May 1, 2009
Registration for Long Island Game Farm’s Camp Zoo Starts May 15
MANORVILLE, N.Y. — On May 15, The Long Island Game Farm will begin accepting applications for this summer season at its fun and educational Camp Zoo, a weeklong day camp where children learn about animals, zoology and environmental conservation from an experienced teacher and animal lover. There will be a series of three consecutive weekly sessions designed for children 4-11 years of age. Each session will take place at the Game Farm from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp Zoo will provide children with a fun-filled, rich, learning environment they will remember all year.
This year’s Camp Zoo schedule is as follows:
July 20-24: For children ages 4-8
July 27-31: For children ages 7-11
August 3-7: For children ages 4-11
Each day at Camp Zoo will offer new and exciting experiences such as zoo tours, up-close animal encounters, nature hikes, scavenger hunts and talks with the Game Farm’s zoo keepers. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, animal stories, sing-alongs, nature-related games, and informative animal tours.
“We can’t wait to get started with our sixth year of Camp Zoo. This program is as exciting for us as it will be for the young campers. The camp is the ultimate animal experience where children will learn in-depth about different animals and wildlife issues. Our mission has always been to offer high-quality fun and education to families across Long Island and Camp Zoo takes that concept one step farther to really get the kids involved,” said Melinda Novak, Co-Owner of the Long Island Game Farm. “This looks to be our most fun year yet!”
The fee for new campers is $345 per week. Returning campers pay a reduced rate of $295 per week. Rates include all applicable taxes and fees. All campers receive a Camp Zoo T-shirt as well as a personalized CD filled with photographs of their experience at Camp Zoo. Campers will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The Long Island Game Farm can accept about 25 campers for each session of Camp Zoo, so sign up early. A waiting list will be established for weeks that are filled.
Again this year, Camp Zoo is offering the position of Junior Counselor to 12- to 14-year-olds who have completed at least one week of Camp Zoo. Junior Counselors will get the opportunity to educate younger children while learning more about their favorite animals and earning their Long Island Game Farm Junior Camp Counselor certification. Junior Counselors attend camp for a reduced rate of $225 per week.
Reservations are made when a deposit of $100 per child, per week is received. All balances are due by June 15. Any camper who registers after that date is required to pay the amount in full. Considering the limited class sizes, Camp Zoo is expected to fill up quickly. To register, fill out the online application, or call (631) 878-6670 to receive the application by mail. Please return the application and/or check to: Long Island Game Farm, P.O. Box 97, Manorville, NY 11949. Attn: Camp Zoo.