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Camps

Download our 2018 Kids’ Activity Guide for a complete listing of camp sessions and other youth programs at the Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses. 

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers fun-filled camps during spring break, summer and winter break for kids who are WILD about animals! Activities include animal-themed crafts, games, a private shelter tour, and lots of chances to meet furry and four-legged friends. Learn about animal care, safety, dog training, cat socializing, wildlife rehabilitation and much more!  

How To Register

To register, please select a camp session from the list below to complete online registration. Please note: Online registration is the quickest way to ensure space availability. If you are unable to register online, please contact a member of our education team below to register over the phone.

Milwaukee Campus:  Britney Kruesel, bkruesel@wihumane.org or 414-431-6153
Ozaukee Campus:  Andrea Swanson, aswanson@wihumane.org or 262-988-5947

2018 Camp Sessions

Barks & Blooms Spring Break Camp

Grades 2-6 - $55 - This camp is the perfect one-day getaway to learn all about animals and the work we do at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Take a private tour, make animal-themed crafts, and spend time with dogs and cats.

  • Thursday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus
  • Thursday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Ozaukee Campus
  • Thursday, April 5 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus

Camp Critter

Grades 1-3 (completed by date of camp) - $130 - Enjoy three fun-filled days of crafts, games, and animal friends at WHS. We'll cover topics like animal care, safety, training, and more!

Camp Unleashed

Grades 4-6 (completed by date of camp) - $130 - Join us for a three-day camp to learn about animals of all kinds, explore animal-related career opportunities, and meet some cool animals!

Junior Veterinary Camp

Grades 6-8  (completed by date of camp) - $110 - Dive into the exciting world of veterinary science and discover what it takes to become an animal doctor during this two-day experience.

  • June 20 - 21 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus - SOLD OUT
  • July 11 - 12 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus - SOLD OUT
  • July 11 - 12 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Ozaukee Campus
  • August 1 - 2 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Milwaukee Campus - SOLD OUT

Bow Wow Blizzard Camp

Grades 2-6 - $55 - Come in from the cold and warm up with furry friends! Spend your winter break at this one-day camp for young animal enthusiasts.


Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Register

 After You Register

Before You Register

 

I’d prefer not to register online.  Is there another option?
Yes, we accept registrations by phone. Contact the Youth Programs team at the campus where you wish to register (414-431-6153 in Milwaukee, 262-988-5947 in Ozaukee). Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are processed when full payment is received. We are unable to hold spaces without full payment and cannot accept registrations by mail.

What’s included in the registration fee?
Camp registration fees include snacks and all materials, including take-home crafts. T-shirts are optional and may be ordered for an additional fee. T-shirts will be handed out on the first day of camp. To order a T-shirt, select a size and pay for it at the time of registration. See individual camp descriptions for T-shirt order deadlines.

My child has allergies. Can he or she still attend camp?
Please notify us prior to camp if your child is sensitive or allergic to any foods or animals so we can make adjustments.

Do you make exceptions to grade requirements?
Activities during camp are tailored to match the needs and abilities of specific grade levels. To maintain the best experience for all campers, we rarely make exceptions to the grade requirements for camp.

Do you offer early drop-off or late pick-up times?
Yes. Normal camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning care is available from 8-9 a.m. and afternoon care is available from 3-4 p.m. Pre-registration is required for extended care sessions and the cost is $8 per child per session. Register online or contact the youth programs team. Any child dropped off before 8:45 a.m. or departing after 3:15 p.m. will be charged for extended care. Children picked up after 4 p.m. will be charged an additional $1 for every 5 minutes.

All camp sessions are sold out. Is there a wait list I can get on?
Yes. To be added to the wait list contact the youth programs team at the campus you wish to register.

What is your cancellation policy?
Registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend camp, you may offer your registration to a child of the same age. Please contact the youth programs team to notify us immediately. We are unable to issue refunds if your child does not attend. The Wisconsin Humane Society reserves the right to cancel camp. In the unlikely event that we cancel a camp, we will attempt to reschedule the session. If we are unable to do so, or we are unable to accommodate your child in another camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.

Are there scholarships available to attend camps?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships to attend camps.

Who leads camp?
Each camp is led by a staff member from the Wisconsin Humane Society’s youth programs team, assisted by 2-3 volunteers. We perform background checks on all staff and volunteers who assist with camps.

Do campers have a chance to meet animals during camp?
Yes. In addition to animal-themed crafts and games, every camp day includes time to interact with shelter animals. Animals may include but are not limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and domestic rats. Camp staff stress the importance of safety and appropriate behavior when interacting with any animal. If your child has allergies or is afraid of animals, please contact our youth programs team to discuss your concerns.

My child would like to attend with a friend. Will they be together during camp?
During camp, we conduct both full group and small group activities. We rotate groups regularly to encourage kids to meet new people. Friends who attend together will have many chances to be together, but we don’t guarantee they will participate in every activity together.

 

After You Register

 

What does my child need to bring with them to camp?
Campers should bring a bag lunch from home (non-perishable food items; refrigeration is not available). Campers should also bring a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. We discourage bringing valuables to camp (cameras, toys, games, etc.). Campers may bring cell phones, but they should be used for emergency purposes only. The Wisconsin Humane Society is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

What should my child wear to camp?
Comfortable clothing is important! Please wear pants or shorts, T-shirts and tennis shoes or other closed-toe shoes. Sandals, open-toed shoes, or soft-soled shoes are not appropriate for camp activities. Dress for the weather, as we may be doing some activities outside. For summer camps, sunscreen is strongly encouraged. Campers are responsible for bringing and applying their own sunscreen.

Where can I find the Consent and Release form?
Please download our Consent and Release form and bring a signed copy with you to camp. The form is provided in your confirmation email after you register online. Each participant must have a copy signed by their parent or legal guardian. Additional forms will be available at drop-off. If a child forgets his/her permission form, verbal permission may be accepted if we are able to contact the parent or guardian on the telephone prior to the start of camp.

My child needs to take medication(s) during the day. Can I send it with him/her to camp?
If your child may require any prescription or non-prescription medication (e.g. inhalers, Epipens, Benadryl, acetaminophen) during camp, you must download our Medication Form and return prior to the start of camp. 

What are camp hours?
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning care is available from 8-9 a.m. and afternoon care is available from 3-4 p.m. Extended care sessions are $8 each, and pre-registration is required.  If you wish to register for extended care, please do so online or contact the youth programs team. Any child arriving before 8:45 a.m. or departing after 3:15 p.m. will be charged for extended care. Children picked up after 4 p.m. will be charged an additional $1 for every 5 minutes.

Where do I drop-off/pick-up my child?
Campers should enter through the main entrance at their campus location. Because the shelters are not open to the public at 9 a.m., you may find the front doors locked. Camp staff will be available to unlock the doors and greet campers starting at 8:45 a.m.

What happens in an emergency? How do I get a hold of you during camp?
Youth Programs staff will contact you using the information you provided during registration. If we cannot reach a parent or guardian, we will attempt to reach the person(s) provided as an emergency contact. If you need to reach your child during the camp day, call the Wisconsin Humane Society mainline at 414-264-6257 in Milwaukee; 262-377-7580 in Ozaukee. WHS staff will pass along a message to camp staff.

If you have additional questions about camp, please contact:

Milwaukee Campus: Britney Kruesel, Youth Program Specialist | 414-431-6153
Ozaukee Campus: Andrea Swanson, Youth Program Coordinator | 262-988-5947