Animal Camp

Animal Camp is a special one-week FREE summer experience for children ages 6 to 12 who have had or currently have an adult loved one with cancer. Camp is held from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. A different animal theme will be the focus of each week.

In each Animal Camp session children will:

  • Have Fun
  • Interact with animals and learn about care giving and nurturing
  • Interact with other children impacted by cancer in their lives
  • Develop awareness of the cycles of life
  • Enhance problem solving, coping & communication skills through active play and expressive arts at The Gathering Place

Animal Camp Weeks

Week 1 6/17-6/21 (Beachwood) Horses at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center

Week 2 6/24-6/28 (Westlake) Horses at Valley Riding Center

Week 3 7/15-7/19 (Westlake) Kittens at Berea Animal Rescue

Week 4 7/22-7/26 (Westlake) Wild Animals at Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

Week 5 8/5-8/9 (Beachwood) Wild Animals at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration for Animal Camp is open until all spaces are filled. Animal Camp acceptance and placements are based on the child's cancer or grief needs. First time campers will have priority for camp placement.

To pre-register your child(ren) click here

For questions contact Erin Rafter or Casey Durkin at 216.595.9546.

Major funding for Animal Camp is provided through the generosity of Jeffrey & Stacie Halpern, Steve & Lauren Spilman, The Peggy & John Garson Family Foundation and the Rising Leaders Council of The Gathering Place






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