Scout Geology Merit Badge

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Taught at the Houston Gem and Mineral Society Annual Show

Held at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338

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

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • Scout badge program is free with show admission
  • Tickets are available at the door: $8, children 10 and under free
  • Sessions begin on the hour from 10 AM to 3 PM
  • RSVP required—first come, first served (limited to 50 Scouts per session)
  • Scouts are provided with 5 mineral specimens for their collection
  • Additional minerals and fossils may be purchased at show
  • Learn about the three types of rocks:
    • Igneous
    • Sedimentary
    • Metamorphic
  • Learn the basic properties of minerals
  • Learn field methods and safety
  • Learn the economic uses of minerals
  • Learn what a fossil is
  • Learn about geoscience careers
  • Begin your own rock and mineral collection

Sessions meet classroom requirements for:

  • Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge (Mineral Resources Option)
  • Webelos AOL Earth Rocks! badge
  • HGMS Geology Patch for Girl Scouts
  • Bring a bag to hold specimens and a pencil for writing
  • Instruction includes presentations, activities, and access to materials and experts at show
  • Program begins with 3 classes (stations) taught by the HGMS that last an hour. Following that, the Scout proceeds to the remaining 5 stations throughout the show
  • Allow 2–3 hours for the program and extra time for visiting the show
Scout Geology Merit Badge Registration
Scout programs start at the top of the hour between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

For additional information contact Show Chair Scott Singleton (832-524-8382 | fossilwood@comcast.net)