There is an updated Q&A section at the bottom of this post. We asked questions to the Summer Camp Staff that parents had asked us about this new program at Busch Gardens – scroll down to the bottom of this post for questions and answers and contact info. Also Members get a nice discount on Summer Camps!
ALL CAMPS INCLUDE
- One (1) week of summer fun. Monday – Friday between 9 am and 4 pm.
- Things to do for kids, such as reading stories, singing songs and playing games.
- Interactive labs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and art projects.
- Discussions about animal care, animal training, husbandry and rescue efforts (rehabilitation & release).
- Campers will receive one (1) Busch Gardens Camp shirt and one (1) water bottle with holder for the week.
- Lunch and two (2) snacks are provided daily.
Here are a list of this summer’s camps:
Building Wonders Camp
Ages 6 – 8 years old
July 9 – 13, July 23 – 27 or August 6 – 10
Campers will learn about the arts like artisan specialties, stage performances and culinary creations. They will have the opportunity to create arts/crafts related to experiences in the park. BOOK NOW
European Explorer Camp
Ages 8 – 10 years old
July 9 – 13, July 23 – 27 or August 6 – 10
Campers will learn about the different European countries that are showcased at our park and explore their culture, history and language. BOOK NOW
Theme Park Creator
Ages 10 – 12 years old
Date: July 16 – 20, July 30 – August 3 or August 13 – 17
Explore and interact with the specialized departments that help make our theme park a success. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a creative project, where they will design a new country for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. BOOK NOW
Amazing Careers Camp
Dates: July 16 – 20, July 30 – August 3 or August 13 – 17
Meet the teams behind Busch Gardens and learn about all of the amazing career opportunities a theme park has to offer. Representatives from our Culinary, Entertainment, Landscape, Merchandise, Ride Operations and Zoological departments will speak with campers about their specialized areas. BOOK NOW
AFTER CAMP EXTENDED CARE
Unable to pick-up your camper at 4 pm? We have after camp care* until 6 pm. Camp counselors will watch and interact with the campers as they engage in activities, games & movies.
* Additional fee each day. After Camp Extended Care is only available for campers during the week they are participating in one of our camp programs. Does not provide any additional educational learning experiences.
First off, the question about the business card: Shaun says the number is for our call center education line in Orlando, Fla. The call center will email Park Operations at Busch Gardens Williamsburg if it can’t answer guest questions about summer camps. Guests can contact the summer camps directly by email,firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were able to have a quick Q&A with Busch Garden’s Summer Camps Leader to help answer some questions we had been asked.
Can kids go on rides?
Absolutely rides factor into our camp schedules but they are not the main focus.
What if my kids don’t want to go one the ride the group is doing?
That’s perfectly fine. We will not force a camper onto a ride they do not want to. While others ride they will stay with Counselors who will interact and use games to entertain campers that do not want to ride rides.
How much of the day is spent on rides?
At Busch Gardens ride time can be anywhere from 0.5 – 2.0 hours of the day on average for our current plans. At Water Country though ride time is the majority of the day. It also does vary based on the schedule, age group, and ride line wait times.
What are the STEM activities/curriculum?
Campers specifically in the Theme Park Creator group will actually build a model of a new park land throughout the week in teams. All campers will learn about some the mechanics of our Roller Coasters and go behind the scenes at several of our attractions to learn about how the function and are operated. Additionally the Theme Park Creator and Amazing Careers group will learn more about the functions/jobs that make up a theme park as well as the related fields such as zoological and engineering for example.
What is a typical day schedule like?
It fluctuates depending on the age group and their camp theme. But below is an example we include with the Camp Welcome Packet for parents. This is an example tailored to our European Explorers theme (ages 8-10).
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM Arrive at Busch Gardens
8:35 AM – 8:55 AM Check In with Camp Staff
8:55 AM – 9:15 AM Start the day with a Morning Ceremony and Daily Schedule review
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Complete morning activity/game with group
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Ride the legendary Loch Ness Monster celebrating its 40th birthday this year!
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Morning Snack Break
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Go behind the scenes at the Loch Ness Monster to learn about our Coasters
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Visit Clyde Barn to learn about our Scottish sheep and herding techniques
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Return to home base at Castle O’Sullivan for Lunch
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM LUNCH!
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Complete lunch activity/game with group
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Discuss and learn about the tradition of Irish dance
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Sit in reserved seats for Celtic Fyre
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Watch Celtic Fyre
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Meet and learn a few dance steps from the members of Celtic Fyre
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Ride Battle for Eire our newest VR simulator ride
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Go behind the scenes at Battle for Eire and learn more about the ride
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Visit the aviary and feed some of our feathery friends
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Return to Castle O’Sullivan for the Afternoon Snack Break
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Complete afternoon activity/game with group
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Camp Meeting and goodbyes
4:00 PM Check Out
How much is learning v.s. park rides?
Depends on the age group. The younger the age the more craft activities they will have and the shorter the learning sessions. The older the age the learning activities will become longer and more complex in nature. Take for example ages 6-8 spend 30 minutes painting pottery as one of their activities at Caribou pottery and ages 12-14 spend 30 minutes interviewing a member of our Zoological staff to learn about their job and why they do it.
What day do they go to Water Country?
Only the two older age groups go to Water Country (10-12 & 12-14). We currently have the Water Country days set to Thursdays but the day can change if weather or other circumstances cause us to change the schedule.
What if my child has a severe allergy – who keeps their Epi-Pen?
We have some of our camp staff carry around camp backpacks throughout the day that contain reports for each camper such as their medical information. This is to reference quickly for medical purposes if a situation warrants it. We will also store epi-pens in these bags as well but do not carry around medicine (that is stored at Health Services). Health Services medics are located in the field throughout the park and will respond to any and all medical situations right away. Our staff will share these reports/supplies if needed.
Still have questions? You can email Camp Staff at BGWCamps@buschgardens.com or call 1-813-884-4FUN.
Members get a nice discount on Summer Camps so if you have not already purchased your Membership or want to get the discount – go through the Membership login.