Camp for Kids

JHS is proud to offer a selection of camps for children of all ages. JHS camps provide children with the invaluable opportunity to learn about dogs, cats and helping pets in our community.

Upcoming Fall Camps

Please view our 2020 Camp COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol prior to registering for camp.

Friday, October 16, 2020 – “Howl-o-Ween”

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grades K-8

Join us for a day of festive, spooky fun with the animals! We’ll trick-or-treat with the dogs, dispel black cat myths, learn how to keep pets safe during Halloween, make costumes and toys for the animals, get a head start on our own costumes, and much more.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – “Generosity Breeds Joy”

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grades K-8

Did you know that November 9 is officially Generosity Breeds Joy Day in Jacksonville? It’s true! This special date commemorates the grand opening of our new Adoption, Education, and Pet Help Center. To help us celebrate this anniversary, on November 11, 2020, children in grades K-8 are invited to spend the day at JHS discovering exactly what “generosity breeds joy” means while learning all about our four-legged friends!
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Questions about JHS camps? Please check our Camp Handbook for answers to frequently asked questions such as what activities are included, how is camp structured, drop off/pick up protocol, dress code, camp rules, etc.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one tour of the JHS facility with our Director of Development during camp drop-off and pick-up times, please contact Theresa Scordo at

Do campers get to interact with animals?
Yes, campers interact with both cats and dogs while at camp. The level 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). Click here to 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: JHS recommends that parents use “rising” grades (example, a child who finished 2nd grade should register for grades 3-5 camp) 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.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the camp start date and must be received in writing via email or fax 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

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Contact Us:
Phone: 904.725.8766 ext. 4573
Fax: 904.725.3040