LARGO — SPCA Tampa Bay will offer a series of weeklong camps that allow children ages 5 to 15 to experience all aspects of animal care, careers and compassion. The list of camps is:
Kids & Kritters Summer Camp
This camp is geared for children ages 5 to 7 years old on June 9 – 13. Campers “rescue and adopt” a stuffed “pet” on their first day. During the week they take their new “pet” home to foster. At week’s end they adopt the “pet,” complete with adoption papers. Animal crafts, snacks and “Reading with Rusty” each day, too! 5 year old children must have attended kindergarten and be entering 1st grade in 2014. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Enrollment is limited. Cost is $150 per camper.
Camille’s Summer Camps
Three sessions will be available for children 8 to 11 years old: Camille's Pets 'R Us Camp, June 16-20; Camille's Where The Wild Things Are (in Florida) Camp, June 23-27; Camille's Pets & Vets Camp, July 7-11.
Children will learn about dogs, cats, farm animals, birds, small animals, wild animals as well as Florida mammals. Activities will include a trip to Lowry Park Zoo (Camp I), Tampa Bay Watch (Camp II), or Big Cat Rescue (Camp III) on a tour bus is included. Each camper will be given an SPCA camp t-shirt to wear to camp. All camps run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Cost is $175 per camper.
Animal-Loving Professions Camps
Two sessions for teens 12 to 15 years old will be held: ALP Camp July 21-25; and ALP Camp II July 28-Aug. 1. The camp is ideal for children who want to be a veterinarian or animal cop. Campers talk to people who are living their dream jobs including pet photographers, K-9 drug dog handlers, search & rescue people, trainers, animal cops, a zoo keeper, a marine biologist, more. Activities will include a field trip to see the Tampa Aquarium (Camp I) or to visit the Southeast Guide Dogs Campus (Camp II). Each camper will get an animal themed scrub top to wear. Afternoon activities include dog training skills, craft projects. Both camps run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Cost is $225 per camper.
T-shirts and daily snacks provided. All camps are held at 9099 130th Ave N. in Largo. Space is limited. For more information, e-mail or call Sharon Hauser, Children’s Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727) 586-3594 or visit SPCATampaBay.org/camp.