Camp is coming back to Wayside Waifs the summer of 2021!

We are so excited to bring back in-person camp this summer! Registration opens April 1, 2021. 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 10 campers each week, we hope that by next summer we’ll be operating back at full capacity!

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 creative projects to creating promotional videos for the animals, 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 10 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 2021.

All weeks SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Karen at [email protected]




Connection Week 


This past year, it’s been more challenging than ever to connect with one another. That’s why this summer, we have a whole week dedicated to re-establishing  that connection. This week, campers will forge bonds with one another (and animals!) through initiative games intended to strengthen communication skills and build trust while working toward a common goal. By weeks end, the goal is for campers to feel a boost of self-confidence in their ability to establish and maintain high-quality relationships with people and animals! 

Empower Week

Times have been tough for a lot of people and animals, especially lately. It can be easy to feel hopeless and not know what to do or how to help. This week, campers will learn there is hope. Campers will be encouraged to collaborate, make decisions, and solve problems together. By weeks end, the goal is for campers to feel a boost of self-confidence and ultimately empowered in their ability to affect positive change in the world. 
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 10 campers each week. 

Where is the camp located?

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

What are the camp dates?

There are two, one-week sessions for 3rd-4th grade: June 14-18, July 12-16, and two one-week sessions for 5th-6th grade: June 28-July 2 and July 26-30.

What are the times of camp?

The camp runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What are the age requirements?

We have two camp weeks available for 3rd-4th graders and two camp weeks available for 5th-6th graders. Each grade level reflects the grade your child is entering in Fall 2021. 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 $175/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. If necessary, there will be a second, nut free service project option available at that time.

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, snack, and announcements 
9:30 – 10:00 – Opening Initiative Game 
10:00 – 11:00 – Outside activities 
11:00- 12:00 – Theme/Animal related activities  
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch 
1:00 – 2:00 – Kids in Action service project(s) 
2:00 – 3:00 – Theme specific programming (“shadowing” departments, behavior classes, training classes, guest speakers, etc.) 
3:00 – 3:30 – Closing Ceremony (Public Appreciation, Eagle Eye, final announcements) 
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 Facemasks
  • 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 recommend including an icepack 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! There are two different themed week options for 3rd-4th graders and two different themed week options for 5th-6th graders. 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, Kansas City, MO 64137