Sunday, April 6, 2014

With the opportunity to infuse the love for animals and learning into one, kids have the chance to get involved with much more than just an exciting “Call of Duty” match or intriguing five-season Netflix series this summer.

The Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, Phoenix Herpetological Society and Southwest Wildlife plan to pave the way for young animal enthusiasts through a number of fun and educational camp programs.

Arizona Humane Society

1521 W. Dobbins Road

(602) 997-7585

Through a multitude of programs, topics and educational activities, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) gives each camper the chance to not only have fun, but also become better equipped to take care of animals in the most caring of ways.

Camp Compassion 2014: Saving More Lives Everyday is a multi-day camp that provides kids the chance to develop and further ideas to help the lives of homeless pets. Campers will get to meet a variety of animals and help pets get adopted. Participants will also help AHS partake in the ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge.

Camp Compassion thrives on important character and humane principles. Each daily activity will allow participants to strengthen their character by becoming more compassionate and responsible citizens.

The first session of Camp Compassion is June 9-12 and it will be repeated July 7-10, while the second session is June 23-26 and then repeated July 21-24.

The camp is Mondays through Thursdays, 1 to 5:30 p.m. with 30-minute before and after care available.

Camp Compassion has two multi-day camps for a youth track, kids ages 8 to 12, and a teen track, kids ages 13 to 18.

The tuition starts at $175 per session and $325 for both sessions.

AHS also offers individual day programs priced at $50 each for two age groups: ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 16.

The individual day programs, also known as Human Ed-Venture Day Camps, are themed workshops.

Human Ed-Venture Day Camps are on Saturdays throughout the year and are four hours long for ages 8 to 12 and two to three hours long for ages 13 to 16.

Registration is now open.

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA

25 N. 40th St.

(602) 273-6852

Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) educates camp participants about the unique traits animals have and on how to responsibly care for animals.

Camp Ruffin’ It has several camp options to choose from with different interactive learning topics. Campers engage in fun indoor and outdoor activities like washing dogs and choosing a special animal to care for while attending the camp.

Camp Ruffin’ It is geared toward kids ages 6 to 12 through week-long camps offered various times from May 26 to Aug. 1.

The full-day camp goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $275 for non-members and $245 for members. The half-day camp is from 8 a.m. to noon and is $175 for non-members and $155 for members.

Junior Animal Keepers Camp allows participants to engross themselves into the similar tasks carried out by real animal keepers. Campers will be able to work in both AAWL and SPCA behind-the-scenes areas. Junior Animal Keepers Camp is offered to kids ages 12 to 15 and June 9-13 and June 16-20.

Junior Animal Keepers Camp is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and priced at $275 for non-members and $245 for members for the full-day fee.

Camp Vet is suitable for kids ages 12 to 17 impassioned with the love for animal care and the curiosity in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Camp Vet participants will complete a plethora of exciting hands-on activities.

Camp Vet has a basic and advanced programs offered at both AAWL and Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Centers (AAEC).

The AAWL program will be offered June 2-6, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18 and July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a full-day fee of $325 for non-members and $290 for members.

The AAEC program will be offered June 9-13 and July 28-Aug. 1 at the Paradise Valley location and June 16-20 and July 7-11 at the Red Mountain location.

The AAEC Camp Vet full-day tuition is priced at $295 for general admission and $265 for Teen Tracks or AAEC students.

Phoenix Herpetological Society

20701 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 107

(480) 513-4377

Phoenix Herpetological Society is giving kids, ages 9 to 14, the opportunity to further explore their interest in reptiles and the world of herpetology.

Participants will endure a week-long camp, studying numerous reptile species both in and out of the classroom. Campers will learn about the value of conservation and the importance of coexisting with wildlife. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day while campers learn about the different species of animals and engage in different activities based on their age.

Activities are related to a specific animal and campers will have the opportunity to interact with the animal they are learning about.

Registration is now open. The camp will be from the end of May to the end of July and is priced at $275 per week.

Southwest Wildlife

27026 N. 156th St.

(480) 471-9109

The Southwest Wildlife will be hosting a camp for kids, ages 9 to 12, eager to discover the nature and science of the Southwest.

Campers will participate in science experiments, interactive activities and have behind-the-scenes experiences at the Southwest Wildlife Nature Center.

The participants will be caring for diverse wild animals at the 10-acre property. Southwest Wildlife will be using advanced technology and proficient research methods for each daily undertaking.

Campers will even learn about animal diets and have an entire day geared toward Mexican Gray Wolves.

Registration will be up and running on the website soon. The camp will be from June 16 to July 25 in week-long sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and priced at $275.

To gather more information about the camp and registration directly through email, forms are available online to fill out.

• Danielle Quijada is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

Original article on Ahwatukee Foothills News