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CAMP FAQ's

 

How long is the Camp day?

The regular full week day camp runs from 9am to 4pm. Extended Care is available commencing at 7am and closing at 6:00pm. Extended care must be prearranged and is an additional $10 per day per family. After 6:00pm a rate will be charged of $1 per minute and is due upon arrival. As an outdoor education center we do have night time programs running onsite that staff are required to participate in.

Please note that before and after camp programs are not typically a structured program like we conduct during the day.  Campers are provided with the option of free play, to watch an animal related movie, visit our library or do a craft.

 

Is transportation available to and from Camp?

No, we do not have the option for busing at this time.

 

What is the structure of a typical day?

Each day is very different, please check out the program page of the camp you are considering and review the list of different themes and possible activities.  Our focus is for campers to spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking and learning about nature. Campers will interact with our animal ambassadors, however for the health and well-being of our animals they do need to have some time off during the day.

 

What are campers required to bring with them each day?

All campers must bring their own peanut free packed lunch, 2 snacks and beverages. Water is available at the camp. All campers should ensure that they pack sunscreen and a hat in the summer months.  All campers MUST wear close toes shoes – running shoes. We do not allow campers on-site in sandals, flip-flops or crocs.

PLEASE NOTE –  If your camper has a nut allergy please contact us before registering. Also please refer to our Nut Allergy Alert Page.

For Winter Camp Programs please ensure to pack clothing according to the clothing guidelines provided in your camper package.

A full list of items is located in the Marten Parent Handbook Section.

How many campers are there in a group?

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue has 10 unique programs for kids ranging in age from 4-16 years old. Our overall camper to staff ratio varies based on the age from 6 to 1 to 10 to 1 for older campers.  Senior staff members are constantly interacting with camper groups, providing on-going supervision and direction to staff every day. Due to the nature of our activities and work with animals all programs have a limited number of spaces available each week.

 

My child is allergic to peanuts. Is the Camp a PEANUT FREE program?

We ask that campers do not bring any peanut or nut based products to the camp.  Please note our camp takes at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue which house many animals that have nuts in their daily diet.  Although we do not allow children to bring nut products in our space, there may be nut products on-site as part of many of the animal’s daily diet.   If your camper has a nut allergy, we recommend you speak to our program operator prior to registering for camp and read our nut allergy page.

 

Can the Camp accommodate children with special needs?

We are happy to integrate children with special needs, working with animals is a great experience for all children. Depending on each child’s individual circumstances will depend if Soper Creek Wildlife Nature Center is a good camp choice, if our program is a good fit we encourage parents to send support staff that their child is familiar with to camp with them. Camp is an excellent way for children of all abilities to grow and learn, and being exposed to a broad range of people with different skills and talents is a rewarding and enriching experience for any child. Parents of a child with special needs are asked to call the camp directly to discuss the inclusion of their child at camp.

Unfortunately as an outdoor facility with natural pathways we are not wheelchair accessible. It is simply impossible to groom the forest to make it so, as we do sit on protected land. We do offer a wide variety of animal based workshops that take place in our shelter which can be accessed by wheel chairs. Should you wish to speak to someone about this please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

How important is camper safety?

Safety is always #1 at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. Due to the nature of our camp and our daily interaction with animals we take camp safety very seriously. We continuously evaluate every aspect of camp, including arrivals, departures, exposure to elements, staff qualifications, activities and animal interaction.

 

Are campers always supervised?

Campers are supervised at all times, and work directly 1-1 with a camp staff when interacting with the animals.

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