Boy Scout Program

Boy Scout Geology Badge Information

3 Hour Program for 15 Scouts
Time: 1:00pm—4:00pm

New dates to be announced in Summer 2015.


Boy Scout Geology Badge: Earth History Option

Activities will take place in the museum and also outside on the fossil site. Scouts will collect* rocks and fossils on the site, sort what they find, and learn about the connections between geology and paleontology. Our program focuses on hands-on activities and experiences that you can't get anywhere else!

Please note, we cannot allow scouts to keep any fossils during the program including fossils from other localities. However, scouts will be able to see and touch many real fossils from the Gray Fossil Site and other localities during the program!

The program fee is $15 per scout and should be paid on the day of the event. Because our program offers so many hands-on activities (including digging on the fossil site), space is limited to 15 scouts and a limited number of chaperones. We do not allow sibling or friend registration so that we will have enough room for scouts in this program! Each troop will be allowed two free adult chaperones. Additional adults are required to pay the $15 fee. Admission to the museum is included in the program fee.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Mullersman: . We hope to see you soon!

*Please be aware that anything collected on the site remains on the site. This includes plants, rocks, and fossils!

Requirements Completed:

  • Define geology. Discuss how geologists learn about rock formation. In geology, explain why the study of the present is important to understanding the past.
  • Pick three resources that can be extracted or mined from Earth for commercial use. Discuss with your counselor how each product is discovered and processed.
  • Review a geologic map of your area with your counselor and discuss the different rock types and estimated ages of rocks represented. Determine whether the rocks are horizontal, folded, or faulted, and explain how you arrived at your conclusion.
  • Find out about three career opportunities available in geology. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Option D: Earth History:

  • Create a chart showing suggested geological times and periods. Determine which period the rocks in your region might have been formed.
  • Explain to your counselor the processes of burial and fossilization, and discuss the concept of extinction.
  • Identify three plants or animals on the threatened or endangered list of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Explain to your counselor how fossils provide information about ancient life, environment, climate, and geography. Discuss the following terms and explain how animals from each habitat obtain food: benthonic, pelagic, littoral, lacustrine, open marine, brackish, fluvial, eolian, protected reef.
  • Visit a science museum or the geology department of a local university that has fossils on display. With your parent's and counselor's approval, before you go, make an appointment with a curator or guide who can show you how the fossils are preserved and prepared for display.
  • Identify 15 different fossil plants or animals. Record in a notebook where you obtained* (found, bought, traded) each one. Classify each specimen to the best of your ability, and explain how each one might have survived and obtained food. Tell what else you can learn from these fossils.

*Please be aware that anything collected on the site remains on the site. This includes plants, rocks, and fossils!


What should I bring and wear? Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty and muddy. If it is hot and sunny outside, we recommend that you wear sunscreen and hat and bring a bottle of water. Please bring an extra pair of shoes to wear inside the museum after digging is done.

Will I find a fossil? Do I get to keep it? Digging is unpredictable. Usually everyone finds one of the cool plant fossils found on the site. We are currently averaging 1-2 pieces of bone found during a visit. You can't keep anything you find on the site (rocks, fossils, dirt, grass, etc.)


Registration Details
  • $15 per scout, 10% off with Annual Pass, no other coupons valid. 
  • We are limited to 15 scouts per program due to the small size of our digging area. Due to class size restrictions, no tag-along or sibling registration, please! 
  • Two chaperones/troop leaders FREE. Fee applies to additional adult chaperones. 
  • Free All-Access Admission to the museum (before or after program) is included with program fee. 
  • Program fee does not include badge/patch. 
  • Certificate is issued upon completion of program. 


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