Chicago Camp Transforms Chicago’s Youth into Humane Heroes

A partnership between HEART Chicago and the Anti-Cruelty Society, and a grant from the ASPCA brought young campers together for the very first Humane Heroes Summer camp.

These young heroes spent two fun-filled weeks making the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. Campers learned that anyone can be super hero for people and our non-human friends – all it takes is empathy and compassion!

Campers went on field trips all over the city.
They went to Willowbrook Wildlife Center to learn about protecting wildlife and to Greenheart where they learned about supporting fair trade products. They even got to get their hands dirty by volunteering at City Farm, an organic farm located near downtown Chicago.

As we all know, heroes don’t just rest on their laurels – they go out into the community and make a difference! That’s why campers created public service announcements to educate their peers about bullying and took part in a beach cleanup. At the beach cleanup, campers collected several garbage bags full of trash!

When they weren’t busy making the world a better place, they spent time making crafts and offering companionship to the animals at the Anti-Cruelty Society. One of the crafts they created was a super hero costume. Then at end of the camp, they presented their super hero identities to other campers and their parents.

However, none of this would be possible without the help of our donors. If you want to see more HEART programs that educate and inspire young people, please consider making a donation here.

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