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Questions about Our Camp Programs

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Camp Details

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What is Busch Gardens Camp?

New for the summer of 2018, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is launching a summer day camp pilot program for six weeks starting the week of July 9th.  Each week the park will play host to camps geared towards providing educational and fun activities for campers to enjoy at the park.  

What do the camps include?

Day Camps include the following amenities:

  • Daily lunches, snacks & drinks
  • A Camp T-shirt (required for campers to wear at all times) and a water bottle
    • Additional t-shirts are available for purchase during your child’s camp week for $5/each or via our Call Center.
  • Admissions to the park during camp hours is included

What is the schedule for camps?

Week #1 – July 9th through July 13th

  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 8-10

Week #2 – July 16th through July 20th

  • Ages 10-12
  • Ages 12-14

Week #3 – July 23rd through July 27th

  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 8-10

Week #4 – July 30th through August 3rd

  • Ages 10-12
  • Ages 12-14

Week #5 – August 6th through August 10th

  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 8-10

Week #6 – August 13th through August 17th

  • Ages 10-12
  • Ages 12-14

What are the hours of camps?

Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Check-in is each morning from 8:30 am – 9:00 am.  Campers must be present prior to or at 9:00 am as the program will start promptly at 9:00 am each morning.

Do any of the camp groups visit Water Country USA?

Camp age groups 10-12 and 12-14 may visit Water Country USA for one day during their week-long program. This will be communicated to parents prior to the start of their program.  The younger age groups will not visit Water Country USA as part of their camp programs. Campers visiting Water Country USA must have the ability to be able to swim independently and parents should communicate any concerns prior.

Who are the Busch Gardens Day Camp Team Members?

Our seasonal camp counselors are highly motivated, experienced college students and teachers that are carefully selected and background screened. Day camp counselors spend a full week training at Busch Gardens prior to campers’ arrival.  Our entire camp team also trains and possesses First Aid, CPR, and AED training prior to the start of camps.

What type of food is served during the program?

Busch Gardens provides all lunches throughout the course of the program with foods ranging from burgers to spaghetti to sandwiches.

 

NOTE: Some available food products may contain or have been processed in proximity to peanut and/or other allergenic ingredients. Please specify any dietary preferences, allergies and/or restrictions on the Health History Form, and elaborate on the possible reaction if consumed. While camps can accommodate a simple vegetarian diet, please provide non-perishable supplements for more complex dietary needs.

What photo opportunities will campers have?

Campers will have the ability to take photos park wide as a park guest, and in a few behind the scenes areas. We suggest they bring a camera to take their own photos throughout the week. There are certain ride and zoo back areas where cameras are prohibited and counselors will inform campers where they may or may not use cameras.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged cameras brought to camp.

Will my child be able to shop?

Campers are provided with everything needed during their day at camp, including food and drinks. There will be no time to shop, so please do not send your child to camp with money. Busch Gardens is not responsible for lost money or valuables.

What is the Busch Gardens Camps refund policy?

  • If written notice of cancellation is received more than SIX WEEKS prior to the session, 100% of the camp fee will be returned.
  • If written notice of cancellation is received between FOUR (4) TO SIX (6) WEEKS prior to the session, 50% of the camp fee will be returned.
  • If written notice of cancellation is received FOUR (4) WEEKS OR LESS prior to camp, the entire camp fee will be forfeit.
  • Rebooking into an open session within the same calendar year is an option. If a participant leaves camp early, or is dismissed, no refund will be given.

Preparing For Camp

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Do I need to complete all the registration forms and releases?

For campers to attend Busch Gardens Camps, it is mandatory that all forms and releases be filled out accurately and completely. Busch Gardens partners with CampDocs for forms to be completed electronically online.

Where do parents/campers go for check-in / pick up?

Guests will be directed to use our Employee/Delivery Entrance off Route US 60 (located next to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery). Please bring your email confirmation on the first day of check-in and present to Security at our Security vehicle checkpoint. Be prepared for the possibility of a random vehicle search when entering park premises. From there you will be directed toward our England parking lot where signage will guide you where to go for camp check-in.

 

Camp Check in location

May I pack a lunch for my child if he/she doesn’t like the daily menu selection?

Parents are free to pack a lunch for their camper(s) in day camps. Please leave the clearly labeled lunch container with a camp supervisor in the morning and we will deliver homemade lunches to campers at lunchtime. Do not pack perishable items as refrigeration is not available. Camp fees are not discounted if a camper brings his or her own lunch.

What attire should my camper wear?

Campers will be provided one complimentary camp t-shirt on the first day of camp. Campers are required to wear these shirts at all times during camp.  Additional t-shirts are available for purchase during camp for $5 per t-shirt.

Parents are recommended to dress campers for outdoor physical activities that are appropriate with the weather on the day of their camp.  Regarding footwear, we recommend tennis shoes for all days that the camp group is at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (most days if not all for certain age groups).  When visiting Water Country USA (for certain age groups), we recommend Aqua-Socks for campers to wear.

When does my child get his/her t-shirt?

Campers receive their t-shirt during check-in on the first day of camp. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase during your child’s camp week for $5/each.

Do I need to send over-the-counter medications?

Health Services keeps the most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications on-hand for all of our park guests, including campers. It is not necessary to send any of these medicines to camp! Because we cannot dispense any medication without parental and/or physician authorization, please be sure to complete the OTC Medication Release Form and note the available OTC medicines. For the safety of all campers, all medicines, OTC and/or prescription, are collected by Health Services upon arrival and dispensed as required.

Will my child be able to shop?

Campers are provided with everything needed during their day at camp, including food and drinks. There will be no time to shop, so please do not send your child to camp with money. Busch Gardens is not responsible for lost money or valuables.

Safety and Health

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How can Camp participants be contacted during the program?

At the first day of camp check-in, parents/guardians will be given a cell phone number to reach the on-duty Camp Supervisor if an emergency occurs or to notify our team when you are ready and on property to pick up your child. Carrying cell phones or other electronic gear during a regular camp day by campers is discouraged, but not prohibited, because of potential disruption to programming. Campers that do have cell phones on them and that are causing a disruption with them will have their devices taken away from them by camp staff till the end of the day.

What is the procedure in a medical emergency?

For all minor injuries and illnesses that occur at any of the parks, the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Health Services team is available. For serious injuries and illnesses, participants will be transported to the closest hospital. A Busch Gardens representative will contact you in case of an emergency. For your child’s safekeeping, it is required that all your medical consent to treat, medical history forms, and insurance information are complete and signed before registration is considered complete.

Who are the Busch Gardens Day Camp Team Members?

Our seasonal camp counselors are highly motivated, experienced college students and teachers that are carefully selected and background screened. Day camp counselors spend a full week training at Busch Gardens prior to campers’ arrival.  Our entire camp team also trains and possesses First Aid, CPR, and AED training prior to the start of camps.

Are there health concerns for which my child may be sent home?

Some skin conditions, respiratory ailments, and other diseases are highly contagious for people and animals. If a Health Services Team Member identifies your camper as being infectious, that he/she has an elevated temperature upon arrival, or exhibits signs of head lice, it will be necessary to send him/her home. Please evaluate any skin irritations or itching, or general health problems before coming to camp in order to avoid any inconvenience, expense, or disappointment.

What are some possible health concerns of the program and how can they be prevented?

Some participants will have the opportunity to ride roller coasters and other theme park rides on which they may experience high speeds and zero gravity. Campers will also be in close proximity to many species of animals where they may encounter the animals and associated dander, feathers, or food items. It is imperative to note any health issues or known food, animal or insect, and plant allergies on the Health History Form, and to elaborate on the severity of any condition or reaction.

 

NOTE: Some available food products may contain or have been processed in proximity to peanut and/or other allergenic ingredients. Please specify any dietary preferences, allergies and/or restrictions on the Health History Form, and elaborate on the possible reaction if consumed or touched. While Day Camps can accommodate a simple vegetarian diet, please provide non-perishable supplements for more complex dietary needs or dietary restrictions.


Be sure to review and complete the OTC Medications Release Form. Busch Gardens staff CANNOT DISPENSE ANY MEDICATIONS WITHOUT PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION.


Sun, heat, and humidity can be a dangerous mix in Virginia. Participants should wear sunscreen (not provided) and protective clothing (e.g. light, cotton clothing, a hat, and sunglasses) and drink plenty of water to prevent sunburn and overheating.

What happens during inclement weather?

Safety is a top priority at Busch Gardens. Camp leadership and counselors will balance the components of the program with the current weather conditions. Weather conditions are monitored closely by our Park Operations department and our enjoyment of the park elements is contingent upon the proximity and nature of weather factors such as lightning or high winds.


Rain and thunderstorms occur often in Virginia and may affect some camp activities. Our park observes strict weather protocols. When lightning has been spotted within 3 miles of our park, for everyone’s safety, guests and Team Members are required to seek shelter. Campers will be moved to the closest indoor location until the threat has passed.


If Park Operations has called the severe weather code before or during camp dismissal, dismissal must be temporarily halted until the weather passes. This is for everyone’s safety. We ask that should you arrive at camp dismissal during bad weather and it appears that no staff is on hand immediately; we are following our safety procedures and have everyone safely inside an indoor location. We will resume check out once we are given the “all clear” from our Park Operations team.


During more severe weather, such as a hurricane, camp management will make a decision about canceling a Day Camp on a case-by-case basis. Camps are not canceled for rain. Once a Day Camp is canceled, it cannot be rescheduled for the original date even if the weather clears or other factors change. You will NOT receive a refund for missed days due to inclement weather. Parents/guardians will be contacted in a timely manner should such an event occur.

Do campers have to participate in all activities?

We design events to be enjoyable and realize that sometimes the schedule includes something new for some participants. Everyone is encouraged to participate to the best of their ability during group activities.

Do I need to send over-the-counter medications?

Health Services keeps the most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications on-hand for all of our park guests, including campers. It is not necessary to send any of these medicines to camp! Because we cannot dispense any medication without parental and/or physician authorization, please be sure to complete the OTC Medication Release Form and note the available OTC medicines. For the safety of all campers, all medicines, OTC and/or prescription, are collected by Health Services upon arrival and dispensed as required.

What type of food is served during the program?

Busch Gardens provides all lunches throughout the course of the program with foods ranging from burgers to spaghetti to sandwiches.

 

NOTE: Some available food products may contain or have been processed in proximity to peanut and/or other allergenic ingredients. Please specify any dietary preferences, allergies and/or restrictions on the Health History Form, and elaborate on the possible reaction if consumed. While camps can accommodate a simple vegetarian diet, please provide non-perishable supplements for more complex dietary needs.

May I pack a lunch for my child if he/she doesn’t like the daily menu selection?

Parents are free to pack a lunch for their camper(s) in day camps. Please leave the clearly labeled lunch container with a camp supervisor in the morning and we will deliver homemade lunches to campers at lunchtime. Do not pack perishable items as refrigeration is not available. Camp fees are not discounted if a camper brings his or her own lunch.

After-Camp Care

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What is “After Camp Extended Care”?

For those guests who may have difficulty picking up their child at 4:00 pm, Busch Gardens is offering after camp care from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a $20 fee per day. Parents may pick up their child at any time during these hours. Please note during these hours activities will be limited to movies, games, etc.

How do I add the extended care add-on option for my camper(s)?

You may contact Education Reservations at 813-884-4FUN (4386) or visit our website to add this option at any time. If your child is signed up for Extended Care, please pick them up before or at 6:00 pm.

Can my child stay in the park after camp unattended?

Busch Gardens will NOT release or allow campers to leave our program and stay in the park unattended and not in the supervision of an adult or supervising companion (any guest with sound judgement and at least 14 years of age).

  • Dates, times, pricing and offerings are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. See park hours for dates and times, events for available offerings and More Details on products for additional information. You may also contact us online or visit the Welcome Center inside the park.