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Summer Programs

School is Out

Camp is In


Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, registration for the upcoming season of Discover Camp is temporarily unavailable.

We hope to open registration for these programs in the near future. Please check back.

Discover Camp and Humane Academy make a perfect pair for the summer months! These programs are your child’s ticket to a fun-filled week with games and crafts, guest speakers, and plenty of time with the dogs and cats! Campers learn all about HSSW, responsible pet ownership, and discover ways that they can help animals in our community. This fun and educational experience is perfect for the young animal-lover in your family.

New this year, Humane Academy summer series for kids grades 7 - 8

Get all the dates, details and information below.

  • Discover Camp | Grades 3-6

    Get ready for another summer of fun with the return of Discover Camp! It's a fun-filled day with the animals - visits to the dogs and cats, special classroom visits from HSSW pets and other animals, guest speakers and so much more! This year, we'll also have a special focus on dogs with jobs. Campers will learn about the special role dogs can have in our community and the many ways they perform services to keep us safe and support people who need them. 


    Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Fee: $250

    • June 22 - 26 | Grades 3 - 5
    • July 6-10 | Grades 4 - 6
    • July 27 - 31 |Grades 5 - 6

    *Due to coronavirus, registration is temporarily disabled. We hope to offer registration soon. Please check back.*

    Click Here to Register 


    Q. What will my kids do at Discover Camp? 
    A. Camp is all about animals so we'll spend lots of time with them. An average camp day includes time with our shelter pets, education lessons, crafts, games, and guest speakers!

    Q. When do I pick up and drop off? 
    A. We request that campers are dropped off no earlier than 10 minutes before camp and are picked up no later than ten minutes after. We do not provide pre- or post-camp care so it's very important to be on time.

    Q. What is an average day at Camp like? 
    A. Great question! Every day at camp is different, but it always includes time with animals, crafts, games, guest speakers, and more! 

    Q. Do you offer scholarships for low-income families? 
    A. Yes! Limited scholarships are available for students in households with financial need. Examples may include families reliant on WIC, food stamps, Section 8, free or reduced-price school lunch, Medicaid, etc. Scholarships are limited in availability and cannot be guaranteed. Scholarship approval provides a 50% reduction in Camp fees. 

    Q. Where is Camp located? 
    A. Most camp sessions are at our adoption center-shelter at 1100 NE 192nd Ave. Camp may also include a field trip, details for pick up and drop off for field trip days will be provided prior to camp. 

    Q. Can I register my child in several weeks of camp? 
    A. Curriculum for camp is repeated throughout the summer so we don't encourage families to enroll in multiple weeks. This also makes sure we have room for as many kids as possible. 

    Q. Do the kids get to spend time with real animals? 
    A. Of course! Many of our lessons involve interactions with animals. When possible, we also have a dog or cat (or special guest animals) join us in the classroom.  

    Q. What should my child wear? 
    A. Kids should dress in clothes that are comfortable (and ones that can handle a little dog slobber or cat hair). It's important to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants every day. We spend time outside so kids should also have a hat with them.

    Q. What is your cancellation policy?
    A. We hope nobody has to cancel, but we ask to be notified of cancellations no less than 2 weeks prior to the start of camp so we can have time to recruit new campers. Camp payments will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee. 

    Q. What should my child bring? 
    A. Each child should bring a snack to camp. Refrigeration is available. We discourage bringing anything that requires a microwave. Children should also bring a reusable water bottle.

  • Humane Academy - Summer Series | Grades 7-8

    Humane Academy isn't just for the school year anymore! This popular program makes its summer debut with a 3-day camp for kids entering grades 7 - 8. 

    Summer session builds on our Discover Camp series and offers a more robust offering. It's a hands-on experience behind the scenes at HSSW. They'll engage with the dogs and cats and learn all about what we do and how we do it! And, of course, they'll have plenty of time with the dogs and cats. 


    Time: Check back soon!
    Fee: $200
    June 30 - July 2 | Grades 7 - 8

    *Due to coronavirus, registration is temporarily disabled. We hope to offer registration soon. Please check back.*

    Click Here to Register 

Click Here to Register *Registration temporarily unavailable*

Questions? Please contact us and we'll be in touch.

Scholarship Program

We think HSSW education is important for kids. Sometimes, finances can be a barrier to participation. We offer a limited number of reduced-fee registrations to children in homes with financial barriers to participation.

To Apply:

Complete the fields below and a member of our education team will follow up with more information. 

Thank you to program sponsor, VCA Animal Hospitals for supporting our youth programs!

Questions? Please contact: 

Education Team
[email protected]