Fall and Winter Camp
East Bay SPCA Animal Camp is the purr-fect fit for 1st through 5th graders who are passionate about pets, want to make a difference for shelter animals, or just need a little experience before adding a furry friend to the family. Animal camp is both educational and fun! Campers will gain an appreciation for all living things through hands-on activities, animal interactions, pet-themed games, and take-home crafts.
Limited financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. Application link is posted below and opens on October 15th. Please contact us if you need an application in another language, or if you prefer to complete a hard copy rather than online.
Oakland Adoption Center
8323 Baldwin Street
$295 per 3-day camp session, 9AM-3PM
Monday 11/23 -Wednesday 11/25
Oakland Adoption Center
8323 Baldwin Street
$335 per 4-day camp session, 9AM-3PM
SESSION 1: Monday 12/21 – Thursday 12/24
SESSION 2: Monday 12/28- Thursday 12/31
Click here here to apply for a scholarship.
Limited Financial Assistance is available for qualifying applicants. Please contact us if you need an application in another language, or if you prefer to complete a hard copy rather than online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Camp scholarship applications are due by November 6th.
Winter Camp scholarship applications are due by December 11th.
Yes! Our Education staff take precautions to stay up to date on all California and Alameda County public health requirements. If and when COVID guidelines change, we will be sure to adjust our procedures accordingly and notify all participants as soon as possible.
Day camps & extracurricular youth programs in small cohorts are still permitted under Alameda County’s new transition to ‘Purple Tier’ following all of the same modifications as during our ‘Orange Tier’ . (Source: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy )
- Camp sessions will be capped following county guidelines (currently 14 students max, updated 11.17.20)
- All people will practice social distancing as much as possible while on campus. Tables and chairs will be engineered to keep participants spaced apart.
- Our policy is social distancing as much as feasibly possible within a childcare setting. While we will be encouraging and aiming to positively enforce social distancing, much of our focus is on ways to promote disease prevention if and when social distancing is broken—such as increased hand washing and sanitizing, keeping in small stable groups, and sanitizing spaces and objects between uses.
Activities may be moved outdoors as weather allows. When we are indoors, we will be in an area not accessed by the public. Additionally, we have a state-of-the-art ventilation system that is designed with disease transmission in mind, due to the fact that our shelter has always had to take exceptional precautions against highly dangerous transmittable diseases for our animal population.
We try to facilitate all active games, snack and lunch time, and simple crafts outside, however we are limited by temperature and weather conditions. Many of our animal meets, especially those involving cats, kittens, and young puppies, need to be hosted indoors for the animal’s safety.
- Staff will do a visual check of participants upon arrival and ask about any new or different symptoms appearing in campers. Any potential symptoms will result in a child being asked to return home. Previous conditions such as seasonal or pet allergies and asthma will be taken into consideration.
- Participants will have their temperature taken upon arriving at camp daily. In accordance with public health recommendations, an elevated temperature of 100.0F or higher will be consider contagious and the individual will be sent home.
- All participants and staff will be required to wear masks on site that block their nose and mouth. Following new CDC guidelines, we will no longer allow neck gaiters, face shields, masks with valves, or single layer cloth coverings to be used as face mask while onsite during programs for the safety of our participants and staff. Should you arrive with a non-approved face covering, we can always provide you with a temporary, disposable face mask while onsite.
- Whenever possible, participants will be provided with their own set of supplies.
- Any supplies that need to be shared will be sanitized between users or daily, following public health guidelines for specific items.
- Shared environmental spaces, such as door handles, countertops, and other surfaces, will be sanitized several times a day.
- Updated 11.25.20 Following County Guidelines, we require that anyone traveling out of the Bay Area or gathering immediately before attending camp either self-quarantine for 14 days post traveling OR Receive a negative COVID test before attending camp. Gathering has been defined here as “Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with, while you or anyone around you is not wearing a face mask”.
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 a $25 administrative fee to your credit card or check.
- 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 Spring and Summer Camps or our youth volunteer programing.
- Should we need to cancel camp on our end, due to potential exposure or updated county policies, you would be notified immediately and offered the option to transfer registration to a later program date or a full refund back to your credit card.
- Please note, we cannot accommodate any makeup sessions or days. Transferring sessions due to illness cancellations is subject to availability.
Alameda County’s Public Health Department stated the following in their October 23rd, 2020 order:
No person may be a member of more than two Childcare or Youth Extracurricular Activity Unit during any three-week period.
Nothing in this Order prevents any person from being a member of both a stable group of households for purposes of outdoor gathering, and a Childcare or Youth Extracurricular Activity Unit during any three-week period. Further, nothing in this Order prohibits members of a group of households from engaging in Essential Activities, Outdoor Activities, or Additional Activities together
As of right now, both Alameda County and California’s Public Health Departments strongly recommend that those traveling away from the Bay Area and/or gathering in groups outside of your household bubble self-quarantine for 14 days. Gathering has been defined here as “Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with, while you or anyone around you is not wearing a face mask”.
With that, we require that anyone traveling out of the Bay Area or gathering immediately before attending camp either self-quarantine for 14 days post traveling OR Receive a negative COVID test before attending camp.
Please note this policy does not supersede our policies about suspected or confirmed covid symptoms or exposure. Anyone who is experiencing illness or possible exposure should not attend camp, until cleared by a medical professional to do so.
More information about traveling and gathering guidelines can be found in this PDF from the Alameda Public Health Department.
We try to provide as much animal time as possible, while making sure that everyone remains safe and that our shelter animals are not too overwhelmed. We aim to guarantee one cat time and one dog time each day of camp, and hopefully more! We are also able to include the occasional surprise visit from one of our education animal ambassadors.
When we’re not meeting our shelter animals hands-on, we are often doing activities that directly help them- such as making cat toys or dog treats and delivering them to animals around the shelter.
We typically include at least one active game to get kids moving & releasing energy, as well as one high quality take home craft per day. The remainder of our time is filled with hands-on activities and fun educational lessons related to animals.
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