Camp is coming back to Wayside Waifs the summer of 2022!

We are so excited to be offering camp again this summer! Online registration is now open! We will be following the most current CDC guidelines closely to ensure the safety of all camp participants. To allow for adequate social distancing throughout the day, registration will be limited to 20 campers each week. 

Camp weeks are broken up by grade level. This way campers have the opportunity to really connect and bond with their peers. Each day, there are new opportunities for campers to learn about and help animals at Wayside Waifs.

Each week, campers learn about animal welfare topics, animal related careers, and the power of giving back. Not only will campers have the opportunity to help animals at the shelter, but they will also be doing activities that center around the importance of practicing compassion, self-control, and responsibility with animals and people. We’ll have lots of opportunities to work on team-building activities, get our bodies moving and, oh, did we mention there will be cute, furry animals EVERY.SINGLE.DAY?

Utilizing as much of Wayside’s beautiful 50-acre campus as possible, we’ll have plenty of outdoor time, including water days! Who knows, maybe we’ll even help some animals cool off with some outdoor bath time!

From treat making for the animals to outdoor water games, we’re sure that there will be something for everyone! Sign-up for one week or two, but be aware, space is limited!

Camp Weeks

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, unless otherwise noted. There are 20 spots available per week. This year, you can register a single camper for up to two weeks maximum. Grade level reflects the grade your child is entering in Fall 2022. 


Week 1

June 6-10

Grade 3rd – 4th

Teamwork Week

Week 2

June 13 -17

Grade 5th – 6th

Giving Week

Week 3

June 27 – July 1

Grade 7th – 8th

Purpose Week

Week 4

July 11- 15

Grade 3rd – 4th

Wonder Week

Week 5

July 25 -29

Grade 5th – 6th

Courage Week

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 2022.

Teamwork Week

This week, campers will have the opportunity to strengthen their communication skills with one another and animals. Through a variety of initiative games, campers will practice listening, cooperating, and moving through difficult situations as a team. 

Giving Week

This week’s focus is on practicing compassion and the power of giving back. Through a variety of service projects, such as making enrichment toys and helping shy animals grow more confident, campers will experience the joy and healing power that being of service to others can bring.  

Purpose Week

This week, campers will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their sense of purpose. True motivation comes from within. We will help campers discover what gives their life meaning through a variety of games and activities. Campers will also learn from inspirational people who have dedicated their lives to an animal related field they’re passionate about.

Wonder Week

This week’s theme is about fostering a sense of wonder. Campers will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and learn about animal related topics that fascinate them. This week we encourage campers to ask questions, get excited about learning, and always stay curious.

Courage Week

This week, campers have the opportunity to strengthen their self-confidence. Through a variety of initiative games, campers will have the opportunity to build their self-worth and feel empowered to fully embrace their authentic selves. 
If you are interested in learning more about our summer camps, please email Karen Wallace or call 816-986-4430.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will COVID-19 impact camp?

We will be following the most current CDC guidelines closely to ensure the safety of all camp participants. This means wearing a face mask indoors (and outdoors when social distancing is not possible). Campers should bring at least two face masks to camp each day. Campers will have frequent opportunities to wash/sanitize hands throughout the day. To allow for adequate social distancing throughout the day, registration is limited to 20 campers each week. 

Where is camp located?

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

What are the age requirements?

Each grade level reflects the grade your child is entering in Fall 2022. 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. There will be a second, nut free service project option available at that time. 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

What if I register for the incorrect age group?

If you register for the incorrect grade level you will need to contact us immediately. We will issue a refund and you will need to re-register for the correct grade level. 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.

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

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.

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: Monday: Closed
Tuesday- Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm

3901 Martha Truman Road, KC, MO 64137