FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About Kinder Camp, Zooper Day Camp and Discoveries Day Camp

For Children Ages 3-9

 

How do I know what group my child is in?
Can my child be in the same group as their friend or sibling?
Who will be in charge of my camper's group?
Will my camper always have the same instructor?
Where do I get logistics information and paperwork for camp?
Do the campers get to go behind the scenes or touch the animals?
Why is the t-shirt that color?
Does my child have to wear the camp t-shirt?
Who will be at zoo camp?
What is the zoo's EIN/Tax ID number?

 

How do I know what group my child is in?

When you arrive at camp on the first day the staff signing you in will tell you which group you are in.

Can my child be in the same group as their friend or sibling?

We assign groups based on ages and the number of kids we have in each age range.  During the summer we try to place campers in groups where children are no more than 12-16 months apart in age.  During the school year the age range depends on the range of the registrants but we try to keep it within two years. 

If your child wants to be grouped with someone else write their friends' name(s) on the registration form or on the medical form in the "grouping preference" section. Please note we cannot honor all “group with” requests but if children are close in age we will keep friends together.  If it is a big group of friends they may be divided between two camp groups.  Siblings we will also keep together if they are within a year of age and it is requested.  If it is not requested, we tend to split siblings where possible.

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We MUST have group with requests at least one week prior to the start of camp.

Hint: Turn in your medical form once you receive it and include group with requests on that form.  We are not able to accommodate all group with requests, however forms received earlier are more likely to be accommodated as long as the requests fall within our group age parameters. 

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Who will be in charge of my camper's group?

We work hard to hire fantastic staff each summer for camp.  Our instructors are often college students studying natural sciences or Education or professionals in the environmental education or teaching fields.  During school year camps most of our instructors are full-time educators at the zoo.  To learn more about the staff at this year's camps check out our staff bios.

In each group we have an instructor and an assistant working with your group of 12-14 kids for Zooper Day Camp and DDC and 10-12 kids for Kinder Camp.  Sometimes your instructor team will be helped out by a ZooCorps Volunteer or Intern.  ZooCorps is a teen volunteer program which you can find out more about here: ZooCorps program.  Counselors-in-training (CITs) also assist camp groups during the summer.  CITs are middle school and high school students who are at least 12 years old and have been to Zoo U.  CITs and ZooCorps volunteers are never left in charge of campers.  They serve as an extra pair of eyes and hands and act as role models.

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Will my camper always have the same instructor?

If you come to camp for one whole week you will always have the same instructor team working with your group (although the ZooCorps volunteers may be different each day).  If your child attends Zooper Day Camp or DDC for more than one week you may get the same instructors or they may get to be with someone new. 

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Where do I get logistics information and paperwork for camp?

All logistics information along with paperwork like medical forms will be sent to the email of whoever registers.  If you cannot locate the paperwork you can also access copies of these forms here.   

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Do the campers get to go behind the scenes or touch the animals?

Unfortunately due to many things including safety, we are unable to take camp groups behind the scenes in animal units.  Some years we do go to non-animal behind-the-scenes locations such as Zoo Doo, the commissary or others.  Groups occasionally have the opportunity to come in contact with small zoo animals at the Family Farm Contact Area or Animal Encounter stations around the zoo.

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Why is the t-shirt that color?

Every two years we change the camp t-shirt colors.  Our purpose is to choose a color that is bright and easy to pick out in a crowd. 

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Does my child have to wear the camp t-shirt?

Zooper Day Camp, Kinder Camp and Discoveries Day Camp Campers and staff are required to wear their camp t-shirts every day during summer camp programs. This allows us to recognize campers easily when we are out on grounds with the throngs of summer visitors. Each child receives one camp t-shirt with each weeks' registration.  If your child is registered for more than one week you should receive all their t-shirts on the first day of the first week.

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If a camper does not come to camp with his/her t-shirt any day during camp, you can either retrieve it from home or you will need to purchase a new one for $5.00. Due to health guidelines, we cannot loan children t-shirts.

Who will be at zoo camp?

There are four different camps running each week during the summer.  Kinder Camp for 3-5 year olds, Discoveries Day Camp (a cooperative program between Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Children's Theatre) for 5-7 year olds, Zooper Day Camp for 4-9 year olds and Zoo U for 10-14 year olds.  Campers come from all over Washington...some campers even come from other states and even other countries. 

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What is the zoo's EIN/Tax ID number?

For your tax forms and other childcare deductibles the zoo's EIN/Tax ID number is 91-6070005. 

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