Winter Camp

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The Topeka Zoo is excited to offer Winter Escape Adventure Camp!

This camp is geared toward children ages 6-12, and registration is on a DAILY basis—so you can sign up for as many days as you’d like. The 2016 dates are December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30.

The dates and themes are below:

Wednesday, December 21: Dark Side of the Earth: Exploring the Winter Solstice: This day of camp will brighten your day as we discuss solstices and their effects on cultures and animals around the world.

Thursday, December 22: Island of Misfit Animals: Channeling the Island of Misfit Toys, this camp will focus on the weird and wild creatures of the world that are loved for their oddities.

Friday, December 23: Ice Age: Venture into the past as we unearth prehistoric beasts that lived during the Ice Age and meet some of their modern relatives.

Wednesday, December 28: Polar Opposites: From penguins to polar bears, walruses to foxes, bundle up for this day of camp as we discuss the frozen poles of the Earth!

Thursday, December 29: Winter is Coming: Join us as we explore hibernation, migration, and other activities plants and animals use to prepare for the harsh, cold winter to come.

Friday, December 30: Harry Potter: Witches and wizards, grab your cauldrons, spells, and wands as this day of camp is themed around the magic and animals of Harry Potter.

Camp will run from 9:00-3:00 and will be held mainly in the Gary Clarke Education Room. Each camp day will include a live animal education program, behind-the-scenes tour, crafts, games, and more! Campers are to bring their own lunch; afternoon snacks will be provided each day. There is no stay-late option for this camp.

The cost is $55/day for FOTZ members and $65/day for non-members. Registration will open on Monday, October 24th, 2016.

Cancellations:  If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $10.  The Zoo will not refund any registration fees if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date.

Please call 785-368-9137 for more information. You can sign up for one or multiple days of camp at a time; payment required to secure registration.

 

KDHE Forms

These forms are required to be completed by the morning of the first day of camp (before you drop your child off), otherwise your child cannot attend camp until we have the following paperwork. These are kept on file for an entire calendar year–so you only need to fill them out once per camp year. Thus, if your child attended spring break or summer camp at the zoo in 2016, you do NOT need to refill out these forms.

Health History Form –> Required for ALL children. Immunization records are not required if your child attended school in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma this year. Immunization records are required if they did not attend public/private school or attended in another state other than KS, MO, or OK. Please note that this form has to be completed in its entirety. We need all names and street addresses where it asks for them (street intersections do not work). If none of the boxes at the top of page 2 are applicable, please write “NA” in each box.

Authorization for Emergency Medical Care –> Required for ALL children. You do not need a notary if you have someone else witness your signature and sign as well. Please note, health insurance information is required at the bottom. If your child does not have any allergies, please write “NA” on that line.

The following two forms are only required for children who bring medication, EpiPens, inhalers, etc to camp. You will only choose one of the following.

Authorization for Self-Administration of Medication –> Please fill this out if you have a child who will be dispensing their own medications while at camp–including medicine, EpiPens, inhalers, etc. This means that camp counselors do not carry around these items and the camper is responsible for dispensing medication to themselves. You do NOT need it signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.

Authorization for Dispensing Medications to Children –> Please fill this out if you have a child who wishes to have camp staff dispense medication to them. This includes having counselors carry around EpiPens, inhalers, medicines, etc and having the staff dispense it as needed.

You may email completed forms to RRost@Topeka.org before camp starts or may bring them to the first day of camp your child attends this year. Please contact 785-368-9137 with questions.

 

Ready to sign up? Because our FOTZ members receive a discount ($10 per camp) there are two separate forms. Please ensure you click the right one or we will contact you to pay the difference. If you are unable to pay the difference or if you are unreachable, your registration will become invalid and your payment will be returned. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call Friends of the Topeka Zoo at 368-9161. Thank you!

 

Thinking about a membership? If you are signing up for at least camps, a family FOTZ membership pays for itself! Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member or sign up today.

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