JHS is proud to offer a selection of educational camps for children of all ages. JHS camps provide children with the unique and invaluable opportunity to learn about animal welfare and sheltering, animal behavior, helping pets in our community, and the importance of kindness, compassion, and generosity.

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Summer Camp for Kids in Rising Grades 1-8

Cost: $275/week per camper *early bird pricing – price will increase to $300/week after April 12, 2023*

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care available for additional fee)

JHS Summer Camp is for children in rising grades 1-8. When selecting your child’s grade, please choose the grade they will be entering in the fall.

View our 2023 Summer Camp Dates and Themes.

Our 2023 Summer Camp for children in rising grades 1-8 is sold out. 

Join the waiting list.

Waiting list registration is first-come, first-served – being on the waiting list will not guarantee your child a spot at camp.

Summer Shelter Squad

Children in rising grades 3-8 are invited to join our Summer Shelter Squad and participate in one, two, or three half-day service days at the Jacksonville Humane Society from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on August 7-9, 2023!

Each day we’ll complete a variety of meaningful service projects benefiting the pets at JHS – from making heating pads for neonatal kittens and stuffing Kongs for our pups to helping clean our Adoption Center – and even meet a furry friend or two.

Registration opening soon.

Ambassadors in Training: 3-Day High School Camp (July 5-7)

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend our three-day camp for high school students from July 5-7, 2023!

Participants will learn all about animal sheltering – from the moment an animal enters the shelter to the moment they are adopted – and help pets on their journey to find new families. We’ll discover what it takes to be an animal ambassador and how we can help both pets and the people who love them. Campers will study animal behavior, train both dogs and cats, learn about veterinary medicine, promote pets available for adoption, take over JHS social media, and more.

All campers will receive 12 hours of community service upon completion of the third and final day of camp.

Register for Ambassadors in Training

Questions about JHS camps?

Please check our Camp Handbook for answers to frequently asked questions such as which types of activities are included, how camp is structured, drop off/pick up protocols, medication info, dress code for campers, camper expectations, etc.

Check out our 2022 Summer Camp recap to learn even more about what to expect at JHS camps.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one tour of the JHS facility with our Chief Development Officer during camp drop-off and pick-up times, please contact us at [email protected].

Do campers get to interact with animals?
Yes, campers interact with both cats and dogs while at camp! However, the level and amount of interaction each day depends on factors that permit an appropriate pet to be available. In the event that an appropriate pet is not available for hands-on interaction on a given day, campers may spend time with the animals at JHS in other ways (for example, observing staff members training dogs, reading to dogs in front of their kennels, or passing out treats). View a sample camp schedule.

JHS Camp Registration Protocol:

Allergies: Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pet dander or nuts. Camp is held on a campus that houses more than 200 dogs and cats. Dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens. For these reasons and the safety, health and well-being of your child, we do not recommend that children with these allergies attend camps at JHS. 

Ages: For Summer Camp, JHS recommends that parents use “rising” grades (example, a child who is finishing 2nd grade should be registered as a “rising 3rd grader” since they’ll be entering 3rd grade the next school year). However, you know your children best and we encourage you to follow parental instinct. We reserve the right to make a professional judgment and move a camper to a more appropriate age group after consulting with you. For day camps, Spring Break Camp, and Winter Break Camp, please use your child’s actual grade level when registering them.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the camp start date and must be received in writing via email to qualify for a 50% refund. A processing fee may occur for refunds.

Camp Scholarships:

JHS is proud to offer a limited number of camp scholarships annually thanks to the generous support of the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation. For more information about our Furyk & Friends: Lucky’s Pack scholarships, please email us at [email protected].

2022 Summer Camp Recap:

Summer Camp Recap Preview

Video by Gemstone Media.

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For more information, contact the Education Department:

Email: [email protected] • Phone: 904.493.4588

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