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:

  • Camp PAWS JR. : 9am – 12pm
  • Camp PAWS: 9-4pm
  • Animal Care Residency: 9am -4pm
  • Camp PURRS: 9am – 12pm

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. 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. You can add your name to our wait list here: Camp Program Waitlist

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is made prior to May 1st , a refund will be given less a $50 administrative fee, per participant. For cancellations after May 1st, 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, if space is available.  Please email humaneed@hshv.org to request a cancelation if needed.

After Care

HSHV offers a limited amount of after care spaces for select camp sessions. Families do have the option to register their child for after care for an additional fee. 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

Summer Camps:

We offer different sessions for various age groups, based on the grade they are entering in the fall after camp. Camp sessions are grouped by those entering preschool young 5s or Kindergarten (ages 4/5), entering Kindergarten or 1st through 3rd grade (at least age 6), entering 4th – 6th grade and entering 7th – 10th grade.  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 grade level designations, but do offer an all ages week to allow for sibling groups to attend together. We do offer some all ages weeks during the summer. Please check the schedule for specific dates.

School Year and Break Camps:

During our school year camps, “all ages” and grouped into one camp and we welcome those currently in grades K-5. We do offer select “all ages” weeks as a part of our summer camp program as well. Please check the schedule for those specific dates.

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 should be filled out and submitted online by Friday, March 11th at 4pm. We’re sorry – late applications cannot be processed. 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 2022 camp scholarship form can be found here: Camp Scholarship Form   

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

At this time, facial masks are highly encouraged for all participants.

Questions? Please email humaneed@hshv.org.

School Year Camps

One-Day Sessions

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

Designed for youth in grades K-5, 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 2022 -2023 One-Day Camps:

  • November 8th, 2022
  • January 16th, 2023
  • February 20th, 2023
  • April 7th, 2023
  • May 2nd, 2023

Winter Break

Join us for our Winter Break session of Camp PAWS!

Designed for youth in grades K-5, 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.

Our 2023 winter break session will be held January 2nd – 6th, 2023 from 9am-4pm. We’re sorry, but partial week registrations are not available at this time.

Spring Break

Join us for our 2023 Spring Break session of Camp PAWS!

Designed for youth in grades K-5, 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.

Our winter session will be held March 27th – March 31st, 2023 from 9am-4pm. We’re sorry, but partial week registrations are not available at this time.

Summer Break Camps

SUMMER Camp PAWS Jr

Please check back in January for 2023 summer dates!