This summer, Apple Camp turns 8-12 year olds into filmmakers

Apple is gearing up for another Apple Camp this summer at its retail stores in the United States. The program teaches kids ages 8-12 how to use Apple software. It's free.

This year's Apple Camp sessions aim to turn youngsters into filmmakers. Over the three day course (one and a half hours each day), campers learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song using GarageBand on the iPad, then put it all together on the Mac using iMovie.

At the end, the campers show off their footage at the "Apple Camp Film Festival," where they can invite friends and family to watch their movies at the store (it's optional - shy kids can just go home with their finished movies at the end of day two, if they prefer).

Apple Camp provides all the tools necessary to participate, but Apple encourages kids to bring in their own Mac, digital camera and earphones if possible. Apple wants to help campers get familiar with their own hardware.

Because it's free, workshops tend to fill up quickly, and space is limited, so make sure to sign up if you're interested.

Peter Cohen