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

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.

Waitlist

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.

Cancellation Policy

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 humaneed@hshv.org to request a cancelation if needed.

After Care

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.

Age Range

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.

Allergy Information

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

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 humaneed@hshv.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 humaneed@hshv.org

Medication Information

Medication

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 

COVID-19 precautions

Upon arrival, parents will be asked to sign a Covid-19 statement, attesting to the fact that their child(ren) are no exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive. 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 99.6 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.

Sanitizer will be used frequently.

The number of guests will be limited. Please know that if conditions allow, we may expand.

One-Day Camps

Have a day off of school? Join us for our one day sessions of Camp PAWS!

Designed for ages 6-11, 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.

Each day of camp runs from 9am-4pm, with the option of after care until 5pm for an additional fee.

Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch. Please see the COVID-19 precautions above for more information on safe practices. 

Upcoming One-Day Camps:

  • November 2
  • January 17
  • February 21
  • April 15
  • May 3

Week (School Break) Camps

Join us for our Winter Break session of Camp PAWS!

Designed for ages 6-11, 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.

Each day of camp runs from 9am-4pm, with the option of after care until 5pm for an additional fee.

Our winter session will be held December 27th – 31st from 9am-4pm. We’re sorry, but partial week registrations are not available at this time.

Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch. Please see the COVID-19 precautions above for more information on safe practices.