I usually consider myself a pretty well-read, well-informed human being under most circumstances. But I have to confess, I had NEVER heard of The Dog Scouts; and seeing how they have been in existence since 1995 … well, I just might have to reconsider that “well-informed human” label.
But I digress.
The Dog Scouts of America, or DSA, is dedicated to enriching the lives of dog guardians and their dogs. Their mission is simple and focused on enhancing the human/dog bond: “To improve the lives of dogs, their owners and society through humane education, positive training and community involvement.“
While there are no cookie sale campaigns (yet), there are plenty of fun events and even badges to be earned! Yes, you heard me correctly. There are merit badges that, once earned, can be displayed on the dog’s backpack, Dog Scout uniform, crate cover or travel bag. Badge categories range from Obedience to Agility, Trails & Outdoors to Nose Work and Pulling to Water Safety.
And there’s even Summer Camp (remember yours?)! Currently held in Maryland, Texas and Michigan, activities include backpacking, hiking, biking, kayaking, water sports, agility, canine massage and more … all with your dog.
Any dog can become a Dog Scout as long as the dog is well-mannered and does not pose a threat to other dogs or humans. (For all you Cujo-like K9s out there, there is a test; so don’t even try to sneak in!)
If you live in the Tyler, Texas area and would like to see some Dog Scouts in action, drop by Southside Park on March 19th at 3pm and watch the 1st Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Dog Scout Troop #230.
It should be a PAWsitively woof-tastic time!
To learn more about The Dog Scouts of America, visit their website at DogScouts.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DogScouts. Questions? Email the Founder, Lonnie at DogScoutCamp@gmail.com.
All images from the DogScouts.org website.