Summer Camp

Our award winning summer camps are a fantastic way for children to learn about responsible pet ownership, animal handling and daily care. We offer fun, field trips and furry friends - you can’t beat that!


 

VIRTUAL camps


This year, we are thrilled to be offering our Virtual Summer Camp again!
Camp (hosted live every day via ZOOM) offers an alternative to the traditional camp model; a place where kids can interact with friends, connect with camp counsellors, and most importantly, learn about the exciting world of animals - all from the comfort and safety of home!
This isn't just more screen time. Our online camp includes live presenters, virtual field trips, daily crafts, team activities and so much more. Parents are impressed by how engaging our sessions are, and campers want to come back again and again! 

Please scroll down to see our list of our camp dates and weekly theme descriptions, including our 3 specialty camps; Vet Camp, Animal Care Camp, and Animal Art Camp. 

How does it work? 

Before camp starts, parents/guardians will pick up their child's camp bag, which includes the materials that they need for the week ahead.
If you live outside the area and cannot pick up your camp bag, please reach out, as we have options for you.

Campers will meet with their counsellor and camper friends at 9am every morning for a day packed with fun and learning. There are breaks throughout the day, and lots of opportunity to get up and move around so that we don't sit at a screen all day! 

Throughout the summer, campers and their families will also be invited to join our Family Fun Nights, where we will do activities like Bingo, trivia, movie nights and craft nights. 

Location:

Your home! As long as you have an internet connection, you can join our camp from anywhere in the world. 

Dates:

8 weeks
July 5 - 30, 2021
August 9 - September 3, 2021

Ages:

6-12 years old for most camp weeks, excluding Vet Camp (10-14 years old) and Animal Care Camp (9-13 years old)

Pricing:

Early bird pricing : $99/ full week, $50/half days
Vet Camp - $225/week
Animal Care and Animal Art Camps- $125

Camp hours:

9:00 am - 3:00pm, with lunch and snack breaks
No before or after care is available, but each camp bag includes extra activities.

Notes:

- Half days are not available for Specialty Camps
- Camp bag with all materials is only available for full day registrations. Half day registrations will have to provide their own materials. A list of materials will be sent out the week prior to camp.

Not sure if virtual summer camp is right for your child? Then come to one of our Camp Demo Days! Camp Demo Days are free to join and give kids a great example of what a virtual camp day will be like. We will also have some time at the end for parents to ask questions.

Demo Day 1 - Thursday, June 10 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Demo Day 2 - Wednesday, June 16 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Demo Day 3 - Tuesday, June 22 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 Register a camper

 

 

THEMES AND DESCRIPTIONS

July 5 to 9: Animaniacs

The first week of camp is "Animaniacs" week! This is a daily theme camp. Every day is a different animal theme! Once day we may learn about farmers, the next about birds and exotic animals, the next about dogs and cats. Every day is different, and every day we meet new and exciting animal friends.

July 12 to 16: Animal Adventurers

Explore the animal kingdom with the Humane Society! This week, we become explorers as we travel to a different part of the world each day, and learn all about the animals in this region.

We’ll meet with people from around the world, learn about their region and the animals that live in it.

July 19 to 23: Wildlife Trackers

This week, join the Humane Society as we learn all about Canadian wildlife! We’ll learn how to identify tracks, and get to know some of the amazing animals we share our lives with, as well as the importance of wild animals to our ecosystem.

July 26 to 30: Vet Camp (ages 10 - 14 ONLY)

Join our vet team as we explore the world of veterinary medicine. Campers, ages 10 – 14, will get an inside look at what it’s like to be a vet, and to work with animals. Taught by our staff educators and vet team, you’ll learn all about animals – from anatomy, to physical exams, to first aid, to how we run a vet appointment! If your camper wants to be a vet, this is the camp for them!

This camp will max out at 15 campers, and has a minimum age of 10. No age exceptions will be made.

August 9 to 13: Animaniacs

The first week of the month is "Animaniacs" week! This is a daily theme camp. Every day is a different animal theme! Once day we may learn about farmers, the next about birds and exotic animals, the next about dogs and cats. Every day is different, and every day we meet new and exciting animal friends.

August 16 to 20: Animal Careers

Have you ever wanted to work with animals? Let’s explore animal careers! This week, we’ll learn about many of the ways that you can work with animals, and try out each one.  We'll learn about paleontology, farming, marine biology, veterinary medicine, and so much more. We'll meet people who have made animals their career, meet some super special guests, and get to try out our skills as animal professionals!

August 23 to 27: Animals and Art

Calling all artists! This camp is the PURRFECT way to combine your love for art and animals! We’ll spend the week creating projects inspired by our furry friends (at home and at the Humane Society) such as pet paintings, animal sculptures, pet photography, animal enrichment, and so much more.

August 30 to September 3: Animal Care Camp

This week, learn all about animal care. You’ll hear what it’s like to care for the animals at our centre, and how to care for your own pets. We’ll show what it take to work with pets, and teach you how to set up your own animal care project, like pet sitting and dog walking! You’ll learn how to become a responsible friend to pets, and how to turn your passion into a reality! This summer camp is recommended for ages 9 and up.

Camp Refund Policy

Refund Policy: Refunds must be requested in writing, by fax or email and will be refunded in accordance with our policy. The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society reserves the right to grant exceptions to the stated policy in extreme situations.

No Refunds for Partial Attendance: We do not give refunds when someone chooses to leave a program part way through, for any reason, as our expenses are incurred before the start of the program, and cannot be recovered.

Weather Conditions: Camp will take place in all weather conditions – should camp need to be cancelled due to extreme weather – campers will be notified the morning of the program and offered a refund for that day only.

Accommodation: We aim to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive through the camp experience. The Humane Society offers a fee assistance program for qualifying families to assist with registration costs on week-long programs. Children who require their personal support worker to attend camp with them will be accommodated. Please contact communityprograms@kwsphumane.ca to discuss accommodation needs including our fee assistance program. 

Refund Guidelines: 15 days or more notice for refund – 10% program fee deducted, per participant.
14 days notice or less for refund – 50%
Once program has begun – no refund.

Any switch from one week of camp to another may be subject to an administration fee