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 community service projects to shelter tours, we offer a variety of
opportunities – including new virtual programs! Join us.

General information

Camp Kindness

It’s Time for Summer Camp!

Summer Camp Kindness is returning to IN PERSON this summer 2021! Following CDC & Sacramento County guidelines and recommendations, we will be limiting the number of children attending camp (10 instead of 20-25), enhancing cleaning protocols, requiring that our campers wear masks, and enforcing social distancing. The safety of your children is our number one priority. 

For more information on the Sacramento SPCA’s education department policies & FAQ’s regarding COVID-19, please click here

Camp this year will have the same exciting activities as in previous years. Your children will get to socialize shelter pets, read to them, create pet toys, make animal-related crafts, and attend a wildlife presentation. These are just a few fun activities that they will get to do.

Camp Cost: Registration fee is $250 per child, per 3-day camp.

Scholarships, funded by Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing, are available for those that qualify through the Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR) by SMUD or California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program by PG&E (must provide copy of current utility bill with name andaddress) or proof of participation in CalFresh, EBT, or parent’s enrollment in Medi-Cal.

Please do not register your child for a camp session if you are applying for a scholarship.

Each week is a different age group - please sign your child up for the appropriate age group. Camp Kindness curriculum is designed to be developmentally appropriate for a specific age-range, we are unable to accommodate requests to enroll campers who do not meet the age specifications. 

Register below!

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Paw-ties

Whether it is for a birthday, graduation or another celebration, come celebrate your child’s special day with the Sacramento SPCA! 

We offer 2 different options for our socially distant celebrations. These celebrations are available for ages 7-16.

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Classroom Visits

To ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care and the community we serve, the Sacramento SPCA is closely monitoring group event recommendations in response to COVID-19.
With those recommendations in mind, we have decided to cancel all in-classroom visits. Please contact us for virtual opportunities available at education@sspca.org Classroom presentations and virtual field trips are available Thursdays and Fridays.

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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, apart from our Camp Counselor program. 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.

To begin your community service for the Sacramento SPCA, fill out the online Community Service Application.