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Paws in the Park – Going for the Girl Scout Bronze Award!

MyDogLikes was happy to participate in the Paws in the Park event planned by the inspiring girls of Troop 40133!
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Written by Kevin

Yes, I know the expression is going for the gold, but for a group of inspiring Junior Scouts, it was all about going for the Bronze (Award)! We recently had the honor to participate in a “Paws in the Park” event that these girls put together all by themselves!

The flyer for the Paws in the Park event put on by Girl Scout Troop 40133

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts Organization was started in 1912, by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, on the belief that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Since its inaugural group of 18 children, the organization has grown to an annual enrollment of 2 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers. Today, over 59 million women are considered alumnae of the Girl Scout Organization. 

A pavilion at Kershaw Park in Canandaigua was a great spot for the Paws in the Park event!

Junior Girl Scouts

The Junior Girl Scouts consists of girls in grades 4-5. As a Junior Scout, girls learn all about personal power and the role that they can play in their community. During their time as a Junior Girl Scout a Journey is completed where girls develop a personal leadership style through real life experiences that promote the three “Keys to Leadership”.  

The Keys to Leadership help girls along their Journey by:

  • Discovering her special skills and talents, setting goals, living life by her values, and showing pride not only in where she is headed but where she comes from.
  • Connecting with others; teaming up to solve conflicts, and having healthy relationships.
  • Taking Action and making the world a better place; learning a lot about her community and the world along the way.

Harley once again proving why Golden Retrievers are some of the best dogs for kids!

The Bronze Award

The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn. According to the Girls Scouts of Western New York website:

The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn, requires her to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be.

Troop 40133

The girls of Troop 40133 have spent most of this school year learning about issues that affect our pets including adoption, responsible pet ownership, and the role of service animals.

A very sweet thank you card from troop 40133 of the Girl Scouts of Western NY!

Service Projects and Involvement

  • Working with Service Animals – The girls were visited by a service dog who taught them all about the training that is needed to become a service dog, the importance of their work, and the proper way to interact with a working dog. The girls learned so much from this experience that I ended up taking off Harley’s poop vest because so many of the girls asked if he was “working” before petting him!
  • Pet Adoption/Care – The girls were visited by Happy Tails Rescue of the Ontario County Humane Society. From this experience the girls learned about responsible pet ownership, pet adoption instead of shopping, as well as the ins and outs of shelter operation.
  • The girls also learned about careers working with animals and did their own research about the issues that impact animal welfare. 

Meeting a Basset Hound friend at Paws in the Park

Paws in the Park

After their year long Journey exploring animal welfare, the girls decided that they wanted their Bronze Award Project to be an event that would help them to share what they have learned with their whole community. With their mission of helping to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership, proper animal care, and adoption in mind, the girls successfully planned, advertised, and completed the Paws In the Park event held on Saturday, May 9th at Kershaw park in Canandaigua, NY.

So what types of things did the girls plan for this event?

Education

  • Happy Tails – Ontario County Humane Society: A representative from Happy Tails Shelter came to the event armed with lots of information and his super cute sidekick who travels with him to help spread the word about responsible pet ownership and the benefits of adoption.  
    The girl scouts learned and shared information about pet shelters during the course of their bronze award project
  • MyDogLikes – We had a table set up at the event to talk about careers in the pet industry and promote our mission of living a healthy, active pet-friendly lifestyle. We gave away 2 baskets of our favorite goodies and also passed out information on some of the great dog friendly parks and businesses in the Rochester, NY area.  
    MyDogLikes was excited to participate and share information about careers in the pet industry.Silly dog Charlie hiding under the table!

Fundraising/Donation

  • Bake Sale – The girls made lots of yummy goodies like “Puppy Chow”, Banana Bread, Cookies, and Brownies; appealing to every sweet tooth at the event. The girls worked on their customer service skills, practiced giving exact change, and used their communication skills. We were quite pleased that our table was right next to the baked goods, and these tasty treats helped fuel us throughout the event!  
    Raising money for the shelter dogs at Happy Tails Rescue with a bake sale
  • Gift Shop – The girls spent countless hours making pet blankets, cat/dog toys, and collecting other goods like calendars for pet lovers. The girls gave these items away, asking for a donation of any size if patrons were able. 
    A couple local girl scouts displaying their homemade dog toys!
  • Shelter Supply Drive – The girls collected a huge amount of goods that are needed for daily operations at the shelter like paper towels, laundry detergent, and food! 
    Donations were collected for Happy Tails Rescue of the Ontario County Humane Society

Fun

Playing together and having fun is key to nurturing the bond between humans and animals and one of the true joys of pet companionship. Troop 40133 certainly did not forget about having a good time, with a wide variety of activities planned for kids and dogs alike!

  • Kids Zone – The girls didn’t forget about the human children, providing temporary tattoos, coloring pages, and other fun activities for kids!  
    Applying temporary tattoos at the Kids Zone!
  • Obstacle Course/Activity Center – Get those pups moving with games and activities to play together like frisbee, and lawn hockey. Charlie was clearly a fan!  
    Charlie sniffing around the dog obstacle course the girls set up!
  • Salon – Grooming is an important aspect of dog ownership but it can also be a lot of fun! The girls were eager to find the perfect accessory for any dog who stopped in using their own homemade bows and bandanas.  
    Get pampered with bows and bandannas in the beauty shop!
  • Dog Swimming in Canandaigua Lake – What better way to cap off a fun afternoon in the park than a dip in the lake! There was no way the MyDogLikes crew could leave before getting wet!  
    The boys cooling down in Canandaigua Lake after the event

Charlie at Kershaw Park in Canandaigua

An all around Good Time

As you can see, a good time was had by all who attended. We were so glad to be invited to take part, and of course our boys loved getting a bit of extra attention as well!

Puppy socialization with both dogs and humans is very important to raising a well adjusted dog

Nothing beats a dogs love!

A GOLD Effort!

At the end of the event, girls were awarded their Bronze Award and honored for their amazing accomplishments.

Girl Scout Bronze Award Ideas - Paws in the Park

In all, the girls raised $250 and several truck loads of goods for their local shelter. Not only was the event fun, but it helped the community better understand what is involved in being a responsible pet owner. We are incredibly proud of these 4th and 5th grade girls for planning this event and so grateful that we were asked to be there. If the mission of Girl Scouting is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” Troop 40133 is well on their way to that goal!

14 Comments

  • That’s so lovely to be teaching children about all those aspects of animal welfare. I was a Girl Scout and I wish we had gotten more involved in animal causes; but then again I’d say that about anything I was a part of. Those girls did a great job and they definitely deserve the recognition. That’s so awesome that you guys were out to support them.

  • What an amazing event! I was in Girl Scouts for a long time and we never did anything quite like that. It’s great that these girls are learning about pet responsibility now.

  • Wow fantastic event. I love everything about it. It’s amazing what kids can do if you empower them. Plus I love celebrating the bond and teaching kids about responsible pet parenting. Well done!! X Susie and Kilo

  • What an absolutely fantastic event! I love the Girl Scouts, it’s such a worthy organization that teaches girls so many important life skills. I can see these girls worked really hard to pull off such a great event. Lucky you, getting a table right next to the bake table! Thanks for sharing this, Love it!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  • We have an event in Orlando as well named Paws in the Park, it’s hosted by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and The Disney Voluntears. Great to see your event was so successful!

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