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Compassion Camp for Kids 2024
sponsored by The Lavoie Foundation

Compassion Camp offers children ages 7-12 the opportunity to develop a caring, compassionate and responsible awareness of pets and is perfect for children who have a love for all animals.

Our day camp runs for five weeks, beginning July 8 through August 8. Camp is offered Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm. Age groups alternate weekly.


  • Ages 7-9: July 15-18 (FULL), July 29-Aug. 1 (FULL)

  • Ages 10-12: July 8-11 (FULL), July 22-25 (FEW SPOTS LEFT), Aug. 5-8 (FULL)

Camp is held in our Humane Education Center at 95 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, directly across the street from the shelter. 

The cost of camp is $250 per child for each week of camp.

  • All parents must complete and submit online Health & Waiver for registration to be considered complete.

  • A copy of your child's immunization records and documentation of last physical exam (within two years from start of camp session) must be submitted no later than June 1.

  • How do I register my child for Camp?
    You must register online at the above link. Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration closes once all sessions are full or approximately one week prior to the first day of camp.
  • What is the Cancellation Policy?
    A $50 administration fee will be assessed per camper for all cancellations. If the cancellation is made by June 1st, a full refund (minus the administration fee) will be issued. No refund will be given without a two weeks’ notice of cancellation. Refunds are not given for dismissal, failure to attend, absence, or sick days.
  • What happens if I want to change to a different session?
    Request for a date change must be made at least three weeks prior to the camp start date and must be received in writing via email or fax. Date change requests can only be approved if space is available.
  • Do we offer childcare before or after camp?
    No, we do not have before or after camp care available.
  • Can I drop my child early or pick up late?
    We allow drop off 15 minutes prior to camp start (9am) and 15 minutes after camp end time (4pm).
  • What’s a typical day at camp?
    Camp activities include presentations from local experts in the animal care field, activities about caring for animals, indoor/outdoor games, and interaction with shelter animals, crafts and trail walks. Older children 10+ may have the opportunity to observe medical or surgical procedures in our medical suite.
  • Who will work with my child while at Compassion Camp?
    Staff and volunteers who have a background in education as well as experience with animals. Employees and volunteers who work directly with campers receive a comprehensive background check. Your child may also interact with other shelter employees and volunteers as well as guest presenters during Q&A sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, etc.
  • Will my child get to interact with animals at the shelter?
    We make every effort to arrange for campers to interact with animals throughout their camp week. The goal of camp is to provide an engaging, fun and safe educational experience that includes hands-on experiences with animals.
  • What if my child has allergies?
    Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pets or pet dander. Camp is held inside our Humane Education Center, but we do frequent the shelter that can house over 100 animals at a time. Please be aware if your child has a nut allergy; dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens.
  • If my child attends camp and interacts with animals, should I worry about my pets at home?
    We have rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place in order to provide a safe and clean environment for all. While it is not likely that your child will purposefully encounter sick animals, we do recommend that children wash hands and change clothing before interacting with pets at home.
  • Do we offer camp scholarships?
    Unfortunately we do not offer camp scholarships.
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