Webelos Geologist Activity Badge

BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plans: 9 – Geologist

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.

Gathering

Check my gathering activities page for some ideas. Puzzles work well when you are taking a field trip.

Opening

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.

Business

Keep announcements short and sweet.

Activities

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.

Closing

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.

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One Response to BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plans: 9 – Geologist

  1. Rod April 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM #

    The Geologist Activity Pin is one passed over all to often. most people will see it and think there is nothing close by or safe to do with their WEBELOS group in order to complete this pin. I am here to say exactly the opposite! We have absolutely NO geologic outcroppings at our camp facility and we have designed a camp course and fill it up to max capacity each summer. The scouts love it…… Give it a try.

    There is quite a bit of information in the WEBELOS handbook that can help you out. However, you may consider contacting a local Gem and Mineral Society or looking up a local Gem and Mineral Show. A lot of these groups offer to teach the WEBELOS Activity Pin as well as the Geology Merit Badge for free. Some even take youth groups out on geologic field trips. I have been to many shows that offer the Geology Belt Loop ,too. I am by no means saying a leader cannot teach it with the handbook alone. But why not utilize your resources if they are available.

    The scouts absolutely love this activity. Give it a try!

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