There is a summer camp to cover nearly every child's interest or hobby in Hampton Roads. Camps focusing on sports skills are the most prevalent, but kids also can participate in music camps, horseback riding camps and preschool gymnastics camps all over the region.
We've compiled a list of local summer camps at findlocal.dailypress.com. Here is a snapshot of some of the educational programs offered by nonprofit organizations.
Chesapeake Bay ExperienceDesigned to provide educational activities promoting the bay, the Chesapeake Bay Experience offers dozens of full-day, half-day and mini camps for kids ages 6 to 15. Space goes quickly in many of these camps, and some sessions are already full.
The camps, which focus on kayaking activities, scavenger hunts, crafts, fishing and crabbing, take place at various locations, including The Mariners' Museum in Newport News and Crown Point Marina in Gloucester.
There are full-day programs geared for children ages 9 to 12 and teens ages 12 to 15. The weeklong camps emphasize longer kayak trips, with many of the activities taking place on the water. The kids participate in programs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and spots are still available in five of the sessions.
Younger children can participate in the half-day camps, which take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in weeklong stints. A mini-camp, or one-day camp, is available to children ages 6 to 8 on June 12 at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg.
Costs for the camps range between $55 and $225.
For more details about the Chesapeake Bay Experience camps and to register your child, visit chesapeakeexperience.org.
Virginia Living MuseumSummer programs at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News range from half-day sessions for preschoolers to off-site camping excursions for teens.
This year, the museum is adding a coastal ecology adventure to North Carolina's Cape Lookout Aug. 22-27 for students who have completed grades eight and nine. Campers will take a trawling and dredging cruise onboard a research vessel, use the science lab to identify marine animals, snorkel, surf and take night hikes, among other activities. Two museum biologists will accompany the students on the trip. The cost, $695 for nonmembers, also covers food, transportation and some camping equipment.
Students who have completed grades six and seven also can participate in a traditional camping experience in the Appalachian Mountains, where they will sleep in tents and eat meals by a campfire. The cost is $450.
Camps for younger children focus on exploration at the museum. Programs are filled with story times, crafts, interaction with live animals, discovery tours of the museum and hands-on learning activities. The camps, which cost $115, are half-day, and parents can choose a morning or afternoon sessions.
For more information and to register your child, visit thevlm.org or call 595-9135.
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterThe Peninsula Fine Arts Center spends its weekly summer camps focusing on specific art skills, such as painting and clay work.
The half-day camps are designed for children ages 5 to 12, but students must be able to work independently. Kids ages 5 to 8 participate in morning sessions for weeklong stints, and kids ages 9 to 12 join the afternoon camps. Themes include "Birds and Bugs," "Architect for a Week," and "Seaquarium," with students learning the basics of printing, drawing, painting, clay work and other arts and crafts.
The cost for the camps is $110 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, visit pfac-va.org or call 596-8175.
Virginia Air & Space CenterLike the living museum, the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton offers many camp sessions throughout the summer. Themes range from exploring simple machines such as catapults to learning about the research studies at NASA Langley Research Center.
The weeklong programs cater to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Younger students focus on museum-centered activities such as creating paper airplanes, tasting liquid nitrogen ice cream and participating in an egg drop challenge.
Older students will take some off-site field trips, build and launch their own rockets and learn how to become an animation specialist.
Camps cost between $160 and $170 per child, per camp. For more information and to register, visit vasc.org or call 727-0900.
The Virginia ZooSummer Safari Camps at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk are designed for children ages 4 to 14.
Younger children participate in half-day camps, where they can join in on activities that reinforce the alphabet, knowledge about the wild animals at the zoo and what animals you can find in your backyard.
Older kids can participate in full-day camp sessions that focus on the behind-the-scenes operation of the zoo. They also can learn different ways to track animals and how to identify them in their backyards.
The cost for the camps ranges from $140 to $240, and parents with children at full-day camps can pay $25 extra for extended care (past 4 p.m.).
For more information and to register, visit virginiazoo.org or call 441-2374.