Summer PAALS Day Camp
Summer PAALS day camp is one of only a handful of camps in the country that integrate assistance dogs in training with kids who have disabilities alongside kids who do not. Campers learn assistance dog training basics and community service ethics through hands-on training of current PAALS service dog candidates. PAALS has been offering Summer PAALS camp since 2006.
In 2019, PAALS offered four different camps;
SUMMER PAALS CAMP AT BIG RED BARN RETREAT: (Included EAGALA with horses) Campers (ages 11 - 14, campers with disabilities up to age 19) learn about dog and horse communication, training and care. Participate in enrichment activities like Yoga with dogs and painting horses.
SUMMER PAALS CAMP: Campers (ages 11 - 14, campers with disabilities up to age 19) learn the basics of dog care, training, and community service all while pairing up to train a service dog candidate. Friday is a field trip day with dogs.
SUMMER PAALS JUNIOR CAMP: Campers (ages 8 - 10) learn the basics of dog care, participate in dog games and crafts, and practice team work while pairing up to care for a service dog candidate.
SUMMER PAALS JUNIOR READING CAMP: Campers (ages 8 - 10) focus on study skills, comprehending text books, decoding unfamiliar and multi-syllable words, building vocabulary, higher order thinking, and critical & creative thinking. PAALS dogs provide avid, non-judgmental listeners and game partners.
To receive an email notification when registration begins for Summer PAALS 2020 camps, please complete and submit the form below.
Summer PAALS 2019 Overview
PAALS will hold four summer day camps in 2019. The dates and age ranges for each are listed on the right.
Summer PAALS Camp at the Farm, Summer PAALS Camps and Summer PAALS Junior Camp will be regular camps during which campers learn the basics of dog care, training and community service all while pairing up to help train a service dog candidate. For Summer PAALS Camps and Summer PAALS Camp at the Farm, Friday is usually field day trip with dogs.
The registration fees for the 2019 are:
- Summer PAALS Camp at Big Red Barn Retreat: $350
- Summer PAALS Camp: $300
- Summer PAALS Junior Camp: $175
A $25 early bird discount is available for all camps where the registration fee is paid in full by May 15, 2019.
All camp applications must be completed online. You will need to complete the online application form even if you are paying the registration fee by check.
Summer PAALS 2019 Camps
Summer PAALS Camp Dates, Ages & Times
- Summer PAALS Camp at Big Red Barn Retreat (6/10 - 6/14): Campers 11 to 14 & Campers with disabilities 11 to 19, 8:30AM to 3:30PM
- Summer PAALS Camp (6/24 - 6/28): Campers 11 to 14 & Campers with disabilities 11 to 19, 8:30AM to 3:30PM
- Summer PAALS Camp (7/22 - 7/26): Campers 11 to 14 & Campers with disabilities 11 to 19, 8:30AM to 3:30PM
- Summer PAALS Junior Camp (7/29 - 8/2): Campers 8 to 10, 8:30AM to 12:30PM
Summer PAALS Camp at Big Red Barn Retreat is held at the Big Red Barn Retreat in Blythewood, SC. Summer PAALS Junior Reading Camp, Summer PAALS Camp and Summer PAALS Junior Camp are held at the PAALS training facility at 221 N. Grampian Hills Rd. in Columbia, SC.
Drop off time for all camps is between 8:30AM and 8:45AM. Pick up time for Summer PAALS Camp at the Farm and Summer PAALS Camps is 3:30PM. Pick up time for Summer PAALS Junior Camp is 12:30PM.
PAALS thanks the Big Red Barn Retreat for once again hosting Summer PAALS at Big Red Barn Retreat this year.
Thanks to the generosity of the Team Gamez Foundation a limited number of scholarships are available for Summer PAALS Camps. These scholarships are available to any camper who feels they need financial assistance to attend a camp. The available scholarships are listed below
- Summer PAALS Camp at Big Red Barn Retreat -
2All have been awarded.
- Summer PAALS Camp -
2All have been awarded.
- Summer PAALS Junior Camp - 2 One remaining.
To apply for a scholarship, click on the button below and complete the scholarship application form. Do not complete the Registration Form at this time.