What are SPARK camps?

Harbor Humane Society has a line-up of action packed, animal filled, fantastically fun SPARK camps. These camps are for kids interested in animals and humane education. What better way to spend your break than hanging out with amazing animals, making new friends, learning cool new things, and playing games?!

Our camps will SPARK kids to learn different skills regarding patience, empathy, responsible pet care, and compassion for all creatures. Each camp will feature a variety of animal related topics that will entertain and teach your child all about the world of animals. Kids have the opportunity to have a one-of-a kind hands-on learning experience. Our campers aren’t the only ones who have fun, our beloved shelter animals also receive much-needed TLC. These camps are held during Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks!

Typically, camp will run from 9 am – 4 pm. During shorter breaks and one day camps, these days may be split into half day camps. For more specific hours, please look at the camp description.

All camps take place in the Community and Training Center at Harbor Humane Society. Our address is 14345 Bagley St, West Olive, MI 49460.

Each camp has a different cost depending on the length of the program. Please see the details section for more information on the cost of each camp.

Full refund may be provided with two week’s full notice of cancellation prior your scheduled attendance, minus a $10 processing fee. Refunds will not be provided without notice of cancellation and refunds cannot be provided during the scheduled week of camp.

For most of our camps, we offer different sessions for various age groups, overall tailoring our programs for the 5-15 age range. Because our programming is designed for each specific age group, we ask that all participants register for their designated sessions. At this time, we do not make exceptions to the age requirements. Each of our camp sessions are designed for a specific age range as noted in the description.

Harbor Humane does not provide lunch for campers, so a lunch in a labeled bag or lunchbox (there is access to a fridge if needed) is required for each full-day camper. We will also have two snack breaks for full-day camps, so snacks are highly encouraged! We do send a parent letter out the week before that lists the snacks kids will get each day. If your child has severe allergies or is not able to eat the snacks provided, you are welcome to send them with an alternative snack.

At this time, we are strongly recommending that unvaccinated children wear masks when attending any Harbor event. They will  not be required at this time, but policies may change based on CDC recommendations, so please keep an eye on your emails and our website.

If you have additional questions regarding any of our camps and policies, please contact Ashton VanKoevering at programs@harborhumane.org.

Spring Break

Spring Break Camp

Age: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th

Dates: April 5 (K-2nd), April 6 (3rd-5th), April 7 (6th-8th)

Cost: $50

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description: This one day camp is a paw-some experience for kids looking to learn more about who Harbor is and what we do! Campers will get a intensive day filled with crafts, games, and hands-on animal interactions. Each day is tailored to its specific age group, so please register your kiddos for the right group!

Summer

Little Critters

Age: 5-7

Dates: June 20-24 & July 18-22

Cost: $75

Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description: Similar to our SPARK Camp, Little Critters will offer campers new learning experiences every day. Tailored for this age group, our topics will include animal safety, responsible pet care, animals in our community, and much more! This 5 half-day camp allows campers to interact with animals, play games, and explore the world of animals!

Jr. Volunteer Camp

Age: 11-13 & 14-16

Dates: June 27-July 1 and July 25-29 (11-13) & August 22-26 (14-16)

Cost: $150

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: For five days, campers will have the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of taking care of Harbor’s animal friends. They will get to have hands-on interactions with our animals, while also experiencing what goes into their daily care. With a new theme and activity each day, campers will have an inside look at what career and volunteer opportunities are available at Harbor. Each camper will also gain lifetime membership into our Jr. Volunteer Club.

Animal Art Camp

Age: 8-10 & 11-13

Dates: July 5-7 (8-10) & August 16-18 (11-13)

Cost: $90

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: Do you love creating art and love animals just as much? Then this camp is for you! This 3-day, fantastically fun camp is filled with all things animal themed arts and crafts. Each day will include a paw-some craft as well as lots of animal time! It’s truly a purrfect camp for any aspiring artist that also loves furry friends!

SPARK Camp

Age: 8-10

Dates: August 1-5

Cost: $150

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: This paw-some camp engages campers with a new theme every day. We will explore topics like wildlife, animals in our community, responsible pet care, and much more This exciting 5-day camp will have lots of animal interaction, crafts, presentations, and games. If you have already participated in this camp – that’s OK! It’s new every year!

Over the age of 15 and under the age of 18 but still want to be involved with our Summer Camps? Contact Ashton at programs@harborhumane.org to learn about our Junior Camp Counselor positions! This opportunity allows our older kids to commit to a camp and help assist in its daily functions.

Winter

Winter Camp is closed for 2021! Please see us again next year!