Youth Camps

Young Animal Lovers Welcome

Summer Camps and School Break Camps Available

It’s time to get up close and personal with pets! We are proud to offer a whole lineup of animal camps throughout the year for kids and teens ages 5-17 who are interested in learning more about animals and animal careers. Animal camps teach kids how to train and care for animals, be responsible pet guardians, align their choices with their values and make our community a safer and more compassionate place for all animals. Campers will have hands-on learning opportunities with a variety of animals.

The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for visitors entering AHS property. This policy is subject to change based on CDC recommendations. In the event of a policy change, all registrants will be updated via email.

Summer Camps

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  • Children holding baby tortoise during camp
    Summer Camp: Animal Ed-Ventures (ages 6-8 and 9-11)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 6-8 and 9-11
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Date: 06.06.22 – 07.29.22
    Fee: $325/camper*

    During this camp, kids learn how to care for animals, be responsible pet guardians and put their compassion into action through enrichment projects that benefit AHS’ homeless pets. Each camper leaves with a broadened understanding of issues facing animals in our community and what they can do to be an animal advocate. Please note that this program is held in week-long sessions throughout the summer. Click here for Animal Ed-Ventures FAQs.

    Program sessions for campers ages 6-8:

    • June 6-10
    • June 13-17
    • June 27 – July 1
    • July 18-22
    • July 25-29

    Program sessions for campers ages 9-11:

    • June 6-10 (sold out)
    • June 13-17 (sold out)
    • July 11-15

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • teens learning about EAMT vehicle
    Summer Camp: Junior EAMT Academy (ages 11-13)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 11-13
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Date: 06.13.22 – 07.29.22
    Fee: $345/camper*

    Designed for kids who are interested in working as an animal first responder, students work alongside AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (pet paramedics) to gain skills used to rescue and protect pets in need. By practicing field medicine techniques, learning how to operate rescue equipment, following mock cruelty investigations and other hands-on experiences, this camp is a first-hand account of what it takes to be an animal rescuer. Please note that this program is held in week-long sessions throughout the summer. Click here for Jr. EAMT FAQs.

    Program sessions:

    • June 13-17 (sold out)
    • June 20-24 (sold out)
    • July 18-22
    • July 25-29

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • Kids participating in Animal Doctor camp
    Summer Camp: Pet Vets (ages 13-15)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 13-15
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Date: 06.20.22 – 07.15.22
    Fee: $375

    Has your child always talked about working with animals? Are they starting to explore the idea of becoming a veterinarian? Pet Vets at the Arizona Humane Society is a great place to get started!

    This science-based program focuses on the building blocks of veterinary science and allows young teens to test out the realities of this career option. Students will have the option to view live surgeries in our veterinary clinic and will acquire hands-on experience during daily specimen dissections as they study animal anatomy and physiology. Additionally, students will be introduced to pet first aid, CPR, and a variety of experiments in addition to hands-on interaction with animals each day. This science-centric program is sure to provide teens with a real worldview of what a career in animal medicine will bring! Please note that this program is held in week-long sessions throughout the summer. Click here for Pet Vets FAQs.

    Program sessions:

    • June 20-24
    • June 27 – July 1
    • July 11-15

    *Once registered for “Pet Vet” program, interested campers ages 13-15 will be eligible to register for “Advanced Vet Camp.”

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • Youth participating in veterinary camp
    Summer Camp: Advanced Vet Camp (ages 15-17)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 15-17 or 13-15 for campers who have completed the Pet Vets camp
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Date: 07.18.22 – 07.29.22
    Fee: $375/camper*

    This fun, career-discovery program for teenage animal enthusiasts focuses on employment options within the veterinary field and beyond! We’ll be taking things to the next level through more advanced course work that includes everything your young adult needs to understand what a career in animal medicine might mean to them. Students will have the option to view live surgeries in our veterinary clinic and will acquire hands-on experience during daily advanced specimen dissections as they study animal anatomy and physiology. Please note that this program is held in week-long sessions throughout the summer. Click here for Advanced Pet Vet FAQs.

    Program sessions:

    • July 18-22
    • July 25-29

    *Participants must either be between 15-17 OR a 13-15 “Pet Vet” graduate to be eligible for this advanced program.

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • Youth and camp instructor petting reptile
    Summer Camp: Wild Wonders (ages 6-8 and 9-12)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 6-8 and 9-12
    Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Date: 06.20.22 – 07.15.22
    Fee: $345/camper*

    In collaboration with the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary, youth learn about the importance of animal sanctuaries and participate in animal encounters with alligators, snakes, tortoises, and more. In this hands-on program, campers see the dedication and time it takes to save precious lives by interacting and learning about wildlife first-hand. Please note that this program is held in week-long sessions throughout the summer. Click here for Wild Wonders FAQs.

    Program sessions for campers ages 6-8:

    • June 20-24
    • July 11-15

    Program sessions for campers ages 9-12:

    • June 27 – July 1

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • Youth examining reptile under microscope
    Summer Camp: Paws for a Cause (5-6 years)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 5-6
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Date: 07.06.22 – 07.08.22
    Fee: $225/camper*

    During this 3-day long camp, campers will spend a half day camp sessions at AHS’ South Mountain Campus engaging in fun games, activities, and crafts in addition to hands-on animal interaction. Campers will learn about the many ways animals (and people) communicate their needs and emotions to help promote empathy and respect for all living things. Please note that this program is held in sessions of 3 half days throughout the summer. Click here for Paws for a Cause FAQs.

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

  • Youth reading to dog in kennel
    Summer Camp: Pawsitive Service Camp for Exceptional Teens 1/2 Day Camp (ages 14-17)
    Location: 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041
    Ages: 14-17
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Date: 07.06.22 – 07.08.22
    Fee: $225/camper*

    Is your disabled teenager looking for a more inclusive way to gain experience working within the animal field? AHS’ Pawsitive Service Camp for Exceptional Teens program is designed for teens with sensory, orthopedic, mobility, or neurodivergent disabilities. It offers a safe yet challenging experience designed to build new skills and gain various vocational and recreational hands-on experiences with a variety of different animals and programs within AHS.

    Please note that this program is held in sessions of 3 half days throughout the summer. Click here for Pawsitive Service Camp for Exceptional Teens FAQs.

    The Arizona Humane Society’s national award-winning Summer Camp programs are the 2021 recipient of the American Camp Association’s National Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence Award!

    Discounts available: A multi-child discount ($100 off) is available when registering two children at the same time.

    Please call 602.997.7585 ext. 1015 with any questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are AHS’ Summer Camp programs all about?
  • The Arizona Humane Society’s Summer Camps inspire compassion in the next generation of animal lovers through STEAM concepts and animal interactions. Whether your child is a future veterinarian, animal rescuer, wildlife rehabilitator, or advocate for living creatures, there is sure to be a program that is perfect for them.

  • Are scholarships available for campers?
  • Yes! We are excited to offer summer camp scholarships, thanks to generous donors and partners who have a passion for educating our community’s young animal lovers. Scholarships must be applied for at the link below. Letters of reference are required.

    Apply for a summer camp scholarship

  • Can I help support a camper who needs financial assistance?
  • Absolutely! Sending a young animal lover to AHS’ Summer Camp could be a dream come true for a future veterinarian or animal rescuer.

    Send a kid to camp by sponsoring a scholarship

  • How can I prepare my child for Summer Camp?
  • Please click the link below for the program you are interested in enrolling your child in for all of the details relating to that specific program, as well as the “housekeeping” items that are consistent for all AHS Summer Camp programs.

    Animal Ed-Ventures

    Junior EAMT Academy

    Pet Vets

    Advanced Pet Vets

    Wild Wonders

    Paws for a Cause

    Pawsitive Service Camp for Exceptional Teens

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