Humane Society offers summer camp for kids to learn about animals

West Michigan Humane Society holds summer camp

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - It's finally here! Wednesday, June 14 is the last day of class for Grand Rapids Public Schools and students and in several other districts.

Many parents are now turning to summer camps to help keep kids busy.

The Humane Society of West Michigan offers a unique opportunity where kids will make some new friends --some of them with fur.

The organization offers five different camps, both full day and half day sessions, where kids will enjoy activities, games, crafts, lessons and hands on experience with animal welfare.

The camps are for children ages 5 through 17. According to the Humane Society's website, they "offer everything from a camp for those interested in becoming a vet to a learn-and-create camp."

The camps include:

CAMP PET PALS - This camp offers a new theme every day, including Delightful Dogs, Fun with Critters, Feline Friends, and more. Days are filled with crafts, games, and fun! Campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snack, and a water bottle each day. 40 campers per session.

MEDIA MUTTS CAMP - In this learn-and-create camp, campers will learn about a new topic each day focused on animals and have different activities and projects throughout the week leading up to the final unique media project. Campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snack and water bottle each day. 40 campers per session.

VET CAMP - In this hands-on camp, teens who are seriously considering a career in veterinary medicine are able to learn the ins and outs of being a vet. Spend some time with HSWM's vet staff and watch surgeries, participate in dissections, practice suturing and injections, learn about diagnostic testing and more!Campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snack, and a water bottle each day. 25 campers per session.

9 ENRICHMENT CAMP - Sit, stay and come are just a few of the basic commands you will teach shelter dogs during this canine enrichment filled camp. Learn basic and advanced obedience training, scent training, agility training, enrichment, and socialization! Trainers will practice positive reinforcement training and special skills. They will also perform further research in body language, behavior assessment, and breed histories to create a long-term strategy for a shelter dog. Campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snack, and a water bottle each day. 25 campers per session.

ANIMAL ADVOCATES MINI CAMP - In this mini three-day camp, campers who are passionate about animal welfare and making a difference will meet guest speakers and learn about current animal issues in our community. Each day campers will learn about a new topic through games, crafts, and activities and even complete a service learning project! Campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snack, wzand a water bottle each day. 40 campers per session.

For more information, including dates and registration information, visit the Humane Society of West Michigan's website.

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