The “Rose City Rascals” Dog Scouts of America Tyler Troop 225 will host its first mini camp since forming in March.
The dog scouts was formed in 1995, with the goal of improving the lives of dogs, their owners and society through positive training and community involvement, according to the organization’s website.
Like its boy and girl cousins, owners and pets work together to earn merit badges, and in the process promote dog training and responsible ownership while having fun.
The local branch is hosting an inaugural mini camp, “Better Together,” which will run from April 3 through April 6 at the Camp Tyler Outdoor School.
The camp will provide numerous opportunities for pets and their owners to bond over fun activities, including geocaching, overnight camping, boating, agility training, hiking and dog maintenance, according to information from Troop 255.
Lonnie Olson, the founder of dog scouts, will be on staff as the camp director. Nashville recording artist Casey Rivers will sing tunes around a campfire while campers roast smores, and the organization plans to unveil a new badge during the camp.
Dog owners will also be introduced into “Chicken Camp,” with a demonstration of the effectiveness of clicker training using chickens. The Mirror Method will also be introduced.
A local Girl Scouts troop will join in on the fun while they earn their own dog maintenance badge at the event, and campers will have the opportunity to paint a picture of their pup and make custom doggie clothing.
Crafty campers who wish to paint should send in a photo of their pup with their registration, so a sketch can be prepared for them before the start of camp, according to information from the local troop.
The camp costs $425 per pet and owner pair, which includes lodging, meals, snacks, craft supplies, training classes, use of camp equipment, trails, boats and docks, according to the troop. To register, send a check or money order to “Tyler Troop 225,” 731 S. Vine Ave., Tyler, Tex. 75701. Campers can also pay online with a PayPal account through the “TylerTroop 225” Facebook page.
Owners should bring a crate to the camp for their pups to sleep in.
For more information, call 903-592-1188.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph is hosting an online photo contest in conjunction with the event.
Submissions can be made by clicking the green Dogs in Action banner on the far right side of the website under the heading “contests.” Then click on the grey Submissions tab to upload a photo.
People can also vote on their favorite photo on the same page.
Submissions will be taken until Feb. 13.
The first place winner will receive a free trip to camp, a $425 value, donated by Peltier Chevrolet. Second place will win two bags of dog food, donated by Nature’s Select of the Arklatex. Third place will win a grooming certificate to TLC Grooming, donated by Carla Hughes.