The BC SPCA is offering summer camps that offer fun, animal-themed activities for kids while empowering them to create a better world.
Camps will be offered this year in the Sunshine Coast at the shelter at 4376 Solar Rd. in Wilson Creek.
One of the main goals of the camps is to help children develop empathy by teaching them to regard the world as a shared space with other living beings, not only pets but farm animals and wildlife, too. These skills are developed through a range of educational and fun activities, including animal-themed games, skits, crafts, guest speakers and more.
"The highlight for many of the kids is the time they spend every day interacting with and learning about animals such as cats, dogs, rats and other small furry creatures," said Paula Neuman, BC SPCA humane education manager.
All dogs participating in the camps have been temperament tested by BC SPCA animal welfare professionals.
"By gaining this compassion and knowledge, children become attuned to the needs of other people, animals and the environment," Neuman added. "It helps them build confidence to follow their passion and take their love of animals to the next level. They leave feeling inspired to be young ambassadors for safer, more humane communities."
The BC SPCA summer camps offer a unique experience for children.
"Compassion and empathy towards other living beings are characteristics of nurturing behaviour," Neuman said. "By providing an opportunity for children to express these behaviours in a positive environment, we hope to build children's confidence so they incorporate this into their daily lives."
Camps are Monday and Tuesday, and cost $70. There are seven weeks of camp at the Sunshine Coast branch, running weekly from July 9 to Aug. 21.Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are open to children ages nine to 12.
Register on-line at spca.bc.ca/camp or by calling 1-604-599-7209.