The HGMS leverages its extensive earth science resources by teaching the Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge at our Annual Show (with the exception of any field work requirements which are not included because the program is contained within our show). We teach general geology and basic rock types, properties of minerals and fossils, the economic uses of minerals, types of geoscience careers and requirements to enter this profession, and we start the Scout on acquiring his mineral/fossil collection (the remainder can easily be obtained at the show).
Girl Scouts and Webelos both have earth science achievement awards. A Girl Scout Geology patch was created by the HGMS Education Committee and is fashioned after the Boy Scout merit badge so is taught in our program. Patches can be purchased for $1.75 after completion. The Webelos revised their entire program in 2015-2016. Now the geology badge is included in an Arrow of Light Elective Adventure program called Earth Rocks!. Our Boy Scout merit badge program teaches all of the in-house requirements of this badge, however there are some outdoor requirements or options that are not taught in our program.
We wish to advise Scout Masters and parents that for Scouts to be able to understand the material taught in our program we request that they be learning at about the 5th grade level because this is the point that public school curricula includes basic earth science. Because of this, the material taught for the Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge is typically not appropriate for younger Cub Scouts and Brownie Girl Scouts.
Download our flier: Scout Badge flier 2018