Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Friday, July 15, 2011

Earning a Merit Badge in Leadership

Jack Shimon, a CSMS pebble pup, earned his merit badge by completing 3 activities.  He had a lot of fun doing this.

Activity 1: Organize a group display, etc. Jack entered his fossil display in the junior competition at the RMFMS entitled “The Rudist of Bivalves”. He also put together a tri-fold display about the Pebble Pups group and what the club means to him. This display is on its way to a museum in Colorado Springs for temporary exhibition with his fossil.

Activity 2: Plan and Lead a Field trip- Jack planned an earthcaching trip to Monument Rock with his class mates. They went on May 3 and Jack led them to the site and asked questions about the geology: How tall do you think Monument Rock is? Guesses were 50-200 feet tall. Which was here first, the rock or the town? The rock. What is the rock made of? Nobody except Jack knew it is sandstone, but he taught the kids how sandstone weathers and is much softer then granite.

Activity 3: Manage a booth- Jack set up a rock/fossil and lemonade/cupcake stand to show off and sell some of his extra collection. He and Jane recruited their friends Hailey, Ty and Lexi Brennan (new Pebble Pups) and they hosted it together. Jack has also fulfilled part of Activity 7, become a mentor.  It is his friendship with the Brennans and enthusiasm for sharing his interests that helped Ty decide to join Pebble Pups. Jack also made Ty a started rock collection with his extra stuff.

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.