Summer Camps

If you’re crazy about animals, Camp Kindness is the summer camp for you!

Camp Kindness

Hey kids! If you’re 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 seven 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. You can see the 2020 schedule below.

2020 Schedule

NHS has been following guidelines set out by health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of the animals, our staff and the public. In compliance with the current health directives to limit gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the June 2020 Camp Kindness sessions. We will hold July 2020 camps at a reduced capacity following the states health guidelines. We are committed to take extra precautions to ensure safety and increase our sanitizing procedures during these times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Education department at tconroy@nehumanesociety.org. Thank you for understanding. We look forward to serving you and having you check out our newly renovated building once we are fully open back up to the public!

Click the links to sign up. Campers will be required to wear a mask.

Session 5: July 6-10 (focuses on critters)
Juniors     Seniors

Session 6: July 13-17
Juniors (full)    Seniors

Session 7: July 20-24
Juniors  
(full)    Seniors

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 will 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 5 minutesprior 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, crafts 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, santizing 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 etc 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. 
    If possible children should bring their own 2-4 books to read to kennel buddies -- reducing the need to share. 

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