About day camps for kids

Young boys and girls sitting in circle

Camp hours and registration fees

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Includes: All activities, materials, and a daily snack. Campers are required to bring lunch each day. Summer camp also includes a T-shirt.

Camp activities  

Youth camp is designed to be a fun, educational camp experience for kids who love animals. In addition to interacting with dogs, cats, and critters at AHS, campers also enjoy crafts and games, guest speakers, and service projects (making beds, blankets, toys, or treats for shelter animals, building feeders for wildlife, or designing posters or other materials to educate the public about animal-related issues).

Depending on the camp, your child may learn about the costs of owning a pet, being safe around animals, wildlife and exotic animals, "animal cops," and more.

Camp staff

Each youth camp is led by two or three camp counselors (typically teachers or college students studying education or a related field). 

Camp staff training includes Red Cross CPR/first aid certification, as well safe animal handling and general emergency procedures. Animal Humane Society performs background checks on all camp staff.

Where to be and when

Camps are held at each one of our four locations. Campers should enter through the main Adoption entrance at their camp location. Shelters do not open to the public until noon on weekdays, however camp counselors will open the doors to greet arriving campers shortly before 9 a.m. All campers must be signed in and out by a parent or caregiver each day. 

What to wear, what to bring

  • Campers should dress in clothes that are appropriate for active, sometimes messy activities. Summer campers will be provided with a T-shirt which can be worn anytime during the week. 
  • Athletic shoes or other shoes with closed toes are required. For safety reasons, children wearing sandals or Crocs may not be allowed to participate in all activities.
  • Campers must bring their lunch, including beverages, each day. Refrigeration is not available. We will provide one snack each day. There will be no access to vending machines during camp.
  • Bring a water bottle! Many of the areas in which camp takes place are not air conditioned and several activities take place outdoors. 
  • Campers are responsible for bringing and applying their own sunscreen. Youth camp activities will proceed rain or shine (bring appropriate weather gear as needed). 

We discourage all participants from bringing anything of value with them to camp. This includes money, toys, video games, iPods, etc. Animal Humane Society is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen equipment. Please label all personal items with your child's name.

Campers who bring cell phones to camp should be aware of our cell phone use policy.

In case of emergency

In case of an emergency during camp, AHS staff will contact you using the information you provided with your registration. If we cannot reach a parent or guardian, we will leave messages and attempt to reach the person(s) listed as emergency contacts. If this information needs to be updated after you have registered, please notify our staff.

For more information about day camps, including our cancellation policy, behavior guidelines, and answers to our most frequently asked questions about camp, please review our camp policies and FAQs.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline