BSA provides Webelos den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. The ninth Webelos den meeting plan focuses on the Geologist Activity Badge. Webelos learn about the history of earth and rocks while working on the Geologist activity badge.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 9 to follow along with this article.
This meeting is a field trip to a landscaping contractor, stone quarry, concrete plant, geological site, geological laboratory, rock show, or rock shop. If you have a local university with a geology department, see if they have an exhibit. A nature center is also a possibility. We have many caves in Missouri, so we did a cave tour with our dens. This meeting starts the work for the requirements for the Geologist activity badge. These will be completed in meeting plan 10.
BSA Webelos Den Meeting 9 – Geologist
Preparation and Before the Meeting
This meeting is a field trip, so much of your preparation will involve getting ready to go away from your regular meeting place. You might need to make some arrangements with the location you are visiting. You will also need to organize drivers and permission slips.
Check my gathering activities page for some ideas. Puzzles work well when you are taking a field trip.
It might not be possible to do a flag ceremony if you are away from your regular meeting plan. Try saying the Boy Scout Law.
Keep announcements short and sweet.
You are supposed to cover Geologist 1, 2, and 8 at this meeting:
1. Collect five geologic specimens that have important uses.
2. Rocks and minerals are used in metals, glass, jewelry, road-building products, and fertilizer. Give examples of minerals used in these products.
8. Take a field trip to a geological site, geological laboratory, or rock show. Discuss what you learned at your next Webelos den meeting.
By going on the field trip, you are covering 8. If the place you are visiting cannot provide your Cub Scouts with geologic specimens for requirement 1, bring your own to hand out. If you don’t have time to scrounge some up, purchase an inexpensive rock collection and use those. Requirement 2 just requires a discussion. Hopefully the location you are visiting can provide somebody to speak to the Webelos. If not, just cover it yourself. There is enough information in the Geologist section of the Webelos handbook to help you out.
Once again, a flag ceremony might not be possible. You can say the Boy Scout Oath to help the Webelos work on their Boy Scout knowledge for the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Light badge.
After the Meeting
This is a good time to remind the other parents about what you need them to help with at the next meeting.