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FIRST ANNUAL "SCOUT GEOLOGY MERIT BADGE DAY"

What started out as a simple request to help a local Boy Scout troop's members to earn a geology merit badge turned into one of the Division's most rewarding community events in 2010. After months of planning, on October 23, 2010, hundreds of local Scouts, their leaders, parents, grandparents and other family members joined with members of our Carroll Canyon facility's team, as well as company geologists and engineers throughout Southern California to celebrate the City's first "Scout Geology Merit Badge Day" in San Diego.

 

Working with Scout employees and volunteers and our own engineers and geologist, we planned a facility tour and lunch for all Scouts and their families, local public officials and neighbors of our plant. We worked with Scout professionals to develop five required geology-related booths ("stations") where each Scout could learn the essentials of geology, how to read geological maps, why mineral resources are important, the tools and equipment used by geologists and mining operations, and how to identify different types of rock and their sources. For younger Scouts, the team provided a "One-Ton Sand Pile" with various toy trucks available for free play, along with construction equipment that served as backdrops for family photos.

 

Aside from the educational aspects, one goal of the event was to raise funds for the Boy Scouts "Campership Fund" and over $1,300 was raised to send underprivileged kids in the community to summer camp free of charge.

 

But the primary goal of the our team (all of whom volunteered their own time outside work hours) was to provide a unique opportunity for Scouts to learn valuable life skills through fun, real-life experiences and to ensure that participation by the Scouts in the shared learning experience would help to teach valuable character-building and teamwork lessons consistent with scouting goals.

 

In the end, not only the Scouts learned valuable lessons. Throughout the collaboration process involving so many volunteers – from the company, the scouting organizations, scouting families, community members and city officials – the event confirmed that working together creates mutual bonds of respect that will last a lifetime.

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August 2011