PupScouts is an organization for dogs and their owners. PupScouts is similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the sense that canine members wear uniforms and earn badges. According to their website, “We are all about having fun, earning badges, helping others, meeting new friends and bonding with our parents.”
In addition to Burbank Troop 8, there are many other troops throughout the country including an online troop for dog lovers that don’t live near a regular troop.
PupScouts originated in New York five years ago and have been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, Spoiled Rotten Pets, and Pet Talk.
Troop 8 was started last autumn by longtime Burbank Park District dog trainer Kimmy Bandusky. Bandusky said she organized the Burbank troop "Because PupScouts is something I believe in. Not only is it fun and rewarding for both the dog and owner as you work together to accomplish fun badges, you have the opportunity to make new friends and more importantly, we help our animal friends in need and are advocates for local shelters."
Burbank Troop 8 consists of Rockie Boo (leader), Ralphie (co-leader), Bella (secretary) Pita & Paco (treasurers), Zoey, Pixie, Chuppy, King Louie, Abby, Lizzy, and Moose-Freddy.
Troop 8 meets monthly. On Wednesday nights (weather permitting) members often meet at New Castle Park for an evening of dog walking. Recent holiday themed events celebrated by Troop 8 included “Pictures With Santa Paws” and a “Valentine Fashion Pawty.”
Later this month PupScout Troop 8 will participate in the 68th Annual LaGrange Pet Parade. Billed as “America’s Original Pet Parade,” the procession will feature marching bands, floats, and clowns in addition to owners showcasing their pets.
Troop 8 welcomes new members. For more information visit their Facebook page Pupscouts of DPFamily Troop 8 or www.pupscouts.org.