Animal Camp FAQs
- In order to register a camper, parents must register online by clicking on our “Register Now” link, completing all preliminary forms and waivers, and completing payment.
- A camper’s space will not be held until your full payment has been submitted through our online registration system.
- Once a camp session is full, our online registration system will offer you the option to add your camper to the waitlist.
- If a space opens, we will contact those on the waitlist in the order in which they signed up. You will only be contacted in the event that an opening arises in the waitlisted session. No payments are accepted for waitlisted campers. If a space becomes available, you will submit payment online at that time.
- Once you have completed payment for your child’s registration, a confirmation screen should appear and you should receive a confirmation email. Additional information will be sent to you via email at least one week prior to your child’s camp session. If you are missing an email, please make sure to check your spam for any emails from firstname.lastname@example.org or Active Network (our online registration system).
If you are having trouble logging-in to our online registration system:
- It may be that you are using a browser that is not supported. Please try using Chrome or Firefox, rather than Safari or Internet Explorer.
If you are still having difficulties:
- Please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling (510) 564-2961, and we will do our best to troubleshoot!
Camps are located at our Dublin Adoption Center (4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin) in the classroom and Oakland Adoption Center (8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland) in the Training and Education Center.
Due to current COVID concerns, we have adjusted to the following cancellation policy:
- For cancellations made 14 days or more prior to the program’s start date, we can provide you with refund minus an administrative fee to your credit card or check. For seasonal Camps (Fall, Winter, Spring) the administrative fee is $25. For Summer Camp, the administrative fee is $75.
- For cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the session’s start date, no refund will be granted.
- For any illness related cancellations– due to potential or confirmed Covid or Flu symptoms, or for potential exposure self-isolation– we can provided you with full credit to your East Bay SPCA registration account balance, which can be used at a later date to either reschedule the same program or to sign up for future education programs such as our Winter, Spring, and Summer Camps or our youth volunteer programing.
- Please note, we cannot accommodate any makeup sessions or days. Transferring sessions due to illness cancellations is subject to availability.
We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for individuals wishing to attend our camp programs. If you need an application in another language, or would prefer to complete a hardcopy version rather than completing online, please let us know.
As a non-profit organization, we operate entirely on donations, fees, and grants. We have a very limited amount of scholarship funds available to distribute each season. Scholarships will be awarded based upon need with respect to the overall applicant pool, and cannot be guaranteed.
Completion of the scholarship application DOES NOT guarantee a spot in the camp program, as our scholarship funds are limited. A select number of camp spaces are held for campers needing financial aid (meaning that even though a camp session may show as sold out on our website, if it is before the scholarship application deadline, there are a select number of spaces set aside for this purpose). These scholarship spaces will be awarded based upon need of the pool of applicants.
Applicants should NOT register and pay the program fee if a scholarship application is pending. If a payment is made, we are unable to reimburse any previously completed program fees for the purpose of scholarships. Our Scholarship Program is set-up for those who are financially unable to cover the cost of the program (meaning that someone applying for a scholarship would be unable to cover the program fee, in the event that a scholarship is not awarded). For this reason, we respectfully ask that if you are able to pay for the full program fee, that you choose to forego the Scholarship Program and reserve these limited funds for a family who would not otherwise be able to participate without financial assistance. If your child is not offered a scholarship, you are welcome to register for the full-price program; however, our camp sessions tend to fill quickly. If you are not awarded a scholarship, we do not guarantee that a full price space will be available.
Camp sessions will be capped at or below current California and Alameda County public health regulations. As of 11.17.20 that maximum is 14 students per bubbled cohort.
We aim to keep at least a 11:1 ratio of campers to paid staff and a 5:1 ratio of campers to volunteer teen Counselors-In-Training. Each camp session will be led by one of our full-time, year-round Education staff, each with extensive experience in humane education.
During COVID, we typically have two full time staff members per group of 14 or less.
Yes! Please provide two daily snacks for your child, in addition to lunch. Due to allergy considerations, East Bay SPCA will NOT be proving any food items for the campers.
Our doors will be opened 15 minutes prior to the start of camp. Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:45am.
No, unfortunately at this time, we do not offer any care before or after camp. Our camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.
Camp ends at 3:00pm. Campers must be picked up no later 3:15pm. Any campers still in our care after the 15 minute grace period will be charged a $20 late pick-up fee. An additional $20 will be owed for each 15 minute period following, until the camper is picked up.
Campers must be dropped off by an adult (at least 18 years old). Upon drop-off, the adult will need to sign each camper in. When completing our online registration forms, you will be asked for a list of the first and last name of any individual authorized to pick-up your camper. Campers will ONLY be released to individuals on this list–no exceptions. In order to pick-up a camper, you must be an adult listed on that camper’s approved pick-up list, you must provide Photo ID, and you must sign the camper out. If a parent/guardian wishes to add someone to the approved pick-up list for their camper, it must be done in person or via email (through the primary email account listed on your online registration account).
We do our best to accommodate a wide range of learning and behavioral differences; however, we encourage open discussion with our Education Team in order to determine whether this camp will be the right fit for your camper. Each situation will be assessed on an individual basis to ensure that we can offer a safe and enjoyable experience for both the campers and the animals. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us prior to completing registration, so that we can discuss your individual situation, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (510) 564-2961.
At a minimum, campers will experience one dog and one cat meet-and-greet per camp day; however, we plan for many more! For the safety of the children and the animals, our staff will choose which animals are appropriate for visiting and interacting with each day. While we will do our best to provide as much hands-on animal time as possible, and plan many meet-and-greets into our camp schedule, please note that an animal shelter is a very fluid environment. Due to animal temperament, health, adoptions, etc., our plan for any given day may need to be altered accordingly. Our primary focus is ensuring a safe environment for both the campers and the animals in our care.
In addition to the daily meet-and-greets, camp sessions may also include guest visits from animals of different species. While not all camp activities will consist of hands-on animal time, each camp day will filled with a variety of activities that involve helping and being around our shelter animals.
During our K9 Academy Summer Sessions for older campers, additional animal-time is built into the schedule to allow time for campers to train the dogs they have been paired with.
No. For the safety of the other campers and animals in the building, please do not bring any pets to camp–this includes during pick-up and drop-off.
Yes! While some of the main concepts or subjects remain the same throughout all of our education programs, we refresh our curriculum each season to include new crafts, games and activities. We find that campers enjoy coming to our programs year after year!
No, each week of Camp within the same season and age-range will use the same curriculum. This means that a camper signing up for multiple weeks within the same season will experience the same crafts, games, and lessons week-to-week. However, being an animal shelter, the animals participating in our camp program will change week-to-week. For this reason, we have received feedback from previous campers, that they have still enjoyed multiple weeks of camp, despite the similarities in lesson plans.
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