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SICSA organizes animal education camps for children

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Does your child want to be a veterinarian when they grow up? This summer, SICSA is giving kids the chance to interact with animals and learn a little more about veterinary science along the way.

“Introducing children at a young age to animals is a great way for them to learn empathy and kindness,” said Kaitlin Becraft, outreach and education manager at SICSA.

Each week through June and July, SICSA offers a different human education camp for a different age group, SICSA said. Camps run for five days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their Dayton location at 8171 Washington Church Road.

This year, SICSA is offering the following one-week camps:

  • Humane Hero Camp 7-11 years old (June 20 – June 24)
  • Camp Shelter Savvy for ages 11-13 (June 27-July 1)
  • Vet Adventure Camp for 14 to 16 year olds (July 11 to July 15)
  • Vet Adventure Camp for 11 to 13 year olds (July 18 to July 22)
  • Awesome Animal Camp Ages 7-11 (July 25 – July 29)

“One of our most popular camps, Veterinary Adventure Camp focuses on veterinary science, using microscopes, examining x-rays and exploring veterinary careers,” said Becraft.

One of SICSA’s teenage volunteers, Avery Sarver, started attending summer camp at SICSA when she was just eight years old, SICSA said.

“One of my favorite memories about going to camp as a kid was all the kids sitting in a big circle, and they would bring puppies and put them in the middle of the circle, and we could play with all of them!” said Sarver. “I’m excited to be volunteering at SICSA this summer and helping out with the summer camp. Now I’m going to be one of the people bringing the puppies into the room!

While camps cost $225 per week, Camperships are available through the David Irwin Brown Humane Education Campership Fund. For more information on motorhomes, click on here.

For more information on SICSA human education camps or to register online, click on here.