Our Humane Educators will be with the children at all times and have completed background checks—learn more about them at our “Meet the Educators” page. Also, guest speakers from the community will be visiting throughout the day. These include animal rescuers, police officers, staff from BAAC, and more.
Admissions are done by grade level rather than age. Each week of camp has different grade level requirements. These requirements are based on the grade your child will be entering during the coming school year. Pet Pals is for rising 1st-3rd graders (the youngest children will have completed kindergarten). Humane Heroes is for rising 4th-6th graders. Animal Ambassadors is for rising 7th-9th graders.
Camp sessions are held Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Specific camp dates can be found here.
We welcome all children and will work to accommodate campers with special needs within our ability to do so. We may request parental or guardian assistance to help us achieve that goal. However, while we can usually accommodate various allergies, those with severe peanut allergies may be at risk while attending camp. Many of our dogs at BAAC routinely receive peanut butter treats. Because of this, peanut residue can be found on many surfaces, including those used for camp purposes. If you would like to register a child with special needs or allergies, please contact us at 304-725-0506 to speak with a camp counselor and determine if the camps are appropriate for your family.
Children will spend time learning about animal care and safety, participating in outdoor games and scavenger hunts, expressing themselves through arts and crafts, listening to guest speakers, and enjoying hands-on interaction with animals.
No, our campers do not participate in the day-to-day animal care such as cleaning kennels and litter boxes.
Drop off/pick up will be at our new Humane Education Center (what was our old pavilion has been enclosed with restrooms and air conditioned), which is in the top parking lot to the right of the main facility.