Hey kids! If you are crazy about animals, Camp Kindness is the summer camp for you! Come experience five days of animalistic fun guaranteed to get your tail wagging. Each session will give you plenty of hands-on experiences combined with interesting educational opportunities
Sessions are Monday through Friday and run for eight weeks during June and July, providing every camper the opportunity to interact with shelter animals. Junior camps are in the mornings, while senior camps take place after lunch. Camp Kindness fills up fast and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so you need to be an early bird to catch this worm.
*Below are links to register for sessions. If you are registering multiple children, please click the link and fill out a form for each child (you may have to click multiple times for multiple children.)
Junior Camp Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Senior Camp Sessions are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. They will run on the following dates:
- Session 1 (focuses on critters): June 7-11, 2021 Junior Senior
- Session 2 (focuses on critters): June 14-18, 2021 Junior Senior
- Session 3: June 21-25, 2021 Junior Senior (full)
- Session 4: June 28-July 2, 2021 Junior (full) Senior (full)
- Session 5: July 6-9, 2021 (4-day camp) Junior (full) Senior (full)
- Session 6: July 12-16, 2021 Junior (full) Senior
- Session 7 (focuses on cats): July 19-23, 2021 Junior Senior
- Session 8 (focuses on cats): July 26-30, 2021 Junior Senior
We are also searching for volunteer camp counselors! Counselors must be ages 15 and up, need to be comfortable working with kids and animals and be able to commit to a full week to camp. There's an application process and not every applicant will be selected.. You can apply here.
Here's more information that parents and counselors will need to print off and fill out:
Camp Kindness Counselor Guidelines 2021 Waiver and Release Form
FAQs About Our Summer Camp
- Is my child a Junior or Senior Camper?
Junior sessions are for ages 6-9 and go from 9 a.m.-noon
Senior sessions are for ages 10-13 and go from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
- How many campers are there in each session?
We limit each session to 15 campers in accordance with COVID-19 Guidelines.
- Who teaches the sessions?
We hire certified classroom teachers.
- What if my child has a medical emergency during Camp Kindness?
Our camp teachers are all certified in CPR, First Aid, Epi-pens and AED. They will ensure safety of the children first, but also ensure the parent/guardian is contacted/informed of what is taking place.
- Can my child be signed up with a friend? Can we switch sessions?
Please remember applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot hold any spots for potential campers. The best way to ensure both your child and the friend attend the same camp session is to register at the same time. We apologize that we cannot switch camp sessions once registration has been officially processed. A refund can be provided but you will be charged the $30 cancellation fee and then a new registration can be made to register for the same session. * Please note: groupings during camp fluctuate and although youth may sign up for the same session, we cannot guarantee they will be in the same small group/table. They, however, participate in many activities as a large group together.
- Will the campers get to play with animals?
Each day of camp includes supervised animal interaction as curriculum allows.
- How early can I bring my child to camp?
Campers should be dropped off to the Center for Humane Education no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the camp start time. Campers must be accompanied by an adult to sign them into camp each day. Camp Staff are not responsible for children until they are signed in by the adult accompanying them. Campers must be picked up and signed out by an adult immediately after camp concludes each day. Late pick-ups will be charged a fee of $1.00 per minute after five minutes. We appreciate your cooperation.
- My child attended Camp Kindness last summer, will it be different this year?
Yes! The core curriculum remains the same, but new features, speakers, games and animals are also offered to keep camps fresh! We find that over one-third of our campers are "repeat campers" because they enjoy coming to camp every year!
- During Covid-19 we are following health department guidelines to keep your child safe
Campers and adults dropping them off will need to wear masks. Campers will wear masks during all camps.
If at all possible, only one adult should accompany a child into camp to limit crowds.
We ask that parents utilize social distancing practices when dropping off children --utilizing marked spaces.
Extra cleaning and handwashing protocols between activities are in place.
Spaces are marked so campers will be able to easily socially distance.
Disposable water bottles are preferred this year so we can recycle at the end of each day.
Any personal items like sweatshirts should be labeled with children's first and last names.
Medications should be in a zip-lock bag.
All personal items should go home with children each day.
Children should bring their own 2-4 books to read to kennel buddies -- reducing the need to share.