Do you have an aspiring veterinarian or animal rescuer on your hands? Luckily, animal related camps and programs for kids are easy to find. If you’re looking to give your child a memorable March Break, look no further than the opportunities below.
Educational doesn’t have to mean boring. Animal camps allow children to work one-on-one with animals and share their interests with other like-minded kids.
One example is Pawsitively Pets in Ontario. Younger campers can interact one-on-one with animals and learn about responsible pet ownership. Preteens (ages 9-12) can begin to explore a career in animal health with hands-on programs that let them “scrub-in” and learn what it takes to work as a real veterinarian. These are the types of experiences that your child can’t get from watching a YouTube video.
Whether it’s learning how to be a junior animal advocate or sparking an interest in veterinary science, these fun and engaging activities may be the start of your child’s lifelong passion for animal care!
Dog Walking Business
If your teen has an entrepreneurial spirit, they may want to start a dog walking business during March Break to earn some extra cash. If your family lives in a dog-friendly neighbourhood, your child won’t have much trouble building a client roster. Seniors with limited mobility will especially appreciate the help of a young dog walker. The only equipment your child will need to get started is a water bottle, an extra leash, and plastic bags to clean up after the pet takes a bathroom break. Managing their own business will also teach your child about how to handle their finances.
Animal Shelter Programs
Keep your eyes peeled for children’s events at your local shelter. For example, story time programs are becoming especially popular. In an effort to build the confidence of shy or stressed shelter animals, children help create a soothing environment by sitting in front of their enclosure and reading picture books to them. As a result, the animals begin to come out of their shells and develop a deeper trust of humans. Children not only get to practice their reading skills, they also learn valuable lessons about animal welfare.
Your child may be so inspired by the experience that they’ll want to take action as a volunteer. Of course, most shelters will require on-site volunteers to be 18 years of age or older. However, there are some shelters that offer age appropriate volunteer opportunities. Teens can help with walking, cleaning, and feeding duties around the shelter. Younger children can get involved with the help of their parents. It’s a great experience that you can share together as a family!
There are other ways to encourage your child to raise awareness for an animal related cause they’re compassionate about. Help them host a March Break lemonade stand or bake sale with all proceeds going to your local shelter. Whether your child volunteers on or offsite, they’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that they are making a positive difference in the lives of shelter animals.
These activities are sure to motivate and inspire the pint-sized pet lovers in your house! In the event your March Break plans change, you can also keep these activities in mind when summer rolls around. We hope these tips make this year’s vacation one to remember!