The popularity of BC SPCA’s summer camp program in Nelson means the camp has literally outgrown its space, leading organizers to look out into the community for a new location.
Regional Humane Educator Stephenie Campbell explains that in previous years camps were held in the Nelson BC SPCA Adoption Centre on Falls Street. Being held in an operating animal shelter with very limited space meant crowded camps and more stress for the animals in care. But with a community full of animal lovers and fully-booked camps, an alternative had to be found.
“Nelson’s camps are so popular, there is often a waiting list of children trying to get in,” says Campbell. “A beautiful new space within walking distance of the SPCA means we can now have full-day camps, with more kids, more room for our games and activities, and less stress for the animals.”
This summer, the camps will be held in the basement of the Nelson Covenant Church on Stanley Street, just a five-minute walk from the SPCA branch on Falls Street.
“It is a perfect space for us. It’s an easy walk to the branch, a chance get some fresh air as the campers go for the best part of everyday … animal time,” says Campbell. “They will still have their time to bond and socialize with adoptable pets, to learn first-hand about what we do for animals.”
These week-long camps run July 15th to August 23rd, engaging children aged 6 to 11 years in activities that teach them about issues affecting companion, farm and wild animals in B.C.
“We also aim to teach empathy and critical thinking, to really get kids working on ways to make a better world for animals,” said Campbell. “Empathy is such a critical life skill, and if we can teach the next generation to treat all creatures and each other with respect and kindness then we really can make the world better for all of us.”
Camp is now open for registration, and spots are filling up quickly in Nelson. Register early to take advantage of their early bird discount and to avoid disappointment. The price of one week of full-day camps is $175, but the early bird price takes $20 off.
The best part?
“All profits from camp go directly to the BCSPCA local branch, so it really is helping animals in your own community,” Campbell explains.
For more information about summer camps and to register, please visit SPCA Link. Bursaries are available, and application form can be found there as well. Camps are also held at the West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar, and around the province.
For more information:
Stephenie Campbell, Regional Humane Educator for the Kootenays, firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-509-0297.