GLASGOW — Lions, tigers and bears — well, not exactly, but there will be plenty of animals for children to interact with when they attend the Barren River Animal Welfare Association’s summer camps in June.
BRAWA is offering two summer camps. The first one, which is called Buddy Camp, will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19-23 and will be for children in grades 6-9.
Children participating in Buddy Camp will be involved in a lot of hands-on activities at the animal shelter.
“They will be walking dogs and doing a lot of shelter duties throughout their week. They are going to get to bathe dogs and they are going to learn a little bit about temperament testing of the animals,” said Connie Greer, education/rescue transport coordinator for the animal shelter.
The children will also be tie dying shirts and making a variety of crafts.
They will also have the option of observing a cat being neutered, provided they have parent’s permission, she said.
Buddy Camp participants will also be treated to several visitors during the camp, including one from Officer Jax, a K-9 officer, with the Cave City Police Department.
The children will be treated to a visit by Mike Houchens with Pet’s Supplies, a family-owned pet store in downtown Glasgow.
Paula Robinson, co-owner of the pet store, said Houchens will be bringing a tarantula, a corn snake, a rat snake, a centipede and possibly a savannah monitor and a chameleon.
“He’s not going to be bringing any kind of furry things,” she said.
Greer explained the reason behind inviting Houchens with Pet’s Supplies to bring the insects and reptiles is to teach the children that they should be aware of that are things that could hurt them, as well as things they shouldn’t be afraid of.
“I think we’ve all grown up to be afraid of things like spiders, snakes or mice and he is going to educate them not to be frightened,” she said.
Animal curators with Kentucky Down Under in Horse Cave will be making a two-hour presentation during Buddy Camp.
Brian Dale with Kentucky Down Under said when doing outreach programs the animal curators try to take a reptile, like a woma python and some exotic birds, such as a macaw or a kookaburra.
Depending on the availability at the time of the year, they sometimes take a joey kangaroo along, he said.
The animal curators talk to children about the importance of animals in the ecosystem, as well as share information about their habitats and the responsibility involved in caring for them.
“Animals have their own little personalities that can make them special, but also there is a responsibility in having an animal,” Dale said. “It’s a pretty strong commitment, especially when getting into exotic birds that may be around for 40 to 50 years.”
The second camp, Camp BRAWA, is for children in grades 1-5 and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon June…