Camp Paws

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Join us for animal-themed fun that will surely leave your tail wagging! Through animal interactions, educational lessons, crafts, games, field trips and visits from local rescue groups, campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends.

Because we know that kids love learning about animals year-round, HSHV offers both summer, spring and winter sessions of camp as well as one day programming for school break days. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Scholarship Information: A limited number of scholarships for Camp PAWS programs are available for families who are in financial need and would not otherwise be able to attend. To apply for a scholarship, please download this Camp PAWS Scholarship Application and submit it no later than Friday, March 31st at 4pm. Scholarship applicants should not register for camp as spaces for scholarships are separate from general registration.

Waitlist Information: Is your preferred session sold out? Get on the Camp PAWS Waitlist.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than 30 days before the camp start date, a refund will be given less a $50 administrative fee, per participant. For cancellations with fewer than 30 days notice, no refunds will be given.

Parent Forms: Forms for all camps will be emailed at least one week prior to your start date. Forms are also available to download at Camp PAWS Parent Forms


School Year Camps 2017
Camp PAWS (ages 6-11)
Camp PAWS is a fun filled camp for ages 6-11 and includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily work with adoptable animals, games, humane education lessons and more! Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack.  

Cost: $255 per camper 
Hours: 9am-4 pm, Monday through Friday (aftercare available until 5 pm for an additional $45) 
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10
  • Please check back in August for information on our 2017-2018 school year camps

SUMMER 2017
       
Camp PAWS Jr. (ages 4-5)
Camp PAWS Jr. is a fun filled camp for ages 4-5 and will include crafts, games, animal care/handling lessons and daily visits with adoptable animals. This camp will help young children learn to care for, respect and love all animals! HSHV will provide a morning snack to all participants. 
Cost: $115 per camper 
Hours: 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday 
Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:5

Ages: 4-5  

Camp PAWS (ages 6-11)
Camp PAWS is a fun filled camp for ages 6-11 and includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily work with adoptable animals, games, humane education lessons and more! Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack.  All session 1 dates will include the same activities. For campers looking to attend for two weeks, we recommend attending a week of session 1 and a week of session 2. 

Camp day with Howell Nature Center’s Nature Bus funded by the
Spirit of Alexandria Foundation
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Cost: $285 per camper per session, $225 for the July 3rd - 4 day week 
Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday (after care is available until 5pm, for an additional $45 per week) 
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10

Ages 6-8:
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - June 19th - 23rd SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - July 3rd - 7th (this is a 4 day camp week with no camp on July 4th) 
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - July 31st - Aug. 4th SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - August 14- 18th SOLD OUT

Ages 9-11

  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - June 26th - 30th SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - July 10th - 14th SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - August 7th-11th  SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - August 21st - 25th SOLD OUT

All Ages (6-11)

  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1: July 17th - 21st SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2: August 28th - September 1st SOLD OUT

 

NEW! Camp PURRS (ages 9-17)
For young adults, Camp PURRS takes place at our new cat café, the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center (5245 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor) and includes deeper dives into special animal topics and interactions with our furry feline friends. HSHV will provide one small snack during the program; participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and any alternative snacks needed due to allergies or dietary restrictions.
Cost: $125 per camper per session (sorry, scholarships not available at this time)
Hours: 9:30am-12noon, Monday-Friday
Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:6


Ages 9-11
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - Animal Photography - July 24th-28th SOLD OUT
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - Animal Science - August 21st-25th SOLD OUT
Ages 12-17
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 1 - Animal Science - July 10th-14th SOLD OUT 
  • REGISTER FOR: Session 2 - Animal Photography - August 7th-11th SOLD OUT


For more information on Camp PAWS or Camp PURRS, please contact humaneed@hshv.org

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All images and photographs are courtesy of HSHV staff and Jeffrey E. Roush of Two Cat Studios.