Youth Camps

Our learning programs provide lessons of compassion, respect and proper care for animals to children and adults.

The Dumb Friends League offers seasonal camps for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way — a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Camps are available at our shelters in Denver and Castle Rock, as well as at our Harmony Equine Center in Franktown.

Participants must be signed in and out of programs by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.

How to register

Register online by clicking on the date(s) you prefer. For questions regarding registration, email programs@ddfl.org.

Class Duration Age and Description Cost Location Date/Time

Class

Solutions Veterinary Hospital Camp

Duration

Half-day

Age and Description

Dumb Friends League is offering free half-day educational camps for children in second through fifth grades. This fun and informative camp includes lessons on DFL 101 and Staying Safe Around Dogs. Kids will learn about animals by playing Pet Jeopardy, interact with an ambassadog and make a pet toy.

Cost

Free

Location

191 Yuma St, Denver, CO 80223

Date/Time

Check back for upcoming dates.

Class

Summer Career Camp – Leslie A. Malone Center

Duration

Four days

Age and Description

Kids entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades can come to either our shelters to explore careers in animal welfare. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Cost

$280

Location

Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

Date/Time

Check back for 2020 dates.

Class

One-Day Critter Camp – Leslie A. Malone Center

Duration

One Day

Age and Description

Children in third – fifth grades can come to explore the amazing world of animals. Our goal is to teach children about compassion and respect for the world around them. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Please register each child separately.

Cost

$55

Location

Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

Date/Time

Check back for Fall and Winter dates.

Class

Summer Critter Camp – Leslie A. Malone Center

Duration

Four Days

Age and Description

Kids entering third, fourth and fifth grades can come to explore the amazing world of animals. From pets to local wildlife, we’ll cover it all! Your child will learn how to be safe around animals and work hands-on with ambassador dogs to learn training techniques. Experienced and enthusiastic staff, guest speakers and some critters will give your child a week of learning through activities, games and crafts.

Please register each child separately.

Cost

$280

Location

Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

Date/Time

Check back for 2020 dates.

Class

Summer Critter Camp – Buddy Center

Duration

Four Days

Age and Description

Kids entering third, fourth and fifth grades can come to explore the amazing world of animals. From pets to local wildlife, we’ll cover it all! Your child will learn how to be safe around animals and work hands-on with ambassador dogs to learn training techniques. Experienced and enthusiastic staff, guest speakers and some critters will give your child a week of learning through activities, games and crafts.

Please register each child separately.

Cost

$280

Location

Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Date/Time

Check back for 2020 dates.

Class

One-Day Critter Camp – Buddy Center

Duration

One Day

Age and Description

Children in third – fifth grades can come to explore the amazing world of animals. Our goal is to teach children about compassion and respect for the world around them. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Please register each child separately.

Cost

$55

Location

Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Date/Time

Check back for Fall and Winter dates.

Class

Equine Exploration Camp

Duration

One Day

Age and Description

Students entering third, fourth, and fifth grades will spend one day at our Harmony Equine Center learning about all things horses – from hay to z! Through interactive hands-on activities, campers will gain knowledge about horse anatomy, body language, markings and more. Students will meet an ambassador horse and learn how they can help homeless equines in Colorado.

Please register each child separately.

Cost

$80

Location

Harmony Equine Center, 5540 E. Hwy. 86, Franktown, CO 80116

Date/Time

Check back for 2020 dates.