Among Animals BC SPCA Summer Camp

Run by BC SPCA Humane Education

6-13 yrs
Sessions offered between

Tagged in: Kids, Summer Camps, Arts & Crafts

Campers are immersed in animal-themed activities and are challenged, in fun and engaging ways, to learn about responsible animal care, discover fascinating new animal facts and develop positive, respectful relationships between people, animals and nature. They leave feeling inspired to be ambassadors for animals in their community.

Activities range from active games, both indoors and outdoors, to quiet hands-on projects and include crafts, guest speakers and time with animals. All activities have been designed by the BC SPCA to incorporate positive animal welfare themes.

We do our best to provide some hands on time with animals throughout the week though we know kids always want more. Sometimes, animal time is limited because we must be cognizant of the stress levels and health of the animals and that the shelter is a working adoption facility. When possible we do bring shelter-approved animals into the education space and allow campers to interact with them in small numbers. We also take the campers on a shelter tour to introduce them to the animals and share the stories of how the animals came into our care.


Drop off from 9 to 9:30 am and pick up from 3:30 to 4 pm


Victoria - $225/week of camp for youth born 2006 to 2009 (includes a field trip), with the exception of July 4-7 (Jr. Camp - born 2010 and 2011) & August 8-11 (Jr. Camp - born 2010-2011, Leadership Camp - Born 2004-2005) which is $200 (no field trip)

Cowichan -$160 (Born 2006 to 2010) except for the 4-day Leadership camp (born 2004-2005) August 8-11 which is $135

Leadership Camps

Youth born in 2005 through 2004 can apply to attend a week of Leadership Camp in Victoria, Cowichan or Nanaimo the week of August 8-11. We will select 8 to 10 participants per location. Successful applicants will demonstrate passion, knowledge and a drive to help animals in their community along with a desire to learn and to educate others and develop leadership skills. At camp they will learn about farm, companion and wild animals and animal welfare issues. They will then learn how to lead activities on these topics for children and how to engage them in animal welfare issues at the appropriate level. All of this will help them build confidence in their knowledge around animal issues and provide them with an opportunity to share this knowledge with others. Participants who successfully meet the objectives set for Leadership Camp may be considered to volunteer as a Junior Counselor next summer or at other youth events.

To apply for a Leadership Camp, fill out an application form. Please download and open the application form in a PDF viewer if you would like to fill it out electronically, otherwise, the form can be viewed and printed from your browser if you would like to fill it out by hand. Applications are due May 26, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by June 2, 2017.

Location and Program Information

Map to BC SPCA Cowichan Branch

Where: BC SPCA Cowichan Branch
7550 Bell McKinnon Road, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 6B1

Map to BC SPCA Victoria Branch

Where: BC SPCA Victoria Branch
3150 Napier Lane, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 4V5

About BC SPCA Humane Education
THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

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