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Animal Camp!

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. Our 2018 season has ended – check back here for details about our 2019 camps!

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Camp Hours and Fees:
Day Camp: 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration Fee: $225 per camper.
Extended After Care is available for an additional $100.00 per camper, and takes place from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
Animal Camp is held at the shelter’s administrative building, which is located at 190 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

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 forms that will need to be filled out prior to the beginning of camp.  Please contact Kate at programs@midcoasthumane.org with any questions.

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. Midcoast Humane performs background checks on all camp staff.

About Animal Camp Activities
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.

Sessions are available for students in Grades 1-6. Depending on their 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.

Additional Information
For safety reasons, an authorized adult who is 18 years of age or older will be required to sign campers in and out of camp each day. This adult may be required to show identification and must be listed on the registration form.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.
Campers should bring a lunch and beverage from home each day. We will provide snacks for the morning and the afternoon. There will be no access to vending machines during camp.
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 some of our activities take place outdoors.

We will expect campers to show respect and kindness toward animals, other campers, camp educators, and Midcoast Humane staff and volunteers at all times.
Please note that Peanut Butter is frequently used in the shelter environment and campers WILL be exposed.

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 Midcoast Humane is a priority for all of us here at the shelter, but some inherent risks exist, such as scratches, bites, and other injuries.

Animal Camp FAQs

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 Midcoast Humane, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

A limited number of scholarships are available – please contact us for more information at   programs@midcoasthumane.org or call us at 207-449-1366.

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