HERO Kids Camps

The Humane Society of Utah is proud to offer a selection of educational kids camps throughout the year to youth in 1st-6th grade. These camps provide the unique opportunity to learn more about animal welfare and sheltering, animal behavior, pet care, and kindness toward all living things.

2025 dates coming soon

Spring into animal-related fun with this exciting school break kids camp! You’ll have the option to sign up for the entire week or just the days that work best for your child.

Each day will have a different animal theme.

Registration is closed for 2024.


*Please note that registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high volume of camp requests please make sure you only register your child for one week of camp. *

1st/2nd Grades:
June 3-7th
Time: 9am – 1pm

3rd/4th Grades:
June 10-14, June 24-28, or July 8-12
Time: 9am – 3pm (ends at 1pm on Friday)

3rd-6th Grades:
July 15-19
Time: 9am – 3pm (ends at 1pm on Friday)

5th/6th Grades:
July 29-Aug 2, Aug 5-9
Time: 9am – 3pm (ends at 1pm on Friday)

What To Expect

Each week of camp will be devoted to a different age group spanning first through sixth grade.
During a typical day at the week-long HERO Summer Camp, children will participate in presentations, games, crafts, and more. Each day will focus on different types of animals, many with visitors – two-legged, four-legged, scaled, and feathered – from other animal welfare groups in Utah. Campers will receive at minimum half an hour of animal interaction each day, which may include viewing, petting and/or holding.

Registration for summer camp includes access to camp photos, a t-shirt, and special animal interactions. Lunch is not provided

Please note that our camp curriculum is similar each year.

Scholarship applications can be found under the “Scholarships” tab below.

2024 Registration Unavailable

Fall in love with companion animals by joining our humane education team for a hay-mazing day (or two) over break! We’ll play games, get crafty, and cozy up with furry friends.

2024 Registration Unavailable

HERO camp at the Humane Society of Utah is planning on extending to include winter break camp for the first time in 2024! Keep an eye out for more information on dates and registration.

2024 HERO Summer Camp Scholarships

The Humane Society of Utah is proud to offer three, full-coverage scholarships for our 2024 Summer Camp. The scholarship application will be released on March 18th. Applications are due by April 15th, 2024 and recipients will be selected and notified on April 19th.

Scholarships will be awarded to one 1st/2nd grader, one 3rd/4th grader, and one 5th/6th grader. Please refer to the Summer Camp tab to find the dates available for your child, as each week is assigned a grade range. *Please note that if the week says full, there will still be a spot for scholarship recipients.*

The scholarship will cover the registration fee and include a free camp t-shirt. It will not include lunch or transportation.

Questions about HERO Camp?

Please check out our Camp Handbook for answers to frequently asked questions such as camp policies and expectations, pickup and drop-off policies, reasonable accommodations, and more.

Animal Interactions

Children may have the chance to interact with animals such as dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and farm animals. Interactions with animals may include observing, petting, playing, training, or holding. 

The goal of HSU is to provide children with an enriching learning experience while ensuring safety at all times for the campers and the animals. We strive to achieve 30 minutes of animal interaction daily – this is subject to change depending on availability. Campers will interact with both shelter population animals and educational ambassador animals.


Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pets, pet dander or nuts. Camp is held in a facility that houses more than 100 dogs and cats. Dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens. For this reason, we do not recommend that children with these allergies attend camps at HSU. 

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