Santa Cruz SPCA’s Kids Camp

Registration for 2018 camp will be available in early spring!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What time should I arrive?
Camp runs from Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Please arrive no earlier than 8:45am and plan to be picked up no later than 3:15pm. It is very important that campers be picked up on time because we do not have facilities or staff to supervise children after camp is over.

Do I need to be there every day?
We hope so! Some camp activities will build on ones from previous days, so you might miss out on something important if you miss too much time. If you need to miss a day, just let us know.

What will we do during the week?
We’ll talk about and meet many different kinds of animals and how we relate to them in our world. We will do a variety of activities, crafts, and games that will not only be fun but will teach you about animals and about what a shelter does and how it works. Many of the crafts and activities will also directly benefit shelter animals. This is a humane education based camp aimed at teaching campers the importance of all life and how they can contribute to the well-being of animals and the environment in our local area. We will also have quite a few interesting guest speakers, many of whom will have different kinds of animals accompanying them.

Will we get to meet any real animals?
Yes! You will certainly meet and handle cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and others at camp. You will get a chance to hang out with the animals from the SPCA as well as visiting with presenters and give them some TLC (Tender Loving Care). You will also be able to advocate for SPCA animals and help them find homes.

What should I bring with me?
Bring a lunch and something to drink every day. We suggest bringing a canteen that you can refill if you get thirsty. As it will be summertime and quite warm, we also suggest hats, sunglasses and sunblock to protect from the sun as we will be both indoors and outdoors. We may take one or more walking field trip close by. If you need to have medications with you during camp, please let us know.

What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You never know when a dog will drool on you or a cat will shed some fur on your shirt. Please wear close toed shoes as well.

Can I adopt an animal during camp?
You cannot adopt an animal during your camp session. It is easy to become attached to animals during camp before you and your families have had a chance to thoroughly think it over. We would be happy to have you come back and visit the animals that are up for adoption after your camp session is over.

Will I be caring for any animals during Camp?
We may be “caring” for animals that are staying with us during the week of camp. The “caring” can include socializing, training, feeding, cleaning up poop/pee etc. Since we are not at the shelter, we will not be cleaning cages, doing laundry or anything of that nature.