2017 Humane Summer Camps at the Marin Humane Society

February 10, 2017

Marin Humane Society Summer CampsPhoto: Marin Humane Society.

Pet-loving kids can get hands-on experience with a variety of animals with the Marin Humane Society's 2017 Humane Summer Camps. These popular camps at the MHS campus in Novato teach children important skills in animal handling, care, and welfare. Children entering grades 1 through 6 can attend Junior Humane Camp, Humane Camp, and Senior Humane Camp, where activities include animal-themed arts and crafts, games and activities, an introduction to careers involving animals, and daily visits from the MHS's Animal Ambassadors.

Older children entering grades 7 through 12 can attend Teen Animal Care Camp where they will experience the daily work of an animal shelter. They will learn about animal related careers, animal care and behavior, and animal welfare, and get daily hands-on experience with shelter and volunteer animals. Teens can also participate as Teen Counselor Assistants, where they'll assist for one week-long camp session and earn community service credit.

Junior Humane Summer Camp (entering grades 1 or 2 in fall 2017) has two one-week sessions starting July 10 and July 31. Camp hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm and registration is $215. Humane Summer Camp (entering grades 3 or 4 in fall 2017) has four sessions starting June 19 (two sessions), July 17, and August 7 and runs from 9 am to 3 pm; registration fee is $300. Senior Humane Summer Camp (entering grades 5 or 6 in fall 2017) has three sessions starting June 12, June 26, and July 24, and runs 9 am to 3 pm; registration is $300.

Advanced Humane Summer Camp for teens (entering grades 7 through 12 in fall 2017) and has three sessions starting July 5, July 10, and July 31. Camp hours are 9:30 am–1:30 pm and the registration fee is $225.

These camps have limited space and are extremely popular. Registration this year takes place online and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a camp session is full it will be closed. Online registration will go live on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at noon. Scholarships are available for low-income families.

Students entering grades 7 to 12 can apply to be Teen Camp Assistants (TCAs) and earn community service credits by helping young campers with their projects and assisting camp staff. Each Teen Camp Assistant works directly with a group of 4–5 campers for the entire camp session. TCA applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 8 at 5 pm. There is a $30 registration fee upon acceptance.

The Marin Humane Society is located at 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard in Novato. For complete information about these programs, visit www.marinhumanesociety.org.