The Richmond SPCA offers unique camp opportunities for children of various ages throughout the summer. If your child loves animals and is looking for a fun and exciting way to spend his or her summer vacation, then one of these cool camps is likely to be the perfect fit. For additional details, and to register, click the link beneath the appropriate session or call 804-521-1327.
Refund policy: Every effort will be made to accommodate enrollment changes based on session capacities. Cancellations made prior to two weeks before camp are entitled to a refund of half of the enrollment fee; refunds will not be available for cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of any given session.
Optional extended hours: If you are interested in dropping your camper off before 9 a.m. and picking your camper up after 4 p.m. we will be offering an extended before/after camp care this summer. For an additional $55 per week your camper may be dropped off as early as 7:45 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. Details for this program will be emailed to registered campers the week before their scheduled camp session.
Why do dogs wag their tails? Do cats really have nine lives? Your child will learn the answers to these questions and many others during this camp. For kids who love cats and dogs, this week-long camp full of games, crafts and activities centered on our canine companions and feline friends will surely pique their interest. Available for rising 1st graders through 5th grade for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $275/week. **Campers must be 6 years of age or older by the first day of their camp session**
Animal Advocates (Rising 4th – 6th grade): July 10 - July 14; August 7 - August 11; August 21 - August 25
Does your child show an interest in helping animals? Animal Advocates will provide your child with the opportunity to learn about the Richmond SPCA and explore the topic of animal welfare in our community. They will have the chance to make items for our shelter pets, help with daily tasks around our facility, and discuss age-appropriate animal welfare issues that are important in today’s world. They will also help to sponsor one of our shelter pets throughout the week in the hope of finding that particular pet a home! Available for rising 4th graders through 6th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $275/week
Dogs with Jobs (Rising 3rd – 8th grade): July 3 - July 7 (no camp on July 4); July 31 - August 3 (no camp on August 4)
Does your child know that a busy dog is a happy dog and that dogs can be trained to perform all types of cool jobs? We know dogs that run agility, perform tricks, compete in team sports and work for the police department. We know therapy and service dogs, too! Participants will get to meet many of these exciting pets and observe them in action. This camp is only 4 days each week. Available for rising 3rd graders through 8th grade for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $225/week
Junior Vet & Junior Dog Trainer (Rising 5th – 8th grade): June 26 - June 30; July 10 - July 14; August 7 - August 11; August 28 - September 1
Participants can come, sit, stay… and learn all about the latest methods in positive-reinforcement dog training. They will work with Richmond SPCA expert trainers to be prepared to teach basic skills and tricks to dogs. Clickers, treats and training pouches are included. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the veterinary career. Along with classroom learning, the campers will have a chance to tour our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital and watch our veterinarians perform a spay/neuter surgery. Available for rising 5th graders through 8th grade for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $275/week
Advanced Animal Advocates (Rising 7th – 9th grade): July 24 - July 28
Does your child show an interest in helping animals? Advanced Animal Advocates will provide your child with the opportunity to learn about the Richmond SPCA and explore the topic of animal welfare in our community. They will have the chance to make items for our shelter pets, help with daily tasks around our facility, and discuss age-appropriate animal welfare issues that are important in today’s world. They will also help to sponsor one of our shelter pets throughout the week in the hope of finding that particular pet a home! Available for rising 7th graders through 9th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $275/week
Kids & K9s (Rising 6th – 9th grade): July 24 - July 28 (a.m. and p.m. sessions); August 21 - August 25 (a.m. and p.m. sessions)
This camp offers the unique opportunity for participants to learn to train their own dogs. Campers will attend training sessions alongside their canine companions during this week-long camp. They will learn basic skills and tricks with the help of Richmond SPCA expert trainers. The Richmond SPCA will provide treats, pouches and clickers for training. Available for rising 6th graders through 9th grade for a half-day (9 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) $225/week
- All dogs must be kid- and dog-friendly.
- All dogs must be 6 months of age or older.
- All dogs must be current on rabies vaccines (proof is required) and spayed/neutered.
- All dogs should have flat collars and a 6’ leash (no chain leashes or prong collars)
- All dogs must be comfortable with being in a crate for 30 – 45 minutes at a time.
- All dogs should be able to “sit” when asked.
Junior Counselors (9th – 12th grade) (Volunteer Opportunity)
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Junior Counselor. This opportunity is available for rising 9th through 12th graders. Junior Counselors assist the staff with many of our camp projects and will be responsible for small groups of campers at times. If you are interested in applying to be a Junior Counselor please fill out the application and return to Melissa Howdyshell no later than June 16, 2017. If you are interested in additional ways to volunteer at the Richmond SPCA please visit our volunteer page.
All activities take place at the Richmond SPCA's state-of-the-art Robins-Starr Humane Center and are scheduled during the months of June, July and August.
For more information about Summer Programs at the Richmond SPCA please contact our humane education coordinator by phone at 804-521-1327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please click here if you would like to make a donation in support of scholarships that allow children in need to attend Critter Camp.
Special thanks to MARTIN'S, for sponsoring our Humane Education programs!