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OHS Summer Day Camps for Youth


The Oregon Humane Society Humane Education department offers summer day camps for youth in grades 3-7. For teens in grades 8-12, we offer the opportunity to be a summer camp counselor. Campers and counselors will enjoy a variety of presentations and hands-on learning opportunities about animal care and more.


  OHS Campers

Learn more about our camps:


Register Online


Registration for the camp lottery, as well as applications for counselors and scholarships, will be available online Jan. 2-Feb. 26, 2015.



Dates and Deadlines


Camp Registration Opens: Registration for the 2015 camp lottery will open Friday, January 2, 2015.


Closing/Notification Dates: Lottery registration closes on Thursday, February 26 at 5 pm. Lottery winners will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2015. Lottery selection and additional information will be sent out via email, so you must have a valid email address.


Camp Counselor Applications: Camp Counselor applications are due Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5 pm. Camp Counselor Preview Nights are on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4 from 4-5 pm. New applicants must attend one Preview Night. Camp Counselors will be notified of selection by Friday, March 6, 2015.


Payment Deadlines: Camp payment from those drawn in the lottery and from accepted camp counselors must be received by the Oregon Humane Society no later than Friday, March 27, 2015.



2015 OHS Summer Camp Schedule


Please note: each camp listed below runs from 9:30 am to 4 pm.


Dates Camp Sessions Grade Levels Cost
June 15-18 Camp Counselor Training I Grades 8-12 $100
June 22-25 Camp Counselor Training II Grades 8-12 $100
July 6-10 Shelter Buddies Camp Grades 3-4 $225
July 13-17 Shelter Friends I Camp Grades 4-5 $225
July 20-24 Shelter Friends II Camp Grades 5-6 $225
July 27-31 Shelter Friends III Camp Grades 5-6 $225
Aug. 3-7 Shelter Advocates Camp Grades 6-7 $225
Aug. 10-14 Shelter Ambassadors Camp Grade 7 $225


2015 Summer Camp Lottery


The camp application process for campers entering grades 3-7 in the fall of 2015 will again be conducted by lottery. All applications received by Thursday, February 26 at 5 pm will be entered in the lottery pool. After the closing date we will hold one lottery for each of the following camp groups:

  • 3rd/4th grade campers (Shelter Buddies)
  • 4th/5th grade campers (Shelter Friends I)
  • 5th/6th grade campers (Shelter Friends II & III)
  • 6th/7th grade campers (Shelter Advocates)
  • 7th grade campers (Shelter Ambassadors)



Bring-a-Friend Option


We understand that camp is often more enjoyable when campers attend with a friend, plus we want to encourage carpooling as much as possible. For these reasons we are offering the bring-a-friend option. Applicants who wish to attend with a friend must list that person on their camp application. Both applicants must list the other as their bring-a-friend choice. If an applicant is chosen to attend camp and has listed a friend to bring, both will be given a place in camp.



Family Registrations


Families with more than one potential camper per camp session need to send in individual applications for each child. If one child is chosen in the lottery, they can either exercise the bring-a-friend option or choose to have their sibling(s) attend with them. 



Notification of Selection           

Please do not call to see if your child was selected to attend camp. Parents of the children whose names were drawn in the lottery to attend one of the camp sessions will be contacted by email by Friday, March 6.


Lottery selection and additional information will be sent out electronically via email, so you must have a valid email address. Campers not selected in the lottery will also receive email notification.


Payment must be received no later than Friday, March 27. If you have questions regarding the lottery or camp in general, please contact Humane Educator Barb Cushway.


Campers (Grades 3-7)


OHS Campers

Campers in the rose garden at OHS


The OHS Summer Day Camps are designed to give young people (in grades 3-7) hands-on experience with the shelter animals, along with increasing their understanding and awareness of the role that they can have as ambassadors for the animals.


Campers are involved with the socializing, training, and providing enrichment activities for OHS pets. In addition, they have discussions with guest speakers who work with animals, including dog trainers, OHS Humane Investigations staff, the Reptile Man, and others. A unique camp t-shirt and daily snack are provided.



Scholarships for Campers


Applications are available for partial scholarships and are awarded based on financial need.


Please submit the completed scholarship application along with your camp application form by the registration deadline.


If you are interested in contributing to the camp scholarship fund, please contact Education Manager Jessica Wiseley Kruger



Camp Counselor Training


Camp Counselor Training is designed for youth who are going into grades 8-12 in the fall of 2015. Camp Counselors attend a leadership training camp session (details below) and are then asked to assist at a minimum of two other camp sessions during the summer.


IMPORTANT: Please read the following information carefully.


ALL 2015 Camp Counselors MUST attend all day, each day of your training session.


There are two options for Camp Counselor Training. You will be asked to choose your session from those below:


Dates Training Sessions Cost
June 15-18 Camp Counselor Training I $100
June 22-25 Camp Counselor Training II $100



Attention New OHS Camp Counselor Applicants:


You MUST attend one of two Camp Counselor Preview Nights as a part of our selection process. Please be sure to mark on your application which option you prefer:


Preview Night Date Time
1 Monday, March 2, 2015 4-5 pm
2 Wednesday, March 4, 2015 4-5 pm


If you're thinking about becoming a camp counselor, ask yourself if you:

  • Want to further your leadership training
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Enjoy working with kids
  • Are committed to ensuring the safety of the animals and younger campers
  • Have the energy and drive to last all day
  • Are willing to participate in activities with kids (not just stand on the sidelines)
  • Love to have fun!


Successful applicants will be notified of selection by Friday, March 6.


Camp counselor selection is not done on a lottery basis, but rather on the merit of the application and an informal interview process during the Preview Night.


Scholarships for Counselors


Partial scholarships are available for camp counselors and are awarded based on financial need. Please submit the completed scholarship application along with your camp counselor application form.


If you are interested in contributing to the camp scholarship fund, please contact Education Manager Jessica Wiseley Kruger



Camp FAQ


What time should I arrive?

Camp runs from Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Please arrive no earlier than 9:20 am and plan to be picked up at 4 pm. It is very important that campers be picked up on time because we do not have facilities or staff to supervise children after camp is over.

Where does camp happen?

Camp takes place at the Oregon Humane Society (1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland) in the Education Hall.

Do I need to be there every day?

We hope so! Some camp activities will build on ones from previous days, so you might miss out on something important if you miss too much time. If you need to miss a day, just let us know.

What will we do during the week?

Animals, animals, animals! We'll talk about many different kinds of animals and how we relate to them in our world. We will do a variety of activities, crafts, projects, and games. We will also have some interesting guest speakers.

Will we get to meet any real animals?

Yes! You will certainly meet cats, dogs, rabbits, and rodents at camp. You will get a chance to hang out with shelter animals and give them some love. We will have some other animal visitors, too.

What should I bring with me?

Bring a lunch and water bottle every day. A healthy afternoon snack will be provided. If your child has special dietary needs, you may want to pack a snack for them.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You never know when a dog will drool on you or a cat will shed some fur on your shirt. You must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes every day.