Critter Club & Tuesday Troops

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2021 for new members wanting to begin the session which starts at the end of January.

Critter Club 

A club for animal loving kids in middle school through freshman year in high school!   HAWS has an exciting program for middle school aged kids! For many years, we’ve been asked about volunteer opportunities for children. While our regular volunteer opportunities require that children ages 13-15 partner with a parent, both in volunteer training and while volunteering here at HAWS, Critter Club and Tuesday Troops provides a volunteer opportunity for students in 6th through 9th grades.

​Critter Club is a unique volunteer and educational experience, which provides opportunities for kids in the 6th through 9th grades to volunteer at HAWS on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9am to 11am without a parent, and attend educational programs on Thursdays at HAWS between 6pm and 7:30pm. A Critter Club session will run for an entire school semester, and costs $150.00 per session to cover our staffing costs, as well as other expenses.

Critter Club has become overwhelmingly popular and options for membership are first offered to last year’s members.  At this time we do not know how many openings we will have available to offer to new applicants.  Applicants denied membership to Critter Club due to lack of space will be offered a spot in Tuesday Troops.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc)
  • A 150 word essay on why pets are important

 

HAWS has given a lot of thought to how we’ll be handling our school-year programs as it seems COVID is here for some time yet. Because everyone has their own comfort level about social interactions, we’ve decided to offer both a virtual and an in-person option for Critter Club members.

Our in-person Critter Club will be run the same as always, with the main difference being drastically reduced numbers of club members being at HAWS at a time; restricting it to 10 kids. Because we don’t want to turn away any members who would like to come back in September, we’re going to offer Critter Club on two Wednesday and Thursday evenings per month. With 10 kids attending per night, this will allow us to offer Critter Club for 20 kids total.

Volunteering on the weekends will also have restrictions of numbers allowed in the building, with only 5 Critter Club members attending weekend volunteering at a time. Wednesday club members will attend 2 Saturdays and Sundays a month, with Thursday members attending alternate weekends.

One additional change is that club members will be required to wear a mask the entire time they’re on HAWS property, and asked to wash hands frequently.

Critter Club has been running for 10 years and we haven’t ever raised our $150.00 per semester fee, and will not do so this year. If your child signs up and you decide to withdraw from Critter Club after we’ve started we will be happy to offer a pro-rated refund. If we have to cancel Critter Club due to changes in the COVID situation, we will also give a pro-rated refund. If either of these situations happen we’d be happy to allow your child to join the virtual Critter Club with a portion of the refunded fee.

Virtual Critter Club for your child is also an option. We will be providing this program for a $25.00 per semester fee and will have 2 meetings per month via Zoom. We intend to create a fun, interactive program full of games, service projects, and virtual time with animals.

Tuesday Troops 

Tuesday Troops will meet on three Tuesday nights a month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  The first 30 to 45 minutes will be spent on volunteer work that will help HAWS in our mission to care for the animals and support pet owners of Waukesha County.  Volunteer work will include doing laundry, sorting newspapers for lining of caging, washing nose and hand prints off windows, and other activities.  The last part of the night will be spent socializing dogs, cats and other adoptable animals at HAWS.

The application process for Tuesday Troops is the same as Critter Club:  Applicants must apply for membership to the club, submit recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc.) and write an essay about why pets are important. Once these submissions are reviewed, we will invite the best candidates to join the program within two weeks of the first-scheduled meeting.

Members of Tuesday Troops will have first option for any Critter Club spots that open up in the future.

The cost for Tuesday Troops is $75.00 — half the amount of Critter Club since Tuesday Troop members will not be volunteering on the weekends.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc)
  • A 150 word essay on why pets are important

HAWS has given a lot of thought to how we’ll be handling our school-year programs as it seems COVID is here for some time yet. Because everyone has their own comfort level about social interactions, we’ve decided to offer both a virtual program (Virtual Critter Club), and an in-person option for Tuesday Troops members.

Our in-person Tuesday Troops will be run the same as always, with the main difference being drastically reduced numbers of club members being at HAWS at a time; restricting it to 10 kids. Because we don’t want to turn away any members who would like to come back in September, we’re going to offer Tuesday Troops on two or three Monday and Tuesday evenings per month. With 10 kids attending per night, this will allow us to offer Tuesday Troops for 20 kids total.

One additional change is that club members will be required to wear a mask the entire time they’re on HAWS property, and asked to wash hands frequently.

Tuesday Troops has been running for 5 years and we haven’t ever raised our $75.00 per semester fee, and will not do so this year. If your child signs up and you decide to withdraw from Tuesday Troops after we’ve started we will be happy to offer a pro-rated refund. If we have to cancel Tuesday Troops due to changes in the COVID situation, we will also give a pro-rated refund. If either of these situations happen we’d be happy to allow your child to join the virtual Critter Club with a portion of the refunded fee.

Virtual Critter Club for your child is also an option. We will be providing this program for a $25.00 per semester fee and will have 2 meetings per month via Zoom. We intend to create a fun, interactive program full of games, service projects, and virtual time with animals.

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