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Camp Pawsome

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Camp Pawsome

We have rebranded to CAMP PAWSOME. A name inspired by all campers who keep calling our camp awesome. Then one day a camper said it was PAWSOME and it stuck with us. Thank you campers!
 
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Looking for the perfect Summer, Winter, Thanksgiving or Spring Break Camp for your little ones, ages 7-13? Camp Pawsome is a fun-filled camp that your child will never forget!
 
During Camp Pawsome, the kids will experience:
  • Hands on play time with the adoptable animals
  • Humane education about animal welfare
  • Play games and make crafts for the animals
  • Attend interactive show-and-tells from animal experts
  • Observe a live animal surgery in our Wellness Clinic
  • Make tons of friends and great memories!

Registration

Summer Session 1: Tues, May 31 – Fri, June 3 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 2: Mon, June 6 – Fri, June 10 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 3: Mon, June 13 – Fri, June 17 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 4: Mon, June 20 – Fri, June 24 – Teen Week (Ages 11-17) FULL
Summer Session 5: Mon, June 27 – Fri, July 1 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 6: Tues, July 5 – Fri, July 8 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 7: Mon, July 11 – Fri, July 15 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 8: Mon, July 18 – Fri, July 22 – Teen Week (Ages 11-17) FULL
Summer Session 9: Mon, July 25 – Fri, July 29 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 10: Mon, August 1 – Fri, August 5 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 11: Mon, August 8 – Fri, August 12 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 12: Mon, August 15 - Fri, August 19 - Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
 

Volunteer as a Junior Camp Counselor!

Are you 14-years-old or older? Love spending time with kids and animals? Looking for experience working with children? Houston Humane Society is looking for Junior Camp Counselors to volunteer with us at our Camp Pawsome.
 
APPLY TODAY
Fill out the application online. If you are already a JCC, sign up for your volunteer sessions here
Questions? Call (281) 910-5651 for more information.

FAQs

When is Camp Pawsome?
Camp Pawsome is a weekly camp, Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM with an early drop off option at 8 AM for an additional $10/day.

Our Sessions are as follows:
Summer Session 1: Tues, May 31 – Fri, June 3 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 2: Mon, June 6 – Fri, June 10 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 3: Mon, June 13 – Fri, June 17 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 4: Mon, June 20 – Fri, June 24 – Teen Week (Ages 11-17) FULL
Summer Session 5: Mon, June 27 – Fri, July 1 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 6: Tues, July 5 – Fri, July 8 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 7: Mon, July 11 – Fri, July 15 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 8: Mon, July 18 – Fri, July 22 – Teen Week (Ages 11-17) FULL
Summer Session 9: Mon, July 25 – Fri, July 29 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 10: Mon, August 1 – Fri, August 5 – Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 11: Mon, August 8 – Fri, August 12 – Animal Welfare (Ages 7-13) FULL
Summer Session 12: Mon, August 15 - Fri, August 19 - Animal Science (Ages 7-13) FULL
 
Animal Welfare Week: This week campers take a look into why animal shelters exist, how shelters help animals, and how animals display resilience. Campers will get the opportunity to view a live surgery performed in our veterinary clinic. The week also includes fun games and animal themed activities and crafts. Ideal for campers ages 7-13 years old.
 
Animal Science Week: This week campers explore different ways science applies to the animal world using scientific tools and techniques. Campers will get the opportunity to view a live surgery performed in our veterinary clinic.  The week also includes fun games and animal themed activities and crafts. Ideal for campers ages 7-13 years old.

Teen Week: This week is dedicated to learning about careers in the animal field and working on a week-long project to help shelter animals get adopted. Campers will get the opportunity to view a live surgery performed in our veterinary clinic. Ideal for campers ages 11-17 years old.
 
What if the session I am interested in is full?
You can be added to our camp waitlist here. We will be contacting campers on a first come first serve basis if a space becomes available. 
 
Who can attend Camp Pawsome?
Camp Pawsome is open to ages 7 to 13.
Teen Weeks are open to ages 12 & older.
Volunteer opportunities are open to ages 14 and up.
 
Where is Camp Pawsome held?
Camp is located at Houston Humane Society Animal Shelter at, 14700 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77053. Camp will take place both indoors and outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
 
How many campers are there per session?
We currently accept 30 campers per session. Register as soon as possible to ensure your child’s spot!
 
Do you provide lunch?
No. We ask that our campers bring a lunch. We provide two snacks per day and water.
 
What should we bring?
On the first day of camp, campers will receive a goodie bag, Camp T-shirt, and HHS water bottle. Campers should bring their lunches, a water bottle, a jacket, and wear closed-toed shoes and pants.
 
How much time should I expect my child to spend with the animals at the shelter?
Our campers should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per day with our shelter animals. We have found this to be ideal for the well-being of our shelter pets. In addition, we will also have our HHS Mascot animals to visit with the campers throughout the day.
 
Do you offer financial assistance?
We offer financial assistance for Camp Pawsome in the Summer. Please send us an email at camp@houstonhumane.org for more info.
 
What COVID precautions are in place?
With the current threat level of COVID decreased our current policy is that campers, counselors, staff, volunteers, and all visitors are not required to wear masks. Hand washing and sanitizing takes place before and after lunch and snack and before and after every animal interaction, and increased sanitation measures are in place. Our camper limit is 30 per session. 
 
What does a typical day at Camp Pawsome look like?
Every day consists of a lesson about animal welfare or animal science, two 1-hour long animal socialization times where campers can choose between cats, small dogs, large dogs, or mini-mammals, outdoor games that are socially distance appropriate, a craft that relates to animals (ex: DIY dog treats), 2 snacks during the day, and character building discussions.
 
Are electronic devices allowed at camp?
No. Campers must keep electronic devices put away the entire time. We will collect electronic devices and return at the end of the day if we do see they are being used. As many campers enjoy taking pictures of the animals, we will be having a picture day on Wednesday where campers can use their devices to take photos of the animals for one hour out of the day. Thank you for your understanding!
 
What if my 6-year-old is almost 7, can they sign up?
Yes, if they have an older sibling or older family member attend camp with them. This also counts if their sibling is volunteering as a junior camp counselor (kids 14 & older).