Dear scouting leaders,

Thank you for your interest in having your scout troops participate in Animal Friends’ Humane Education programming.

My team of Humane Education Volunteers and I see over 9,000 students per year, and we appreciate the involvement of the many scouts who support our animals.

If you’d like to bring your scout group to Animal Friends, a reservation is required.

Please note that our scout programs fill quickly, and our spring tours in particular often fill months in advance.

Due to the high demand for scout participation, we require that the scouts come to Animal Friends rather than us visiting scout meetings.

Please note that most of our tours, workshops, and presentations include chaperone limits. If your group of young boy scouts has a policy that necessitates bringing all scouts’ parents, there are only two options per school year:
        • national Make a Difference Day, 4th Saturday of October
        • our winter special event for children  

We look forward to meeting your scouts!
Dana Schultz, M. Ed.
Education Coordinator
Work schedule: Tuesday – Saturday





 How Scouts can participate at Animal Friends

Children's groups...  

  • Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects
    • Silver and Gold candidates, please email Dana to schedule a planning meeting before creating your proposal. Please note that we can not accept any additional Silver Award candidates whose projects are due in Sept. 2017. Silver Award candidates whose projects are due in Sept. 2018 are welcome to email no later than Aug. 2017.
  • Eagle Scout projects 
  • Presentation and shelter tour (AF 127) for up to 30 scouts at a time
  • Donation drop-off appointments for groups of 12 or less
  • Attend special events for children
  • Earn badges
       o Brownie “Pets” badge
       o Cadette “Animal Helper” badge
       o Boy Scout Dog Care Merit badge
  • Cannot volunteer as a group. Teens can volunteer with a parent/guardian as individuals for hands-on work with the animals.
  • Cannot come to Animal Friends for community service projects (stuffing envelopes, cleaning, landscaping, etc.). This option is available to groups of adults (university and corporate groups) and groups of teens ages 13 and older. If you have a troop of teen scouts, please click here for more information.
  • Cannot do hands-on work with the animals. This includes bathing, brushing, walking dogs, etc.






• “Pets” Brownie workshop in Oct. and/or Nov. Reservations open in early Aug.
• Fourth Saturday of Oct. is national Make a Difference Day; bring supplies to help the animals, and enjoy a guided tour and petting opportunities. Reservations open after Labor Day.
• Presentations and shelter tours begin in Nov. Reservations open after Labor Day.
• Donation drop-off appointments available by reservation for groups of 12 or less.  

• Late Feb. or early March - a special event for children on a Sat. or Sun. Reservations open the first weekday of Dec.
• Presentations and shelter tours continue. (Reservations open the first weekday in December for January and February tours.)
• Donation drop-off appointments available by reservation for groups of 12 or less.


• Two “Pets” Brownie workshops in March, April, or May. Reservations open first weekday in Feb.
• We are currently revising our offerings for the Cadette "Animal Helper" badge. Please check our Kids Classes webpage the first weekday in February.
• Scouts may choose to participate in our Be Kind to Animals Week poster contest.
• While presentations and shelter tours continue, reservations are generally full several months in advance. Please plan ahead if you want to visit in the spring.
• Donation drop-off appointments available by reservation for groups of 12 or less. 

• Silver and Gold Award candidates may be working on projects.
• No scout tours or presentations are available due to our summer camp program.

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
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