High-Tech Summer Camps

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When my kids were little, my big concern this time of year was signing them up for fun summer camps so I could work while they learned to swim, play tennis, and ride horseback. But now that they are teenagers, my worry is that I am about to spend the next three months arguing over video games. They are too old for camp. They both assure me they plan to work. But I have a bad feeling about it. If yours are still young enough for camp, here are a couple that might harness their gaming  -- or TV watching – interests into skills that might someday help them earn a living.

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Apple Camp

This free camp will teach your kid – 8 to 12 – to make a movie, in about the time it takes to watch one. It spans three days and culminates in a film festival where kids show off their creations. Registration opens on June 16. Sign up here to be notified when sign up begins.

ID Tech Camp

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If you are willing to get a bit more spendy, your child or teen can have fun, learn some seriously marketable skills, and get a taste of life on a college campus at these computer and technology camps held on the campus of top universities. Got a kid who is crazy about gaming or playing with phone apps? Maybe it’s time he learned to build them. These are pricey and they fill up fast.

Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column for Family Circle, and is the author of "How to Be a Geek Goddess." You can find her at GeekGirlfriends.com.