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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:56 pm

Local animal shelters have enough camps to keep any animal lover engaged and learning this summer.

Camps at the Phoenix Herpetological Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League and the Arizona Humane Society give kids a chance to learn about animals hands-on and about the shelters that care for them.

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA

15 N. 40th Place

(602) 273-6852, ext. 122

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) will host Camp Ruffin’ It once again for ages 6 to 12. The week-long camp will introduce children to a variety of animals and explain the care each animal requires. Campers will learn about responsible pet care for iguanas, cockatoos, sugar gliders, snakes and more.

The camp will run from May 27 through Aug. 2. The cost is $275 for a full day of camp, and $175 for a half day.

Junior Animal Keepers is a camp designed for kids ages 12 to 15 to follow in the footsteps of animal professionals. Campers will participate in chores actual keepers perform every day to keep residents healthy. They will work with reptiles, small mammals and other areas of AAWL & SPCA. They’ll also develop skills to manage keeper records, food orders and learn the science behind the animal industry.

Junior Animal Keepers will be offered June 10-14 and July 15-19. The cost is $275.

Camp Vet, for ages 12 to 15, will be at two campuses this year. The week-long camp gives teens a preview into the life of a veterinarian. Campers will observe surgeries in the clinic, dissect organs, learn anatomy, view specimens under microscopes, practice hands-on pet first aid and explore how animal diseases can be very different from human diseases.

Camp Vet will be offered at AAWL’s Phoenix campus June 3-7, June 24-28, and July 22-26. It will also be offered at the Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Centers Red Mountain location, at Power and McKellips roads, June 10-14 and July 15-19.

Camp Vet costs $325.

Advanced Camp Vet for ages 12-17 is for teens who have previously attended Camp Vet. This accelerated Camp Vet dives even deeper into the world of veterinary science. Campers will work side-by-side in one-day rotations with veterinarians and veterinary technicians in AAWL’s Pet MD Clinic.

Advanced Camp Vet will be offered June 17-21 and July 8-12. The cost is $325.

Registration for summer classes is now open. All camps run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with after care available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of after care is $50 for the entire week when paid in advance or $15 per day.

Arizona Humane Society

1521 W. Dobbins Road

(602) 997-7586

Camp Compassion will give children a peak into the life of a rescue animal. Campers select a shelter buddy for whom they dedicate their efforts — with the goal of finding that buddy a forever home. Kids will do crafts, activities and meet shelter animals, companion animals, farm animals, wild animals, endangered animals and service animals. Each camp day is dedicated to a pillar of character like trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Session I of the camp runs June 11-13 and July 9-11. Session II is June 25-27 and July 23-25. Each session is three mid-week, half days to allow for other summer travel. Sessions are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The first session of each month is different from the second so campers can attend both sessions in the same month or mix and match.

This year, Arizona Humane Society is also offering camps for teens. The first course in the Humane Ed-visor Leadership Intensives Series is about Behavior and Body Language.

Teens ages 13 to 16 will learn about the body language and behavior of dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits, rodents and more. Humane Ed-visor candidates will engage with and study animal visitors from local rescue groups and put their learning to practice with clinical observations of animals in the shelter.

Session 1 will be Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13, and Tuesday July 9 through Thursday, July 23. Session II will be June 25 to June 27, and July 23 to July 25.

Registration is now open.

Phoenix Herpetological Society

20701 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 107

(480) 513-4377

The Phoenix Herpetological Society offers week-long camps for kids interested in reptiles and conservation. Reptile Encounters allows campers ages 9-14 to explore a different reptile species every day in classroom and field sessions. Campers will learn about reptile habitat, anatomy, life cycles, eco systems, proper handling, reproduction, venomous reptiles, endangered species and reptile myths.

Camp 1, for ages 9 to 11, will run May 27-31, June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 15-19. A tentative session is planned for July 29-Aug. 2. Camp 2, for ages 12 to 14, will be June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12 and July 22-26. Reptile Encounters costs $275 per person, per session.

Registration is now open.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047,


Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit or call (480) 703-3302.


Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060,

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month., (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040,

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040,

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060,

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105,

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or