Registration for Nebraska Humane Society’s Camp Kindness is currently underway. This is a summer camp for children aged six to twelve that runs from June 6th through July 29th. I sat down with Kerry Ecklebe, Director of Humane Education for NHS to ask her about the Camp:
Me: What is the deadline for registering for camp?
Ms. Ecklebe: A parent can register a camper through the end of Camp, which is July 29th. There are cancellations throughout the summer, but that is not guaranteed.
Me: How many children would be with my child in a Camp group?
Ms. Ecklebe: There are 50 children a session, 25 in Junior Camp (ages 6 to 9) and 25 in Senior Camp (ages 10 to 12). Each of these 25 are broken into smaller groups of about seven or eight campers.
Me: How much supervision is each group given?
Ms. Ecklebe: Each group has a teacher and one or two Camp counselors.
Me: How much does Camp Kindness cost?
Ms. Ecklebe: Cost is 150.00 for a one-week camp. The week of July 4 is a four-day camp and costs 125.00.
Me: Do you have any guest speakers lined up?
Ms. Ecklebe: Those are TBA, but past guests have included, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Raptor Recovery, veterinarian Dr. Shawn Finch, and various breed rescue groups.
Ms. Ecklebe added that 30 to 40 percent of Camp Kindness participants are repeat campers.
Senior campers have their session from 8:30 am – noon, so they can visit the Animal Medical Department where medical treatments and surgeries are performed. Junior campers go from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm. All campers tour the shelter, listen to guest speakers and create signs or scarves to help the animals get adopted.
Younger campers get to “adopt” a pet to care for during their time at Camp. This includes visiting the shelter’s grooming room to brush and bathe a pet under teacher supervision.
All proceeds from Camp Kindness go back into the shelter. Registering your child is a fantastic way to teach him compassion and purpose. It also gives him something to do for part of the summer and helps care for the homeless animals at the shelter.
For more information, or to register for Camp, visit the Nebraska Humane Society’s website: www.nehumanesociety.org and click on the Camp Kindness picture. Happy camping!
A big thank you to Kerry Ecklebe, Director of Humane Education at the Nebraska Humane Society for taking time from her busy day to help with this article.
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