Summer Camps

Camp Registration Information:

  • Registration must be completed in person at the Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech Street
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted
  • Children must be correct age at the start of their camp
  • Camp fees are non-refundable 
  • Both registration form and payment must be received to secure your child’s spot 

Camp Registration is CLOSED for the 2020 camp season. We will be contacting registered families with regards to our camp offerings.

Summer Junior Counselor:

We will not be accepting Junior Counselors for the 2020 camp season. 

Students aged 14 - 18 years can volunteer as a junior counselor and assist our Park Naturalist and part-time staff with Summer Nature Camps. Return this completed application, along with a cover letter explaining your interest, and a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member by May 1 for consideration. Volunteer spots are limited! Applicants will receive an in-person interview.

  • Help prepare, lead and clean up camp activities
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Minimum 2 week availability during the summer
  • Mandatory camp training on May 13, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Zion Nature Center

Zion Nature Center 2020 Summer Camp Modifications

Daily Employee Health Screening Process

All employees will complete a daily infrared temperature screening upon arrival at Zion Nature Center and upon leaving the facility. If an employee or their family members experience any of the symptoms identified below they will not report for work.

  • Temperature > 99.9° F
  • Persistent Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches/headache
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If an employee comes into contact with any other individual who is confirmed positive or suspected of having COVID‐19, the employee must contact their immediate supervisor before reporting for any work. Zion Nature Center staff will wear cloth or surgical face coverings during camp, and N-95 masks when working within close contact of children (i.e. indoors during inclement weather).

 Summer Camp Drop-off and Pick-up Process

Drop off will be curbside ONLY. Parents must remain in the car. Camp staff will come to the car window and ask the parent/guardian:

  • Has this child been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19?
  • Does this child have a fever of 99.9° or higher?
  • Do they have a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches/headache or abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in the last 72 hours?
  • Has this child been given a pain-killer or fever reducer this morning?

Staff will check the camper’s temperature using a no touch forehead thermometer. If the answer is yes, or if the camper has a fever of >99.9°F, the camper will NOT be allowed to attend camp until they have been symptom free for 72 hours for a fever and cough and 24 hours for vomiting and diarrhea. 

During pick up parents will pull up to the location and a staff member will get their child(ren), sanitize their hands and help them into the car.  Parents will be asked to remain in their car but will be allowed to pull over in the parking lot to help children buckle seats, etc. if needed.

Daily Summer Camp Procedures

Campers will remain in small groups of 10 or less children with 2 staff members. Camper/staff groupings will remain static for the entire length of that camp. If your child has a best friend or sibling attending the same camp please let us know if you would like them in the same group. We will try to group accordingly, but can make no guarantees. In the case of inclement weather, campers will be spread out within the Zion Nature Center for small group activities (remaining in assigned groups).

Outdoor areas around the Zion Nature Center and in the Zion Nature Sanctuary will be utilized for camp activities as much as possible, unless during inclement weather. Campers will stay with their groups and have a picnic style lunch/snack throughout the park.

Children’s belongings will remain separated from others’ in individually labeled bins. We request that belongings are limited to water bottle, hat and lunch/snack for the day. Any medications are to be placed in a clear Ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly labeled. No back packs, extra clothes, extra shoes, electronics, toys, sunscreen, bug spray (those you will need to apply before you arrive at drop off) will be allowed. All food and water will be provided by the campers for their own personal use. No sharing allowed between campers, including between siblings.

We will ensure adequate supplies of all camp materials to minimize sharing to the extent possible (art supplies, equipment etc. assigned to a single camper) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between uses.

Hand washing steps will be placed near all sinks as well as a fun song to sing while washing for those 20 seconds. Campers and staff will wash hands during check in, between each new activity and before lunch or snack. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be made available at all times for summer camps. Camp staff will be monitoring coughing and sneezing and have campers immediately wash hands and if required teach them to cough and sneeze into their elbows.

If Possible COVID-19 During Summer Camps

Parents are responsible to let either Interim Director or Parks Mindy Murdock or Naturalist Rachel Felling know immediately if their child has symptoms or has been diagnosed with a communicable disease. If a camper develops a fever of >99.9°F or has a consistent cough during the camp day a parent will be notified immediately to come pick up the camper. The camper may return after being symptom-free for 72 hours.

In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in attendance during a camp the Nature Center and all programs may consider closing for a short time (1-2 days) for cleaning and disinfection. Local health officials, staff and families will be notified immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Policy

During summer camp days Zion Nature Center restroom will be cleaned in the morning and again before staff leave for the day. All frequently touched hard surfaces will be cleaned in the morning as well as before staff leave. We will limit hands on materials during camp to items that can be disinfected daily including camper bins, camp supplies and equipment and any shared materials.

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