spcaLA’s Friends for Life Camp™

spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week-long day camp designed for 8-17 year olds. At camp, kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals, and the beginnings of dog training — all while having fun with friends! Younger kids (8–10) participate in animal-related games, activities and crafts. They also learn the basics of animal handling and dog training, plus much more. Older campers (11–13) also participate in animal-related crafts and activities, see dog training demos, and learn obedience and agility training with shelter dogs.

Counselors-in-Training (CITs), for 14-17 year olds, explore animal-related careers, participate in more advanced dog training, assist with the care of our shelter pets, and develop leadership skills as they guide younger campers through various camp activities. The CIT program is a great opportunity for past campers who want to continue building on their camp experience, as well as 14-17 year old animal lovers joining us for the first time!

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2020 Dates

Session 1: June 15-19
Session 2: June 22-26
Session 3: July 6-10
Session 4: July 13-17

Session 5: July 20-24
Session 6: August 3-7
Session 7: August 10-14
Session 8: August 17-21

There is no camp available for the weeks of June 29th – July 3rd and July 27th – July 31st

Camper: $360
CIT: $250

PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center
7700 E Spring St
Long Beach, CA, 90815

Registration is available online only, on a first come, first served basis. Registration will begin on April 27th at 10am. For more information on registration, click here.

Need-based scholarship applications will become available on April 27th at 10am. Each application must be accompanied by one of the following: Federal IRS tax return for most recent tax year (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ); Public Assistance income verification letter; W-2 form.

(562) 216-2545

Camp is for children ages 8 and up only. If your child is not 8 years old by the start of his or her session, he or she will not be allowed to attend. No exceptions will be made. Proof of birth certificate may be required if it is suspected that your child is younger than 8 years old.

There are three age groups at camp: 8-10 years old (Beagles), 11-13 years old (Boxers), and 14-17 years old (CITs). Campers in the Boxers age group must turn 11 before the start of their session, and CITs must turn 14 before the start of their session. No exceptions will be made. If your 11-year-old or 14-year-old child wants to attend camp with a friend who is not yet in their age group, please register your child for the younger age group.