North Country Animal League

Humane Heroes Camps

*Registration is now open!*

Join us to learn about compassion, responsibility and care for animals from knowledgeable experts in the field.

Ideal for the young mind who is eager to explore the infinitely fascinating world of animals, our camp experiences help young people create memories that last a lifetime and expose them to a future of endless possibilities in animal welfare!

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North Country Animal League Central Vermont

Humane Heroes & Pet Pals Camps

Ages: 8-12

July 10 – July 14 Waitlist
July 31 – August 4 Waitlist
August 14 – August 18 Waitlist

9:00am – 3:00pm

Price: $435

Join us to learn compassion, responsibility, and care for both equines and companion animals from knowledgeable experts in the field. Humane Heroes will explore animal health, behavior, training, sheltering & welfare, as well as natural habitats & how our environment affects animals in the wild. Moving between the Equine Center and the Pet Adoption Center, campers will take part in training a dog, feeding a cat, grooming a horse, mucking a stall, as well as learn important veterinary skills, explore careers with animals, and even help our shelter animals find forever homes! Interactive animal-themed games, demonstrations by experts in the field, and hands-on projects are all part of the fun!

Ages: 5-7

August 22 – August 24 Waitlist

9:00am – 1:00pm

Price: $195

Come explore the fascinating world of animals! Moving between the Equine Center and the Pet Adoption Center, Pet Pals will get to train a dog, build enrichment toys for cats, groom a pony, pet a reptile, learn about animal’s needs, communication, and even help our shelter animals find forever homes! Interactive animal-themed games, animal-tracking adventures, and hands-on projects are all part of the fun!

Summer Camp FAQ

Our camps cater to the following age groups: 5-7 (*Campers must be able to use the restroom confidently and on their own); 8-12; 12+.

As a working animal welfare organization, we provide care for animals with a wide variety of personalities, behavioral and medical needs. Campers will see and interact with appropriate animals directly while keeping safety our number one priority.

Please provide your child with a snack, lunch (*NUT-FREE only) and a water bottle each day. We will be in touch with you prior to camp with more details about planning and preparation to make sure you and your child are all set for camp.

For safety purposes we do not release children at pick up time to anyone not listed on the “authorized to pick up” list. We check ID daily at checkout time. To add someone to the authorized list, you must include their name, contacts and any other relevant information during registration. If you are adding someone to the list after registration has been submitted, please email

Please be sure to provide their allergy/medical information during the registration process. Kindly note that we will have daily exposure to common allergens such as hay, pollen and pet dander. If your camper has strong reactions to any of these, please reconsider enrolling them in our program.

All of NCAL’s COVID-19 safety protocols are updated in accordance with local CDC recommendations as they come. Masking is currently optional during any outdoor NCAL programming (if you would like your child to wear a mask during outdoor activities, please inform their camp counselors during drop-off). While inside NCAL premises, all campers, staff and visitors are required to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status.

Horsemanship Camps take place at NCAL’s Equine Center. Humane Heroes takes place at both the Pet Adoption Center and the Equine Center.

All our camps are led by qualified teams consisting of NCAL staff members and camp counselors.

During registration there is an ‘additional comments’ section. Please make a note of who you want your child to be in the same camp with – include their friend’s first and last names, as well as parent contacts. We are unable to guarantee group placements as your child’s friends may be registered with a different camp. For Horsemanship Camps, children are grouped according to their skills and riding levels, so this option may not be feasible.

Camp staff or counselors are unable to administer medication to a child (besides first aid approved by parents/legal guardians). If your child needs medication during their camp hours, a parent or authorized guardian will have to be present and administer it for them.