Zoo Camp FAQ

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Zoo Camp FAQ

My child is under four, can they come to Zoo Camp?

If your child is under 4 they must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for Zoo Camp:

  • Their fourth birthday takes place within two weeks of camp.
  • Must have prior camp/daycare/school experience.
  • Must speak English and be able to follow directions.
  • MUST BE POTTY TRAINED. Children are offered frequent bathroom breaks. We cannot provide any bathroom assistance.

My child is over 10, can they come to Zoo Camp?

Camp Wildlife Koas will accept 11 year olds however the curriculum is designed for those between the ages of 8-10. If your child is older than 11yrs we do not currently offer a camp program for them. If your child is a teenager and would be interested in Volunteering as a Junior Leader please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at scarlos@honzoosoc.org.

Does my child need a lunch?

Yes. We provide snacks and water throughout the day but you are responsible for sending your child with a reusable water bottle and a lunch. Both of which can be purchased online.

For the first time ever Taste, Honolulu Zoo Catering is offering to provide a weeks’ worth of hot lunches for $50 per week. Lunch package needs to be pre-ordered online the Thursday prior to camp date. Printable menus are posted for each week. Nutritional information upon request.

If your child has special dietary needs please contact our Program Director at jsmith@honzoosoc.org

What if I arrive late?

If you are running late please call our Camp Manager at (808) 554-7173. This number will put you in touch with a camp counselor who will coordinate with you. If for whatever reason they are not able to answer the phone or get back to you in time, please report to the Membership desk at the front of the Zoo for assistance.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If you need to pick up your child early please coordinate with your Camp Leader during drop off. If it is last minute call our Camp Manager at (808) 554-7173. This number will put you in touch with a camp counselor who will coordinate with you. If for whatever reason they are not able to answer the phone or get back to you in time, please report to the Membership desk at the front of the Zoo for assistance.

Who can pick up/ drop off my child?

Only the adults (over the age of 18) who are listed on the Parental Consent form are authorized to pick up your child. These adults may or may not be different than those you put down as emergency contact during your registration. All adults will be required to show a photo ID when picking up children.

Do I need a +1 (US) line for my child to attend camp?

Yes. Before your child can join us at Zoo Camp we need to have at least one +1 (US) phone number. We cannot place international calls from our Camp Cell. It is important this is a personal line that can put us immediately in touch with a parent in case of emergency and NOT a hotel line.

Why are campers required to speak and understand English?

While we have many bilingual campers and a few bilingual camp staff, this is a safety policy. Everyone needs to be able to understand directions given by any of the camp staff, junior leaders or Zoo employees.

Why are campers required to bring a reusable water bottle?

While we have air-conditioned classrooms for our campers, they do spend the majority of the day out in the Zoo learning and playing games. It can get rather hot and humid in the Hawaii climate and it is important that kids are able to drink water whenever they need and while they are out and about Campers can refill water bottles with ice cold water throughout the day.

What should my child wear to camp?

Campers are required to wear closed toe shoes. We suggest sending them in a pair that you know will stay on their feet during rigorous play. Please apply sunscreen prior to camp and send them with a hat for additional sun protection.

Will my child be touching animals?

The short answer is no. However we do have a petting zoo that is home to goats, chickens and other domestic animals that campers can touch when supervised. Your child will never be forced to touch or interact with an animal if they do not want to.

Can I pay for Aftercare or Lunch on a daily basis?

No. These are package items and we do not offer a daily rate.

Don’t see your question here? Email education@honzoosoc.org

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