We have created an Understanding Animals Educational program that allows Scouts to learn about pet care, shelter care, and animal advocacy. By participating in this educational program, Scouts will be able to earn most or all of the requirements for pet-related scouting badges. 

These educational group opportunities include a tour of our shelter and (depending on which pets are available) an animal meet and greet, along with the badge-specific materials.

There is a $5 fee per participant for Educational sessions at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, with a $30 minimum. With groups of children under the age 18, there should be 1 adult chaperone per 5 children in attendance. Chaperones can attend free of charge; however, additional adults may be asked to submit the $5 donation fee. Sessions range from 90-120 minutes long and are limited to 15 scouts total.

Boy Scouts

Critter Care Merit Badge for Cub Scouts (ages 7-11)

Cub Scouts will learn how caring for a pet fosters responsibility and offers a sense of companionship that they can nurture and cherish throughout their lives. This adventure also gives them an opportunity to learn about the many ways animals return the favor and assist people in need. Click here to request a Critter Care Merit Badge session.

Girl Scouts

Pets Badge for Brownies (grades 2-3)

If you have a pet or hope to have one someday, this badge will help you learn how to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy. With the Pets Badge, Brownie Girl Scouts will learn how to keep a pet comfy, help a pet stay healthy and safe, make a pet feel loved and feed a pet properly. Click here to request a Pets Badge session.

Animal Helpers Badge for Cadettes (grades 6-8)

The Animal Helpers Badge will help you learn how animals help humans. Cadette Girl Scouts will explore the connection between human and animal, find out how animals keep people safe, know how animals help people emotionally, check out how animals help people with disabilities, and look at how animals may help people in the future. Click here to request an Animal Helpers Badge session.

All funds collected from Educational programs go directly back into our Educational programs and outreach. Please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator at edams@rvspca.org with questions.