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Camp from a Camp Counselor

Jun 20, 2017

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A counselor of Zoo School Summer Camp, Sam, wrote a special blog on his experience as a Zoo Camp Counselor.

Summer camp isn't only fun for the campers at the Zoo, it's just as fun for me! The weeks are filled with animal encounters, arts & crafts, water play, games, creating enrichment items for the animals and more. I've been a counselor at the Zoo for 3 years now and each year just gets better and better. 

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Every camp is specifically themed, which means I can create a different adventure each week. I really enjoy seeing the campers joy everyday and that they are so invested in the camps. They're always excited to see what our day entails. Is it a tortoise encounter? Feeding the lorikeets? A rhino encounter? It's a surprise!

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Being with the campers reminds me of myself going to summer camps. I still cherish those memories and I want to pass that on to these kids. I looked up to my camp counselors and it's really rewarding to the same sort of look in my direction. It's my mission to educate the campers and help create the next generation of conservationists, while having all the summer fun of course!

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It's even pretty cool when their parents come up to me and express gratitude. With camps now being inclusive with lunch and before & after care, I see the relief on the parents' faces more than ever. Summer camp is meant to fun for the kids (and counselors!) and easy for the parents. 

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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