Valley Humane Society's Critter Camp, a children's educational program focused on working with animals, is now virtual and looking for campers.
For the first time, there are no locational bounds for whom can attend Critter Camp.
"The online format has allowed a unique opportunity for campers who may not have previously been able to attend," Melanie Sadek, the executive director of Valley Humane, wrote in a statement. "Whether campers are curious about cats, or dedicated to dogs, they can discover how to help our fellow creatures and the environment while developing skills in creativity, mindfulness, leadership and critical thinking."
Each camp session will consist of two daily blocks from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. Lessons will include group activities conducted live through Zoom, pre-recorded videos, and activities for independent work. Guest speakers will visit Critter Camp to emphasize the importance of compassion for pets and pet safety.
Children ages 9 to 14 can enroll at Critter Camp for $150 per camper per session. Campers will receive a camp t-shirt and take-home kit with supplies needed for registration. Parents can register their campers at valleyhumane.org.
Each age group will have their own variety of activities and lessons at a different date in the summer.
Specifically, for campers ages 9 to 11 years old, Valley Humane will be holding online sessions from July 6-10 and July 13-17. Activities will include games, animal yoga, and critter crafts. Campers will learn how to greet and play with an animal, and how to read an animals' body language.
For campers ages 12 to 14 years old, sessions will be held from July 20-24 and July 27-31. These lessons will consist of exploring careers that work with animals. Guest speakers in animal-related industries will be visiting these virtual sessions. Students will also review responsible pet guardianship, pet safety and training techniques.
"Envisioning a world in which every animal is loved and every person knows the love of an animal, Valley Humane Society creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets," Sadek said.