Woodland Park Zoo Camps
Kid Codes are a vital part of our ensuring the safety of all camp kids. Thank you in advance for respecting this policy and the staff enforcing it.
After enrolling your child for camp, the next step is to complete a medical form. On this form, there is a required space for you to list a one or two word Kid Code that we will keep on file. Anyone (including yourself) coming to pick up your child must provide us with the valid kid code. If a person arrives to pick-up your child and does not know the Kid Code we will need to contact you or a person listed on your emergency contact list to obtain permission to release your child.
If you call us to verify your kid code, we can tell you if the code you are giving us is correct. If, however, you need to get the code again, we will need to call you back at one of the phone numbers we have on file from your medical form or registration enrollment.
We find it works best if only adults know the Kid Code. If your child does know, please ask your child not to share his/her Kid Code with anyone else. If the situation arises with your child telling an arriving adult their Kid Code before the adult gives the code to the staff member at check-out, we will not be able to accept the code. The next step will be to contact you or a person listed on your emergency contact list to obtain permission to release your child. If you have forgotten your own Kid Code and are the adult who signed the registration and/or medical form then we can accept a valid state ID in lieu of the Kid Code.
A Kid Code is:
- a one or two word code
- cannot be the child’s name (or nickname) or a parent name (name of a pet, etc.. is ok)
- preferably an English word
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The following is the camp policy as written in the staff training manual
The “Potty” Policy
Never take a child to the bathroom by yourself.
In the Education Center:
If a child needs to go to the bathroom, a camp staffer or zoo corps intern should take a minimum of two children of the same sex and accompany the children to the restroom. The camp employee should make sure there is no one in the restroom before the children enter and other people should not be allowed in the restroom while the children are in there alone (this includes zoo staff as well as visitors). If there is another staff person or member of the public, the camp staff person should stand inside the restroom, if they are of the same sex. Otherwise, once the restroom is clear, the staff person should remain outside with the doors blocked open and not allow any other staff member or member of the public in until all campers are out of the restroom.
On Zoo Grounds:
Never leave a child unattended.
While out on zoo grounds, the entire group will stop at the public restroom. One WPZ camp employee will remain outside with the children who do no have to use the facilities and the other WPZ camp employee will enter the facilities (as appropriate) with the children and remain there until all participants are finished. The staff person should never remain alone with only one child in the restroom.
If the camp employees are not of the same sex as the children, the employee should make sure there is no one in the restroom before the children enter and other people should not be allowed in the restroom while the children are in there alone (this includes zoo staff as well as visitors). Obviously this is difficult for other non-camp individuals, so it is optimal that children take restroom breaks while at the Education Center. The Taiga building and Zoomazium have restrooms that are open to individuals only. The West Entry restrooms are also seldom used and a good place for camp restroom stops.
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