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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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Fall Camp

Strengthening Our Shelters: This fall session is a perfect introduction to the important work of animal shelters. Campers will play games, receive expert lessons, and participate in crafts that are aimed at learning and reinforcing the important work of achieving animal welfare! From caring for kitties to deepening bonds with dogs, this session will teach campers how to be stewards of a more humane society. For a little extra cost, we are also offering a bonus Sunday Funday for this session! On that Sunday, students will compete in various shelter-themed games for awesome prizes.
  

Winter Camp Week 1

The Science of Compassion: The first winter session will introduce campers to the scientific side of animal welfare. They will receive lessons from veterinarians, study the behavior of animals, and get hands-on experience as they put themselves in the shoes of the experts that better the biological lives of our non-human companions.
 

Winter Camp Week 2

Loving Those Who are Lost: The second winter session focuses on the emotional wellbeing of animals and learning about the work that goes into rescuing those that are without a good home. Campers will hear real cases of defeating animal cruelty, experience what it is like to run an animal shelter, and navigate the care for animals from the most miniscule mice to the largest barnyard buddies.
 
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

Fall Session: November 21 - 23, 2022 - FULL
Winter Session 1: December 19 - 23, 2022 Register Here
Winter Session 2: December 26 - 30, 2022 Register Here

 

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. The Fall Session is a shortened three day camp with an optional Sunday class date.

Our Sessions are as follows:
Fall Session: November 21 - 23, 2022 - FULL
Winter Session 1: December 19 - 23, 2022 Register Here
Winter Session 2: December 26 - 30, 2022 Register Here
 
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).