Summer Camp 2022!

Summer camp open

Animal Advocates and Critter Camps are Full.
Please click the Register Buttons to join the Waitlist.

All Abilities Camp is Full. Contact Us to inquire about Waitlist.

A signed waiver will be needed by the first day of camp. T-Shirt size reservations are due by May 9.

Complete Waiver & T-Shirt Information

Thank you Sponsors!

T-Shirt Sponsor

 

 

Campership Sponsors

Larry Tantilla, Hinsdale Ortho, Mark Tsoulos, Allstate - Madeline LoPresti Agency, Advanced Orhodontic Specialists, New Leash on Life Chicago, Hummingbird Children's Academy, Perma-Seal, Two Men and a Truck, Al & Kathy Campbell

Supply Sponsor

Burr Ridge Community Church

Workbook Sponsor

 

 

Camp Offerings

All Abilities Animal Friends Camp

THIS CAMP IS FULL - PLEASE CONTACT US TO INQUIRE ABOUT WAITLIST.

Ages 6-12 (will make exceptions for older kids)

Every other Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 5 camp dates: 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5
Campers can attend all 5 sessions or pick and choose to fit your schedule. Content of the camp is new each session.

All campers will learn pet care basics, build adaptation skills, discuss resilience, play social-distancing games, learn about the various careers available to animal lovers of all kinds, and enjoy hands-on time interacting with pets within a safe, welcoming, together-apart camp setting.

  • 12 Camper Max (min. 6) each session, 2 Adult Educators per session (Ratio 6:1)
  • Each Camp meets for 2 hours per day, 4 days a week Monday through Thursday; All Abilities camp meets for 2 hours per day every other Friday
  • Camp meets outdoors at our campground at our facility, except for inclement weather 
  • If weather requires indoor camp time, each camper will have their own designated space safely together-apart from others. Masks are required during all inside time

Camp Offerings

All Abilities Animal Friends Camp

THIS CAMP IS FULL - PLEASE CONTACT US TO INQUIRE ABOUT WAITLIST.

Ages 6-12 (will make exceptions for older kids)

Every other Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 5 camp dates: 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5
Campers can attend all 5 sessions or pick and choose to fit your schedule. Content of the camp is new each session.
Registration: Please contact Kelsie Weisenberger, Humane Education Manager with questions regarding the All Abilities Animal Friends Camp or for more information about registering and camp cost.

This camp is designed for children with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Due to COVID-19 limitations, spots are reserved first for children with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Any remaining spots can be filled by children without developmental or cognitive disabilities. Campers will be provided with an array of activities that will encourage them to get active, express their creativity, and share their emotions. 

  • Campers will practice safely introducing themselves to and interacting with pets
  • Campers will practice understanding and responding to different emotions
  • Campers will have fun socializing, playing games, making crafts, and building friendships with humans and animals alike

Critter Camp: Ages 6 - 8

THIS CAMP IS FULL - PLEASE CLICK THE REGISTER BUTTON BELOW TO JOIN THE WAITLIST

10 sessions available, beginning June 6. Click here for dates.
Meets: Mon-Thurs, 10:00am - 12:00pm OR 1:00 - 3:00pm
Registration: Opens March 1
Cost: $150 / session

Register Here

Campers will learn about the different care needs of popular pets (dogs, cats, small mammals, and reptiles). They’ll practice discerning when it is safe to approach an unfamiliar animal, and how to properly introduce themselves while doing so. They’ll learn a basic understanding of the human animal bond involving how they can improve the lives of animals and how animals can enrich their own lives. 

  • Campers will gain a better understanding of the responsibilities of owning and caring for pets of all kinds (focus on dogs, cats, small mammals, and reptiles)
  • Campers will foster a positive relationship with animals while learning how humans and animals have a mutually beneficial relationship.
  • Campers will enjoy a week of crafts, games, and making new friends

Animal Advocates Camp: Ages 9 - 12

THIS CAMP IS FULL - PLEASE CLICK THE REGISTER BUTTON BELOW TO JOIN THE WAITLIST

10 sessions available, beginning June 6. Click here for dates.
Meets: Mon-Thurs, 10:00am - 12:00pm OR 1:00 - 3:00pm
Registration: Opens March 1
Cost: $150 / session

Register Here

Campers will receive an overview of animal welfare and animal care. They’ll learn about the daily operations of facilities like HHS, the different jobs within the animal sheltering field, and what a day in the life of each staff member would look like. Campers will also be introduced to more complex, current animal-related debates such as breed bans, ear cropping, and declawing.

  • Campers will gain a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be an advocate for animals, and how they can use their skills to enrich the lives of others
  • Campers will learn and complete tasks that an animal shelter employee would complete on a daily basis
  • Campers will enjoy playing games, making crafts, and building friendships

COVID-19 Protocol

Due to the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and increase in available ICU beds, masks are now optional in our facility. Please remember, if you choose to wear a mask, or not wear a mask, we respect your position, and we are asking that all guests in our facility do the same. 

Please note: this could change based on Illinois COVID-19 Community Transmission Data. 

Campers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home to ensure the safety of other campers, HHS staff, volunteers, and animals. Anyone who has been exposed to someone who is showing symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to stay home. Any camp days missed due to sickness will be refunded. 

Camp Refund Policy

Fully Refundable and Prorated Refunds available if camp is cancelled by HHS for any reason, or if camper must withdraw due to camper or camper family illness.

Contact Form and Waiver