My girls recently earned the Brownie Pet Badge. I don't think there is a troop out there that does not enjoy earning this fun badge. We did not do anything unusual earning this badge, but we did create a super easy dog toy craft and cat pouch that was easy for the girls to make.
In order to earn this badge I invited a pet trainer to our meeting to talk to the girls. She talked about all sorts of things and answered oodles of questions. She talked about dog and cat behavior and proper pet manners which included safety. The pet trainer also works at the Humane Society of North Texas in Keller where the girls will visit this week for a field trip, so she prepped the girls for what they can expect to see. The facility is small and with my large troop we had to be creative on how we intend to manage all these girls and PARENTS. This was the most heavily volunteered field trip to date, I think I have 8 parents going. We plan on having one group in the puppy and kitty room, one group touring the facility and one group outside viewing the gazebo area an eagle scout built. I included hand-outs and activities from a great Girl Scout packet I found on the internet from the Broward County Humane Society in Florida. This site has a packet for every GS level and is a wonderful resource.
CRAFT: The girls created Braided Fleece Dog Pulls. I used these internet instructions:
I had all the fleece pre-cut so the girls could just choose 3 strips in neon colors. I had left-over strips so we cut them in half vertically and made smaller dog pulls, so each girl got to make 2 dog toys. I was a bit leery that the girls might not be able to braid well, but was happily surprised that nearly all the girls in 3rd grade could braid easily! Also the girls who knew how to braid, which was well over 3/4 of the troop, helped the girls who were just learning. I did have to remind them frequently to pull the braids tightly. Here are 3 completed toys the girls made and our bucket full of goodies!
Finally the older girls wanted to make pet tags for the shelter cages. So I brought some craft paper, contact paper, markers, glue dots and index cards. I had a few clever sayings for them to use, but was pleasantly surprised that they enjoyed coming up with their own "catch phrases"!