Educational Day Camps for Youth
Please read: Important Changes to 2018 Summer Camp Registration!
For Campers (Grades 3-7)
The OHS Summer Day Camps are designed to give young people (in grades 3-7) educational and 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 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, and others. A unique camp t-shirt and daily snack are provided.
OHS Summer camp registration will no longer be done via a lottery system. OHS Summer Camp registration is now done on a first come, first serve basis with payment in full due in order to reserve a spot at camp. OHS Summer Camp Online Registration will open on February 12 at 9:00 am.
Price: $295.00/week due at registration
For Camp Counselors (Grades 8-12)
Camp Counselor Leadership Training is designed for youth who are going into grades 8-12 in the fall of 2018. Camp Counselors attend a leadership training camp (details below) and are then asked to assist at one or two other camp sessions during the summer. All 2018 Camp Counselors must be in attendance for every day of their training sessions and must be present for the entire day.
Before applying, ask yourself the following:
- Do I want to further my leadership training?
- Do I enjoy working with kids?
- Am I committed to ensuring the safety of the animals and younger campers?
- Do I have the energy and positive attitude to last all day?
- Am I willing to participate in activities with kids (not just stand on the sidelines)?
- Do I want to have fun?
To apply to be an OHS Camp Counselor:
- Step 1: Complete and submit an Online Camp Counselor Application. (Available February 12. Deadline to apply is February 28.)
- Step 2: For New 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 Option 1: Monday, March 12 4:30-5:30
- Preview Night Option 2: Wednesday, March 14 4:30-5:30
- Step 3: Check your email. Camp counselor selection is based on the merit of the application and an informal interview process during the Preview Night. Successful applicants will be notified of selection by March 20.
- Step 4: If selected to be a Camp Counselor, you must attend one of two Camp Counselor Leadership Training Camps. Please be sure to mark on your application which week you prefer. Payment of $115 is due by April 14.
- June 18-21: OHS Camp Counselor Leadership Training Camp I
- June 25-28: OHS Camp Counselor Leadership Training Camp II
Price: $115.00. Payment to attend the required Camp Counselor Leadership Training Camp must be received no later than April 14.
Oregon Humane Society believes in providing opportunities for children to attend our programs. We are committed to serving as many families as possible; however, scholarship funds are limited. Typical awards range from 20% – 50% of Counselor Leadership Training Camp tuition. Scholarship Applications will be accepted January 22-February 2. If funds allow, a rolling application window will open on March 5.
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. When camp counselors return to volunteer during their two camp sessions, they will arrive at 9 am.
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.
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.
Yes! You will 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.
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.
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.