In order to ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for all campers and all leaders in all groups, the Magnetic Hill Zoo Camp has implemented the following policies. All parents/guardians will be required to accept the conditions of these policies on the registration form. To help you complete your child’s registration form in a timely manner, it is recommended that you read these policies before the first night of registration. Thank you for our ongoing interest and support of our summer day camp program. We are looking forward to having your campers join us again this summer!!
- All campers aged 5-13 years will be given a camp hat and are required to wear their camp hat during all outdoor activities for identification purposes and for protection from the sun.
- During camp, campers may be videotaped or photographed by or on behalf of the MHZoo. Attendance at camp serves as permission for use of these images for the promotion of the Zoo’s education programs. Parents can opt out of this policy by indicating on their child’s registration form.
- No refunds are given if a cancellation is received within 14 days of the first day of camp in which a camper is registered (except in the case of unforeseen circumstances).
All peanut and nut products are prohibited at camp.
A $35 fine will be issued in case of no justifiable reason for late pick-ups after 5:30pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult into the Education Center every morning and picked up at the same place every evening.
The footpath leading to the Education Center is located immediately to the left of the Zoo's Entrance Building and is accessed from the Zoo's parking lot.
Parents must advise the leaders if a different adult will be picking up or dropping off their child.
Zoo Camp reserves the right to terminate attendance if warranted.
PHYSICAL AND VERBAL AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR
If a camper is deliberately physically and/or verbally aggressive towards other camper(s) or staff, the camper will be immediately dismissed from camp for the remainder of the day.
Upon consultation between parents and staff, the camper may be permitted to return to camp the next day. However, if a second incident occurs during the same week, the camper will be dismissed from camp for the remainder of the week.
Parents/guardians will be required to pick up their child within an hour of being notified of the aforementioned incident(s).
Physical aggressive behaviour is defined as hitting, punching, kicking, biting, hair pulling, stomping on toes, shoving, nonverbal intimidation or other behaviours with the intent to cause physical harm.
Verbal aggressive behaviour is defined as inappropriate, abusive or discriminatory language; bullying; verbal intimidation; racial slurs; uttering threats or other behaviours with the intent to cause emotional harm.
Zoo Camp welcomes all campers and strives to include and support campers with additional needs. Campers with additional needs may attend camp with or without a caregiver, depending on their abilities.
A caregiver is required for campers who have caregivers in educational institutions/home school settings and/or if a camper is not able to participate during a camp day on his or her own, due to additional needs.
The caregiver receives free admission to zoo camp however; admission to the Magic Mountain water park is not included.
If the Zoo staff determine that a camper requires a caregiver in order to ensure a positive camp experience for that camper and the other campers in their group, the parents/guardians will be required to provide a caregiver or an alternative arrangement.
The French and English programs will run simultaneously and independently of each other.
Zoo camp is not a second language immersion program. The leaders will only converse with and provide instruction to the campers in the language of the program in which the camper is registered. (ie. No simultaneous translation.)
If a child does not have the ability and willingness to speak English or French while at camp, parents/guardians must provide translation/interpretation.
A camper will be moved to a program deemed suitable for their language needs if they are unable or unwilling to speak/understand the program. This is a safety precaution to prevent miscommunication in the event of an emergency. This also will ensure a continuous learning experience for the other campers.
- 5-7 year old age group: The 5-7 year old age group is intended for children ages 5, 6 or 7 years old. Campers must be at least 5 years old by the first day of the camp week in which they have registered. (For example, if a camper turns 5 years old on July 11, 2019, then the camper may attend camp on the week of July 15 or later in the summer.) 8 year olds are also permitted in the 5-7 year old age group.
- 8-10 year old age group: The 8-10 year old age group is intended for children ages 8, 9 or 10 years old. Campers must be at least 8 years old by the first day of the camp week in which they have registered. (ie. If a camper turns 8 on July 11, 2019 then the camper may attend camp on July 15 or later in the summer.) 11 year olds age also permitted in the 8-10 year old age group.
A 7 year old may register for an 8-10 year old age group if the following 2 requirements are met:
- The 7 year old will be turning 8 years old by December 31, 2019.
- An adult aged 18 years or older accompanies, and is responsible for, the 7 year old child on Magic Mountain day.
- 11-13 year old age group: The 11-13 year old age group is intended for children ages 11, 12 or 13 years old. A 10 year old camper may register for an 11-13 year old group if the 10 year old is turning 11 years old by December 31, 2019.
- 14-17 year old age group: The 14-17 year old age group is intended for youth ages 14, 15, 16 or 17 years old. 14-17 year old campers must be at least 14 years old by the first day of the camp week in which they have registered. (For example, if a camper turns 14 on July 11, 2019 then the camper may attend camp on July 15 or later in the summer.)
NUMBER OF TIMES A CAMPER CAN ATTEND PER SUMMER
- If you wish to register your 5-7 year old camper for more than one week this summer, the camper may attend a maximum of one week during the Animal Habitats theme and may attend a maximum of one week during the Animal Helpers theme.
- If you wish to register your 8-10 year old camper for more than one week this summer, the camper may attend a maximum of one week during the Animal Senses theme and may attend a maximum of one week during the Animal Olympians theme.
- An 11-13 year old camper may attend a maximum of one week per summer.
- A 14-17 year old camper may attend a maximum of one week per summer.
MAGIC MOUNTAIN DAY FOR 8-13 YEAR OLDS
- Magic Mountain day will be on Wednesday. In case of inclement weather, Magic Mountain Day will be changed to Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
- Zoo Camp reserves the right to change which weekday the 8-13 year olds attend Magic Mountain in order to take advantage of the best possible weather forecast.
- All campers need their bathing suit, extra t-shirt, towel, water bottle, and sunscreen on Magic Mountain Day.
- All campers should arrive wearing their bathing suit and sunscreen.
- All campers must wear sunscreen and a T-shirt with short sleeves in the water at Magic Mountain.
- Zoo Camp is not responsible for 7 year olds while at Magic Mountain. Parents/guardians must provide an adult ages 18 years of age or older to accompany their 7 year old camper when Zoo Camp attends the Magic Mountain water park.
KEEPER CAMP FOR 14-17 YEAR OLDS
- Keeper campers are required to provide their own steel toe boots that cover the ankle. Boots that are similar to shoes, leaving the ankle exposed, are not permitted. The campers must wear these boots whenever they are working in an Animal Care section. Campers can wear sneakers or sandals during the remainder of the day.
- Keeper campers must be accompanied by an adult to the Education Center every morning and picked up at the same place every evening. However, on the first day of camp, the parent or guardian can sign a form granting permission for their keeper camper to wait, without adult supervision, outside the Education gate before 8 am and/or after 4:30 pm.
- Keeper campers will be given a zoo t-shirt. Campers are required to wear their camp t-shirt during all activities that take place in the animal care sections.
- Keeper campers will be given a zoo baseball hat and will be required to wear this hat while outdoors during periods of extreme heat and/or humidity. It is optional for campers to wear their zoo hat during the remainder of the day.
- Keeper campers must follow all safety rules and regulations as set by the Animal Care and Education Staff of the Magnetic Hill Zoo. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations causing potential endangerment to themselves, other Magnetic Hill Zoo Staff, the general public, and the animals will result in immediate removal from the Program without refund.