From inventing to scouting to volunteering, there are plenty of local activities to keep your student busy during the summer months.

And now is the time to look for a summer camp as many are beginning to fill up. Most of the day camp options are full with the Chesapeake Experience in York County, for example.

Here are five places to get you started on your summer camp search.

Camp Invention

From the creation of a "Duck Chucking Device" to a treasure navigation challenge, kids will stay busy incorporating the scientific method against a fanciful backdrop during the Camp Invention program.

The weeklong camp, which will take place from June 17-21 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News and from July 8-12 at Poquoson Elementary School, is designed for first grade through sixth grade students.

Each day during the camp, students will work their way through "modules" or themed challenges in teams. This year, the camp focuses on Earth themes, such as traveling the globe to discover crystals and extreme cold and exploring the land and sky to decipher the Earth's patterns.

The camp costs $220 for the week. Parents who sign up online before Thursday, May 30 can use the code SPRING to save $15.

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Scout camp

The Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast offer a sleep-away camp experience available to any girl who wants to attend.

The week-long programs take place at one of several camping locations on the Peninsula, and are designed for elementary and middle-school students. Themed weeks vary from outdoor cooking to adventure programs, which include high ropes courses and rock climbing. There is even a week designed to train young ladies to start their own baby-sitting business.

In addition to the themed programs, there are arts and crafts projects, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Camps range in price from $185 to $300 a week. Find more information at

The Colonial Virginia Council Boy Scouts offers a Cub Scout day camp during the summer for registered cub scouts in first through fifth grade. You can find more information about the cub scout program at

Parks and rec

Most cities and counties offer summer camp programs at reasonable prices.

Hampton's parks and recreation department has a summer-long program from June 17 to August 23 featuring field trips, swimming, crafts and inside and outside playtime.

The summer camp runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for parents who need childcare when school is out. The camp costs $80 a week. For information, call 825-4805.

The Newport News parks and recreation department will host a similar Adventureland camp this summer. Registration information can be found at