Boy Scout Animal Education Programs

Our goal is to offer Boy Scout troops a variety of hands-on learning opportunities which support the bond between humans and animals by nurturing knowledge, compassion, and respect toward all living things. Boy Scouts can enjoy encounters with animals of all shapes and sizes while working to complete belt loop, pin, or badge requirements.
Cub and Boy Scout Animal Education Programs include age appropriate animal presentations, hands-on interactions with animals, and engaging games while also meeting a variety of belt loop, pin, and/or badge requirements. See below for individual program information and details.

Iron-on 3” Helen Woodward Animal Center Patches available for $3 each!

Length of Programs: 1 ½ hours per program
Cost: $12 per child (minimum $75) $3 per patch (optional)
*Parent chaperones are admitted free for the purpose of supervising children. The chaperone to child ratio is 1:5. Extra chaperones are $5 each.
Dates: By appointment on weekdays, limited availability on weekends
Location: Helen Woodward Animal Center
Contact: or 858-756-4117 ext. 318

Belt Loop and Pin Programs for Cub Scouts:

Program Name


Cub Scout Requirements Met

Horseback Riding Pin

Visit our Equine Hospital and Therapeutic Riding program “behind the scenes”, meet an Education Miniature Horse, and feed a healthy treat to horses housed at HWAC.(Must be 9 years or older)

1. Explain how a horse is measured in hands
2. Point out the parts of a horse
3. Describe three different breeds and explain what features make each breed special
4. Name three different ways that horses can help us
5. Name five things healthy for a horses diet
6. Write the answers to three questions from your visit

Pet Care Pin

Tour HWAC Adoptions and Club Pet Boarding facility, and meet a few furry pets with unique jobs helping people.

1. Develop a plan for someone to care for your pet if you had to be away
2. Describe how your pet communicates with you and other animals
3. Explain the reasons animals are in animal shelters.
4. Make a drawing of the cage or bed your pet requires
5. Tell three ways that animals can help people

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop

Meet and pet a variety of animals that play an important role in the environment, including a threatened species animal native to California.

1. What are natural resources & why it’s important to protect and preserve them
2. What is the food chain & what happens if it is broken or damaged
3. Learn about an endangered species

Wildlife Conservation Pin

Meet and pet a variety of animals that use camouflage in their environment and participate in a service project benefitting the environment.

1. Visit with person involved in wildlife conservation
2. Learn about five animals that use camouflage to protect themselves
3. Make a collage of animals that are in the same classifications
4. Participate in an environmental service project

Badge Programs for Boy Scouts:

Program Name


Boy Scout Requirements Met

Citizenship in the Community Badge
(Service Project)

Participate in a community service project that will help and contribute to the animals of Helen Woodward Animal Center

1. Choose a charitable organization outside of Scouting that interests you and brings people in your community together to work for the good of your community.

Dog Care Badge Part A

Tour Adoptions and learn about HWAC Pet Encounter Therapy program with the assistance of a couple furry therapy workers.

1. Historical origin & domestication of the dog
2. Seven major dog groups
3. Characteristics of seven breeds from the seven groups
4. Human animal bond
5. Assistance and therapy dogs

Dog Care Badge Part B

Meet a dog and assist in socializing an adoptable pup while also learning about the importance of caring for a pet.

1. Importance of socializing and obedience training
2. Responsible pet ownership
3. Importance of vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm treatment dental care & grooming
4. Visit animal shelter

Veterinary Medicine Badge

Tour Companion Animal Hospital “behind-the-scenes”, meet an exotic bird, a farm animal, and learn about the differing veterinary care each animal needs for their health.

1. Visit a veterinary clinic, hospital
2. Discuss the role a veterinarian plays in a small animal or equine hospital. (also adoption agency)
3. Write a report (at home)
4. Learn what a zoonotic disease is

Coming Soon… Horsemanship Badge and Reptile and Amphibian Study Badge!

Contact us today to book your program! or 858-756-4117 ext. 318