In 2017, the Kentucky Humane Society will host its 30th year of summer camp! This weeklong camp, offered June through July, helps your animal lover build a sense of kindness, respect and responsibility towards all living beings and our planet. This year our Lifelong Friends camp will take place at our East Campus location which is located at 1000 Lyndon Lane in Louisville, Ky.
Every year, the Kentucky Humane Society assists hundreds of scouts of all ages in earning a badge or award. Created back in 2007, our Girl Scout program was an instant success. We only had 157 Girl Scouts go through our workshops that first year but the news spread and since then, we have worked with at least 400 girls every year. Success lies in the natural draw that children have towards animals and the simple mission statement of the Girl Scouts: to help girls become confident and compassionate, making the world a better place. The Girl Scouts needed an animal connection in the community. KHS needs young advocates for our homeless animals. It was a perfect partnership.
As another KHS summer camp season comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on how lucky I am to be able to witness positive changes in our campers as a result of their time with us. There are so many wonderful stories that I could share but here are a few of my favorites.
The Kentucky Humane Society is introducing a new weeklong camp: Kids & Canines. This camp is for everyone, including the family dog! The camp is designed to strengthen the bond between children and their pets by teaching children the many facets of proper pet care. As an added bonus, campers are invited to bring their dog to one day of camp for only $25!
by Valerie Merrifield, education manager, [email protected]
As Education Manager for the Kentucky Humane Society, my dogs and I have taught over 30,000 school children throughout Kentuckiana. I have several topics that I present, but it is my dog safety presentation that is the most dear to me. Every day in schools, children rush my dogs, touch their tails and try to hug/kiss my dogs. Every day in schools, I encounter children who have been bitten by a dog. Today’s school visits were a perfect example: out of the 35 children I visited, three had bruises, marks or stitches from a recent bite to their faces.