VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC SPCA Humane Education team is looking to bring the feel of summer camps to kids.

The Camp@Home was created to reach young people all over the province with different ways to do animal-centred fun.

Youth aged 5 to 16 have a chance to participate in virtual camp-like sessions this summer, all from the comfort of their homes.

“Thanks to this initiative, we have had kids join us for our virtual camps from parts of the province we have never reached before,” says BC SPCA humane educator Blaire Sigson. “It’s exciting for them because they just love animals, and they get to meet others their age from all over B.C. who also love animals.”

The camp runs for eight weeks and includes five days of online fun involving games, crafts, expert guests, and animal visitors. Families can choose three-day mini-camps on special topics like endangered animals, pet care and behaviour, or careers with animals. There are also one-day workshops for teens and an Animal Tales junior camp for kids aged 5 to 6.

“To ensure every child has an opportunity to take part, discounts are available and a bursary program as well,” says humane education manager Paula Neuman. “We don’t want cost to ever be a barrier to our programs. Learning about kindness to animals and our planet is such an important part of building empathy skills, and that needs to be available to every child.”

A discount is also available for those who invite a friend to take part.

More information can be found on the BC SPCA website.