In honor of National Dog Day, I thought I would share some resources that your Cub Scouts can use to earn their Pet Care belt loop and pin. Here are the requirements:
Pet Care Belt Loop – Complete these three requirements:
- Care for your pet for two weeks. Make a list of the tasks that you did to take care of your pet.
- Read a book, explore the Internet (with your parent’s or adult partner’s permission), or acquire a pamphlet about your pet. List three new interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
- Make a poster about your pet. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.
Pet Care Pin – Earn the Pet Care belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
- With an adult, develop a plan for someone to care for your pet if you were to be away for one week.
- Train your pet to do a trick or follow a simple command.
- Describe how your pet communicates with you and other animals.
- Observe or play with your pet for 15 minutes each day for one week. Keep a chart that shows your pet’s mood on each day.
- Attend a pet show. Report to your den about the show.
- Make a drawing of the cage or bed your pet requires. Describe the important parts of it.
- Visit an animal shelter. Explain the reasons why pets are in the animal shelter to your den or family.
- Visit a pet store. Make a list of the different animals in the store and the kinds of foods they eat.
- Talk to a veterinarian about his or her career. Share what you learned with your den or family.
- Tell three ways that animals can help people.
- Do a service project for an animal shelter, exercise an elderly person’s pet, or help a friend with the care of his or her pet.
- Find out about the pets of U.S. presidents while they lived at the White House. Tell your den about one president and his pet(s).
The May-June 2004 issue of Scouting Magazine had a great article titled Helping Children Take Care of Pets. If your family is considering a new pet, this is a good place to start.
I found several worksheets that your Cub Scouts can use to reinforce the type of care that a pet needs.
To satisfy requirement 2, here is a list of dog books available through my Amazon affiliate link.
- Puppy Training for Kids by Coleen Pelar
- Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know about Dogs (Kids Faqs) by Marty Crisp
- Puppies: Puppy Book For Kids! Learning The Fun Way To Love & Care For Your First Dog by Gary Dickinson
- National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! by Becky Baines
If your son wants to teach his dog a trick, you’ll want to check out these step-by-step instructions from Love Your Dog.
Published by the Harford County, Maryland Humane Society, this Community Service “Pet” Project guide has some awesome ideas to help your Cub Scout complete pin elective 11.
If your son wants to learn about pets belonging to presidents, you can’t go wrong with this fun book, Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House!
What activities have your Cub Scouts done to earn their Pet Care belt loop and pin?
Yours in Scouting,
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