Humane Society of West Michigan knows the importance of educating children through experience. We offer camps throughout the year to educate children on animal welfare, as well as giving them an enjoyable experience. Through games, crafts, animal time, and more your child will learn life lessons and have a fun filled experience that will be with them for a lifetime!
VIRTUAL Humane University (Humane U): Summer Camp 2020
HSWM’s summer camp is going virtual! If your child loves animals and needs something to do this summer – look no further than Humane University from Humane Society of West Michigan!
In order to protect the health and safety of our campers, staff, and animals, we have made the difficult decision to move our camp to an online platform. We still plan to offer all of the same fun and educational programs that we would typically do in person but now virtually!
COST: One full-week camp is $100 per child, and $25 for any additional siblings in the household who would also like to participate. We will provide your camper with a camp kit for the week including a camp t-shirt and all of the supplies they will need, as well as provide virtual programming for 40 hours of camp activities!
WHEN: Camps run weekly from June 8th through August 28th. As in the past, this year’s camp will be a huge hit and lots of fun for kids of all ages with games, crafts, educational activities, guest speakers, and, of course, animal time!
The Humane University summer camp program is vital to our mission by helping us raise funds to care for over 4,000 animals each year as well as educate the next generation on the principles of animal care and responsibility. If your child is interested in joining HSWM for summer camp visit our website to register and to find all of the different weekly themes – everything from Media Mutts to Animal Careers to Zoology and more! In a period of difficulty and social distancing, we hope this allows us to come together a little bit more! We are excited to see your child – virtually – at camp this summer!
HSWM 101: An engaging camp for animal lovers to learn about companion pets filled with activities, games, crafts, guest speakers and animal interaction time. Great for first-time campers!
Recommended Ages 6-10
June 15th - June 19th August 24th-28th
Zoology Basics 102: Each day this camp will be filled with animal interaction time, activities, games and crafts geared toward a variety of animals from our planet.
Recommended Ages 8-12
August 17th - 21st
Intro to Animal Behavior 103: Students who are interested in learning about how to care for animals can engage in enrichment training, agility training, and other animal activities for dogs, cats and small animals.
Recommended Ages 8-13
June 22nd - June 26th July 20th - 24th August 3rd - August 7th
Media Mutts 201: This camp offers a variety of multimedia fun for campers who enjoy art and theatre. In this camp, students will create a animal-themed music video and take part in a variety of other fun projects! This camp is great for returning campers or kids who love to create!
Recommended Ages 8-13
July 27th - July 31st
Back to Nature: Exploring Your Backyard 202: Each day of this camp will be filled with animal interaction time, activities, games and crafts geared toward a variety of animals in our own backyard.
Recommended Ages 8-12
June 8th -12th July 6th - 10th
Vet & Animal Careers 301: This camp focuses on animal welfare careers with a special focus on becoming a vet or vet tech. Students who are seriously interested in a career in veterinary science can engage in hands on activities, watch a live surgery, hear from guest speakers and enjoy animal interaction time. Throughout the day we will also focus on other animal welfare careers by learning and listening to those who work in these jobs each day.
Recommended Ages 12-15
July 13th -17th
Winter Camp 2021
Registration opens NOVEMBER 1ST, 2021!
Humane Society of West Michigan offers a three day Winter Camp to keep your child active and learning during the holiday break! Campers will enjoy animal time, play games, make crafts, and meet new friends!
Dates: TBD Cost: $100 per camper Ages 7-13
Spring Break Camp 2021
Registration opens JANUARY 1ST, 2021!
Humane Society of West Michigan offers a fun and exciting experience at our Spring Break camp! Spring Break camp is a great place for your child to learn, grow, and make new friends!
Dates: TBD Cost: $140 per camper
Frequently Asked Questions
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Junior Camp Counselor
Students between the ages of 15-17 can volunteer their time to earn service learning hours. Students should be interested in gaining experience working as a team, helping children between the ages of 5-12 and working with shelter animals.
Registration for Junior Camp Counselors will open June 1st For more information or questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Humane Society of West Michigan 3077 Wilson Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616.453.8900 email@example.com
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