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, enjoy presentations from local rescue organizations and for some sessions, take a half day field trip (please see session details for information regarding field trips).
New this year – 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 are from 9am-4pm. 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.
When a session sells out, a link to the waitlist will be available on the website. 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. The waitlist for summer of 2019 can be found here: Camp PAWS Waitlist 2019
If a cancellation is made prior to 60 days before your start date of camp , a refund will be given less a $50 administrative fee, per participant. For cancellations less than 60 days from your camp start date, 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. Please email email@example.com to request a transfer.
HSHV offers a limited amount of after care spaces for each camp session. Families do have the option to register their child for after care for an additional $65 fee for week long camps, $15 for one day camps (per child, per session). 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.
We offer different sessions for various age groups, including ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-15, and 15-17. 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 age designations, but do offer an all ages week to allow for sibling groups to attend together.
Each of our camps is designed for a specific age range as noted in the description. Our policy is that each camper’s must fall in the specified age range within three months of the camp start date.
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.
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.
A 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 can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (734) 662-0749, mailed or dropped off at HSHV Attn: Humane Education, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Scholarship applicants should not register for camp as spaces for scholarships are separate from general registration. The deadline for summer 2019 scholarship applications has passed. Please check back next February for summer 2020 information.
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
School Year Camps
Camp PAWS (ages 6-11)
Camp PAWS is a fun filled camp for ages 6-11 and includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily work with adoptable animals, games, humane education lessons and more! Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack.
One Day Camps
Summer 2019 Camps
For young adults, Camp PURRS takes place at our cat café, the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center (5245 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor) and includes interactions with our furry feline friends. HSHV will provide one small snack during the program; participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and any alternative snacks needed due to allergies or dietary restrictions.
Cost: $145 per camper per session (sorry, scholarships not available at this time)
Hours: 9 am – 12 noon
Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:6
- Register for July 22nd- 26th – SOLD OUT
- Register for August 26th- 30th – SOLD OUT
- Register for July 8th – 12th – SOLD OUT
- Register for August 5th – 9th – SOLD OUT
Camp PAWS Jr.:
Camp PAWS Jr. (ages 4-5)
Camp PAWS Jr. is a fun filled camp for ages 4-5 and will include crafts, games, animal care/handling lessons and daily visits with adoptable animals. This camp will help young children learn to care for, respect and love all animals! HSHV will provide a morning snack to all participants.
Cost: $125 per camper
Hours: 9am-12pm, Monday – Friday
Staff to Camper Ratio: 1:5
- Register for June 10th -14th – SOLD OUT
- Register for July 22nd – 26th – SOLD OUT
Camp PAWS is a fun filled camp for ages 6-11 and includes visits from animal rescue groups and daily work with adoptable animals, games, humane education lessons and more! Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack. All session 1 dates will include the same activities. For campers looking to attend for two weeks, we recommend attending a week of session 1 and a week of session 2.
Cost: $295 per camper per session
Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday (after care is available until 5pm, for an additional $65 per week)
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10
- Session 1: June 24th – 28th SOLD OUT
- Session 1: July 8th -12th SOLD OUT
- Session 2: July 29th – August 2nd SOLD OUT
- Session 2: August 19th – 23rd SOLD OUT
- Session 1: June 17th – 21st SOLD OUT
- Session 1: July 1st – 3rd (3-day camp) SOLD OUT
- Session 2: August 5th – 9th SOLD OUT
- Session 2: August 26th – 30th SOLD OUT
All ages 6-11 – designed for siblings, but anyone in this age range can attend
- Session 2: August 12th-16th SOLD OUT
Animal Care Residency:
Our Animal Care Residency is designed for youth ages 12-15 who want to delve deeper into the inner workings of HSHV and animal welfare education. Residents will learn more about understanding perspectives of animals and the science behind their behavior, the various departments at HSHV and the role humans as a species play in animal welfare. Residency will also include visits from guest speakers, hands on activities, daily work with adoptable animals, humane education lessons and more! Youth will need to bring a sack lunch and drink each day; HSHV will provide an afternoon snack.
Cost: $295 per resident per session
Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10
- July 15th – 19th SOLD OUT