You’ve heard of the dog days of summer. These camps also cover cats, horses, rabbits and other animals. The camps are perfect for the critter-loving kid who wants to keep every stray, the child with an interest in animal medicine, the horse-crazy child and the kid who wants a more unique pet than a cat, dog or goldfish.
Oxbow Junior Vet Camp; Oxbow Intermediate Vet Camp
These camps include hands-on activities involving live animals. Junior vet campers learn about veterinary tools, X-rays, body systems and functions. Campers also get to practice other veterinary activities, including record-keeping and animal health exams, and perform a mock surgery. The intermediate camp focuses on veterinary and animal science, including animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition and behavior. Kids learn about large animals, livestock, companion animals and pets. Campers perform a mock surgery, including prepping for it, suturing and proper surgery room protocol. Intermediate campers also are exposed to professionals in various animal-related careers.
When: June 6-9, June 13-16, June 20-23, July 11-14, July 18-21, July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4, for Oxbow Junior Vet Camp. July 27-July 1 and July 11-15 for Oxbow Intermediate Vet Camp. All 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Oxbow Junior Vet Camp will be June 6-9 at Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School, Elmwood, Nebraska; June 13-16 at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln; June 20-23 at Bellevue University, 1000 Galvin Road South; July 11-14 at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza; July 18-21 at Lincoln Children’s Zoo; July 25-28 at Indian Creek Golf Course, 3825 N. 202nd St.; and Aug. 1-4 at Bellevue Berry Farm, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion.
Oxbow Intermediate Vet Camp will be June 27-July 1 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus; and July 11-15 at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs.
Who: Children who have completed second through fifth grades can attend Junior Vet Camp; youths who have completed sixth through eighth grades can attend Intermediate Vet Camp.
Cost: $175 for Junior Vet Camp; $250 for Intermediate Vet Camp; promotional discounts are available online.
American Legacy Horsemanship Camp
It’s time to learn everything you want to know about horses but didn’t know whom to ask. Campers will ride English and Western styles and learn all about horses: safety, care, feeding, breeds, colors, health, tack parts and horse body parts. Advanced riders can learn cow roping and penning.
When: June 13-17 and June 20-24, 9 a.m. to noon, beginner camp for ages 5-6; June 13-17, June 20-24 and July 11-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginner camp for ages 7-13; July 18-22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., advanced camp for ages 6-13
Where: American Legacy Complex, 7193 County Road 40
Who: Ages 5-13
Cost: $275 for 9 a.m. to noon camps, $375 for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camps
Miniature Horse Camp
Experience working with miniature horses by grooming, feeding and leading them through trail obstacles plus make horse crafts and play horse games. No horse riding is done. Dates for horse-riding camps will be announced later this spring.
When: May 14 and July 9, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy barn, 10130 S. 222nd St., Gretna
Who: Ages 5 and older, with or without disabilities
Exotic Pet Lover’s Camp
Learn the care, habitat, origin and characteristics of a corn snake, leopard gecko, rabbit, box turtle and other animals while you have hands-on experience with them.
When: June 20-24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Gifford Farm, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue
Who: Ages 6-12
Equestrian Day Camp
Campers can meet their new best friend — a gentle teaching horse — during three weeks of English riding lessons. Campers will learn how to lead, groom and tack their horse or pony, and develop safe horsemanship skills.
When: June 6-24 and July 11-24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Where: Ponca Hills Farm, 14605 N. 42nd St.
Who: Ages 8-16
— Compiled by Sue Story Truax
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