Critter Camp

Join our Critter Camp! Does your child love animals? Check out below on how they can be a part of our Critter Camp for kids!

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About Critter Camp

Critter Camp is a Day Camp program designed for children ages 7-12 years old who love animals. Camp will be held in the Education Room of the Key West SPCA Shelter during Summer and Holiday Breaks. Critter Camp will provide a fun, educational experience for campers and will add variety and enrichment to the lives of our shelter animals. During camp, children will learn how to safely interact with animals, make fun craft projects such as toys and treats, and receive behind-the-scenes lessons in pet care from our Animal Care, Clinic, and Animal Control teams. In addition, campers will learn from Guest Speakers and take field trips to local animal-focused organizations throughout Key West.

Critter Camp Director is Amina Chaudhry. She holds current certifications in CPR and First Aid and has been Florida DCF background checked to provide child care. Additionally, Amina has over 10 years of experience working in Child Care, Summer Camp, and education. The Florida Keys SPCA performs background checks on all supporting Critter Camp Staff and Volunteers.

For questions and additional information Amina can be contacted directly at Amina@fkspca.org or 305-294-4857.

Virtual Camp Due to COVID-19 we will be hosting a Virtual Camp for the 2021 Spring Break to help keep everyone safe while still providing a fun, learning experience for all kids involved!

Virtual Critter Camp for Spring Break 2021 will be held March 22-26. Camp will consist of a variety of educational, interactive lessons to choose from. Each camp session will be one hour long and there will be four sessions per day. Your child can choose to participate in just one or several sessions based on their interests and availability. Lessons will cover a broad range of topics such as Dog Behavior and Training, Caring for Pocket Pets, How to Become a Veterinarian and more!

Each session is composed of an educational exploration of the topic & a hands-on activity and animal interaction. A full list of lesson titles and descriptions can be found under the “Current and Upcoming Registration Dates” section below. Some courses are tailored to specific age groups, Elementary (ages 5-10) and Teen/Tween (ages 11-17) with some courses designed for All Ages.

Camp fees will be reduced to $15 per class while we are hosting Virtual Camps.

Supplies for each session of Critter Camp are listed in the course description on the individual registration page. Materials consist of common household items or items that are available at various local craft supply stores. Please ensure that your child has all necessary materials prior to the start of their camp session.

Once you sign up for your session(s) of virtual camp, Amina will contact you directly with instructions on how to login to the Zoom lesson and any other pertinent information. 

If you should have any questions about our Virtual Camp, please contact Amina directly at Amina@fkspca.org or (305) 294-4857.  We look forward to seeing your faces virtually this Spring!

2021 Camp Dates:

  • Summer Camp- TBD Due to COVID-19

Prices: (*Virtual Camp Pricing is $15 per Class)

  • $240 per full 5 day week.
  • $45 per day for short weeks or single day camps.

Registration must be paid for the entire number of days that each camp is offered.  We cannot shorten full week camps into individual dates.

Multiple child discounts:

  • 1st Child- Full Price
  • 2nd+ Child(ren)- $5 per day discount ($25 per full week)

Registration:

  • Full registration fee per child must be paid at time of registration to hold your child's spot.

Camp Information:

  • Camp ages include children 7-12 years old.
  • Camp Hours are from 9am-3pm.
  • Each camp will have a maximum capacity of 12 children.
  • Included: Cost of camp covers all activity materials, transportation to and from field trips, field trip fees, and a camp shirt. Additional shirts can be purchased for $15 each.
  • Field Trips will be 1 time per week during Summer Camp.
  • Family is expected to provide the following daily:
    • Lunch
    • Morning & Afternoon Snacks
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Closed-toed shoes 

Refrigeration is available, but please do not pack food items that need to be heated.

  • Campers should dress in clothes that are appropriate for active and sometimes messy activities. Appropriate footwear should be closed-toe and non-slip. Athletic shoes are recommended.
  • Animal interactions are contingent on many factors. Daily animal interactions will be provided, however, for the safety of both the animals and the children, dog interactions specifically are not guaranteed.

Signing In & Out Policy:

  • Children need to be signed in and out of Critter Camp by a parent or guardian every day.
  • Please ensure that anyone signing out, including parents, bring a photo ID at pick-up.
  • Only people listed on the child’s Authorized Pick-Up List will be allowed to sign a child out of camp. If you need to add or remove someone from the Authorized Pick-Up List, please let Camp Staff know. Anyone under the age of 16 cannot be authorized to sign a child out of Critter Camp.
  • Late Policy: Children must be signed out of Critter Camp promptly at 3 pm. After 3:10 pm, a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute will apply.

The following documents MUST be completed and submitted to the FKSPCA via email, fax or in person 5 business days prior to the start of camp date:

Current and Upcoming Registration Dates:

TBD- Please check back soon for Summer Camp Updates!