Camp Wayside is sold out! 

Summer is just around the corner and boy are we ready! Our tails are wagging with excitement as Camp Wayside returns! This year we will have campers from 3rd – 8th grade for all 5 weeks of camp. Each week will have 15 spots for 3rd – 5th grades and 15 spots for 6th – 8th grade. The grade level reflects the grade your child is entering in Fall 2023. There will be times when all grades are combined for all camp fun, and times when camp is separated for age appropriate activities and games.

Utilizing as much of Wayside’s beautiful 50-acre campus as possible, we’ll have plenty of outdoor time, including water days! 

From treat making for the animals to animal yoga, we’re sure that there will be something for everyone! Be aware, space is limited. 

Camp Weeks

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, unless otherwise noted. Each week will include traditional Camp Wayside activities such as learning about dog/cat body language, helping the shelter animals through service projects, puppy and/or kitten socialization, and outdoor games! We’ll also be bringing back plenty of camper favorites, from water games to “Steal My Chicken” – we asked our campers what their favorite games were to make sure our camp is THE place to be this summer. We’re also introducing lots of brand new activities so that each week is a totally unique experience!  


Week 1

June 12-16

Week 2

June 26-30

Week 3

July 10-14

Week 4

July 24-28

Week 5

August 7-11

PLEASE CONFIRM YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR THE APPROPRIATE GRADE LEVEL AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Campers should be registered according to the grade level they are entering for the Fall 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is camp located?

The camp is located at Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO  64137.

What are the age requirements?

Each grade level reflects the grade your child is entering in Fall 2023. Please pay close attention when registering that you are registering for the correct week based on your child’s grade.

What is the cost for camp?

Camp fees are $225/week per camper.

What if my child has an allergy?

Campers will be doing activities that require them to be in the Cat Adoption, Dog Adoption, and Small Mammal Adoption areas. Campers will not be required to handle or pet any animals at any time. Campers will be given the opportunity to wash their hands after touching an animal. Some service projects involve the use of peanut butter. Campers do not have to participate however, we cannot guarantee any area to be completely nut free at Wayside Waifs. If your child has an allergy of any kind, indicate that on their registration form. Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

What is the refund policy for camp?

Canceling enrollment one month from the start of enrolled camp date: full refund;
2 weeks from start of enrolled camp date: half refund;
less than 2 weeks from the start of enrolled camp date: non-refundable

To cancel – email [email protected]

What if I register for the incorrect age group?

If you register for the incorrect grade level you will need to contact us immediately. Please note there is limited availability and there is no guarantee of open spots for the correct grade level week you need.

What is included in the registration fee?

Registration fees include a camp t-shirt, all materials and activities, two daily snacks. Please note, each camper will need to bring their own lunch.

What does a typical day at camp look like?

Sample Schedule – Full Day

9:00 – 9:30 – Arrival, Camper’s choice, and snack
9:30 – 10:00 – Opening Ceremony (all camp energizer, game, announcements)
10:00 – 11:00 – Outside Activities
11:00- 12:00 – Animal related activity (“shadowing” departments, behavior classes, training classes, guest speakers, etc.)
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 – Kids in Action service project(s)
2:00 – 3:00 – Camper’s Choice
3:00 – 3:30 – Closing Circle (Public Appreciation, Eagle Eye, final annoucements)
3:30 – 4:00 – Departure, Camper’s Choice, and snack

What should my camper wear?

Close toed shoes are required. Campers should plan to wear clothes that can get messy. Many activities will be outside, so something weather appropriate that campers can move around freely in is encouraged.

What should my camper bring?

  • Lunch
  • Backpack
  • 2 Face Masks
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Swim suit (for water games)
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes

Lunches will be kept in portable coolers throughout the day, however, we reccomend including ice packs to ensure food stays at a safe temperature. Campers are also welcome to bring their own healthy snacks from home. We strongly encourage campers to leave anything of value at home (including money, toys, technology, etc.) Cell phones can be used in case of emergency to contact parents; however, cellphones need to remain in backpacks throughout the camp day. Wayside is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items campers bring from home.

Will my camper be interacting with animals?

There will be opportunities each day to interact with shelter animals or Humane Education animals. However, campers should not expect significant time interacting directly with animals, as many activities planned do not involve direct contact with animals. All interactions are closely monitored.

Can I register my camper for more than one week?

Absolutely! While some activities will be similar throughout all weeks, each camp experience will be different and exciting. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 

What are the behavior expectations for my camper?

All campers are expected to treat each animal and person with compassion and respect while attending camp. Behavior guidelines will be discussed at the beginning of each week. Campers not following guidelines may be required to be picked up early from camp or may be dismissed for the remainder of the camp week. Refunds will not be applicable to campers who are unable to return to camp for behavioral reasons.

ADOPTION HOURS Week of 8/21: 
Mon.: Closed
Tues. - Fri.: 11am - 7pm
Sat. & Sun.: 10am - 5pm

3901 Martha Truman Road, KC, MO 64137