Summer Camps at Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2023!
Busch Gardens offers five different day camps, which allow kids to participate in educational experiences in a theme park environment. With so many things to do, from behind the scenes and animal interactions to STEM and art activities, they are sure to have an amazing adventure this summer.
Parents and kids can expect a fun, quality educational experience along with superior safety standards and low counselor-to-camper ratios. Caring, well-trained counselors help ensure an action-packed week of laughing and learning for all. So if you’re looking for a different species of Day Camp – you’ve found it!
Camps run from June 26-August 11, we look forward to riding out the summer with you!
There is a Q&A section at the bottom of this post. We asked questions to the Summer Camp Staff about this new program at Busch Gardens – scroll down to the bottom of this post for questions and answers and contact info.
- One (1) week of summer fun. Monday – Friday between 9 am and 4 pm.
- Campers (ages 6-16) are grouped by age, select age group to view camp dates available
- Fun, quality educational experience with superior safety standards and low counselor-to-camper ratios.
- All campers will receive one (1) Busch Gardens Camp shirt and one (1) water bottle with holder for the week. Two (2) snacks are provided daily.
BEFORE AND/OR AFTER CAMP EXTENDED CARE
Need to drop your camper off before camp starts? Unable to pick-up your camper at 4 pm? Camp counselors will watch and interact with the campers as they engage in activities, games & movies.
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.
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?
The older age groups go to Water Country. We currently have the Water Country days set to Wednesdays but the day can change if weather or other circumstances cause us to change the schedule.
How does my camper get lunch?
Campers are asked to bring their lunch 4 of the 5 days of camp. The day that the older campers visit Water Country USA, typically Wednesday, lunch will be provided to all campers by the camp. We will eat at one of the restaurants in either park. Lunches should include non-perishables, as we don’t have refrigerators to store everyone’s lunch box in (or you can pack an ice pack in your campers lunch box).
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. For Busch Gardens ticket discounts visit our Busch Gardens Ticket Discounts page