Scouts

Cub Scout Presentation by Bob Pattie

I gave a talk to a cub scout den (Troop 714 Den 6) in Renton on September 18th. There were about 10 scouts and their leaders in attendance. We discussed the rock cycle and mountain building in the state of Washington. Then after a short discussion on the general geology of the state we looked at and handled rock samples. Most of the material was from Washington and some was polished other pieces of material not polished or finished in any manner. Both the scouts and leaders were very interested in all of the sample and also in attending our upcoming rock show in Puyallup.

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Scouts by Dick Morgan, Photos taken by Pat Morgan
On Saturday, March 21, 2007, after an earlier request for a presentation on rocks and geology, Pat and I showed up on the Fort Lewis Military Post to talk to the scouting group. The reason for this talk was prompted by the requirement to gain the Scouting Geology Badge. It was a large group which necessitated giving the presentation twice. When trying to instruct young minds for the purpose of learning the requirements, explaining how the rocks, minerals, and fossils were created is the focus.The interaction of the questioning during and after the talk from the leaders/parents and the youths was interesting as the leaders tried to focus on the subject that should be learned while the scouts were more interested in the individual items. The number of parents at this meeting was quite large and the interest was high and there were many questions, mainly to reinforce what I had just explained.No matter how many times you give these type of talks it always make you feel good when the young listener comes and says, “You showed me something that I didn’t know”.

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Updated: April 23, 2016 — 9:41 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . Boy was it good to see everyone after 16 months of no in-person meetings! We had a good turnout. I estimate we had 30 people. 27 members signed in but I think there were about 3 additional people who didn’t make it to the sign-in table. I would like to remind everyone to sign in at the front door. You get a door prize ticket for the drawing later in the meeting plus for insurance purposes, we need a headcount and the names of those who attended our meeting.

Meeting Announcements

  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum Annual Picnic Potluck – Sunday, August 8th Setup noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch together at 12:30 pm. You bring your picnic lunch and the club provides drinks and a limited selection of store-bought desserts. If you attend church and are a little late  – that’s okay too. Mark your calendar now and plan on attending! It’s always so nice visiting with each other outside of our club meetings. This is such a beautiful, relaxing location for our annual Club picnic. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is so gracious to allow us to use this outstanding spot. We are under the trees which with picnic tables and parking. It’s a great family event. Afterward, the Lake is within an easy distance for swimming, beach fun, and the children’s play area. We advise that you move your car to that section’s parking lot if you decide to take advantage of the lake beach and playground areas. Our club Arboretum parking area closes after we are done. It is a picnic with a rock and mineral auction following. It’s also a great time to sit and chat with each other and talk “rock”.   Lake Wilderness Beach area.           Lake Wilderness Park – all new!      

  • Dr. Russell Calvin Boggs will be speaking at our meeting. He is the founder and curator of the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. A non-profit corporation to promote mineralogical research, operate a mineralogical research lab (XRD, petrographic microscope, and Electron Microprobe), and operate a mineralogical museum primarily related to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Time is Running Out – Lower Dues for 2021 2021 club membership dues is $15 for a family or individual! The Board has approved a temporary reduction in our dues for 2021 only to $15 per family or individual. As of October our dues will go back up to $25 per family or individual. Our club is resuming in person general meetings on June 10th. Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm. From our website you can use a credit card to renew your membership. You can also mail a check to CMS, c/o Charles Benedict, 25838 W. Lake Wilderness Dr. SE, Maple Valley WA 98038.

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