What is Camp PAWS?
Our camp program involves humane education lessons on many topics depending on the session and age group. Some past topics have been pet photography, animal communication, bird identification and wildlife conservation. Participants will also visit with adoptable animals each day, provide enrichment and training with shelter animals and enjoy presentations from local rescue organizations.
Minor waiver and consent forms have now been built into the registration process. So, once you have read through all of the camp information and completed your registration, you are all set and no additional forms are needed. The only exception to this is if your child needs medication during camp. All medications need to be accompanied by a completed Medication Release Form signed by a doctor (for prescription medications) and a parent (for over-the-counter medications).
Camp hours are from 9am-4pm. Doors to camp open at 8:50am. To ensure our staff has time to prepare for the fun day of camp, those who arrive prior to that will kindly be asked to wait in the vestibule area. Late pickups more than 10 minutes after the camp end time may be charged a $25 late pickup fee.
Registering for Different Sessions
To allow campers to attend more than one week of Camp PAWS each summer, we offer a “session 1” and “session 2.” Each week of session one will contain similar activities and the same applies for the weeks of session 2. If your camper would like to attend more than one week of Camp PAWS, we ask that they attend one week of each session. Activities are modified and adapted for different age groups.
When a session sells out, a link to the wait list will be available on the website. Open spots will be filled in the order they are received and you will be contacted if a spot opens up. We do have some last minute cancellations and will fill spots up to the first day of that particular session. Please note that if conditions allow, we will be opening additional spots for our summer programs on April 1st. In that case, registration for those will come on a first come, first serve basis due to the high amount of openings we may have. The wait list for summer of 2021 can be found here: Summer Program Wait List
If a cancellation is made prior to 60 days before your start date of camp , a refund will be given less a $50 administrative fee, per participant. For cancellations less than 60 days from your camp start date, no refunds will be given. This policy also applies to after care registration and refunds will not be issued after the above timeline for those that register for but do not attend after care. Unfortunately, transfers to a different week are not able to be done on our end and require being issued a refund (the above policy applies) and re-registering for another available week. Please email email@example.com to request a transfer. Our special extended refund period has closed as of June 30th, 2020.
HSHV offers a limited amount of after care spaces for each camp session. Families do have the option to register their child for after care for an additional $65 fee for week long camps, $15 for one day camps (per child, per session). After care hours are from 4-5pm. Space is limited and registration for after care is available during the general camp registration. All after care fees follow the cancellation policy listed above.
At this time, we do not have a morning extended day option.
We offer different sessions for various age groups, including ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-15, and 15-17. Because our programming is designed for each specific age group, we ask that all participants register for their designated weeks. At this time, we do not make exceptions to the age designations, but do offer an all ages week to allow for sibling groups to attend together.
Each of our camps is designed for a specific age range as noted in the description. Our policy is that each camper must fall in the specified age range at the camp start date.
Do the staff and volunteers have a background check?
All of our staff and volunteers involved in our programming have a full background check and go through training on safety and health procedures. All camp staff members have current First Aid and CPR certification. Our Director of Humane Education is also a certified teacher in the state of Michigan.
Lunch & Snacks
Campers will need to bring a lunch and drink each day of camp. Unfortunately, refrigerators and microwaves are not available, so please plan accordingly. HSHV will provide a small snack each day of camp and will consist of items such as veggies, pretzels, crackers, etc. Participants are welcome to bring their own snack to meet any dietary or allergy needs and are also encouraged to bring a water bottle each day.
Peanut/Dairy Allergies: Our shelter regularly uses peanut butter and cheese with dogs and we are not a peanut free camp environment. During camp, peanut butter smells will be in the air and some dogs may have peanut butter near their mouths. We cannot guarantee that children will not come into contact with peanut butter, cheese or other allergens. Animal Allergies: Children will come into contact daily with animals, which may include but is not limited to: cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and reptiles. We cannot guarantee that children will not come into contact with any of these animals.
A limited number of scholarships for Camp PAWS summer programs are available for families who are in financial need and would not otherwise be able to attend. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (734) 662-0749, mailed or dropped off at HSHV Attn: Humane Education, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Scholarship applicants should not register for camp as spaces for scholarships are separate from general registration. Preference is given to first time applicants. Participants may be awarded up to one scholarship per camp season and up to two scholarships in a lifetime. Our 2021 camp scholarship form can be found here: Camp Scholarship Form
Please note that there are very limited openings for the summer of 2021 and we will not be able to accept all applications. The deadline for the application is Sunday, February 28th at 4pm. We’re sorry – late submissions cannot be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, March 13th via email. Questions? Email email@example.com
If a child will bring medications to camp with them, we do require that a medication release form is brought on the first day of camp. This form must is required for both prescription and over the counter medications. When a prescription medication is brought to camp, the form must also include a doctor’s signature. We’re sorry – for your child’s safety we will be unable to administer medications without a completed form. You can find our medication release form here: Medication Release Form
Upon arrival, parents will be asked to assist in completing a Covid-19 questionnaire and children will have their temperature taken with a contactless thermometer. We’re sorry – any child who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, has been exposed to anyone with a positive Covid-19 test or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be able to attend. In this case, we can discuss options for attending another time.
Each child will also be asked to sanitize their hands and required to wear a mask for the duration of this program, except while eating.
Materials and supplies will not be shared during the program, and sanitizer will be used frequently.
The number of guests will be limited to 12 children at this time. Please know that if conditions allow, we may expand that at any time to include up to 18 children in each session of camp.
School Year Camps
Spring Break Camp (ages 6-11)
Registration for Summer Camp will open on Wed, February 3 at 10 a.m. Registration is done online only and links can be found on this page once they are available. Please know that at this time we are limiting camp sessions to 12 participants per week. If conditions allow, we may expand the number of participants up to 18 per week for the summer camp program. If we are able to, those additional spaces will open for registration on April 1st, at 10am. Please see the COVID-19 precautions above for more information on safety policies and procedures.
All of our Camp PAWS sessions will be held Monday – Friday and will include:
- visits with adoptable animals
- enrichment toy/treat making
- humane education lessons
- art, games and activities
- visit from a guest speaker
Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch. HSHV will provide a small snack in the afternoon (morning for Camp PAWS Jr.). Please see the COVID-19 precautions above for more information on safe practices.
Camp PAWS Jr. (ages 4-5)
This camp is designed with our youngest animal lovers in mind! Activities such as games, animal interactions, sensory activities and stories will keep your child engaged as they begin their journey to becoming compassionate, responsible and loving animal caregivers!
Time: Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm
Camp Paws, Session I (ages 6-11)
Through our Camp PAWS program campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends. Designed for children ages 6-11, campers will engage in activities that will help to prepare them to become responsible and compassionate future animal caregivers! Each week of session 1 will include the same activities and lessons. For those wishing to attend two weeks of camp, we recommend signing up for one week of session 1 and one week of session 2 (below).
Time: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm (after care available for an additional fee)
Fee: $305/camper (after care is an additional $55 per camper for the week)
- June 14-18 (ages 9-11) FULL
- June 21-25 (ages 6-8) FULL
- June 28-July 2 (ages 6-11 – all ages week, great for siblings!) FULL
- July 5-9 (ages 9-11) FULL
- July 12-16 (ages 6-8) FULL
Camp Paws, Session II (ages 6-11)
Time: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm (after care available for an additional fee)
Fee: $305 /camper (after care is an additional $55 per camper for the week)
Through our Camp PAWS program campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends. Designed for children ages 6-11, campers will engage in activities that will help to prepare them to become responsible and compassionate future animal caregivers! Each week of session 2 will include the same activities and lessons. For those wishing to attend two weeks of camp, we recommend signing up for one week of session 1 and one week of session 2 (below).
- August 2-6 (ages 9-11) FULL
- August 9-13 (ages 6-8) FULL
- August 16-20 (ages 9-11) FULL
- August 23-27 (ages 6-11 – all ages week, great for siblings!) FULL
Animal Care Residency (ages 12-15)
HSHV’s Animal Welfare Residency is designed for animal-loving youth ages 12-15 who want to delve more deeply into the world of animal welfare. During Residency participants will have the chance to learn about a variety of animal topics from both HSHV staff and guest speakers; create enrichment for HSHV animal residents; and, of course, visit with adoptable animals.
Time: Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm (we’re sorry – after care is not available for this program)
Camp Purrs @ Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center (ages 9-15)
HSHV’s Camp PURRS program is held at Tiny Lions, HSHV’s cat cafe (5245 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor)! This fun week will include lessons and activities centered around animal care as well as time to interact with and learn about the cats we care for at this location!
Times: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm
- July 5-9 (ages 12-14)
- July 12-16 (ages 9-11)
- July 19-23 (ages 9-11)
- July 26-30 (ages 9-11)
- August 2-6 (9-11)
- August 9-13 (12-14)