A few four-legged friends had a chance to help more than 40 local Girl Scouts earn their next badge.
Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts from 10 troops met therapy and service dogs as part of a badge workshop held Sunday at Our Lady of Hope Marymount Center.
With the help of King’s College student Lexie George, the scouts learned the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs, how to identify and help lost dogs, and the basics of how to groom and care for dogs,
George, 19, hosted the workshop for her Business Ethics class — and to indulge her love of animals and community service.
“Being a former Girl Scout, I’ve always been into service,” she said.
Senior Girl Scouts who attended the workshop completed the requirements for the Voice for Animals badge and Cadettes earned the Animal Helper badge. Kathleen Lockman, Community Lead for Penn’s Woods Community 331 in the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Council said Sunday’s event was the second badge workshop she has hosted.
“This is an event where the leaders can enjoy it with the girls,” she said.
The scouts had a chance to meet therapy dogs and even meet Paralympian Stephanie Jallen, who surprised the scouts with her service dog, Parker.
George said she reached out to Lockman, who gave a choice of badges for her workshop. She chose the animal badges, she said, because she has always supported animal causes. She once raised more than $6,000 and donated 600 items...