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Friends, Fur and Fun

By Carlette Jewell, Youth Programs Coordinator

As the weather warms up, so do our youth programs. We are offering 4 weeks of Animal Adventure Camps this summer for kids who love animals. Animal Adventure Camps are fun Humane Education programs for youth. Games, crafts, activities, and animal interactions teach children how to be responsible pet guardians and make the community a safer place for animals. All camp activities encourage respect, empathy, and kindness toward animals.

Campers learn about SICSA and homeless animals, learn about other species of animals, study veterinary science (with a veterinarian), participate in art activities, meet lots of terrific animals, and much more! Each camp includes interactions with different types of animals. All children will receive a camp t-shirt, snacks, juice, and take-home craft project.

At the end of camp last year I asked the kids for feedback. It was great to sit down with the campers and look back at the week. The overwhelming response was that camp was over too soon. Days flew by in a flurry of fun and friendship-building. Below I’ve ranked camper open ended survey responses from highest to lowest:

Camper Favorites:

Animal interactions

Lunch with adoptable pets

Interesting animal visitors

Making friends

Camp staff

Camper Least Favorites:

Camp Ending

Many kids promised they’d be back this year. Several have aged out of the program and plan to come back as camp volunteers. I look forward to meeting new campers and welcoming returning campers, with exciting new activities and friends to be made! For more information, visit www.sicsa.org/animal-adventure-camp.

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