2017 Animal Camp!

All sessions of Animal Camp have been filled. Please check back for information about our 2018 session as it becomes available.


It is possible that some spaces may become available as families change their plans for the summer. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact Kate at kgriffith@coastalhumanesociety.org.


Animal Camp is a fun, educational camp experience for kids who love animals. Campers spend time each day interacting with shelter animals, hearing from shelter professionals, and taking part in fun activities that help animals and raise awareness about sheltering and other animal-related issues.

Camp activities may include crafts and games, guest speakers (for example, a police dog demonstration, a therapy dog animal, etc.), and service projects such as making beds, blankets, toys, or treats for shelter animals; decorating bandanas to spruce up shelter dogs; building bird feeders for wildlife; or designing posters or other materials to educate the public about issues regarding animal welfare.

Depending on the grade level, your child may learn about the costs of owning a pet, being safe around animals, wildlife and exotic animals, “animal cops”, and more. Each camp week will include an introduction to veterinary medicine with our veterinarian and/or Clinic staff. Camp activities vary to accommodate each group’s unique needs and interests.

Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Schedule
Code of Conduct and Dress Policy
Waiver of Liability
Scholarship Application

Camp Hours and Registration Fees

Day Camp: 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration Fee: $225 per camper.

Day Camp with Extended After Care: 9:00am – 5:00pm. Registration Fee: $325 per camper.

Camp Session Dates:

Grade levels are determined by the grade your child will be entering in the Fall of 2017. Please note that space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  For this reason, payment in full is required at the time of registration. 

Session 1: June 26 – June 30 (Grades 1-2) (Session filled)
Session 2: July 10 – July 14 (Grades 3-4)  (Session filled)
Session 3: July 17 – July 21 (Grades 5-6) (Session filled)
Session 4: July 24 – July 28 (Grades 5-6) (Session filled)
Session 5: July 31 – August 4 (Grades 3-4) (Session filled)
Session 6: August 7- August 11 (Grades 5-6) (Session filled)
Session 7: August 14 – August 18 (Grades 3-4) (Session filled)


More information about what to expect at Animal Camp is included below.  Please note that after registering your child to participate, you will receive all necessary additional information as well as some additional forms that will need to be filled out prior to the beginning of camp.  Please contact Kate at kgriffith@coastalhumanesociety.org with any questions.Animal Camp at Coastal!


Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

We don’t want the campers to miss out on anything, so please make sure to arrive at camp by 9:00. Pick-up times are from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (or by 5:00 p.m. for extended day pick-up). Please be prompt in picking up your child from camp.

For safety reasons, parents or guardians (as determined by the registration form) will be required to sign their child in and out of camp each day. They must be signed in and out by an authorized adult who is 18 years of age or older. This adult MUST SHOW IDENTIFICATION in order to sign out your child and this person must be listed on the registration form.

If your child makes arrangements to go home with a friend or individual not listed on the registration form, we require a note from you informing the camp staff. No child will be allowed to go home with an unauthorized individual without a signed note from a parent or guardian.

About the Animal Camp Staff

Each camp session is led by two to three educators (typically teachers or college students studying education), as well as experienced and trained volunteer assistants. We strive to have a 3-4 camper/adult ratio. Outside professionals and professional shelter staff are woven into weekly activities.

All educators are certified in CPR and first aid, as well as trained in safe animal handling and general emergency procedures. Coastal Humane Society performs background checks on all camp staff.

Where and When

For addresses and directions to the Coastal Humane Society administrative building and animal shelter, please click here. Camp days will be split between the two locations. Parents will be notified of the specific location for camper drop off for each day of camp. Please note: all campers must be signed in and out by an authorized parent or caregiver as reflected on the registration materials – please make sure to include the names of any authorized person on this application.

What to Wear, What to Bring

Campers should dress in clothes that are appropriate for active and sometimes messy activities. For safety reasons, all campers must wear athletic shoes or other shoes with closed toes. Sandals and Crocs are not appropriate for many of our activities. Children wearing these shoes to camp may not be able to participate in all activities.

Campers must bring a lunch and beverage from home each day. Refrigeration is not available for campers’ lunches. We will provide snacks for the morning and the afternoon. There will be no access to vending machines during camp.

We discourage all campers from bringing anything of value with them to the camp. This includes money, toys, video games, iPods, etc. Coastal Humane Society is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen equipment.

Campers who bring cell phones to camp should be aware of our cell phone policy.

Campers will be provided with an Animal Camp T-shirt, which should be worn each day. Don’t forget to provide a water bottle for your camper. Sunscreen is also recommended because many of our activities take place outdoors. Campers are responsible for bringing and applying their own sunscreen. Animal Camp activities will proceed rain or shine. Campers should bring appropriate weather gear as needed. Please label all personal items with your child’s name. 

Camp Behavior Guidelines

We will expect campers to show respect and kindness toward animals, other campers, camp educators, and Coastal Humane Society staff and volunteers at all times. Camp educators will remind campers of expectations, if needed, and will attempt to redirect a child’s actions or behavior if necessary.

If this is not working, brief separation from group activities is generally used and any repeated incidents may require removal from camp activities.

We will not tolerate disrespectful behavior that may endanger or cause injury to other children, staff or animals, whether verbal abuse or threatening demeanor. Such actions will be cause for immediate removal from camp. NO refunds or credits will be given if your child is absent for any portion of camp, regardless of the reason.

  • Animal Camp is a NO BULLY ZONE!
  • Campers will not pet or touch any animal until invited to do so by the educators.
  • Campers are expected to help keep the animals and people safe by following instructions given by the educators
  • Campers should stop petting any animal that hisses or growls or walks away.
  • Campers should ask if they do not understand something or if they need help.
  • Campers are expected to stay with the group at all times and notify an educator if they need to use the restroom.
  • Campers should report any injury to the educators.

These guidelines will be reviewed the first day of camp, but please discuss these behavior guidelines with your child before coming to camp so he or she is ready to participate upon arrival.

In Case of Emergency

In case of an emergency during camp, Coastal Humane Society staff will contact you using the contact information you provided with your registration. If we cannot reach a parent or guardian, we will leave messages and attempt to reach the person(s) listed as emergency contacts. If any of this information needs to be updated after you have registered, please notify our staff immediately.

If you need to reach your child during the camp day (emergencies only, please) call Coastal Humane Society at (207) 449-1366 and your message will be conveyed to the camp staff.

Please note that Peanut Butter is frequently used in the shelter environment and campers WILL be exposed.  

Camp Risks

Campers will have direct contact with a variety of live animals during their participation in Animal Camp activities. The safety of both the campers and the animals participating in programs at Coastal Humane Society is a priority for all of us here at the shelter. We have strict behavior expectations of the children in order to keep everyone safe. However, the animals’ behavior can be unpredictable. The following are some, but not all, of the risks associated with camp activities:

  • Bites/scratches from cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents or reptiles
  • Being knocked down/pulled over by a dog
  • Injuries relating to wrist/hand/fingers from a dog leash
  • Hitting heads on objects or closing fingers in cage doors
  • Exposure of eyes to spraying water or cleaners
  • Injuries related to lifting animals, food, litter, or equipment
  • Damage to apparel from animals, caging or equipment
  • Exposure to cleaners, latex gloves, bleach, parasite control products
  • Flea/tick bites
  • Ringworm
  • Internal/external parasites
  • Zoonotic illnesses (human illness contracted from animals)
  • Transferance of illness to animals at home
  • Loss of personal property

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows: If you cancel your registration more than 14 days prior to the start of your camp session, your registration fee will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel your registration less than 14 days prior to the start of the camp session, no refund will be available. If space is available, campers may transfer their registration to another grade-appropriate camp session within the same camp season at no charge. Canceled registrations cannot be applied to registrations for the following year.  If a camp session is canceled by Coastal Humane Society, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

Thank you to our generous Animal Camp sponsors: