Camp Paw Paw is the place for kids who are wild about animals.
The mission of the Humane Society of Chittenden County is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and prevent animal suffering; to strengthen the human-animal bond; and to further the cause of responsible animal ownership through education and public awareness. According to the ASPCA, “At its most basic level, humane education is about learning to care for the animals in our homes and communities. It is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for both human and nonhuman animals, and looking after the environment and its diverse habitats. Unlike science and other academic disciplines, humane education has a philosophical component that strives to establish a sense of responsibility and make the world a better, more humane place.”
Camp Paw Paw offers a unique learning experience for children who share one thing in common: their love for animals. During camp, children will
learn about a wide variety of topics including: proper pet care, animal safety, homeless animals in our community, animal-related careers, HSCC’s mission, and much more!
Each topic will be led by professionals in animal—related fields. Through different activities and lessons, campers will develop the skills and confidence to become knowledgeable animal caretakers and ambassadors for animal welfare. Campers will leave with a better understanding of the unique bond that exists between humans and animals.
Camp Paw Paw 2018 offers three different age groups: 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12 year olds.
Sessions Offered for 2019
This half-day camp for children ages 5-7 years old will offer a different theme every day, including "Dog Day," "Feline Friends," "Careers," "Shelter Day," and "Animal Safety." Limit is 20 per session.
WEEK 1: MONDAY - FRIDAY, July 8th-12th
WEEK 2: MONDAY - FRIDAY, July 15th-19th
This full-day camp for children ages 8-9 years old will offer a different theme every day, including "Dog Day," "Feline Friends," "Careers," "Shelter Day," and "Animal Safety." Limit is 20 per session.
WEEK 3: MONDAY - FRIDAY, July 22nd-26th
WEEK 4: MONDAY - FRIDAY, July 29th-August 2nd
This full-day camp, for children ages 10-12 years old, incorporates a more fast-paced curriculum and offers campers the chance to create a unique project focused on animals. This camp also focuses on a different topic each day. Limit is 20 per session.
WEEK 5: MONDAY - FRIDAY, August 5th-9th
WEEK 6: MONDAY - FRIDAY, August 12th-16th
Adoption Center Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Please note we have limited services one hour prior to closing. Temporarily, dog visitations end at 5PM on weekdays. While we do our best to accommodate all visitors, if you are interested in adopting, we recommend visiting us earlier in the day.
March 26, 2019