Scouts

ScoutsEarn a VHS Patch!

Join VHS for a fun-filled workshop suited to your Scouting level. Each session includes a behind-the-scenes tour of our beautiful adoption center and a colorful VHS patch for each participating student. Workshops meet most or all of the requirements for their respective badges.

Workshops are 1-1/2 hours long and normally scheduled on Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5 pm (unless otherwise noted below). Please contact our Humane Education department for more information or to book a workshop.

Workshops are available for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. VHS also offers a Consultation Workshop for Scouts looking to complete a service project.

Girl Scouts

Daisies: Animal Journey Workshop

Daisies learn the basics of animal safety and pet guardianship, including the proper way to greet a dog and how paying attention to animal body language can keep you safe. Children compare the needs of humans and non-human animals. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Daisy Workbook, and colorful VHS fun patch for each participant. Daisies can also earn their Rosie Petal (Making the World a Better Place) – request a list of our current needs.

$10 per participating student. Covers some of the Animal Journey requirements.

Brownies: Pets Workshop

The Brownie workshop is focused on responsible pet guardianship, with a review of animal safety and pet communication. Scouts learn how much time, money and effort it takes to keep a pet healthy and happy.  Each participating child “adopts” a plush cat or dog with collar and tag  to take home in a paper crate. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Brownie Workbook, and a colorful VHS fun patch for each participant.

 $12 per participating student. 

Juniors: Animal Habitats Workshop

Join us for a wild adventure! Juniors explore animal habitats and learn how threats to the environment affect wild animals. Scouts “migrate” through the facility as an endangered species, pausing at stopover points to practice natural animal behaviors such as feeding and socializing. We discuss creating a humane backyard for urban wildlife, and make an upcycled birdfeeder to take home. Includes a behind-the- scenes tour with snack, a Junior Workbook, and colorful VHS fun patch for each participant.

 $12 per participating student. 

Cadettes: Animal Helpers Workshop

Cadettes explore the connection between humans and non-human animals, and discover how we keep each other safe and improve each other’s lives. A VHS Canine Comfort team (dog and handler) will share how they make a difference in our community through pet therapy visitation. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Cadette Workbook, and a colorful VHS fun patch for each participant. 

$12 per participating student. 

Seniors: Voice for Animals Workshop

Seniors discover domestic animal issues in our community, alternatives to animal testing, problems with livestock husbandry and animals used in entertainment. Volunteering and foster opportunities are also discussed. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Senior Workbook, and a colorful VHS fun patch for each participant. Minimum 10 registered students. Two hours, includes a guest speaker.

$15 per participating student. 

Boy Scouts

Cub Scout (Bear) Critter Care Workshop

Scouts learn the basics of pet guardianship and animal safety, including the proper way to greet a dog and how paying attention to animal body language can keep you safe. Children compare the needs of humans and non-human animals, and learn a few ways animals can help humans. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Cub Scout Workbook and colorful VHS fun patch for each participant.  

$10 per participating student.

Cub Scout Pet Care Belt Loop and Pin Workshop

What does it mean to have a pet “for life?” Scouts explore the demands of pet guardianship, such as how much it costs and what is required for proper care. Dog safety, how to properly greet a dog, pet body language, and service project opportunities are also covered. Each participating child “adopts” a plush cat or dog with collar and tag to take home in a paper crate. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Cub Scout Workbook, and colorful VHS fun patch for each participant. 

$12 per participating student.

Dog Care Merit Badge Workshop

Scouts learn about canine history/domestication, seven major dog groups, a short history of one breed, dog anatomy, the importance of training, responsible pet guardianship, breed decisions, vaccination schedule, parasite control, dental care, grooming, seasonal conditions, spaying/neutering, pet first-aid kits, dangers of home treatment, rabies-parvo-distemper-heartworms, community laws, and careers with dogs. Includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a Boy Scout Workbook, and colorful VHS fun patch for each participant. Minimum 12 registered students. Three hours, includes two guest speakers. Offered on Saturday afternoons.

$25 per participating student.

Service Project Consultation Workshop

NEW! Required for Bronze/Silver/Gold/Eagle Service Projects. Consultation Workshops will be held every three months or when sign-up list reaches four Scouts (those listed will receive an scheduling email). Learn more about our non-profit adoption center, the pets and community members our programs serve, and how you can help. Our workshop will introduce you to our Humane Education team, who will serve as your contacts throughout your project, and will ensure that the time and effort you invest will help the animals of VHS in a meaningful and lasting way. At the Workshop, you will complete our Service Project Consultation form, to help you focus and refine your project idea. Our Service Project Reflection form must be turned in within two weeks of finishing your project for service credit.

$15 per participating student.