Pets Merit Badge

Pets Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

This is a good merit badge to recommend to your Scouts with pets.  For those who are already taking care of their pets, it gives them some recognition for their efforts. For those who aren’t caring for their pets yet, it give them a little motivation to step in and take some of that responsibility from mom and dad.

Our local Humane Society puts on a skill center for this merit badge once or twice a year. It always fills up quickly.

Pets Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for four months. Get approval before you start.*
  2. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
  3. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet.
  4. Do any ONE of the following:
    1.  Show your pet in some pet show.
    2.  Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.
    3.  Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.

* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.

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2 Responses to Pets Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

  1. Jean October 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM #

    Any suggestions on how to fulfil requirement 4??

    4.a My son has two elderly cats that are not show cats and wouldn’t be able to be trained for tricks for 4.c. 4.b Isn’t likely to happen either.

    • Scouter Mom October 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

      He should talk to his merit badge counselor about the best way to fulfill these requirements.

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