Big Critter Camp

Big Critter Camp

  • $280.00
    Unit price per 

Four half-days + Optional Field Trip Day
2024 BCC open enrollment begins April 15!
Early enrollment (additional fee) begins March 15

Just like the original half day Critter Camp, these sessions are one hour longer for kids who aren't quite old enough for our all day camps but can handle four hours away. Big Critter Camp provides a great opportunity to prepare children for the full day camp experience. Four half days are held at Pet World and then there is an optional field trip on the last day to visit and feed the tortoises at our private nature preserve! Family can join us for the field trip or we will provide free transportation for kids whose parents can't attend. The field trip is the last opportunity for parents to hike with us and see where their kids will be spending a lot of their time as they return to the more advanced camps each summer offered through The Nature Objective. Parents are encouraged to join us at least once for this experience and then will be invited back one more time during Wilderness Camp when kids are 10 and it's their last summer with us.

Big Critter Camp 
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 12:30pm
June 3-7, 2024  $280 + $70 Field Trip Fee
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Enrollment Forms are active at 10am, March 15

Includes camp shirt, daily camp laundry, snacks. Optional field trip to tortoise farm available for extra fee on the last day and FREE field trip transportation if parents are unable to join us.
Open Enrollment begins April 15*
*Early Registration opens April 1 (addl fee)
*Super Early Registration opens March 15 (addl fee)

Note: Big Critter Camp is billed through our original company, Pet World, and is held on site at Pet World. The optional, last day field trip will be billed through The Nature Objective and will happen off site at the nature preserve.

NOTE for 7 year old children:
If your child is a very young 7 year old, fresh out of first grade, with a birthday not long before June, (or a first time Pet World day camper) you might seriously consider Big Critter Camp just to make sure it's a well matched experience for your child. If your child is an older 7 year old, soon to be 8, who has done a PW Critter Camp before or is super adventurous and can easily do an all day camp with 8 year olds, you might consider the first week of Animal Camp, instead.

Animal Camp
Camp counselor showing campers a worm snake found on a field trip.

Please e-mail questions to Ande at 
All Invoices, forms, and registrations will be handled electronically.

The Fine Print: Online registration forms are updated by 10am on March 15. Please check the year on the form before submitting or the price may be incorrect. Parents, please submit completed forms at your earliest convenience. We call our programs "summer camps" for convenience but actually they are classified as instructional, topic/task specific classes under K.S.A. 65-501 which are exempt from licensing requirements (similar to a sports training camp or Vacation Bible School). Our programs are private and sometimes used for childcare, however, because they are less than five weeks in duration, they are not classified as daycare. Even though licensing is not required, our instructors and leaders are fully trained in animal husbandry, local nature, certified in rescue, first aid, and CPR, and we maintain an adult to child ratio of 1 adult to 6 kids. Enrollment is limited because we keep our groups very small.   

Open Enrollment
Registration with no additional fees is first come, first served, beginning when the store opens on APRIL 15 (tax day).

Early Enrollment

It's possible to pay an additional, early registration fee and register beginning March 15. Early, prepaid registrations are processed in the order received as long as they are accompanied by the early fee. First time camp parents can stop by in person and we'll help you through the process or you can enroll from your own computer. The numbers of available spots are updated every day from March 15 until all camps are sold out (which happens every year by mid May, except 2020, of course).