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Humane Society

Camps

Education is a crucial component of the Idaho Humane Society’s mission to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion. We strive to share the shelter’s mission and programs, teach younger generations about humane care for pets, and safety around animals.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have further questions.

Our Humane Education camps take place at our Bird Campus located at 1300 S Bird Street, Boise, Idaho 83709.

Year-Round Break Camps

Break camps run two days and are project intensive. Snacks are included but campers will need to pack a lunch. Campers will learn about the shelter, partake in service projects, create enrichment for our shelter animals, and have hands-on learning opportunities. (coming back in 2023)

Check out our Parent Camper Guide!

SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE

The following camps are designed for students entering 5th-8th grades. 

 

Jr Vet Tech Camp - June 13
9am to Noon – students entering 5th thru 8th grade

Is your child interested in working with animals? Do they love learning about animal handling and care?

Taught by faculty and students from Boise State, this 3-hour workshop teaches students about the veterinary technician career path. Students will learn:

  • Dog and cat body language to better understand our pets
  • Fear Free© handling techniques to keep everyone safe
  • Common veterinary skills like
    • Holding animals properly for examination
    • Fitting animals for a post-surgical collar
    • Helping veterinary staff with grooming and husbandry
Sign Up

This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Bird Street Adoption Center. Attendees will also visit the cattery to observe cat behavior and spend time outside the play yards to observe a volunteer playing with dogs.

Jr Animal Trainer Camp - June 27
9am to Noon – students entering 5th thru 8th grade

Does your child love to learn and teach others? Are they interested in discovering how animals learn, too?

Taught by faculty and students from Boise State, this 3-hour workshop teaches students about animal behavior and training as a skill and a career path. Students will learn:

  • Dog and cat body language to better understand our pets
  • Fear Free© handling techniques to keep everyone safe
  • The basics of how humans and animals learn
  • How to use the “hot/cold” game to teach without words
Sign Up

This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Bird Street Adoption Center, including a visit from one of our small animals. Attendees may also spend time outside the play yards to observe a volunteer training a dog.

Jr Vet Tech Camp - July 11
9am to Noon – students entering 5th thru 8th grade

Is your child interested in working with animals? Do they love learning about animal handling and care?

Taught by faculty and students from Boise State, this 3-hour workshop teaches students about the veterinary technician career path. Students will learn:

  • Dog and cat body language to better understand our pets
  • Fear Free© handling techniques to keep everyone safe
  • Common veterinary skills like
    • Holding animals properly for examination
    • Fitting animals for a post-surgical collar
    • Helping veterinary staff with grooming and husbandry
Sign Up

This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Bird Street Adoption Center. Attendees will also visit the cattery to observe cat behavior and spend time outside the play yards to observe a volunteer playing with dogs.

Jr Animal Trainer Camp - July 25
9am to Noon – students entering 5th thru 8th grade

Does your child love to learn and teach others? Are they interested in discovering how animals learn, too?

Taught by faculty and students from Boise State, this 3-hour workshop teaches students about animal behavior and training as a skill and a career path. Students will learn:

  • Dog and cat body language to better understand our pets
  • Fear Free© handling techniques to keep everyone safe
  • The basics of how humans and animals learn
  • How to use the “hot/cold” game to teach without words
Sign Up

This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Bird Street Adoption Center, including a visit from one of our small animals. Attendees may also spend time outside the play yards to observe a volunteer training a dog.

Financial Assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis. Financial Assistance applications must be in 3 weeks prior to the start of each Break Camp.

Refund Policy: All cancellations must be made at least 14 days prior to camp and in writing for a full refund minus the administration fee. No refund will be made 13 days or less prior to camp.

Camp Volunteers

All of our camps utilize teen volunteers as camp counselors. Camp counselors learn responsibility, leadership, problem-solving, and more under Humane Education Coordinator’s guidance.

Camp Counselors must be at least 13 years old by the start of the camp, be a volunteer of the Idaho Humane Society, and attend a Camp Orientation.