Zoo Camp

 

 

Zoo Camp at Brookfield Zoo

Celebrate animals at Brookfield Zoo when you hop like a wallaby at the HAMILL FAMILY WILD ENCOUNTERS and take a spin on THE CAROUSEL! Each week of Camp is an exciting adventure into the wild world of animals! Your Camp counselors will be your expert safari guides as you and your friends explore animals from all over the world. You will take a tour on the MOTOR SAFARI, get crafty at the HAMILL FAMILY PLAY ZOO, see how high a dolphin can jump at DOLPHINS IN ACTION, and so much more!

 

Learn More about Zoo Camp


Summer Zoo Camp Schedule & Themes

During Week A, we will only have PreZoo Morning Camps available. All levels will run June 11 - August 10 with the exception of the week of July 4. 

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Each level of Zoo Camp rotates through three themes over the course of the summer. Those themes are: 

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Early Check in Day – May 19!

Want to come to your first day of Zoo Camp ready to go? Then stop by our Early Check-In day on Saturday, May 19!

You will be able to

✔ Pick up your t-shirts
✔ Purchase additional Zoo Camp gear
✔ Chat with some of the Zoo Camp Counselors and other Camp crew
✔ Meet our Inclusion Specialist and Camp Leadership Team
✔ Have your questions answered!

What? Zoo Camp Early Check-In
When? Saturday, May 19th – Stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Where? Brookfield Zoo, Discovery Center Lobby (Click here for a map!)
 
Please RSVP! In order to plan for the best Early Check-In day possible, we kindly ask that you RSVP online with the number of guests you are bringing. Your RSVP is appreciated—but not required—to attend so we hope you join us!

If you have additional questions about the Early Check-In day, send us an e-mail at adventuresinlearning@czs.org.

We can’t wait to see you at Zoo Camp!

Zoo Camp For All! Inclusion at Zoo Camp

At Zoo Camp, we remove barriers so all children can participate, regardless of ability. This means that children with and without disabilities and special needs are participating together in camp activities. Zoo Camp provides reasonable accommodations so activities can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. We are pleased to have an Inclusion Specialist on our staff whose role is to support our Counselor staff in providing inclusive experiences and making sure the Zoo is for all campers! Click here to get to know our Camp Leadership team, including our Inclusion Specialist. We also welcome you and your family to Early Check In Day on May 19 where you can meet Camp staff and get ready for your camper's first day at Zoo Camp.

We are committed to ensuring that your child has the best possible experience while at Zoo Camp and you can help us accomplish this. Upon completing registration, you will be sent a link to our Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire. Please fill out as much or as little of this form as you’d like. This form is meant to help us individualize the supports or accommodations your child may need at Zoo Camp. If you choose to complete this form, please submit it at least one week prior to your child’s first day of Zoo Camp so we may plan our staff training and resources accordingly.

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Scholarship Opportunity

Brookfield Zoo Camp strives to provide an inclusive environment for campers with and without disabilities. We believe that an inclusive environment at Zoo Camp provides an opportunity for campers to explore, learn, and connect with animals and nature in more meaningful ways. We are excited to offer up to 8 one-week scholarships for the 2018 camp season to provide campers with disabilities an opportunity to experience Zoo Camp.

Already registered for Zoo Camp? If your camper is currently enrolled in a Zoo Camp week you are still eligible to apply! (If the scholarship is awarded, your current camp fees will be refunded.)

How do I apply?
1. Please click here to read the qualification parameters. It is important that you read this document thoroughly.
2. Print and complete the application (opens in new window).
3. Mail completed applications to:
Brookfield Zoo
Attn: Zoo Camp – Scholarship Application
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL. 60513
Scholarship applications are accepted only by mail and must be received on or before April 20, 2018.
Scholarship recipients will be notified via phone by May 1, 2018.*Due to the anticipated number of applications we will only be able to contact those who are awarded the scholarship.

Unsure if your camper qualifies for this scholarship? Give us a call at 708-688-8540 and we would be happy to discuss if and how we are able to meet your camper’s needs.

Get Ready for Zoo Camp!


✔ Medical Waiver (Required) This document is required in order for your child to come to Camp. This online form must be completed prior to your child's camp session. You can login to your online account here to complete any forms. 

✔ Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire (Optional) If your child has a disability or special need, we encourage you to complete the Disability/Special Needs Questionnaire. We are committed to ensuring that your child has the best possible experience while at Zoo Camp and you can help us accomplish this. Upon completing registration, you will be sent a link to our Questionnaire. Please fill out as much or as little of this form as you’d like. This form is meant to help us individualize the supports or accommodations your child may need at Zoo Camp. If you choose to complete this form, please submit it at least one week prior to your child’s first day of Zoo Camp so we may plan our staff training and resources accordingly. 

✔ Parent Packet Your resource for all things Zoo Camp! This comprehensive packet includes everything you need to know to prepare for Zoo Camp: what to bring, how to dress, where to go, and more! 

✔ Follow the Zoo Camp fun! Zoo Camp is on Twitter and Facebook! Connect with us to get a virtual peek into the daily adventures your camper.  

Looking for your welcome packet? You will receive this packet via e-mail about one week before the start of your camp session. Make sure to add AdventuresInLearning@CZS.org to your trusted e-mail contacts so that important communications are not blocked by spam filters.

Summer Zoo Camp


 

Registation for summer Zoo Camp is now open! 
 



Click the buttons below to learn more about each level including pricing, scheduling, themes, and more:


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Have questions?
Check out the Zoo Camp Parent Packet for more information or contact the Education Department at adventuresinlearning@czs.org!

Cancellation and Refund Policy


We are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association, the only accreditation organization for camps in North America. The Association is recognized for its standards for camp health, safety, and programming. The organization partners with the American Red Cross and the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that camp practices are current and high quality. We believe in inclusion and welcome campers of all abilities. Only 7% of ACA-accredited camps provide an inclusive setting that allows participants with and without disabilities to enjoy the experience together. We are proud to be one of them.