YOUTH RESOURCES REPORT
You could start out with a freebie just for attending the meeting. Then there could be a door prize or two. There are several rock games on the market (such as Rock Bingo) that could be played, with the winners receiving a neat specimen. An even better idea might be for the juniors to make their own rock-related game and play that. In a little more serious vein, prizes could be given to those who demonstrate that they have learned some facet of the hobby -- the Mohs' scale, or how to conduct a scratch test, or identification of a certain number of minerals. When show time rolls around, there are lots of tasks that juniors can help with. Depending on your needs, a list of junior-do-ables could be made, each with a number of points designated. Upon earning a certain number of points, the junior could receive a prize.
The Jackson, Mississippi club had a 'Junior of the Year' award for several years, with the winner receiving a very nice specimen donated by one of our dealers. This contest went from show to show, all year long, and juniors received points for lots of different rock-related things -- field trips, trips to rock museums, visits to other clubs, articles written for the club newsletter (these articles had a further advantage of being eligible for the federations' bulletin editors contests), and others.
Once you get the youngsters involved, their interest in the hobby will be self-perpetuating, and they, too, may grow up to help other "pups' learn to love rocks too.
Last Revised on
October 17, 2011