Youth Programs

Overview

Youth Programs

Little boy with cat

Today’s children are the companion animal guardians of tomorrow. Our humane education programs are a fun-filled way to help kids understand the importance of kindness, respect, and responsibility for all animals.

From classroom visits to day camps, we offer a variety of opportunities. Join us.

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Camp Kindness

Camp Kindness at the Sacramento SPCA is a fun-filled way for kids to learn more about dogs, cats, and other companion animals. Designed to foster awareness about animals, Camp Kindness will include games, crafts, tours, guest speakers, animal-related education, professional demonstrations, veterinary observation, discussions, and plenty of fun! 

2018 SUMMER CAMP session will be offered June 18 – August 10.   Sessions will take place Monday – Friday for each age group from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The cost is $200 / child.  Summer camp registration is now open!

WEEK-LONG SUMMER CAMP - June 18 through August 10th
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session Ages  
Week 1: June 18 – 22 Ages 7 – 9 REGISTER
Week 2: June 25 – 29 Ages 10 -12 SESSION FULL
Week 3: July 9 – 13 Ages 7 – 9 REGISTER
Week 4: July 16 – 20 Ages 10 – 12 SESSION FULL
Week 5: July 23 – 27 Ages 7 – 9 REGISTER
Week 6: July 30 – Aug 3 Ages 10 – 12 SESSION FULL
Week 7: Aug 6 – 10 Ages 13 – 15 REGISTER

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Teenager dropping off donations from a birthday party

Projects You Can Do
Community Service

Students and scout troops needing community service hours for school or badge projects are encouraged to help the Sacramento SPCA by completing one of our community service projects.  Your hard work will make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care!

Hands-on, in-shelter volunteers must be 18 years old or older and cannot earn community service hours for their volunteer work.  We are sorry, but we are unable to make exceptions to this policy.  Please note that the Sacramento SPCA does not have a program for court-ordered community service at this time.

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Birthday Parties

When we say we’re a place for all types of animals we mean it! So, gather your party animals and head on out to the Sacramento SPCA for a birthday party they’ll never forget!

What’s included in a birthday party at the Sacramento SPCA

1. The party will start with a short introduction to the Sacramento SPCA that will leave your child and his/her friends feeling like they’re experts in animal welfare.

2. After that they’ll dive into an age-appropriate art project. (Maybe one they can save as a gift for the next birthday in the family?)

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Classroom Visits

Teach safety, responsibility, and compassion in your classroom!

Choose from a variety of lessons to encourage an attitude of respect for all living creatures. Presentations are available for K-12 classrooms, clubs and after-school programs Monday-Friday. All lessons are free of charge and meet many of California’s Common Core Standards.

We are not currently offering classroom visits, please check back in 2018.

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Guided Tours of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center

Tours of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center are available for field trips, scout troops, and youth organizations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  All ages welcome — $2/child, $20 minimum for groups smaller than 10.  

Reservations are required and tour dates and times are subject to availability.  (Please schedule tours before 4:15 p.m.)  Tours run approximately 45 minutes and are preceded by a brief educational presentation.