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Scout Programs

Learn about animals and earn badges - a win-win!! DCAS offers a variety of programs for scouts of all ages.

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While the shelter is under construction, let us come to you! Outreaches are available Monday-Friday and select Saturdays. Contact our education team to learn more.

A donation of $25 cash or in-kind is requested for outreach programs. 

Girl Scouts

  • Three Cheers for Animals (Daisies): learn what animals need and how to care for them and how that is similar to learning to take care of themselves. 
  • Pet Care and Safety (Brownies): learn about the different aspects of caring for a pet—from keeping them safe and fed to making them feel loved.
  • Animal Habitats (Juniors): understand more about wild animals and how to protect their homes.
  • Animal Helpers (Cadettes): understand how animals help humans, and how to help them keep it up.

Cub Scouts

  • Critter Care (Bears): learn how caring for a pet fosters responsibility and offers a sense of companionship that they can nurture and cherish throughout their lives.  This adventure also gives them an opportunity to learn about the many ways animals return the favor and assist people in need.
  • Animal Kingdom (Lions): introduces Lions to the concepts of service, responsibility, and citizenship.

Additional Programs Available

  • Wags to Whiskers: Animal Communication
  • Our Wild Neighbors: Chicagoland's wildlife and how to life safely next door
  • Paw and Order: The Role of Animal Services
  • Richie Enriched: Understand what pets need to feel happy and how we make shelter animals comfortable while they wait for their new family
  • Broken Items: Use persuasive writing skills to market shelter animals

Please note: shelter tours are not available at this time.

DCAS Fun Patch

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Purchase the DCAS Fun Patch for $3 each, notify our education team before your program date if you would like to purchase.

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