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Dog Scouts National Hike-a-Thon 2012

Training buddies Roger and Thelma Lou

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Along with fellow members of Dog Scout Troop 161, Roger, Thelma Lou, Mom and I are hiking to raise money for Dog Scouts of America (DSA) in the second annual Hike-a-Thon. A group hike by our troop is scheduled for May 19th at King's Gap Environmental Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which we will be participating in. Last year we raised $350.

Our overall goal for the Hike-a-Thon will be to hike a total of 15 miles during the month of May. Since Roger and Thelma have such short legs, I feel it's only fair to divide the miles up between us. Roger and Thelma have committed to do 3 miles each with Mom, and I plan to hike the entire 15 miles.

Our goal this year is to raise $200 as a group. For every $50 we raise over our goal, Mom and I will commit to walking an additional mile. While hiking 15 miles during an entire month may not seem like that great of a commitment, keep in mind that Mom does have a full-time job and hasn't exercised in months -- so this is my way of getting her to get her butt in gear.

In case you haven't heard of Dog Scouts of America, there is a wonderful article that has been circulating across the globe. DSA promotes responsible dog ownership that includes programs to help dog owners enjoy a great relationship with a well-mannered dog while benefiting from each other's company. DSA members strive to solve any problems that come their way with positive and effective training, thus helping to reduce the number of unwanted dogs in shelters by keeping them in happy, lifelong homes.

Since 2007, Troop 161 has raised over $10,000 for charities that help people and dogs, including the Salvation Army, local police K9s, and service dogs. Our troop members actively participate in educational and therapy programs for kids and adults.

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