working with students in the virtual environment using Zoom in her After School Play groups, and understands how to meet the needs of children learning and being creative online.  


Each class will have an individualized approach with lessons on the fundamentals of theatre including improvisation, character development, story development, theatre language, theatre history, and even dialect! Kids will have lots of fun exploring their imaginations and learning the art of performance in a unique and supportive environment. In addition to theatre education, Alexis will also concentrate on reading, memorization, public speaking, and creative collaboration. 

We can't wait to see our campers perform!