It’s More Than Just Scooping Poop!Allison Espiritu
Summer’s just around the corner, and you’re racking your brain for ideas to keep your kids busy. Most summer camps involve sports, dancing, and theater, but what about your animal-loving offspring?
A number of animal shelters across America are ready to tap into your child’s animal interest – with a summer camp program! No, this doesn’t mean your little camper will be scooping poop all summer long. These summer camps are an opportunity for kids and teens to get involved in educational animal-related activities, games, and crafts while learning from professional caretakers and guest speakers.
Some animal shelter day camps offer general education on the nature and behavior of pets, along with how to care for them, and even careers focused on animals, like the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA’s Camp Vet. Other camps, like Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) in Wisconsin provide specialty camps that are based on your child’s love of animals, but focus on other interests like photography, art, science, and more.
If wildlife is your child’s passion, a number of wildlife sanctuaries provide half-day, full-day, and overnight programs that allow your camper to explore animal habitats, experiment with science, and observe forest animals, as well as more traditional camp activities, art projects, and games in the great outdoors. There are lots of opportunities, like Arcadia Nature Day Camp in Massachusetts, that might just have the perfect session for your camper. From bears to birds to bugs, or learning how to survive a night outdoors, choosing what suits your child’s fancy will be fun and easy for your family with all the options out there.
Whether focused on pets or wild animals, there are a number of camps across the country and near you that will provide the opportunity for an educational, fun-packed week that will get your child’s gears going during summer break!