Camp for Kids

JHS is proud to offer a selection of camps for children of all ages, thanks to The Jim Moran Foundation.  Camps provide children an experience to learn about dogs, cats and helping pets in our community.


Monday, September 3 – “Back to Drool” Day Camp

Campers will have a blast learning all about pets and helping our dogs and cats have a “day at school.” We’ll practice our Pawsitive Reading, study clicker training, pack the pets a tasty lunch, have recess with a dog or two, and so much more!

Friday, October 19 – “Howl-O-Ween” Day Camp

Our Howl-O-Ween campers can expect a day of festive, spooky fun with the animals at JHS. We will 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 so much more!

Monday, November 12 – “Generosity Breeds Joy” Day Camp

Did you know that November 9 is officially Generosity Breeds Joy day in Jacksonville? On November 12, our day campers will discover exactly what that phrase means while learning all about pets in our brand new Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center.

December 27-28 & January 3-4 – Winter Break Camp

Baby, it might not be that cold outside since we live in Florida, but our Winter Break campers will have a ton of fun “chilling” with the dogs and cats at JHS!

Questions? Please check our Camp Handbook – Updated 03.19.18, 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.
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).
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.

Contact Us:


Phone: 904.725.8766 ext. 4573

Fax: 904.725.3040