Geology volunteers needed for 2005 Scout Jamboree in Virginia

Geologists are needed to teach Geology Merit Badge and talk with Scouts about careers in geology at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, produced by the Boy Scouts of America. Every four years, the AAPG Foundation sponsors the geology program area on the Merit Badge Midway, and teachers are needed.

In 2001, volunteers helped nearly 300 Scouts earn the Geology merit badge during the 10-day Jamboree program. More than 700 received career information.

More than 40,000 Scouts and adult leaders will converge on (US Army) Fort A.P. Hill, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, next summer. The Jamboree is scheduled for July 25 through August 3. Fort A.P. Hill has hosted the Jamboree since the early 1980s.

Scouts attend the event with units from their home Scout councils. Each day’s program is open for the Scout to choose from sports, hobbies, history, and vocational areas.

“Many kids will visit the Merit Badge Midway,” says Ron Hart, who will coordinate the program area under the sponsorship of the AAPG Foundation. “We think we do well with our Geology merit badge because a lot of kids don’t have access to a professional geologist as a badge counselor.”

“This summer we will be teaching from the new, revised Requirements which were developed over the past 2 years by a team of geologists under the sponsorship of the AAPG Foundation,” Hart added. “For years, the Geology merit badge was all about rock collecting and, while a lot of mineralogy and collecting remains part of the new badge requirements, the new requirements feature optional discussions about oil and gas, streams and deposition, earth history and, for the first time since the 1950s, Scouts will have an opportunity to make a subsurface structure map and work on other subsurface exercises.”

Thanks to financial support through the E.F. Reid Scouting Fund of the AAPG Foundation, the expense to develop and deliver materials to the Jamboree site in Virginia is covered. Some funds also may be available to help volunteers attend the Jamboree. Geologists interested in volunteering either part-time or full-time should email Ron Hart (rhart@aapg.org) or call him at: (918) 560-9429.

“We need men and women who like working with kids,” Hart says. “We need some people who are willing to spend the entire 10-day program on-site, and we greatly depend on others who can only spend a weekend or an extended weekend on-site as well. Any help is appreciated.”

AAPG Members who cannot attend, but who would like to help in their own way, may consider a contribution to the E.F. Reid Scouting Fund. Contact the AAPG Foundation (rgriffin@aapg.org) for details.

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