Summer Safari Day Camp

Summer Safari – Summer Camp for Children

Summer Safari is the Metro Richmond Zoo’s summer camp for children.  Each camper gets an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many animals such as the rhinos, cheetah, and penguins.  The camp includes a tour of the Zoo led by a Zookeeper and Zoo Crew Camp Counselor. Junior Summer Safari is for children ages 6-9, and is a 4 hour day camp. Senior Summer Safari is for children ages 10-13, and is a 6 hour day camp.


Phase Two Update  Summer Safari 2020 will begin June 23 with adjustments. If your child is scheduled for camp before June 23, please call (804) 739-5666 ext. 7 to reschedule.

COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS

Summer Safari is important; it provides memorable experiences for kids and strengthens mental and physical health. We are making adjustments to the camp experience to make it a more safe environment. The safety of your child during Summer Safari is our top priority. We have implemented these adjustments:


● Zoo staff will take the temperature of each child and staff member upon arrival for camp. Campers/staff that have temperatures above 100 ° F will be asked to leave and reschedule for another date. Children must be 72 hours fever free to be eligible to reschedule.
● Upon Summer Safari check-in, the parent/guardian will be asked if the camper has had known exposure to someone who tested positive with COVID-19 in the prior 14 days. It is expected that all guardians disclose this information. If the child has had known exposure to COVID-19 in the prior 14 days, he/she will not be permitted to attend. Campers can reschedule for Summer Safari at least 14 days later than the original camp date if no
symptoms have developed. Camp staff members will be held to these same requirements.

● It is expected of all parents/guardians that they do NOT bring a child to camp if he/she is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
● Check in/check out for Summer Safari will take place in an outdoor location at the front entrance to ensure proper spacing.
● Staff will be required to wear masks for the duration of Summer Safari (with the exception of eating and drinking). It is the discretion of the parents if they want their camper(s) to wear a mask while attending camp.
● Please be aware that by allowing your child to attend camp you acknowledge that there will be participants in the group that are not wearing masks.
● Hand sanitizer is always provided during Summer Safari. It will continue to be accessible during the duration of the camp. In addition to updated cleaning procedures of the Zoo, all chairs and surfaces used by camp staff and participants will be sanitized each day after use.
● The Summer Safari camp will move throughout the zoo in a line formation to provide additional space between campers.
● Lunches have always been brought by each camper, and there will be no sharing of food. All campers will be seated in a large building with appropriate distance between each child when eating.
● At the end of each session, all items used during the day will be properly sanitized before the next Summer Safari group.
● If you have signed your child up for Summer Safari and feel uncomfortable with him/her attending due to COVID-19, you may call (804) 739-5666 ext. 7 for a full refund.


Junior Summer Safari  (Ages 6-9)

  • One 4 hour Day Camp for Children Ages 6-9 (9:30 am to 1:30 pm)
    • Children up to 13 may attend, however the program and its activities are structured for 6-9 year olds

$55*

Includes:
  • In-depth Guided Tour of the Zoo
  • Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Exciting animal encounters (some hands-on contact)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Photo with your favorite animal
  • Food to feed the animals

2020 Day Camp Dates:

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

  • Tues. 6/23 and  Thurs. 6/25
  • Tues. 6/30 and  Thurs. 7/2
  • Tues. 7/7 and  Thurs. 7/9
  • Tues. 7/14 and  Thurs. 7/16
  • Tues. 7/21 and  Thurs. 7/23
  • Tues. 7/28 and  Thurs. 7/30
  • Tues. 8/4 and  Thurs. 8/6

If you wish to participate on the Junior Explorer Course AFTER THE camp there is a discounted price for any child who participated in Summer Safari that day. The discount is 20% off and is only available for immediate participation at 1:30 pm training time on the day of your camp visit. Unlike the senior summer safari group, this course is not a part of their day of camp, thus, the same rules and restrictions for chaperones on the Junior Course pertain.

* If your child has a 2020 zoo membership they will receive a discount on their day camp.  (5% off for silver members and 10% off for gold and gold+ members)  To receive the discount please call the Zoo at 804-739-5666 ext. 7 to book over the phone or book at the zoo. You must have an active membership to receive the discount.

* Group discount! Junior Summer Safari costs $50 per camper when you register 3 or more kids in the same transaction. All children purchased will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased

How to come prepared:

  • Purchase a ticket. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  • Bring a lunch for your camper
  • Bring large water bottles filled with cold water
  • Dress appropriately: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen. (NO FLIP FLOPS, CROCS, OR OPEN BACKED SHOES) They will be outside rain or shine

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Senior Summer Safari  (Ages 10-13)

  • One  6 hour Day Camp for Children Ages 10-13
    • This program’s activities are structured for children ages 10-13. Although we understand maturity transitions are different for each child this camp is only for those who are currently 10 years old.

$75*

Includes:
  • In-depth Guided Tour of the Zoo
  • Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Climb through the Tree-to-tree zipline & obstacle course (Junior Explorer Course)
  • Exciting animal encounters (some hands-on contact)
  • Animal enrichment project

2020 Day Camp Dates:

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

  • Wed. 6-24
  • Wed. 7-1
  • Wed. 7-8
  • NEW THIS YEAR Fri. 7-10
  • Wed. 7-15
  • Wed. 7-22
  • Wed. 7-29
  • Wed. 8-5

* If your child has a 2020 zoo membership they will receive a discount on their day camp.  (5% off for silver members and 10% off for gold and gold+ members)  To receive the discount please call the Zoo at 804-739-5666 to book over the phone or book at the zoo. You must have an active membership to receive the discount.

* Group discount! Senior Summer Safari costs $70 per camper when you register 3 or more kids in the same transaction. All children purchased will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased

How to come prepared:

  • Purchase a ticket. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  • Bring a lunch for your camper
  • Bring large water bottles filled with cold water
  • Dress appropriately: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen. (NO FLIP FLOPS, CROCS, OR OPEN BACKED SHOES) They will be outside rain or shine

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Registration is available online or in person.  Due to the popularity of this program, dates will not be held until payment is received.  Registration and Emergency forms MUST be on file before camper can participate. This is a camp for children. Parents and chaperones are not allowed to participate and/or follow the group around the zoo.

Upon purchase you must agree to the following terms: 

Completion of the  Permission and Medical Release form immediately upon purchase of camp.  Declaring  that your child is physically and mentally able to participate in this camp that is away from his/her parents.

**Parents/guardians are not allowed to walk with nor follow the group throughout the zoo during the SUMMER SAFARI. This is distracting to the group and interrupts the teaching activity for all the campers.

The Metro Richmond Zoo reserves the right to cancel any Summer Safari program. Participants will be notified by phone call or email. In the event of cancellation by the Metro Richmond Zoo, you may reschedule to another available Summer Safari date or request a full refund. Since all activities take place outdoors, cancellation may occur in the event of inclement weather. In the event of campers who cancel their Summer Safari date or “do not show” without prior notification, a refund will not be given.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s registration please give us a call at (804) 739-5666


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