Activity 2. Write a report about why gold is considered valuable and the many ways it's used. Consider using artwork. Turn your one-page report into your pebble pup leaders for publication in the club's newsletter. If you need ANY help just ask your pebble pup leaders.
Activity 3. Gold throughout history.
Gold has been valued, sought, and fought over throughout history. Learn about a historical event involving gold and write a one or two page report about it for your club newsletter. Consider using your own artwork. If you need ANY help just ask your pebble pup leaders.
Activity 4. Gold resources in your own state or region.
Where has gold been found near your? From your library, from adult members of your club or society, or from the Colorado State Geological Survey (http://geosurvey.state.co.us/Pages/CGSHome.aspx), learn and then write a report about areas closest to you where gold has been found. Be creative. You might go to the site and take a picture or two, make a map, or include original artwork. If artwork and photos are used, this should be about two pages.
Activity 5. Panning for gold. This can be accomplished at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show field trip on Saturday, September 16, 2011. The Gold Prospectors of Colorado will have a demonstration set up so that each pebble pup can participate and pan gold until they learn how to do it. Knowing how to pan gold, use a sucker bottle, and how to put your gold nuggets into little jars is so much fun. There will be a field trip announced at the next pebble pup meeting where we can go and pan gold at the Western Musuem of Mining and Industry. Going to this museum is free to pebble pups, and the leaders will demonstrate all that you need to know.
Note on writing reports: the CSMS and Lake George Pebble Pups have been very effective in writing reports and having them published. Many of the pups have received regional and national writing awards. Several of the work of the pebble pups have been published in international magazines. We want to continue that work. If you have any questions email your pebble pup leader for direct help with any written project that you should undertake for this or any other merit badge. Articles published in magazines need references, and we will be happy to show you how to do this.
|Poured gold dore from Cripple Creek, Colorado. |
Photo courtesy of Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company
There will be a field trip to Cache Creek, Colorado near the small town of Granite where we will stake a claim for the morning and run sluice boxes and pan for gold. The date will be announced in one of our meetings and will be in the summer of 2012
|A prospector is getting down to serious business with a sluice box|