Camp Goals & Participation Requirements * Great Lakes Aquarium camps aim to:
- Ensure the safety and well-being of all campers
- Offer the opportunity for each camper to feel successful
- Offer the opportunity to experience social development, authentic learning and leadership skills
In order to participate in this camp, campers must be able to:
- Take care of their own personal needs (snacks, bathroom, etc.)
- Interact safely and respectfully with fellow campers and Aquarium guests
- Work independently, cooperate safely with peers and follow verbal directions, especially with regard to: using chemicals and safety equipment to test water quality; using scissors and other tools to prepare food for animals; feeding/interacting with aquarium animals
- Identify and advocate for their own allergies/medical needs, especially regarding seafood
- Conduct themselves appropriately and responsibly on off-site field trips
Please note: While Aquarium staff is trained in group management, activity facilitation and considerations for students with special needs, they are not necessarily certified in special education and cannot provide exclusive one-on-one support. If your camper needs individualized support at school or home, they are welcome at camp but must be accompanied by an aide, caregiver or respite provider (at no extra cost to the accompanying adult).
If you have concerns that your child may have difficulty or require assistance with any of these requirements, contact Alexis Berke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 740 - 2013 to discuss options for your camper. Camper Name *
This form should be filled out by the above named child's parent or guardian. * I am the parent/guardian of the child named above. Camper's Gender Pronoun * Camper's Birthdate * Grade level camper will be entering in Fall 2023 (must be entering 3rd-6th grade to participate in this camp): * Contact Information Parent/Guardian Name *
Parent/Guardian Phone Number * Parent/Guardian Email Address *
* Alternate Contact Name *
Alternate Contact Phone * Health Form
Great Lakes Aquarium is committed to creating an welcoming and inclusive environment for all campers. Please provide as many details about your camper and their needs as possible so that we can provide a fun, safe and educational camp experience.
Does this camper experience an allergic reaction to any of the following?
Select all that apply. Please describe the specific allergen, symptoms, severity of reaction and usual treatment steps: * Please share any relevant information from your camper's medical history, along with usual treatment steps (i.e. takes inhaler for asthma). You may choose to include any medications the camper is currently taking. (Optional) Will your camper be up to date on vaccinations for COVID-19 at the time of camp? Sensory Triggers *
Does this camper experience any sensitivities to sounds, lights, smells, textures or other unique needs that camp staff should be made aware of?
Please describe this camper's sensitivities/triggers and any accommodations camp staff can provide to give your camper the best experience possible. (It may be helpful to share parts of your school's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), school behavior plan, or home routines that support a successful day): * Would your camper be more successful in camp if they were provided any of the following opportunities?
Great Lakes Aquarium is dedicated to supporting all individuals who would like to attend camp.
Booster Seat *
Select summer camps may travel off-site for field trips in the Aquarium's passenger van. Per Minnesota law, children under 4'9" and/or under 8 years old must ride with a booster seat. Children who need a booster seat must provide one from home.
Disruptive Behavior Policy Disruptive Behavior Remediation Steps *
A "disruptive behavior" is any action by a camper that disrupts the learning situation, damages the camp environment, disrupts the social interaction of the group, or endangers the camper or others. Aquarium staff will take the following steps in response to disruptive behavior:
Step One: The camper will be asked to change their behavior and reminded that they will be asked to take a break if the behavior continues.
Step Two: If the disruptive behavior continues, the camper will be asked to take a break.
Step Three: If the behavior continues, the camper will take another break, during which they will meet with camp staff. A verbal behavior contract may be agreed upon.
Step Four: If the behavior continues, the participant will leave the activity and be supervised separately by another Aquarium staff member.
Step Five: The camper's parent/guardian will be called to remove the camper from the program for the day.
Great Lakes Aquarium reserves the right to skip action steps in response to severe behavior, including the right to ask parents or guardians make immediate arrangements for the camper to leave the program. I agree to the disruptive behavior policy. COVID-19 Policies
Great Lakes Aquarium reserves the right to make updates to these policies prior to the start of camp based on current information in order to best protect staff and campers.
Quarantine and COVID Policy * I agree to the quarantine policy. Great Lakes Aquarium - Summer Camp Waiver and Release
Great Lakes Aquarium maintains high standards for safety. Please read thoroughly to help us maintain safe and informed programming.
Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment * I am the parent or guardian of the participant. I understand, answer, and agree to each of the questions in this application on behalf of the participant. Participant Waiver *
I understand that I (or my child) am participating in the above program at our own risk. I will not hold Great Lakes Aquarium or its officers, directors, employees or volunteers liable for any negligence or alleged negligence or other fault (not including intentional acts) that results in personal injury, death, or property damage during or in connection with the above program. The undersigned, for myself and for my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby release and forever discharges Great Lakes Aquarium and its officers, directors, employees, and volunteers from all such claims. The waiver will be construed according to the law of the State of Minnesota.
I have read and agree to the participant waiver on behalf of my child. Medical Release *
I hereby give my permission for Great Lakes Aquarium to procure all necessary medical help for myself, my child or ward while said person is under the direct supervision of Great Lakes Aquarium, and grant permission to its representatives to authorize any competent medical professional to do all things reasonably necessary to take care of any injury or sickness.
There is no health insurance or medical coverage provided. Checking the box below acknowledges that the participant/guardian accepts responsibility for payment of any medical treatment which may be required while they are in this program. I have read and agree to the medical release on behalf of my child. Location and Transportation Waiver
While most of the camp activities will be taking place at or on Great Lakes Aquarium property, the group may, at the camp teacher's discretion, walk with the group to nearby locations for additional activities.
This camp may use the Aquarium's 15-passenger van for field trips to destinations which are too distant for walking. Please read this form carefully and be aware that in consideration for the Great Lakes Aquarium providing transportation services in connection with the Summer Camp Program, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages, or loss which you or your minor child/ward might sustain as a result of said services, including but not limited to, vehicle operations and boarding and exiting the vehicle.
I recognize and acknowledge that the Great Lakes Aquarium is neither a common carrier nor in the business of providing transportation services to the public. I further recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to vehicle passengers, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any injuries, damages, or loss, regardless of severity that my minor child/ward or I may sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with or associated with receiving transportation services, including, but not limited to, injuries, damages, and loss arising out of negligent operation or supervision of the vehicle. I further agree to waive and relinquish all claims I or my minor child/ward may have (or accrue to me and my child/ward) against the Great Lakes Aquarium, including its respective officials, agents, volunteers, and employees (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Parties").
I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that my minor child/ward or I may have or which may accrue to me or my minor child/ward and arising from, connected with, or in any way associated with said transportation services.
I further agree that this agreement shall by governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota. I have read and fully understand the above waiver and release of all claims. Photo Release *
I grant permission for Great Lakes Aquarium to use photos and/or video of this child in: (Check all that apply)
This payment secures your camper's place in the Wildlife Camp on July 24 - 28, 2023
Refund/Cancellation Policy *
I understand that the Aquarium will refund 50% of the program fee for cancellations made at least two weeks before the program start date.
I understand that the Aquarium reserves the right to cancel this program in case of an insufficient number of participants or other unforeseeable circumstance. If this occurs, I will be notified at least one week in advance and a full refund will be issued for all registered participants.
Are you and/or the participant a Great Lakes Aquarium member? * Not sure? Call to ask at (218) 740 - 2031 Member ID Number * Are you the recipient of a Great Lakes Aquarium camp scholarship? * Early Drop-Off Program *
The scheduled camp day is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The early drop-off option allows you to drop your camper off as early as 8:00 a.m. for supervised games and activities until the camp day begins.
Payment - Scholarship Recipient *
Please enter the amount you will pay for camp (This is the amount indicated in your scholarship award letter).
Aquarium Member Rate *
Non-Member Rate *
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