Programs

Youth camps

Camps

The Dumb Friends League offers seasonal camps for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way — a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Camps are available at our shelters in Denver, Castle Rock as well as at our Harmony Equine Center in Franktown.

How to register

Register online by clicking on the date(s) you prefer, or print out the registration form and mail or fax it to us.

Class  Duration Age and Description  Cost  Date/Location -
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 Career Camp

4 days

Kids entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades can come to either of our shelters to explore careers in animal welfare. Through interactive, hands-on activities, campers will experience what it is like to be an animal welfare investigator, a veterinarian, an animal behavior counselor and more. While assuming these roles, kids will also learn compassion, respect and responsibility.

 $250

June 8–June 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

June 15–June 18, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

June 22–June 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

June 29–July 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the BUDDY CENTER in Castle Rock

 Critter Camp

1 day

Send your 3rd-6th grade kids to our shelter for a howling good time! From companion pets to local wildlife, we’ll cover all kinds of creatures. Your child will learn how to be safe around animals and work with a variety of shelter pets. Experienced and enthusiastic staff and some cuddly critters will give your child a day of learning through activities, games and crafts.

 $50

April 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

April 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the BUDDY CENTER in Castle Rock

Summer Critter Camp

4 days

Kids entering third, fourth and fifth grades can come to explore the amazing world of animals. From pets to local wildlife, we’ll cover it all! Your child will learn how to be safe around animals and work hands-on with ambassador dogs to learn training techniques. Experienced and enthusiastic staff, guest speakers and some critters will give your child a week of learning through activities, games and crafts.

 $250

July 13–July 16, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

July 20–July 23, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

July 27–July 30, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

August 3–August 6, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

August 10–August 13, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the QUEBEC STREET SHELTER in Denver

Equine Exploration Camp

2 days

Students entering third, fourth and fifth and sixth grades will spend two days learning about all things horses - from hay to z! Through interactive hands-on activities, campers will gain knowledge about horse anatomy, body language, markings and more. Students will meet an ambassador horse and learn how they can help homeless equines in Colorado.

 $120

July 9–July 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the HARMONY EQUINE CENTER in Franktown

*Due to preparation and staffing costs, all camp fees are non-refundable.