Critter Camp

Camper_boy with catWhether you’re curious about cats or dedicated to dogs, we have the camp for you! Join VHS for a hands-on humane adventure teaching kindness, compassion, and responsible pet care. Each week-long camp runs from 10 am – 2 pm daily and includes a camp t-shirt and journal.

Cost: $300 per student per session

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2019 Summer Camp

Paw Partners

Ages 6-8
June 10-14, 10 am – 2 pm
June 17-21, 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for indoor and outdoor Humane Education activities and games, animal yoga, and critter crafts to take home or for shelter enrichment. Learn the elements of responsible pet guardianship and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice acting safely around pets, including how to greet and play with animals by paying attention to their body language. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, practicing reading fluency while helping the cats to be more comfortable during their stay. Meet a variety of animal ambassadors and learn from accompanying guest speakers. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment, while strengthening skills in empathy, compassion, mindfulness and social responsibility. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Animal Allies

Ages 9-11
June 24-28, 10 am – 2 pm
July 8-12, 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for indoor and outdoor Humane Education activities and games, animal yoga, and critter crafts to take home or for shelter enrichment. Learn the elements of responsible pet guardianship and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice acting safely around pets, including how to greet and play with animals by paying attention to their body language. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, reading out-loud to your feline partner to help them be more comfortable during their stay. Meet a variety of animal ambassadors and learn from accompanying guest speakers. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment, while strengthening skills in empathy, compassion, mindfulness and social responsibility. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Humane Heroes

Ages 12-14
July 15-19, 10 am – 2 pm
July 22-26, 10 am – 2 pm

Explore careers working with animals, learn pet first aid tips, relax with animal yoga, and review responsible pet guardianship, and what it takes to keep a pet happy and healthy. Practice pet safety, including how to interpret pet communication, interact with and train them. Team up for the week with an adoptable kitty for Paws and Tales, researching animal topics while socializing with your feline partner. Meet a variety of guest speakers who work in animal-related fields as well as their accompanying animal ambassadors. Discover what you can do to help our fellow creatures and the environment while developing your creativity, mindfulness, leadership and critical-thinking skills. Includes Critter Camp t-shirt and Journal. Bring a lunch, snack, and reusable water bottle each day.

Other Camp Programs

Critter Camp Leadership Program

Ages 15-17 • $30 per applicant
Critter Camp Leaders love working with children and animals, and are able to engage the attention of campers while they supervise activities and games.

Applications will be available April 1, and are due May 3, 2019. Not all applicants will be accepted into the Leadership Program. Accepted applicants must attend an Orientation before camp begins; orientation is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon.

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Please contact our Humane Education department for more information about the CC Leadership Program.