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

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.

Dog Care Badge for Boy Scouts (ages 12-18)

Boy Scouts will learn about the proper care of a family dog as they examine the history of the domesticated dog, responsible pet ownership and how to properly care for a pet dog. 

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.

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.


Badge programs are limited to 15 scouts. To schedule a badge program for your troop, contact Ruth Pierce