The Pawsitives of Animal Camps
February 1, 2020 by Alexander Rodriguez

Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp

Letting your child get wild this summer can lead to life long benefits.

Over time, children’s interests change, and their passions evolve; however, there’s something that a lot of kids will keep with them: their special connection with animals.

Being a child can be fun, but many times it can also be frustrating. Learning new words, dealing with bullying at school, or simply dealing with irregular situations at home can cause emotional instability.. Animals are great companions, and there are camps that can bring all sorts of furry and feathered friends into the lives of children.

“Allowing campers to explore something they feel really passionate about always helps kids regulate, it always helps them to take away any stress or anxiety.” Says Jennifer Ego, owner of Pawsitively Pets Camp .

Spending time with animals can create many benefits for a camper. It provides new skills that are very useful for children in today’s society, such as developing self-confidence, self-esteem, empathy, or simply being kind.

The GTA has a great diversity of animal camps, each specializing in different areas, but all have a common interest: They each provide a service that is beneficial for both children and animals.

Many times, the animals in the camps are rescued. They are given a second chance at life.. Staff and kids play, feed, and spend time with them, so they can provide every animal with all the love they deserve.

“Animals have problems, animals have fears,”says Elsa Monterio, Anxiety and Self-Regulation Therapist at Pawsitively Pets Camp, explaining the similarities animals and children share.

Here are some options available for families who have animal loving campers in their homes.

Safari Zoo Camp

Safari Zoo Camp

Located at the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park, the Safari Zoo has an amazing camp experience with the goal  providing hands-on learning experiences with wildlife. It was founded in 1995, and it has an overnight camp that runs every summer for kids of all ages.

Eight counsellors oversee each session where campers participate in several activities related to animal care. From feeding animals both large and small, to spending time with carnivores and reptiles, campers get to be hands on with animals they normally wouldn’t get a chance to befriend.

At Safari Zoo Camp, kids gain access to snakes, reptiles, kangaroos, the three species of Canadian cats and even a tiger.

“For kids who have always been interested in animals, getting to meet them up close is great. Those moments are going to stay with them for their entire lives,” says Ashley Maika, director of Safari Zoo Camp, adding that having a one-on-one experience with animals is something that can have a significant impact in the life of a camper.


Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp

Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp

Pawsitively Pets is a camp with several locations across Ontario. Its diverse programs allow campers to learn and grow while spending time taking care of animals.

“The message that we have is that kids need to be kind to themselves, to others, and to the animals,” says Jennifer Ego, owner of Pawsitively Pet Camp.

They offer camps for any occasion when kids are not in school, such as summer camps, holiday camps, PA Day camps and Christmas break camp.

All programs are prepared and organized by instructors and licenced psychologists. Some sessions focus on helping kids that struggle with self-regulation, anxiety, self-confidence, stress management, or self-esteem.

Parrots, skinny pigs, rabbits, turtles and more animals are part of the Pawsitively family.


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened in 2013. It offers  many options for Canadian campers.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Camp

“We’re trying to educate our campers and get them inspired about aquatic life,” says Katie McMahon, Manager of Education and Conservation at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

Ripley’s has summer camps, one-week camps, PA Day camps and March Break camps. All of them prepared with special themes to provide new experiences for campers.

A special perk for campers who attend Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada camps is the behind the scenes experience. Campers receice the special privilege of entering areas of the aquarium that regular guests do not normally see.

The Aquarium is home to approximately 450 different kinds of aquatic animals, such as octopus, sharks, jelly fish, lobster and crabs.

If you have an animal lover in your home looking for an adventure that takes them into new worlds, an animal camp experience is waiting.

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