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Boy Scout Troop #550 has been working at shows in Perry, Georgia for several years. This enthusiastic, hardworking group of scouts is recognized by many as the clean-up crew, but they also complete Boy Scout requirements at the shows. Time is scheduled for Scouts to observe breeds and these observations result in reports and projects that will lead to dog-related merit badges.

The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that this year, the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program was added to the Boy Scouts Dog Care merit badge. An increased emphasis has been placed on responsible dog ownership and training one’s own dog and American Kennel Club materials were used for the section of the merit badge study guide that focuses on Breed identification.

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America recently celebrated the 93rd anniversary of its values-driven program for boys and young men. Goals of the Boy Scout units include building character, training responsible citizens, and promoting personal fitness.

There are more than 3 million boys and young men involved in the various levels of the Boy Scouts and nearly 6,000 new units will be added by June 2003.

Because a primary goal of the Boy Scouts is to teach good citizenship, the Canine Good Citizen concept was a particularly relevant addition to scouting materials. Canine Good Citizen training will teach Scouts who are dog owners to “be prepared” for the responsibilities of dog ownership.

Boy Scout Troop 550