Animal Camp General Info and FAQs
What is Included?
The fee includes:
- Daily snack
- Take-home projects
- T-shirt for Summer sessions only
- Parents of children wishing to attend Animal Camp must register online for the camp session they wish their child to attend.
- All registrations are processed in the order upon which they are received. If an registration application is submitted without payment, the application will not be processed, and the child’s spot in camp will not be held. Once payment is received the application will be processed.
- Once a camp session is full, it will be noted on the website. If the camp is not marked as full, there is still room for additional campers.
- There will be one wait list for each camp, with up to ten students on each list. As space opens, wait-listed campers will be contacted in the order in which they signed-up. Campers will only be contacted should an opening arise for the session which they wish to register. E-mail (email@example.com) us if you wish to be added to the wait list. Please include your name, child’s name, the session you hope for your child to attend, and the best number to reach you at in your e-mail.
- Once you have completed payment for your child’s registration, a confirmation screen should appear. Additional information will be sent to you via email at least one week prior to your child’s camp session.
- If you have any questions regarding your child’s application or enrollment in camp please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to be a Camp Counselor!
Each summer the East Bay SPCA recruits committed, enthusiastic, animal-loving volunteers as Camp Counselors. These volunteers range in age from 10–17 years old. Volunteers must show a passion for animals and helping youth in a required interview as well as be available for at least one full week of a camp session. Camp dates can be found on our Summer Animal Camp page. Many of our Camp Counselors go on to become regular volunteers with our Humane Education department during the school year. Applications for Camp Counselor positions will be made available here March 2017.
Camps are located at our Dublin Adoption Center (4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin) in the classroom and Oakland Campus (8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland) in the Training and Education Center.
There is a maximum of 20 campers per session for grades K-5 and a maximum of 16 campers for grades 6-12.
There will be two educators in addition to Camp Counselors. In our camp programs we strive to keep a 1:5 ratio of helpers: campers.
Yes, of course. Please just remember that applications are processed on a first-come first-serve basis. The East Bay SPCA cannot hold any spots for potential campers. If your child has a friend that would like to attend Animal Camp, please encourage the parent/guardian to register as soon as possible.
Absolutely! All children are welcome to participate in our educational programs, including Animal Camp. If your child is differently-abled, we will be more than happy to work with you to accommodate his or her needs. Each situation will have to be addressed on an individual basis to ensure that we can best meet the needs of the child and the animals. Please be sure to contact the education department ahead of time so we know if our program will be a good fit for your child: email@example.com
Yes. We will have a snack break each day and a snack will be provided, however if your child chooses, they may bring their own snack each day. No peanut butter products will be served to avoid allergies.
Each day of camp will include animal interaction. For the safety of the children and the animals, our staff will choose which animals are appropriate for visiting and interacting with each day. As the shelter is a very dynamic and fluid environment if shelter animals are not available for campers to visit, we will provide an alternate activity for that day.
Campers may not be brought to camp any earlier than 8:45 in the morning. The doors will not open before then. Campers must also be picked up by 3:15 pm each day.
Unfortunately not at this time. Campers cannot arrive early, and must be picked up immediately after camp.
A refund minus a $25 cancellation/change fee will be provided if notice is given more than two weeks prior to your child’s session start date. No refunds wil be granted with less than two weeks notice of cancellation. Cancellations must be submitted in writing (emails okay). The East Bay SPCA cannot transfer a child’s enrollment to a different session or program. If you need to enroll your child in a different session than orignally registered for, you will need to request a refund less the $25 fee and register your child for the new session yourself. Some exceptions may apply.
No. For the safety of the other camper and animals in the building, please refrain from bringing pets to camp, even to drop off or pick up campers.
Yes! We have revised and refreshed our curriculum to incorporate even more hands on lessons. There will be new games, different crafts, and of course different animals. While some of the concepts or subjects remain the same or similar throughout all of our camps, we create new lessons and activities for all of our camp programs! We find that children still enjoy coming to our programs, even if they have been before.
Yes, we offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals wishing to attend any of our programs, except birthday parties. Anyone interested may apply for a scholarship as they are awarded for both merit and need. To apply for a scholarship you will want to register online and select that you are interested in a scholarship during the registration process as you will then be lead to the scholarship application.
Yes we hire seasonal staff for our Summer session to facilitate the program. Our counselor positions are filled with local youth as well as some of our existing volunteers or previous education program participants.
Meet Our Humane Educators
Justin Kurup – Humane Education Manager
Justin started as the Humane Educator for the East Bay SPCA at the beginning of 2013. Justin graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors in Animal Science with an emphasis in companion & captive animals. He is currently earning his Masters from University of San Francisco in Urban Education & Social Justice. Previously, Justin has taught life skills & competitive speech at the high school level. Though his true passion is education, Justin has enjoyed working at several large animal agricultural facilities as well. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area, Justin has been able to form many relationships & connections with the communities, rescue groups, & veterinary clinics he has served over the past decade. He has been devoted to a humane lifestyle and gets to bring the campers’ favorite playful pit mix, Meeko to camp every day. Justin believes that working with diverse populations is the best part of his job!
Courtney Campbell – Humane Education Coordinator
Courtney will be part of this summer’s animal camp staff. Courtney graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology hoping to follow in the footsteps of her idols Steve Irwin and David Attenborough. Her career post-graduation has taken her to several animal organizations including the Aquarium of the Bay, the East Bay Vivarium, the San Francisco Zoo, the Oakland Zoo, and now here! Courtney has a balance of experience in animal care and education and always has a fun animal fact ready for any situation. At home, Courtney enjoys downtime with her pet Uromastyx lizard Drogie, and her Dalmatian mix Pongo, who she adopted recently from East Bay SPCA. She enjoys hiking while looking for birds and reptiles to photograph and loves a good adventure. Courtney hopes to inspire at any age an interest in studying animals and the desire to help animals in need.
Susan Cordero – Humane Education Coordinator
Susan has had a blast working as a Humane Educator since summer 2015. As a graduate of Sonoma State University (SSU) with a bachelor’s in communications and a theatre minor, Susan has worked with youth of all ages in interactive and immersive learning environments. She has experience teaching children theater and film techniques at SSU, Petaluma Community Access TV, Industrial Strength Productions and various local theater companies. Additionally, she has worked as a camp counselor for Exploring New Horizons and taught at Kidango preschools. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, creating costumes, and cuddling with animals. She is ecstatic to cultivate youth’s interest in the importance of animal welfare and have lots of fun at Animal Camp this summer!
Catarina Dinh – Animal Camp Coordinator
Jessica Moseley – Animal Camp Coordinator
Originally from Southern California, Jess graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She has many years of experience working with kids of all ages: volunteering with the church youth group and teaching high school special education, and when she made the move to the Bay, worked for Parks and Recreation with junior high students, as well as Animal Camp. She has always loved animals, puppy sitting neighbors dogs, volunteering with rescue groups, but didn’t get her first dog, Maeby, until a few years ago. Maeby is certified as a therapy dog, so her and Jess regularly visit senior centers and participate in the Paws to Read after school program in Livermore. She also raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. So no matter where she goes, she always has a dog with her! When she isn’t working, she loves traveling and adventuring near or far.
Lauren Caldwell – Animal Camp Assistant
Lauren is a college student currently attending Colorado State University where she is studying zoology, biology education, and psychology. She loves animals of all kinds and has helped train and raise dogs, cats, horses, goats, and ducks. Her interest in zoology led to get scuba certified, and often volunteers as a tutor and classroom aid, where her students, friends, and family know her as a source for nearly limitless animal facts. Lauren volunteered at the East Bay SPCA for three years before heading out of state, where she is now studying how to help both people and animals. In addition to her work at the East Bay SPCA, Lauren has worked at a stable as an assistant riding instructor and as a camp leader, and she is currently pursuing certification in teaching equine assisted therapy. She is very eager to contribute to this summer’s campers’ adventures!
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