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Kids’ Camps

The Humane Society of Broward County offers several day-camps (Day Off from School/“Pet Playdates”) throughout the school year, and week-long camps during spring break and summer break.

In all of our camps, we teach the kids about staying safe around animals and the kids get supervised hands-on interaction with animals. Kids love our cool animal-themed crafts, games, and activities—it’s ALL animals, ALL day!

In our week-long camps, we are able to go into further detail about what it means to be a responsible pet parent. The kids get to roll up their sleeves and help take care of the animals in the shelter by doing different jobs like cleaning cages, feeding animals, socializing animals, building litter boxes,  making enrichment items for the animals, etc. Kids also learn about important topics such as basic pet care, animal handling, careers with animals, dog training, pet overpopulation, and more.

You’ll be pleased to know that our education staff have professional teaching /education backgrounds and degrees.  All  of our staff, teen and adult volunteers have been screened and approved by the state Level 2 Background Screening.  In addition, the Humane Society of Broward County also adheres to a Youth Protection Policy to ensure the safety and well-being of the young people we serve in our community.

Jump To: Day Off from School Camp | Spring Break Camp | Summer Camp

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Day Off from School Camp

(aka Pet Playdate Camp)

When school is out, come to the Humane Society of Broward County and give love and attention to some adorable animals! Let’s spoil homeless dogs and cats with affection, and make fun surprises for them. There will be cool animal-themed crafts, games, and activities—it’s ALL animals, ALL day!

Kids aged 6-12 are invited to join us for a day of tail wags and purrs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $70 for the day, which includes a pizza lunch.

Cancellation policy: a refund (minus $25 cancellation fee) will be given if the parent cancels 10 or more days before the Day Off from School Camp.

The Day Off from School Camps scheduled for the 2019-20 School Year have passed. Our next upcoming camps are Spring Break Camp and Summer Camps.

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2020 Spring Break Camp

March 23 – 27, 2020

  • Who: Children ages 6-12 years old
  • When: Monday, March 23, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Where: Humane Society of Broward County ( 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 )
  • Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm daily. Sorry, we are not able to offer before care or aftercare.

Kids will learn about staying safe around animals, the basics of pet care, careers with animals, dog training, and more. They will get lots of supervised hands-on interaction with companion animals. Also, the kids get to roll up their sleeves and help take care of the animals in the shelter by doing different jobs like cleaning cages, feeding animals, socializing animals, building litter boxes, bathing dogs, making enrichment items for the animals, etc. Kids love our cool animal-themed crafts, games, and activities—it’s ALL animals, ALL day!

The cost to attend is $300 for the week, which includes a camp t-shirt and Friday pizza party.

Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $25 cancellation fee (per child), will be issued if the cancellation is requested 2 weeks before the start date of the camp registered for.

Sorry, Spring Break Camp has been canceled.

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2020 Summer Camp

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All camp programs are held at our shelter, which is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.
To allow for as many kids as possible to attend camp, kids may attend only ONE week of camp during the summer.

Please check back March 2 at 9:00 a.m. for Summer Camp 2020 registration.

Kids will learn about staying safe around animals, the basics of pet care, careers with animals, dog training, and more. They will get lots of supervised hands-on interaction with companion animals. Also, the kids get to roll up their sleeves and help take care of the animals in the shelter by doing different jobs like cleaning cages, feeding animals, socializing animals, building litter boxes, bathing dogs, making enrichment items for the animals, etc. Kids love our cool animal-themed crafts, games, and activities—it’s ALL animals, ALL day!

Kids can only attend one week of camp.

Camp is from 9am until 3pm daily. The cost to attend is $300 for the week, which includes a camp t-shirt and Friday pizza party. **Specialty camps might differ in price.

Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $25 cancellation fee (per child), will be issued if the cancellation is requested 2 weeks before the start date of the camp registered for.

Sorry, we are not able to offer before care or aftercare.

Summer 2020 Camp Schedule

Click on the week to register or the corresponding waitlist if the week is full.

HSBC Specialty Camps

Junior Veterinary Camp

Junior Veterinary Camp. Teens 13-17 will have hands-on learning experiences in a real veterinary clinic where they will learn about basic pet health and common health conditions, x-rays, administering vaccinations, suturing, parasites, spay/neuter surgery, and other important procedures. Please note that this camp includes seeing spay/neuter surgery, helping with surgery packs, vaccinations, passing out medications, watching blood testing, intubation, after surgery care and more.  This camp is not for young people that may be affected negatively by seeing surgery, blood, injuries, needles and other things associated with an animal hospital.  It is a sophisticated program, geared towards teens interested in a career in veterinary medicine. 

Teens that would like to spend time with animals and want to help the homeless animals should sign up for our other general camp program.

Junior Veterinary Camp will take place June 22-26, 2020. Camp runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily. Cost is $325.00 for the week and includes a t-shirt and Friday pizza lunch. Register above.

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Teen Camp

This camp is designed for teens, ages 13 – 17, that are interested in learning more than the basics.  Teens will learn about positive dog training techniques, working in the shelter and a small amount of veterinary care.  We will spend a good amount of time interacting with large dogs, cats and other small animals.  Your teen should feel comfortable with all animals and show a strong interest in learning more about them.

For this week-long camp, kids will come to the Humane Society of Broward County and be paired with a shelter dog specially selected for them to train for the week.

Teen Camp will take place July 20-24th. Camp runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily. The cost is $325.00 for the week which includes a camp shirt and pizza lunch on Friday. Register above.

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Junior Dog Training Camp

Junior Dog Training Camp
  • Who: Children ages 11-16 years old
  • When: Monday, December 2, 2019 to Wednesday, December 4, 3019
  • Where: Humane Society of Broward County
  • Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Kids will learn:

  • Positive reinforcement dog training skills
  • How to train a dog to do tricks
  • How to use proper equipment to handle a dog
  • How to redirect negative behaviors
  • How to read dog body language
  • How to teach basic commands using verbal cues and hand signals
  • How to market their trained shelter dog and work to get them adopted
  • And more

Important Information: Children must be comfortable working with large dogs. Training supplies are included. Only 8 spots available.

Questions: Contact Caroline Crane 954-266-6815 or ccrane@hsbroward.com

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