BEAVER and Cub Scout groups can get help to gain their animal care badge.
Pets at Home stores in Tyne and Wear are offering free workshops to help members gain their animal care badge.
Children who attend the sessions at the Sunderland and Washington stores will receive advice from trained in-store advisors on how to care for pets responsibly in order to achieve part of their set badge criteria.
To obtain their animal friend badge, Beaver Scouts will learn how to care for small animals and fish along with the correct type and quantities of food to feed them.
They will also find out the right habitats for small animals, where they sleep and how to ensure they get the appropriate level of exercise.
Cubs will also learn the correct foods that small animals need to keep healthy and how to recognise common illnesses. Simon Carter, assistant director at the Scout Association, said: “Having a trusted place that our leaders can go to that helps our Cub and Beaver Scouts learn about the correct way to care of animals is of real value to our leaders.
“This support from Pets at Home really helps make the life of our volunteers that bit easier.”