Critter Camp

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current health guidelines and restrictions, our usual on-site Critter Camp has been postponed until further notice. However, we are excited to offer Virtual Critter Camp for the month of June, 2020! As the situation changes, we will announce updated information for July and August!

 

CRITTER CAMP 2020 - POSTPONED

Current 4th, 5th and 6th Graders!

2020 Camp Weeks:

(Enrollment availability will be updated each Monday after registration opens to reflect current openings. The below is an estimate and may not reflect the exact availability of spaces in each week of camp.)

  • Wk. 5: 7/6 – 7/10         
  • Wk. 6: 7/13 – 7/17      
  • Wk. 7: 7/20 – 7/24 
  • Wk. 8: 7/27–7/31 
  • Wk. 9: 8/3 – 8/7 
  • Wk. 10: 8/10– 8/14 

 

 

ABOUT CRITTER CAMP

Each summer, Critter Campers (who attended 4th, 5th or 6th grades in school year 2019-2020) come to Woods Humane Society for ONE of 10 sessions of a week-long day camp.

Watch this short video to get an idea of what camp is like!

Critter Camp is more than just having a good time with the cats and dogs at Woods. Kids learn about animal safety, overpopulation, responsible pet care, and more, while helping animals get adopted through hands-on socialization, enrichment, and advocacy! Animal-inspired crafts, games, activities, and snack time are incorporated into the daily schedule, as well as guest demonstrations and field trips.

A sample daily schedule will include:
  • A Humane Education Lesson & Activity – Learn about important topics such as animal safety, body language, overpopulation, responsible pet care, and more!
  • Snack time (simple snacks provided; we can not guarantee snacks that meet dietary restrictions. Please pack a snack if your child has dietary restrictions)
  • Service & Socialization Work – Roll up your sleeves and help Woods care for homeless cats, dogs and other small pets! We will learn how to care for pets by creating a comfortable habitat and enriching environment for them.
  • Lunch Break (lunch is not provided; please pack a lunch)
  • Game Time
  • Animal Enrichment - Spend time petting, playing with, walking, reading to and otherwise enriching the lives of shelter dogs, cats, and other animals!
  • A Guest Presentation or Field Trip (with animals!) – Hear about the animal rescue and rehabilitation work going on in San Luis Obispo County and learn about how to help! Guest organizations MAY include: SLO County Animal Services, Pacific Wildlife Care, Happy Hens, TOO SLO Turtle and Tortoise Rescue, SLO Buns, or other similar organizations. TBA
  • Kind Crafts for Critters – Get creative to make art, toys and treats for animals (your pets at home or animals in the shelter!)

Here is a sample schedule!

Critter Camp is the flagship of Woods Humane Society’s humane education program and we are honored to have the support of local organizations as we strive to provide local youth with as many opportunities as possible to learn about the humane care of our domestic animals while respecting animals both inside and outside of our geographic environment.

 

Critter Camp FAQ's

1. What are the age requirements for Critter Camp?

Critter Camp is a summer camp for kids in 4th, 5th or 6th grade (as of the most recent school year.) For example, if your child is going into 7th grade next school year, he or she can still attend Critter Camp; if your child already attended 7th grade he or she does not meet the age requirements. Equally, if your child is going into 4th grade, he or she is not yet old enough to attend Critter Camp; if your child already attended 4th grade, he or she can now attend Critter Camp.

2. How do I register?

Registration for Critter Camp will be available online from this page or from our "Register for a Program" page. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Regular Registration will open online at 9 a.m. on April 13, 2020. Online registration requires completion of all child, parent and emergency contact information forms, as well as payment. 

3. When is Critter Camp?

Critter Camp 2020 will run for 10 weeks, the week of June 8th through the week of August 14th, 2020. Camp hours are Monday - Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. 

4. How many weeks can my child attend?

Due to the popularity of this camp and the repeated camp curriculum, kids can attend only one week of camp per year.

5. What will my child do at camp?

Critter Camp is more than just having a good time with the cats and dogs at Woods. Kids learn about animal safety, overpopulation, responsible pet care, and more, while helping animals get adopted through hands-on socialization, enrichment, and advocacy! Animal-inspired crafts, games, activities, and snack time are incorporated into the daily schedule, as well as guest demonstrations and field trips.

Please note that Critter Camp may have changed since you last participated. Campers will get to spend time each day meeting cats, dogs, and small pets. Some dog activities include petting, walking or reading to one or more dogs within a small group of campers. In order to support the adoption program as our first priority and out of respect to the sensitivity of our canines, canines are not reserved for the week of camp. This mean that the camp canines may change throughout the week. Campers do not enter the dogs' kennels and are supervised in small groups at all times with animals for safety. We feel this is the most humane camp design for the dogs and the safest for our youth campers. It also helps to alleviate any pressure campers may have felt in the past to adopt their camp dog. We will focus on helping animals to be comfortable and happy during their stay at Woods!

6. Where is the Camp?

Unless a field trip is scheduled, camp will be held at Woods Humane Society: 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo. Drop off and pick up will take place at the Community Room, next door to the Cattery, accessed from the far end of the Visitor Parking Lot.

7. What is the cost of the Camp?

$275 

8. Are scholarships available?

We do have a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships available. To apply, please complete your child and parent information in the online registration forms (DO NOT complete product selection or payment). Then, download this application and submit it by mail (attn: Humane Education Dept.) or by email (to HumaneEd@WoodsHumane.org). For best results, send scholarship applications for Critter Camp by March 30th, 2020. 

9. Can I get on the wait list?

If there is no space left in the week of camp you would like to sign up for, you may sign up for the waitlist for that week. No payment will be required at that time. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

10. What is the cancellation policy?

A registration fee of Two Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($275) is due at the time of registration. A reservation will not be made for your child if full payment is not received together with registration.  There will not be any reduction in fees or discount provided for any absence, delay, or early dismissal of your child.  There is a twenty-five percent (25%) non-refundable processing fee.  If you cancel your child’s enrollment up to two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled start of attendance in the Camp, you will be entitled to a refund of seventy-five percent (75%) of the registration fee.  If you cancel your child’s enrollment less than two (2) weeks and more than one (1) week prior to the scheduled start of attendance in the Camp, you will be entitled to a refund of fifty percent (50%) of the registration fee. There will not be a refund for cancellations made less than (1) week prior to the scheduled start of attendance.

Contact our Humane Education Coordinator, Jamie, at HumaneEd@woodshumane.org or (805) 543-9316 x 13 for more information.



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