Cub Scout Program

Cub Scout Geology Pin Information

3 Hour Program for 15 Scouts

Time: 1:00pm—4:00pm

New dates to be announced in Summer 2015.

This program meets the requirements for the
Webelos—Geology Belt Loop and Pin

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 registering 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. This program is for Webelos scouts only. We recommend the Gray Fossil Site Patch Program or our Summer Camp for younger Scouts.

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

Belt Loop Requirements:

  • Define geology.
  • Collect* a sample of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Explain how each was formed.
  • Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.

Pin Requirements (5 additional activities):

  • Make a plaster cast of a fossil.
  • Gather several different types of rocks. Compare them and put them in groups according to physical properties such as color, texture, luster, hardness, or crystals.
  • Describe the effects of wind, water, and ice on the landscape.
  • With your parent or adult partner, visit with a geologist. Find out how he or she prepared for the position. Discuss other careers related to geology. Scouts will go on a behind the scenes tour of our lab to learn about geology and paleontology up close.
  • Draw the inside of a cave showing the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.

*Please be aware that anything collected on the fossil 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 are 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, pin, or belt loop. 
  • Certificate is issued upon completion of program. 
  • Deadline for both is 1 week prior to the program. 
  • You are not registered until you receive a confirmation email from us. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 3 days, please call 423-439-3640 or email 
  • This program is for Webelos scouts only. Please contact the Education Coordinator, Sarah Mullersman, for more details about programs for younger Cub Scouts (423-439-3655 or ).


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