Kids for Critters Summer Camp 2022

Join us as we celebrate ALL animals, ALL week long! Engage in fun interactive games and activities, meet animal experts and ambassadors and put our compassion into action through service projects that benefit animals. Embark on a scavenger hunt in our shelter, explore animal-related careers, become a Jr. humane officer, observe surgery, make animal enrichment toys, decorate kennels and much, much more!

Campers will have many opportunities to interact with our shelter animals and guest animals. Popular activities include training and reading to our shelter dogs and socializing shelter kittens and cats. These activities provide enrichment and socialization for them as they await their life-long loving homes.

A highlight of our week-long camp is our day-long field trip on Wednesday to our Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, MO where we enjoy a wagon ride around the sanctuary and get up close and personal with our beloved Barn Buddies and their fellow farm animal friends who have been rescued and rehabilitated by our loving staff.

Week-long camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $300 per child. Campers bring their lunch each day.

2022 Camp Dates

  • June 13-17 | Ages 6-8 (CAMP FULL)
  • June 20-24 | Ages 9-11 (CAMP FULL)
  • June 27-July 1 | Ages 9-11 (CAMP FULL)
  • July 5-8 | Ages 6-8 (CAMP FULL)
  • July 11-15 | Ages 6-8 (CAMP FULL)
  • July 18-22 | Ages 9-11 (CAMP FULL)
  • July 25-29 | Ages 12-14 (Community service, project-based camp with three field trip experiences) (CAMP FULL)
  • Aug 1-5 | Ages 6-8 (CAMP FULL)
  • Aug 8-12 | Ages 9-11 (CAMP FULL)

One week only, please:

This year we are limiting each camp to 25 campers to help us better comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.  Due to the limited number of spots available, please register your child for only one camp.  FYI: Both weeks of camp for a particular age group will be almost entirely the same (activity and content-wise). After you’ve registered for one week of camp, if you’d like to be placed on a waiting list for an additional week of camp for your child’s age, you can sign up here.  Signing up for the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in this additional week of camp. Wait list priority will be given to children who are not yet registered for a camp.  We will contact you if a spot opens up and please be aware that it may be close to the camp’s start date.

After Care Option:

After care is offered from 3 to 5 p.m. for a flat fee of $30 per day as needed. Single days or multiple days can be purchased. After care activities will be led by our trained camp counselors, under the supervision of the Education Department staff. Campers can choose their after-care activities. Examples include reading to shelter dogs, making enrichment toys, kennel decorating, reading animal-related books, watching G-rated animal-related movies and more.


Refunds will be given (minus a $30 registration fee), if you must cancel your participation in camp due to COVID prior to the start of camp.  Unfortunately, once your child’s camp week has started, we cannot offer refunds or pro-rate the fees.

COVID-19 Precautions:

We will be carefully monitoring local COVID infection rates and will take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for campers, volunteers, staff and families.  We will adhere to all CDC and local health department guidelines during camps.  This includes (but is not limited to) daily health and temp screenings, symptom-monitoring throughout the day, frequent hand washing, required facial coverings while indoors at all times and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.  We will have multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility, separate areas to house campers’ personal belongings and utilize separate materials/resources as much as possible.  When materials must be shared, they will be sanitized between groups and everyone will wash hands and use sanitizer immediately after use.   Spaces will be cleaned and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently by staff and volunteers each day.  We will also be placing campers into a small group or “pack” for group activities throughout the week.  They will be with their same pack for the week.    You may request to be in a pack with friends/siblings by indicating this in the comment section of the registration form.

A detailed, up-to-date list of COVID protocols will be sent via email to you a week prior to your camp.  You will be asked to read, sign and return an agreement indicating your willingness to comply with all protocols in order for your child to participate.  Together, we can make camp as safe as possible for all!

All camps subject to change. Please check back for more information and registration, and visit for fun at-home HSMO activities just for kids!

Questions? Contact Camp Manager Sarah Strothkamp at