Registration deadline: April 22
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: $11/Girl; $9/Adult
Location: World Museum of Mining, Butte, MT
Individual girls or troops welcome.
Butte, Montana, was once known as ‘The Richest Hill on Earth.’ Explore rocks and minerals and Butte’s colorful history as Girl Scouts are given a behind the scenes look at geology and mining at the World Museum of Mining. Through this event, participants can earn the ‘Discovering Geology’ patch by engaging in an investigation of rocks, minerals, and geology.
The museum has arranged a special program just for Girl Scouts. Participants will enjoy free range to the museum’s exhibits. Plus, the museum has graciously set up exhibits that are not normally on display for the public. Girls will get to pan for garnets, talk to a rock specialist, and earn their ‘Discovering Geology’ patch. Adults get to enjoy panning, all-access, and the specialty talk, as well. In addition to studying minerals and gems, girls will learn what a geologist does, what geoscience means, and what ore-related careers they can explore. Girls will need to fulfill three requirements to earn their patch.
Participants can wander the museum grounds and imagine what it was like to be a gold, copper, or silver miner in the early 20th century. You’ll also get pan for garnets as though you were an old prospector in the rich hills of Silverbow County. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the city that used to be considered one of the richest and most famous towns in the country.
Make a day out of it! While you’re in the area, you might want to plan a visit to the Berkley Pit, visit Montana Tech’s mineral museum, or take a walking tour of historical downtown Butte. Also, the World Museum of Mining will take reservations for an underground mine tour for the girls. This perk will cost extra and will require you to call ahead to arrange a tour time.
Bring your friends! Have your buddies register as Girl Scouts for $12, and then help them get registered for this special event. Call 1.800.736.5243 for help registering friends.
All girls in grades K-8 must plan on attending with a supervising adult and bring your own lunch or snacks. Girls must check-in at 10am and can leave early or stay after 2pm, but you should plan on being on the grounds for at least 2 hours in order to fulfill the requirements for the patch.