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.
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”.