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Haylee Blake
(858) 756-4117 ext. 317
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Summer Critter Camp 2016

A wonderful San Diego Summer Camp for kids – experience new summer camp themes!

Where kids connect with animals!
June 13-August 19 2016
Preschool through 8th Grade

 

Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids Preschool through 8th grade! Children will experience a full week of amazing animal interactions and summer camp activities including animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more! Each camper that is signed up for a full week of camp will also receive a free Critter Camp T-shirt! Not able to commit to a full week? We offer two weeks (week 4 and week 10) of daily sign-ups.

What types of animals will your kids meet at Summer Critter Camp?
Miniature horses, sheep, alpacas, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, chickens, doves, parrots, cockatiels, turtles, tortoises, snakes, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, frogs, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, hermit crabs, blue-tongued skinks, a chameleon, and more!

Summer Camp Weekly Themes, Preschool through 6th grade

 


Join us on the campaign trail where our animals will win you over without fail! Each of our animal candidates have their own strengths, whether they help the environment, provide service to people in need, or shine in the face of adversity. Will you vote for animals?

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Activities will be similar to the following and may include:

  • Groom a miniature horse to make sure they are ready for any photo op.  
  • Visit Adoptions and learn how you can use your voice to advocate for pet adoption.
  • Hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach while learning how these decomposers help the environment.
  • Take a walk on the campaign trail with our alpaca ambassadors.
  • Get up close and personal with two of our animal candidates during a guinea pig playgroup.
  • Meet a Desert Tortoise, which is the official state reptile of California and learn what we can do to protect threatened species.  
  • Pet a dove while learning about their roles in various ceremonies and as symbols of peace.
  • Lead our chickens in a parade and discover what they can do for YOU (they lay eggs and eat bugs just to name a couple)! 
  • Meet and pet a ball python or corn snake while we discuss why you shouldn’t judge a snake only by its scales.
  • Pet a rabbit and discover how their ears give them excellent listening skills… a quality all good politicians should have.
  • Politicians have to use their words to win us over and we have a couple of feathery friends who would like to do just that! Meet a cockatiel or budgie to see if they can talk the talk.
  • Participate in a riveting debate to decide which animal candidate deserves the most votes.

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Whether it’s the stunning speed of a rabbit or the brave balancing act of a budgie, our animal Olympians have physical abilities that are sure to amaze you. Do you think they have what it takes to land a spot on the podium?

 

Activities will be similar to the following and may include:

  • Participate in a bunny playgroup while learning about the rabbit’s speed and how this allows them to beat their larger competitors.
  • Have a cockatiel or budgie perch on your shoes as you discover their amazing balancing abilities.
  • Tour the equine hospital and see that even the most powerful athletes require medical care.
  • Learn about the superior strength of a hermit crab and see that just because an animal is small does not mean it is weak!
  • Cheer on our box turtles during a race as they go for the gold.
  • Pet and walk a dog while learning about their agility and endurance.
  • Show off your athleticism and teamwork during our stick horse polo match & obstacle course.
  • Pet a blue-tongued skink and discover an adaptation that allows them to scare off the competition… even if they aren’t the fastest or strongest.
  • Meet a frog and learn how their performance in the long jump and high jump would differ from our own.
  • Feed a snake and you will see that they put on a rather jaw-dropping performance.
  • Meet a parrot while learning how their feet allow them to grab food with one foot and balance with the other.
  • Frogs and rabbits aren’t the only animals with jumping abilities! Watch our sheep leap over hurdles and reward them with nice pets and maybe a treat or two.
 


Critter Camp Schedule


Preschool – 2nd Grade (as of fall 2016)
Vote for Animals
Week 1: June 13-17
Week 3: June 27-July 1
Week 5: July 11-15
Week 7: July 25-29
Week 9: August 8-12
Animal Olympians
Week 2: June 20-24
Week 4: July 5-8 (daily rates)
Week 6: July 18-22
Week 8: August 1-5
Week 10: August 15-19 (daily rates)

 

3rd – 6th Grade (as of fall 2016)
Animal Olympians
Week 1: June 13-17
Week 3: June 27-July 1
Week 5: July 11-15
Week 7: July 25-29
Week 9: August 8-12
Vote for Animals
Week 2: June 20-24
Week 4: July 5-8 (daily rates)
Week 6: July 18-22
Week 8: August 1-5
Week 10: August 15-19 (daily rates)


Summer Camp themes 7th & 8th Grade

Critter Camp Leaders in Training!
Offered all ten weeks of summer camp! Not able to commit to a full week? We offer two weeks (week 4 and week 10) of daily sign-ups.
While still meeting the same animals as our Preschool through 6th grade camps, 7th and 8th graders will also develop lifelong leaderships skills during their time here at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Careers with Critters offers campers the chance to learn about the various careers in veterinary medicine.

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Activities will be similar to the following and may include:
  • Earn 10 hours of community service by participating in a full week of camp.
  • Meet professionals in the animal industry each day to learn about different careers with critters.
  • Visit Therapeutic Riding to see how riding horses can help people regain strength, improve memory, and more!
  • Care for, feed, and interact with barn animals such as horses, sheep, alpacas, and chickens.
  • Care for, feed, and interact with exotic pets such as parrots, snakes, bearded dragons, turtles, tortoises, and chinchillas.
  • Perform a health check on a miniature horse including the heart, lung, circulatory, and digestive systems.
  • Learn about Pet Encounter Therapy and interact with some of our therapy animals.
  • Help plan and lead Critter Camp activities for grades Preschool-4th
  • Help socialize our Education animals and learn how to animal handle like a Critter Camp instructor.
  • Make crafts, play fun games, make new friends & experience hands-on interactions with tons of animals!
  • Tour the Equine Hospital and Adoptions department and learn about the different aspects of animal care and the roles of veterinarians, technicians, and assistants.

 

Critter Camp Times, Rates, and Options

Critter Camp Times
Preschool (must be at least 4-years-old): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*Extended Care is offered from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for $20 per day for grades Kindergarten through 8th. (No Extended Care options for Preschool)

Weekly Critter Camp Rates
Preschool (must be at least 4-years-old): $220 per week
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: $280 per week

Daily Critter Camp Rate (weeks 4 & 10 only)
Preschool (must be at least 4 years old): $55 per day
Kindergarten through 8th Grade: $70 per day

*Lunch options are available at the time of registration for $7 per day. All lunches include an entrée and two sides. Please provide your child with a snack and water bottle each day.

*Photos of your child at Critter Camp are available to purchase at the time of registration (except for weeks 4 & 10). For $10, two digital pictures of your child will be sent to your account email address after your child attends camp.

 

Have questions about Critter Camp? Check out our frequently asked questions.

For more information about Critter Camp:
Email us or call us at (858) 756-4117, ext. 318