Summer Camp Registration 2017

Summer Camp at the Shelter (all weeks are now full*)

The summer camp program will provide a fun learning experience in different week-long sessions for 1st – 3rd graders, 4th – 6th graders, and 6th - 9th graders, held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost for a week-long session is $250.00.

Campers will meet guest speakers from animal welfare professions and will get to know a wide variety of animals. There will be also be behind the scenes shelter tours and animal-themed arts and crafts projects, including art that helps showcase pets waiting to be adopted. Through engaging activities, children learn about being responsible stewards, both for animals and the world around them. SCCAS’ summer camp fosters understanding, respect and empathy toward all living beings. 

All proceeds from this program benefit our county’s only Open Admission Shelter, serving animals in need in our community. 

*If you would like to wait list your child for a week of camp please email with the following information: week of camp, your child's name, your name, and telephone contact.


June 19 - June 23 (1st-3rd grade)

June 26 - June 30 (1st-3rd grade)

July 10 - July 14 (4th-6th grade)

July 17 - July 21 (4th-6th grade)

July 24 - July 28 (4th-6th grade)

July 31 - August 4 (6th-9th grade)


  1. Where does the summer camp program take place?
    Here at the Shelter campus on the corner of 7th and Rodriguez,
    Santa Cruz, CA.
  2. How many campers are in each session?
    There are 16 campers per session.
  3. What do campers do at each regular sessions?
    During each week-long, 6-hour session, campers will:
    • learn about dogs, cats, rabbits and farm animals and careers in animal welfare
    • participate in unique arts and crafts activities to showcase the animals in their lives as well as animals waiting for homes.
    • meet animal care experts and their animals
  4. May I sign my child up for more than one camp session?
    Yes you may! Please keep in mind that camp content and activities are similar for each session.
  5. How do I register my child for camp, and how much does it cost?
    Choose your session above and enter your student's name. After paying, you will be given access to an online application. Fill that out. The cost is $250.00 per session. (5 days, M – F from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  6. What form of payment is accepted for camp?
    We prefer you submit payment online via credit card along with your online registration form.
  7. How will I know if my child is accepted into a session?
    Once you submit your application and fee online, your child is accepted into that session. Download and complete the form you will then be given acccess to. Email that form to or bring it to the first day of Camp. You will also receive a confirmation email with important information on camp policies and activities.
  8. Can my child be wait-listed if the camp session we want is full?
    Yes. If a session is full, you will be unable to sign up online. Please email us and ask to have your child wait-listed for that session. You will be notified as soon as possible if a space becomes available.
  9. Can my child be signed up with his/her friend?
    Yes, but please remember that applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot hold any spots for potential campers without their application and payment. If your child has a friend that he/she would like to attend camp with, we encourage all parties to send their applications within the same time frame.
  10. Is there before and after camp care?
    We do not offer extended care at this time. You can drop your camper off no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and pick him/her up no later than 3:00 p.m.
  11. Should I pack lunch and a snack for my child?
    Yes. We do not provide lunch or snack onsite. Parents are responsible for packing their child’s lunch and snack.
  12. What type of animals will my child be exposed to?
    Campers will learn about and meet our shelter animals, as well as animals brought on campus by a qualified presenter. A wide variety of animals visit the program weekly, and may include dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and more! Campers will meet a different type of animal (and sometimes 2 or 3) every day of camp.
  13. May my child bring his/her pet to camp?
    No. For the safety of other campers and animals in the building, please refrain from bringing pets to camp, even to drop off or pick up campers. Instead, we will ask your camper to bring in photos of his or her pet during the camp week for a special arts and crafts activity.
  14. What if I need to cancel?
    If you need to cancel, please contact or call (831) 454-7235.
    75% refund - 14 days or more prior to first day of your scheduled camp session
    50% refund  -  8 - 13 days prior to the first day of your scheduled camp session
    No refunds will be issued 7 days or less prior to the first day of your child’s scheduled camp session.