Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration fee: Ranges from $45–$315
Includes: All activities, materials, and a daily snack. Campers are required to bring a bag lunch each day. Summer camp also includes a T-shirt.
Youth camp is designed to be a fun, educational camp experience for kids who love animals. Each day at camp includes time where kids are interacting with shelter animals, but that's only one part of the camp experience - youth camp includes lots of other animal-related activities, too.
Camp activities may include crafts and games, guest speakers (for example, a therapy animal, shelter professionals, etc.), and service projects such as 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 activities vary to accomodate each group's unique needs and interests.
Each youth camp is led by two-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 as training in safe animal handling and general emergency procedures. Animal Humane Society performs background checks on all camp staff.
For addresses and directions to any of our camp locations, please click here.
Campers should enter through the main Adoption entrance at their camp location. Because our shelters do not open to the public until noon on weekdays, campers who arrive early will find the shelter doors locked. Camp staff will unlock the doors and greet arriving campers shortly before 9 a.m. Please note all campers must be signed in and out by a parent or caregiver each day.
Campers should dress in clothes that are appropriate for active, sometimes messy activities. For safety reasons, all campers must wear athletic shoes or other shoes with closed toes. Sandals and Crocs are not appropriate for many of our activities. Children wearing these shoes to camp may not be allowed to participate in all activities.
Campers must bring a lunch from home each day. Refrigeration is not available for campers' lunches. We will provide one snack each day. There will be no access to vending machines during camp; campers should bring from home any items they need for lunch, INCLUDING beverages.
We discourage all participants from bringing anything of value with them to camp. This includes money, toys, video games, iPods, etc. Campers may bring cameras, but Animal Humane Society is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen equipment.
Campers who bring cell phones to camp should be aware of our cell phone use policy.
For Summer Camps Only: Summer campers will be provided with a youth camp t-shirt which can be worn anytime during the week. Don't forget to bring a water bottle! Depending on the shelter location, many of the areas in which camp takes place are not air conditioned. Sunscreen is also strongly recommended because many of our activities take place outdoors. Campers are responsible for bringing and applying their own sunscreen. Youth camp activities will proceed rain or shine; campers should bring appropriate weather gear as needed. (Please label all personal items with your child's name.)
In case of an emergency during camp, Animal Humane Society staff will contact you using the contact 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 any of this information needs to be updated after you have registered, please notify our staff.
If you need to reach your child during the camp day (emergencies only, please) call the Animal Humane Society front desk at 763-522-4325; the receptionist can assist you in reaching camp staff at your camp location.