Apple has announced a series of Summer Camp sessions for children and their families at its retail stores across the UK.

The company is promising two and a half hours of "fun and engaging" activities at these free morning events. Those taking part in these sessions will complete their own projects using Macs which they can then take home on a CD or DVD.

All campers will also receive a T-shirt, patch, field journal, field guide, sticker, name tag and certificate of achievement.

Four Summer Camp sessions are available covering: Podcasting; iWeb; Music and Movies. Individuals and families can sign up for a maximum of two sessions.


The Podcast sessions (available on July 31, August 8 and August 16) shows users how to create a podcast using GarageBand, and also explains how to upload and distribute the end result through iTunes. The session aims at children with intermediate to advanced computer skills who have an interest in podcasting.


The iWeb sessions (available on August 3, August 10 and August 17) shows participants how to create websites and blogs using Apple's entry-level site design application. Prior experience isn't required and the sessions are aimed at kids with beginner to advanced Mac skills.


The Music Summer Camps (August 2, August 7, August 15) explain iTunes, iPods and music-creation in GarageBand. "Learn how to create your own music using GarageBand, a MIDI keyboard and your own vocals. After your standing-room-only concert, you'll take a bow and walk off stage with your latest hit on CD," says the company. Beginner to advanced users.


The Movie sessions (August 1, August 9 and August 14) will teach those taking part how to source, edit, add special effects and transitions to movies, and also how to export these movies to iDVD.

More information on Apple's Summer Camps is available here.