Geology Volunteers Needed for Scout Jamboree

AAPG is still looking for a few good men (and women) to talk to young people about geology and petroleum careers, but time is running short.

A few slots are still available for geologists wanting to help teach Geology Merit Badge at the Boy Scouts’ 2013 National Jamboree, set July 15-24 near Beckley, W.Va.

Anyone willing to serve one (or both) weeks should contact Ron Hart , at AAPG headquarters, who coordinates the volunteer program on behalf of the AAPG Foundation.

“All programing at a Jamboree is organized by volunteers,” Hart said, “and every four years, the AAPG Foundation provides funding for materials and logistics in support of the Jamboree instructional team.”

Nearly 30,000 teenage boys (and a few thousand teenage girls) will come to the new Summit Bechtel Reserve scout camp, northeast of Beckley.

“Of course, we want geologists to talk about rocks, minerals, and petroleum,” Hart said, “but this year we also are looking for people who can talk about GIS and GPS navigation.

“Our program at the 2013 Jamboree is going to be a mixture of both high technology and low technology,” he continued. “We have to show the next generation of geologists how to adapt and use new technology in their field work.”

This year’s instructional team includes people from ESRI (the GIS software company), the West Virginia Geological Survey, Concord University (Athens, W.Va.) and several petroleum organizations.

Volunteers are asked to serve either a one- or two-week tour. Accommodations are provided, but may be a little rustic. 

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