Camp Pawprint is a series of day camps held at Dane County Humane Society every summer. Campers ages 7 to 15 enjoy animal-related lessons and activities while having fun with other animal lovers! Activities include humane education lessons, critter projects, group games, and daily presentations from local animal experts. All campers spend time interacting with our camp animals and getting hands-on experience providing daily care.
Each week of Camp Pawprint has a different age group and theme. Activities, lessons and visitors vary for each theme, but every week includes animal care and interaction, arts and crafts, and special visitors.Please note that in past years of camp there has been horseback riding on Fridays. Our stable provider has informed us they are unable to provide the service again this year. We are looking into alternatives, but cannot guarantee horseback riding for Camp Pawprint 2013.
Camp Pawprint 2013: June 10th-August 23rd
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- June 17-21 (7-10 years) Full
- July 22-26 (9-12 years)
- August 12-16 (7-10 years)
Animal Adventures focuses on pets-- everything from dogs and cats to snakes and rats. Come meet ferrets, bunnies, lizards and more. Learn about their characteristics and care up close and personal.
- June 10-14 (7-12 years) Full
- July 15-19 (8-11 years) Full
- August 19-23 (10-13 years) Full
Creature Careers will focus special attention on learning about jobs that work directly with animals. Campers will hear from a variety of professionals who work with animals and will participate in activities that help them plan for a future with animals. Campers these weeks will have increased responsibilities caring for the animals at the humane society and will get to view a surgery in our Animal Medical Services clinic.
- July 8-12 (9-12 years) Full
- August 5-9 (8-11 years) Full
These camps will spend extra time focused on issues that impact the animal world. Campers will hear from and work with various non-profit organizations working to better the lives of animals. Projects will focus on bettering the world for animals and educating the community on the importance of animals. Topics will include endangered species, animal rehabilitation, spay & neuter education, and the different ways of raising livestock.
So You Want to Be a Vet?
- July 1-3 (13-15 years) Full
This camp is designed for teenagers. Activities will be refocused and more challenging for the older kids. Veterinary technicians will work with the teens to help prepare them for a career in veterinary care. Activities will include viewing a surgery in our Animal Medical Services clinic and touring a vet clinic. Special lengthy games of Predator/Prey and other animal related games will be enjoyed by the teens. Teenagers will be expected to participate in all activities, including a small research based assignment. (*See special prices below as this is a 3 day camp)
- June 24-28 (8-11 years) Full
- July 29-August 2 (7-10 years)
These weeks campers will spend time learning about wildlife in Wisconsin and beyond. Working closely with DCHS’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center (FLWC) students will participate in our CLAWW program (Children Learning About Wisconsin Wildlife). Participants will gain a better understanding about the characteristics, habitats, and importance of wildlife here in Wisconsin. We will also find out how wildlife is rehabilitated at FLWC and participate in fun activities from the national program Project Wild. Campers will create their own zoo habitat and learn about animals from other countries.Early Riser & Bonus Romp
Children will participate in service projects, watch animal-related movies, and create creature crafts in this aftercare day camp program. The fee covers supervision by a camp counselor, supplies, and an afternoon snack. Before and Aftercare is limited to 10 campers per week from 8:00am to 9:00am and/or 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
- Monday-Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Graduation every Friday at 2:30pm
- Monday-Friday 8:00am - 9:00am
- Monday-Friday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
- $184 - DCHS Members (If you are a current member of DCHS)
- $110 for So You Want to Be a Vet?
- $219 - Become a Member (Includes the cost of one $35 year membership, and the discounted member price of camp)
- $135 for So You Want to Be a Vet?
- $249 - Non-member (If you are not currently a member, or choose not to become a member)
- $150 for So You Want to Be a Vet?
- $159 - Additional week (Each additional week of camp for the same camper. Price applies for both members and non-members)
- $25 - Early Riser (Price applies for both members and non-members)
- $45 - Bonus Romp (Price applies for both members and non-members)
Scholarships will be available dependent upon funding. Applications can be completed at any time, but will not be reviewed until March.
Scholarships are awarded to help those with financial need attend camp. Download the scholarship application here.
Registration & Cancellation policy
Registration opened February 1, 2013! Click on the button above to register online.
If you need a paper registration call 608-838-0413 ext 164 or to withdraw from a camp for any reason, please inform us in writing:
For cancellations made made more than 4 weeks prior to the start of your week of camp, you may transfer to any other week of camp that has an opening or elect to have your money refunded.
For cancellations made from 1 to 4 weeks before the start of your camp week, you may transfer to any other week of camp that has an opening, or receive a voucher good for the amount paid, less a $25 administrative fee. The voucher can be applied to Camp Pawprint/Club Whisker fees through the end of the following calendar year.
Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of your week of camp, or individual missed days during camp, are non-refundable.