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Summer Camp FAQ

Registration FAQ

What is your refund policy/cancellation process?

There is a $25 cancellation fee for camp, regardless of the cancellation reason, so please contact us at if you have any questions prior to registering. If you need to cancel prior to May 31st, we will refund your tuition minus the $25 registration fee ($345 or $160 for FA). If it is June 1st or later, and you are canceling at least two weeks prior to the start of the session your child is registered for, we will refund half of your tuition, minus the $25 cancellation fee ($160 or $68 for FA). Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of your child’s session are not refundable. If you need to cancel your child’s session because of an injury or illness, we will issue a refund in full as long as you provide us with a doctor’s note that indicates your child is not fit for that week of camp. We do not offer prorated rates for camp for missed attendance (even due to illness). In the event that you would prefer to switch your child to another session rather than cancel, there is a $25 fee for switching sessions. Please be advised that we are only able to move campers to another session if space allows. Please be advised that as of the current state regulations (3-11-21) regarding COVID-19, once a session sells out, we will be unable to move your child to that session. Keep in mind that we expect our camp to sell out early, and plan accordingly.


How and when can I register my child for camp?

Registration opens each year on February 1st, and will be posted until all spots are filled. To register your child for our camp program, visit and submit an electronic registration. You will receive an email confirmation that your registration was received by our staff.

Can I register my child to attend multiple weeks of camp?

Yes, you may register for as many weeks of camp as your child is eligible to attend based on their age.  Registrations for the camp are on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I register my child for a session that is not for his or her age group?

While we understand that some children are more mature than others, or that they may have a sibling or friend who is attending another session, we prefer campers to register for sessions that are for their age group. The activities and discussions that are planned for each week are planned according to the age of children who will be attending.  While we strongly encourage you to register your child with their age group, we may be able to make an exception if your child is close in age to the session they want to attend.  Please contact us by email or phone prior to registering so we can be sure that this option will be a good fit for your child.  Due to Massachusetts summer camp regulations regarding the age of our staff and campers, we regretfully cannot allow children under the age of 5 to attend camp, we cannot allow children age 13 to attend any sessions other than G or H, and we cannot allow campers who are age 14 to attend any session other than H.

The session I wanted to register for is sold out; do you have a wait list?

When a session is sold out, our online registration form will indicate there is no space left that week in red when a sold out session is selected.  We also update both our main summer camp landing page, and the schedule page, every few days to reflect that sessions are full.  Our summer camp is popular and space is limited; we recommend registering as early as possible.  If the session you would like to attend is sold out, please email us at  to be added to the wait list.

Can I register and pay for camp in person at the animal shelter?

Our registration for summer camp is online only, using a credit or debit card.  If you need to register or pay in person, you must contact the summer camp director at and make an appointment in advance.  You will not be able to register or pay in person without having an appointment.  If you do not have access to a computer, or the ability to pay for camp online, please contact the camp director for help.  Printed out copies of the registration web page with handwriting and a check mailed to the MSPCA will not be accepted as a form of registration.

I have registered my child for camp…now what?

You will receive an automatic response in your email inbox within 24 hours with additional information, including our full summer camp policies, where pick up and drop is, and what to bring. We will send a reminder email the Friday before your child is scheduled to attend camp which highlights the most important things to remember for your session.

Do I need to submit any additional paperwork for camp after registration/What if I need to update my child’s registration form or paperwork?

Our new web site makes registration easier, by requiring parents to submit all documents and forms required for camp at the time of registration. However, there may be times in which a parent needs to update the information on the registration form.  We recommend that all updated forms or documents are submitted to us via fax or email.

If your child’s immunization record or physical has been updated after you registered for camp, we will need a copy of the updated version.  Parents must fill out an “Authorization to Administer Medication Form” if their child will be bringing any medication to camp (even over the counter medication), if they did not do so during the online registration.  Please plan on filling out an updated form on your child’s first day of camp, or email us for an advanced copy of the form to bring with you. If a person other than a parent will be picking your child up from camp, we need to have this in writing (an email is fine), if this information was not filled out during your online registration.  If any other information has changed (phone numbers, address, ect.) since your registration and you need to update your form, please email us.

In the past, we have occasionally had parents try to circumvent the online registration requirements by submitting a document that is not their child’s immunization record during the registration process.  Since your child cannot attend or be left at camp without an immunization record on file, we strongly recommend submitting this form at the time of registration as required.  If you did not do this, please send a copy of your child’s immunization record to us immediately, in order to avoid any issues on the first day of camp, or risking your child’s spot being forfeited. Registrations that are incomplete are at risk of forfeiting their spot and will be subject to our cancelation policy.

Paperwork can be submitted by fax (617.989.1651), email (, snail mail (MSPCA at Nevins Farm, ATTN: SUMMER CAMP, 400 Broadway Methuen MA, 01844), or dropped off in person during normal business hours.  We strongly recommend that you submit all paperwork by email – this is the fastest and most secure way for us to confirm that your paperwork has been received.

How do I change the week I am registered for?

It is not easy to accommodate schedule changes once a session sells out. Contact us by email at to change weeks, and we will do our best to accommodate you.  If your child is unable to attend the week of camp they are registered for, and we are unable to change them to another session, you will be subject to our cancellation policy.  There is a $25 reschedule fee per camper.

The MSPCA is a non-profit. Can I claim my tuition fee on my taxes?

While the MSPCA is a nonprofit, the IRS does not allow you to claim money paid to a nonprofit for a service as a charitable deduction. However, you may be able to claim the cost of camp as a child care deduction, or on your company’s flexible spending account for dependent care. We recommend consulting your accountant or HR department to check. Our tax ID is 042-103-597.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The MSPCA believes that all children deserve the opportunity to engage in meaningful humane education programs, despite financial hardships. While we make great efforts to offer financial assistance to families in need, our funds are limited and we may have to make tough decisions if our requests exceed our scholarships. We offer partial scholarships to families in need of financial assistance, typically offering to cover about half of the camp tuition at a reduced rate of $185.  You can apply for financial aid by clicking on the financial aid link at the top of the online registration form.  On the main summer camp page, click on the Register for Camp button to bring you to the link.  You do not need to register for camp to apply for aid.  You should have information handy, including your monthly household income, your rent/mortgage expenses, and any government programs for which you receive assistance.  After you apply, you will receive an email response with directions for submitting your financial aid approved application.  Since our financial aid is accepted on a rolling basis, you must register and pay for camp within two weeks of your approval, or your financial aid spot will be forfeited to the next family in need.  If you cannot afford the $185 reduced fee, we may still be able to help, depending on funding and the number of financial aid requests received – please email the office at if this is an issue for your family.

What if I apply for financial aid and am denied?

Financial aid is usually granted to anyone who receives help from government assistance programs. Families also have the opportunity to share with us any extenuating circumstances when submitting their application. Please keep in mind when applying that our funds are limited, and accepted on a rolling basis. We ask that families who can otherwise afford camp, but may need a payment plan, contact us directly to work something out.


Summer Camp Program FAQ

What do campers do at camp?

All campers work alongside the barn and adoption center staff, participating in the care of our animals; activities include mucking horse stalls, cleaning rabbit cages, feeding cats, walking dogs, and socializing (petting and playing with!) the many creatures at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.  In addition to the experience providing care to a variety of animals on site, campers also learn about important animal welfare topics in daily discussions, and meet a variety of animal care professionals who participate as guest speakers.  And just like any fun summer camp experience, our campers make crafts, sing songs, and play games!

What types of animals will my child meet at the MSPCA summer camp?

The types of animals who are waiting to be adopted into loving homes at Nevins Farm constantly changes, but we typically have lots of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, sheep, goats, cows exotic birds, alpacas, and the occasional reptile at our facility as well. Animals at Nevins Farm come in all age groups; babies, adults, and seniors. Animals are pre-selected by our adoption center staff before visiting with our campers.

How many campers are in my child’s session? What is the ratio of staff to children, and what training does the staff receive?

There are as many as 36 campers in each session. For most activities, campers will be working in smaller groups of 12. In addition to the Summer Camp Director, there are three Head Counselors and about eight Junior Counselors per session. The Director and Head Counselors are CPR/First Aid Certified; Junior Counselors also receive basic First Aid Training during their orientation. All camp staff members attend special training and orientation at the MSPCA, and are fully CORI/SORI checked prior to camp.

Due to current COVID-19 regulations by the state of Massachusetts, as of 3/11/21, each session of camp will have 18 campers, 2 junior counselors, and 2 head counselors.  We may be able to offer more spots, and hire additional staff, when the state releases its guidelines for 2021.

Is your camp licensed?

MSPCA Children’s Summer Camp complies with all the regulations imposed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and is licensed and inspected by the Methuen Board of Health. Parents have the right to request and review the following: background check, and camp policies and procedures.

My child is allergic to (animals, nuts, hay, ect.) can they still attend camp?

This depends on the severity of your child’s allergies and their comfort level around hay or animals.  Our facility is very clean and has great ventilation, but we house hundreds of animals in a relatively confined space, which can be too much for some allergy sufferers.  Children with mild allergies have attended camp in the past and had a lot of fun doing so.  However, if your child’s allergies are severe enough that they cannot comfortably share a room with several animals (or even hay), whether or not they are touching them, then Summer Camp at the MSPCA is probably not the best choice for them.   If your child has mild allergies, and you’re not sure whether or not camp will be too much for them, a great way to check in advance is to visit our adoption center and spend time in our cat (or rabbit, or dog) rooms.  Due to the variety of animal feeds and other products used throughout the property, we are not a peanut-free environment.  Children with mild peanut allergies have attended camp in the past; if this situation also applies to your child, please consult your child’s pediatrician to determine the safest course of action.

Is transportation to and from camp available?

We do not provide transportation at our summer camp.

Does your camp offer before or after care?

For the summer of 2021, we are unable to offer any before or after care.

What should my child bring to camp each day?

Campers should dress in comfortable clothing that they do not mind getting a little dirty, and comfortable sneakers. We recommend bringing rubber rain boots for cleaning in the chicken coop and horse stalls, a sweatshirt for inside areas (our AC is cranked pretty high), sunscreen, bug repellent, a snack, lunch, a reusable water bottle (we have refilling stations), change of clothing just in case, and foul weather gear (we will go outside for animal care chores in the rain). We have cubbies to store extra belongings throughout the day. Campers are allowed to bring cameras or video recorders, but we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken valuables. Please do not bring sandals (even if they have covered toes), open toed shoes, handheld video game consoles, jewelry or anything valuable that you are concerned about to camp. Cell phones are not allowed at camp. If your child needs to bring a cell phone with them for after camp, please check it in with the camp director in the morning, and it will be returned to them when they leave.  If your child’s cell phone is doubling as their camera or video recorder, they may use it during camp hours for that purpose only.

Does my child need to bring a lunch each day?

Yes, you need to pack a lunch, drink and snack for camp each day. Your child should also bring a refillable water bottle each day, as it is hot here in the summer.  If your child will be staying for the Junior Volunteer Program after camp, we suggest sending a second snack with them for that day.  We have refrigeration available for lunches, but do not have access to microwaves or stoves. We ask that parents help us to reinforce what your children are learning at camp by using as much reusable or recyclable material as possible to pack your child’s lunch each day.  Since we are not a peanut free facility, we do not have restrictions on the food your child brings to camp.  However, please ask your child not to share their food with other campers in case of allergies.

What is your address? Where do I pick up/drop off my child on your property?

Our address is 400 Broadway Methuen MA, 01844.  Children are dropped off and picked up at our outdoor riding ring, which is located to the far left of the Noble Animal Care and Adoption Center building.  Camp families should park their car in the main parking lot and walk up to the ring to sign their child in or out of camp.  Please remember that we need written permission if an adult other than a parent will be picking your child up from camp, and that non parents should be prepared to show a picture ID if it is their first time picking up.  All campers must be signed in and out of camp, and should never be left unattended on our property.  In the event of rain, campers will be picked up at the Education Room entrance, which is also located to the far left of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Does your camp allow for buddy requests?

We will honor one buddy request per camper (both children must request each other). There is a spot on your child’s registration form to enter a buddy request. Please keep in mind that due to the large number of buddy requests we receive, we cannot accommodate larger buddy request, as this affects our ability to have the correct staff to camper ratio for certain activities, as well as honor all buddy requests.  Campers are broken into smaller groups for some of our hands on animal activities, but they are also frequently all together, so not being in the same group as a buddy does not mean you will not see them all day.  We find that most campers make many new friends throughout the week!

Due to state COVID-19 regulations as of 3/11/21, children who live in the same household must be in the same group at summer camp.  We may not be able to honor every buddy request due to the state regulations for COVID-19, but will do our best to try.


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