SUMMER CAMP RESOURCES
General Camp Welcome Letter
Extended Care Welcome Letter
Summer Camp Code of Conduct
Accommodations for Campers with Special Needs
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all campers are welcome. In order to best meet the needs of your camper, we welcome you to contact us to discuss any special prior to camp. We are more than happy to discuss all the options available. Please note that although WCS Education does not require camp staff to have a background or certification in special education our camp instructional staff do receive pre-camp training that includes basic skills for working with children who have special needs and how to make accommodations for all children based on individual needs. Our camp counselors are not able to assist campers with toileting or medical needs so if your camper needs toileting or medical support during the camp day we do require a care provider attend camp with them, and there is no registration fee for care providers attending with a camper
Summer Camp FAQs
Can I sign my child up for multiple sessions?
Yes! There are two different topics for almost all age groups. Sign up for the session that is most interesting to your child or sign up for both for the complete aquarium experience!
Is there an option for extended-day camp?
Yes! We offer an extended-day option that runs until 5:30 pm each day to accommodate later pickup. It is an additional fee of $115 (Members) and $140 (Non-members) per week.
Is there a discount for registering multiple children?
We do not offer a multiple child discount. We do offer discounts off the base price for Wildlife Conservation Society members.
Do I get a refund if my child is sick?
No we do not offer refunds for campers that are unable to attend camp because they are sick.
What do I do on the first day of camp?
We will provide to you plenty of information about your camp in the Welcome Packet. On the first day, we will provide the camp policies and safety rules that you will need to sign so please try to arrive a few minutes early.
What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?
Please call us if you need to collect your child early on any give day so that we can inform the parking attendants and/or lobby of your arrival.
Should my child bring lunch to camp?
Each day, please send your camper with lunch that is free of peanuts and tree nuts. We aim to provide an allergy-free environment for all campers while at the aquarium. We will provide a healthy snack on a daily basis that will also be nut-free. Be sure to pack a snack for your child if you are concerned about a food allergy. Please ensure that all allergies are listed on the medical form. Since we don't provide snack until mid-morning, please make sure that your camper eats a well-balanced breakfast each morning; having fun burns up a lot of energy! Also, please send your camper with a full, reusable water bottle. We make routine stops at the water fountain to cool down.
How much interaction will my child have with the animal collection?
Campers will experience close encounters with our education animal collection daily. Depending on availability, additional special activities could include opportunities to chat with keepers, animal enrichment opportunities, and close-ups with animals for feedings. This is subject to change based on several factors, such as the weather or the condition of the animal.
How should my child dress for camp?
Camp will take place rain or shine. Many of our activities revolve around outside activities. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather. Please make sure your camper is wearing sunscreen or can apply it independently; our counselors are not permitted to apply sunscreen on your child. Rain gear may be needed at times. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for your child's safety, especially on the days when we head to the beach.
On the first day of camp, your child will be given a special aquarium camp T-shirt. We require your child to wear this shirt every day of camp. It increases visibility while touring the aquarium and during beach excursions. Extra shirts can be purchased for $20 when you register or can be purchased on the first and second days of camp as supplies last.
Can I stay with my child during the day?
For the safety of campers, we do not allow adults who are not camp staff to spend time with the camp group. This includes parents, guardians, and/or caregivers.
What happens if my child can't attend a day or if they will be late?
Please contact us if your camper will be late to camp or absent on any given day. Please call 1-800-433-4149 to do so.
What if my child has special needs?
If your child has special needs (dietary, allergy, behavioral, physical, etc.), please notify us in advance by calling 1-800-433-4149. We want your child to have the best camp experience possible and we can only do this if we know the unique needs of your child!
Will my child be going into the water while at the beach?
Campers do not go swimming at NYA camp. We do, however, spend time on the beach and allow campers to splash and play along the shoreline (up to about knee-deep). Counselors are always right with campers and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. Some campers choose to sit on the shoreline as well and we can get pretty wet and sandy. We recommend that all campers bring a change of clothes with them, just in case. Campers may also bring a bathing suit for playing on the beach.
Our oldest campers (middle school and above) may also put on waders and go deeper into the water with staff for seining or other science activities. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.