The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), located in California, has created collaborative efforts with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops that help the scouts obtain their respective merit badges through GIA’s Junior Gemologist Program™ – Merit Badge Series.
Since gemology is interrelated with geology, the GIA was identified as a resource by the scouts to augment the Geology Merit Badge requirements as outlined in the Boy Scout’s handbook. In order to earn the Geology Merit Badge, the Boy Scouts must research geology and mineralogy, learn how to identify rocks and minerals, use topographic and geologic maps, and other activities related to the study of the earth.
The Girl Scout Jewelry Merit Badge requirements include designing and executing wearable jewelry using various techniques and learning about personal adornment from different cultures. GIA’s Merit Badge Series encompasses these core requirements as well as discusses educational and career opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry.
“Our scouts have fully embraced this program and it’s been wonderful to see them discover and learn,” said Robyn King, community service leader for Boy Scout Troop 2000 in Olivenhain, California. “GIA was instrumental in this program since they were able to provide such a comprehensive program to our scouts.”
Both programs include short multi-media presentations, hands-on experiences, tours of GIA’s Museum exhibits, and a special gift.
“It has been a rewarding experience to build these programs and watch the students develop a new appreciation for the earth’s treasures,” said Yvette Wilson, manager of guest services for GIA. “We are dedicated to educating people of all ages about gems and jewelry.”
There is no charge for this program; however, advanced reservations are required. For more information, contact GIA Guest Services at (760) 603-4116 .