*NEW* Safari Day Camp

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*NEW* for 2017: SPCA Safari Day Camp! We invite campers ages 6 1/2 to 13 years of age to come learn about the humane treatment of animals in a safe environment.

Dates for the Camp:

Ages 6 1/2-8 June 19-23 or July 17-21
Ages 8 1/2-10 June 26-30 or July 31-August 4
Ages 10 1/2-13 July 10-14 or August 7-11

Location:

Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA

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Camper researching common companion animal “bugs.”

Camp Hours

Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Extended hours are available until 5 p.m. The cost for extended hours is $25.00 for the week.

Cost

$200.00 for the week.

This fee includes all camp activities, crafts, and a camp t-shirt! Please note, that this fee does not include lunch or snacks. Campers will be expected to provide their own lunch, snacks, and beverages.

This fee is to be paid in full in order to reserve your camper’s spot. There is a $25.00 cancellation fee and a $50.00 fee for returned checks.

Extended hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. is available for an additional $25.00.

How to Register

  • Via Mail: mail in your application packet (includes: application form, permission form, waiver, photograph agreement) and $200.00 payment.
    • Our mailing address is: 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA  17701
  • In Person: visit the SPCA and register at the front desk. Please be prepared to pay the full $200.00 at that time. Our hours are:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Please make checks payable to the Lycoming County SPCA.
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Camper listening to a cat’s heartbeat.

Camp Activities

Children will learn about domestic animals, including birds, fish, horses, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, cats and dogs. There will be hands-on activities with shelter animals, crafts, discussion, observations, speakers, and outdoor activities.

Examples include:

  • Examining animal x-rays
  • Q&A-time with a veterinarian
  • Learning to distinguish between wild and tame animals
  • Building an aquarium
  • Constructing enrichment toys for the shelter animals
  • Grooming a dog
  • Identifying safe ways to approach and be around animals
  • And much, much more!

Topics incorporate learning skills such as reading, writing, spelling, science, math, history, language, music, art, and geography. While the activities will focus on animals, we hope that parents will be pleased to know that we desire for campers to do more than play with the animals all day. To that end, we have developed an extensive curriculum that engages campers’ learning styles in a variety of ways throughout the week. A copy of our camp curriculum is available for review.

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Camper constructing cat toys for animal enrichment.

FAQ

What is the class size?

Each week of camp is limited to sixteen campers. Be sure to grab your spot now!

Who will be instructing my children?

Our Camp Director, Jenny, is a certified teacher in the State of Pennsylvania. In addition to Jenny, Peter will lending a helping hand as the Camp Aide. Both Jenny and Peter, as well as any staff or volunteers assisting with the camp, have their documented background clearances as mandated by the State of Pennsylvania. Jenny and Peter have been pouring a ton of time and effort into the camp preparations and are excited and ready to welcome your campers and give them a great week!

What safety measures will be instituted when my child is around the animals?

We take our responsibility as your child’s camp guardian very seriously. Campers will only interact with approved animals that have had extensive temperament evaluations. Campers will not be permitted to interact with an animal on their own. All interactions will be supervised for the safety of the camper as well as the animal and staff. Parents are welcome to set up a tour of the facilities prior to submitting an application.

What will the drop-off and pick-up procedures look like?

You will have the opportunity to list approved drop-off and pick-up individuals on your registration form. Your child will only be released to the individuals specifically authorized on the registration form. Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the front of our facility.

My child has pet/food allergies and/or has a phobia of an animal. What do you recommend?

Due to the nature of the camp program and facility, we are unable to provide special accommodations for pet or food allergies, or phobias. Your camper will be exposed to a wide range of animals. Campers will also be eating lunch in the same room as each other. However, we certainly welcome your child to participate at the SPCA in a different format that would be more appropriately suited for them. Please give us a call and we will see what we can do.

Can you accommodate campers with special needs?

Please contact the SPCA at 570-322-4646 or lycospca@lycomingspca.org in advance if your child requires accommodations for special needs.

What is your EIN number so I can apply the camp tuition as a childcare expense for tax purposes?

Our EIN # is 24-085771.

Thank you for considering our SPCA Safari Camp. We look forward to meeting and educating your children!

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