Tyler Morning Telegraph photographer Sarah A. Miller spent the weekend at the East Texas “Better Together” Mini Camp at Camp Tyler. The mini camp was sanctioned by Dog Scouts of America and hosted by Tyler Troop 225 “Rose City Rascals.”
Dog owners and their four-legged friends came from not only Tyler, but as far away as Fort Worth, Austin and even Colorado and Michigan for the four-day overnight camping event.
The theme of the camp was “Canine Kodak Moments,” and Tyler Troop 225 leader Natalie Fletcher believes more than 1,400 photographs were taken during the weekend by multiple camp photographers.
Campers who were not already Dog Scouts of America members had the opportunity to become members during the camp, and DSA members had the opportunityto earn several merit badges throughout the event. Merit badge opportunities included: backpacking, geocaching, canine massage, obstacles and agility, beach buddies, puppy paddlers and boat safety.
The Dog Scouts of America motto is “let us learn new things that we may become more helpful,” and several of the events focused on teaching and shaping dogs through various training techniques.
A class called Chicken Camp had campers using a clicker method of training on chickens as a way to become better at training dogs, because it is easier to see human training mistakes through unforgiving chicken behavior.
Other events included painting, a canine fashion show and a special concert by country singer Casey Rivers around the campfire.
The next East Texas Mini Camp will be held April 23-26, 2015. For more information on Tyler Troop 225 visit www.Facebook.com/TylerTroop225 .