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SOUL Scouts Animal Therapy Troops


The SOUL Scouts Animal Therapy Troops program provides animal-assisted therapy and activity visits to Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops at SOUL Harbour Ranch with miniature therapy horses, miniature therapy donkeys and therapy dogs. This program is for troops of all ages through age 18, geared towards troops earning their pet and animal badges.


Objectives for each badge will be covered during the visit.


This program is offered on Fridays from 4-5pm. The visit includes a 60-minute session at SOUL Harbour Ranch (Barrington, IL). Knowledge about therapy animals, including the care of our therapy animals, is discussed during this session. Our registered volunteer animal handlers will assist the Scouts with putting on leashes and halters, as well as grooming, walking and connecting with our special therapy animals.

Troop members are then invited to be a part of our weekly "Friday Live at 5" livestream on Facebook.

Troop leaders are encouraged to call us for availability 855-408-SOUL (7685) or email



  • Daisies. Grades K–1.

  • Brownies. Grades 2–3.

  • Juniors. Grades 4–5.

  • Cadettes. Grades 6–8 (Animal Helper Badge)

  • Seniors. Grades 9–10.

  • Ambassadors. Grades 11–12


EXAMPLES OF TOPICS DISCUSSED (credit: Girl Scouts of America)



Animals have always provided humans with food, clothing, and transportation, but today they’re also trained to help people with disabilities, find people who are lost, and even discover tumors. And, of course, animals offer us companionship, love, and sheer joy. In this badge, look at how animals help humans. (Researchers say the love of an animal can improve our emotional health!)

1. Explore the connection between humans and animals
2. Find out how animals help keep people safe
3. Know how animals help people emotionally
4. Check out how animals help people with disabilities
5. Look at how animals might help us in the future

When you have earned this badge, you will know how animals help
humans, and how to help them keep it up.

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