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Camp Humane 2024

The Camp Humane program will give campers the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of the SAHS to learn more about its mission and role in the community. We will focus on encouraging empathy, compassion, and respect for people, animals, and the environment as well as recognizing the connection among these. In addition, each camp session will have a unique theme for specialized learning. This program is available for campers in grades 1-12.

Please note that the SAHS Camp Humane Programs are not licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Space is limited to 16 campers per session. For more information see Camp Humane FAQ!

If you have any questions, please email the Humane Educators at education@SAhumane.org. Thank you!

The place for animal loving kids to learn about pets!

Mini Camp Humane Parent Handbook

1st-2nd Grade – “Barks & Crafts” (July 1-2)
Get ready to unleash your creativity – this session will be full of fun pet-themed art projects! Scissors and glue and pawprints, oh my!

3rd-5th Grade – “Paws ‘N’ Play” (July 25-26, August 12-13)
Experience the power of play during this 2-day session. With shelter-themed games and challenges, campers will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of pet enrichment and playtime.

6th-8th Grade – “Shelter Helpers” (June 10-11, August 15-16)
Spend two days completing service projects around the SAHS. We’ll clean kennels, prep enrichment, and more! Campers will receive credit for 8 hours of service work for the 2-day session.

9th-12th Grade – “Puparazzi” (June 13-14, July 22-23)
Calling all “Puparazzi!” In this session, campers will receive a crash course in photography and put their new skills to work by helping us update our pets’ photos. Campers will receive credit for 8 hours of service work for the 2-day session.

Camp Humane Parent Handbook

3rd-5th Grade – “A Pet’s Journey” (June 17-21, July 8-12, July 29-August 2)
Learn all about a pet’s journey at the SAHS from intake to adoption. Campers will experience firsthand the care and dedication each pet receives while here at the shelter.

6th-8th Grade – “Cause for Paws” (June 24-28, July 15-19, August 5-9)
It’s time to “paw” it forward! This week is all about giving back, as campers learn all about how they can make a difference for San Antonio’s pets in need. Campers will earn credit for 16 hours of service work for the 5-day session.

Mini Camp Humane Parent Handbook

3rd-5th Grade – “Barks & Crafts” (March 11-12)
Get ready to unleash your creativity – this session will be full of fun pet-themed art projects! Scissors and glue and pawprints, oh my!

6th-8th Grade – “Shelter Helpers” (March 14-15)
Spend two days completing service projects around the SAHS. We’ll clean kennels, prep enrichment, and more! Campers will receive credit for 8 hours of service work for the 2-day session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for Camp Humane is now open. All registration and payment is handled online. To register, please click HERE. Please contact the SAHS Education Team by emailing education@SAhumane.org or call (210) 226-7461 ext. 140 if you have any questions.

You will receive an automated confirmation email once your completed application forms and payment are received. If you do not receive confirmation within 5 business days of submitting paperwork and payment, please contact the SAHS Education Team at education@SAhumane.org or 210-226-7461 ext.  140.

Your registration includes admission to one (1) two-day Mini Camp Humane session or one (1) five-day Camp Humane session. This includes guided behind-the-scenes access and specialized activities between the hours of 9:00 AM-3:00 PM each day. Registration also includes one (1) Camp Humane t-shirt, and one (1) Camp Humane water bottle.

This program is available to children in grades 1-12.

Absolutely! If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not this program would be a good fit for your child, you may reach out education@SAhumane.org to the SAHS Education Team by emailing education@SAhumane.org or calling (210) 226-7461 ext. 140. A member of the team will do their best to contact you within 2 business days of your inquiry to discuss your concerns and address any reasonable accommodations.

Cancellations made no later than four (4) weeks prior to your scheduled camp session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within four (4) weeks but no less than two (2) weeks prior to your scheduled camp session will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within two (2) weeks but no less than one (1) week prior to the camp session are subject to a 75% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within one (1) week of the scheduled camp session will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee. Camp sessions may be rebooked whenever possible; however, rebooking is subject to availability. Each rescheduled reservation will be subject to a $15 rebooking fee.

At the discretion of the SAHS, your program may be cancelled due to events including but not limited to inclement weather, low enrollment, electricity or water issues, or any other unforeseen circumstances. In the event that the SAHS cancels your session, a full refund may be issued.

When you purchased ACTIVE Refund, you should have received a confirmation email. To submit your claim, please refer to your original confirmation email and click on the link to begin your claim. For ACTIVE Refund’s Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Should your camper be diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or any other contagious illness and their scheduled session falls within their designated quarantine or recovery period, please contact the SAHS Education Team immediately to discuss your options. You can email education@SAhumane.org or call (210) 226-7461 ext. 140.

Each camp theme will have its own unique schedule for each day. This day may include animal socialization and interactions, arts and crafts, guest speakers, service projects and more. Activities may vary by session and schedules are subject to change. All campers will have a lunch break, and campers in grades 1-5 will also be provided with a snack break. For the safety of your child and our pets, no participant will be permitted to handle any pet while attending the program. Any animal interaction will be led by and under the supervision of a SAHS staff member. It should be noted that while this program takes place at the San Antonio Humane Society, your child should not expect to spend the entire day working with pets.

Each participant will need to bring their lunch in a lunch box or disposable bag and a reusable water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name. Please note that refrigerated space is not available. Products containing nuts are strictly prohibited from Camp Humane. Any items containing nuts, including but not limited to granola bars, peanut butter or Nutella, candies, cereals, etc. will be promptly confiscated and disposed of. An alternative snack or meal will be provided in the event that an item is mistakenly sent with your camper. Campers should also remember to wear their Camp Humane t-shirt for each day of camp.

Participants should wear their Camp Humane t-shirt, closed-toe shoes with rubber, non-slip soles, and pants or shorts of at least knee-length. Participants will receive their camper t-shirt upon arrival to the program and will be allowed to change into their shirts in the bathrooms. Please keep in mind that some activities throughout the day may cause damage to your child’s clothing. Clothing or headwear containing images of violence, profanity, or discrimination are not permitted. For the health and safety of your camper, be advised that campers who are not within the dress code may not be able to participate in certain activities, including animal interactions.

Yes! Additional shirts will be available for purchase. A t-shirt add-on will be available during the registration process. If you decide after registration that you would like to purchase an additional shirt, please coordinate with an SAHS Humane Educator. You can email education@SAhumane.org or call (210) 226-7461 ext. 140. Inventory is limited.

Campers will be checked in and out at the entrance of the Linda and Mike Curb Education Center located at 4804 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Check-in will run from 8:45 AM-9:00 AM. Upon arrival, please ring the doorbell and wait for a SAHS team member to greet you. A SAHS team member will then escort your camper into the building. Please allow approximately 10 minutes for check-in.

Pick-up will run from 2:45 PM-3:00 PM. Upon arrival, please ring the doorbell and wait for a SAHS team member to greet you. Once you’ve been greeted, a SAHS team member will verify the identity of the pick-up person. Any person attempting to pick up a child from camp will be required to show a valid state or military-issued photo ID. This person must also be listed on the authorized pick-up list provided during registration. Upon verification, a SAHS team member will escort your camper out to you. Please allow approximately 5-10 minutes for pick-up. Campers whose parents have not checked in for pick-up by 3:00 PM and have not previously purchased Extended Care will be charged the daily fee of $15. Please refer to the Fees, Rescheduling, and Cancellations section of the Parent Handbook.

Camp Humane will run from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM each day. Extended Care will be available to purchase for all campers at a rate of $15/day or $25/2-Day session or $50/5-Day session. Extended Care will run from 3:00 PM-4:30 PM. A late pick-up fee will be assessed in 15 minute increments for campers who are picked up after 4:30 PM. Campers whose parents have not checked in for pick-up by 3:00 PM and have not previously purchased Extended Care will be charged the daily fee of $15. Please refer to the Fees, Rescheduling, and Cancellations section of the Parent Handbook.

We ask that families adhere to the scheduled drop-off and pick-up times as much as possible to minimize disruptions from scheduled activities and lessons. If you are running late to drop off your camper, please call as soon as possible at (210) 226-7461 ext. 140. Camp may already be in progress and your camper may miss activities or presentations that cannot be made up.

If you need to pick up your camper early, please communicate your pick-up time with a SAHS team member upon drop off in the morning. In the event of an emergency that will require your camper be picked up early, please call (210) 226-7461 ext. 140.

Only SAHS staff, official SAHS volunteers assisting with the program, and registered campers are permitted to attend Camp Humane.

The SAHS will have a 1:8 staff to camper ratio. In the event of an emergency, camp groups may be combined so that one of the SAHS staff members can respond to the emergency. There is a maximum of 16 campers per session. Campers will be under the supervision of a SAHS staff member at all times.

 

 

For additional information, please contact the SAHS Education Team by emailing education@SAhumane.org or or calling (210) 226-7461 ext 140.

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