Once Upon an Animal July 15-19 Grades 1-3
Calling all Animal Crazy Kids Grades 1-9!
What is Calgary Humane Society Summer Camp All About?
CHS Camp is a place where children connect with animals. Developmentally appropriate games, crafts, activities as well as visits from special animal guests encourage children to develop skills in social and emotional literacy including compassion and empathy for all living things. We do this by encouraging your child to have FUN and explore through hands-on learning opportunities involving animals.
Campers are grouped according to the grade they will enter in the fall: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6 or Grades 7-9. Activities are age and developmentally appropriate. For those campers who want to attend multiple weeks of camp, we have a different theme each week, ensuring diverse experiences.
Our younger campers will learn about animal characteristics, behavior and proper pet care. Campers meet and pet bunnies, cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, and more! As our campers get older, they will have more sophisticated learning opportunities including behind the scenes tours, more in-depth animal interactions, enriching games, and volunteer and career exploration.
Pre-Registration Frequently Asked Questions
How old does my child have to be?
We offer full day camps for children in Grades 1-9. Grade level is based on the grade your child will be entering in the fall. Please note the minimum age is 6 years and your child must be fully toilet trained to attend camp.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Before and after care is included in the price of camp! You may drop off as early as 8:30am and must pick up NO LATER than 5:00pm.
Please note that our front doors will not be open prior to 8:30am.
What is the cost?
Registration fees for CHS Summer Camp are:
Grades 1-6: $225 for a full (5 day) week
Grades 7-9: $298 for a full (5 day) week
- If you would like to make a donation to our camp subsidy fund, you may include it with your registration. This fund provides a camp opportunity for children from lower income families.
- Cancellation Policy: Camp fees are non-refundable however fees may be transferable. Please contact the Humane Education Department if your child is registered in camp but unable to attend.
- Late Pick-Up: A late fee of $1/minute will be charged beginning 10 minutes after the end of after care, at 5:00pm. Any incurred fees are to be paid at the time of pick-up. If you are running late please phone (403) 205-4455 ext. 6544 to speak with a member of our Humane Education Team
May my child attend more than one week of camp?
Yes! We have several different themes, so your child will always learn something new! Please note that some material or animal visits may be repeated over multiple weeks.
May my child attend if he or she has allergies?
If you’re child’s allergies are minor, controlled by Medic*tion and you’ve consulted your child’s physician, please sign up! Children will be spending limited amounts of time in the animal areas in the shelter and as much time outside as weather permits. Please consult our full FAQ page for more info about peanuts and food allergies.
What is the best way to sign up for CHS Camp?
- Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis online through Eventbrite. We are unable to hold or reserve spaces for camp.
- Applicants who do not get into the camp of their choice can add their name to the waitlist. Applicants will then be contacted by e-mail if a spot on the waitlist becomes available. No money is processed until your child is registered in a camp.
- Once your registration is processed, a confirmation of enrollment will be e-mailed. Release forms, directions, and other pertinent information are included with confirmations.
Where does the program take place?
Camp takes place at the Calgary Humane Society – 4455 110 Ave SE
Parking information as well as drop off and pick up procedures will accompany confirmation of registration. We use both indoor classrooms and outdoor learning areas throughout our facility.
How is the camp organized?
- Group sizes are limited at: 12 (grade 1-3) 14 (grade 4-6) 10 (grade 7-9).
- Each group is led by a specially trained Camp Leader and two volunteer assistants.
- Children are placed in groups based on their grade level.
- All children will need to bring a full lunch as well as 2 light snacks and a bottle of water to camp each day.
- Children will be provided with the opportunity to eat a small snack or enjoy a drink at both mid-morning and mid-afternoon. If your child’s medical condition requires them to eat or drink at certain times please alert our camp staff prior to your child’s camp week.
- The Calgary Humane Society is NOT a peanut-free facility however we do request that parents avoid packing peanut products for the safety of all of our campers.
Will my child spend most of the day working directly with animals?
Everything we do at camp is aimed at teaching children about animal care, handling, and welfare. We strive to give our campers an opportunity to interact with several animals each day. However, we are an open-admission animal shelter which cares for all animals including some that may be sick, injured, and sometimes aggressive. Our ability to have kids interact with animals relies entirely on the types of animals who are in residence during the camp season. Our two top priorities are to provide our campers with a safe experience and to prevent our resident animals from any undue stress. Some animals simply cannot handle the attention of a large group of children at a time and we endeavor to teach the children to respect the needs of each individual animal. That being said, when a gentle bunny, kid-loving dog, or playful bunch of kittens comes through the shelter, the camp kids are definitely given the opportunity to interact with them. In addition, activities like dog training and animal socializing with guest animal ambassadors are the highlight of the week for many of our campers.
Please note: Activities are age specific. Animal interaction is dependent upon animal health on a day-to-day basis, and we cannot garuntee a specific amout of animal interactions each day.
For more information regarding camp themes and other frequently asked questions, please visit our website:
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