Girl Scout  Geology Program at the Herkimer Diamond Mines

(2020 Canceled Program Due to Covid)

Girl Scout Geology Weekend will be September 25th to September 27th, 2020
Reservations due by 4:00 pm on September 18th for all levels of Girl Scouts

The Herkimer Diamond Mines will be conducting a Girl Scout Jamboree on September 25th to September 27th.  Cost is $29.00 per Girl Scout for the Saturday program including mining fee.  For any adult or sibling wishing to attend Saturday for mining only, an $10.00 per person mining fee will apply.  Reservations are required for both the Program attendees and Mining only attendees.  The actual program will be held on Saturday, September 26th.

Curriculum Will Include The Following:

Modules - (tentative – schedule subject to change)

Module #1 - Mining Experience
Module #2 - Faceting / Gemology
Module #3 - Mohs, Tumbling, Economic Uses, Environmental Effects, Categories of Rocks, "GEO" Careers
Module #4 - Lapidary - Gift and Jewelry design
Module #5 - Paleontology

All materials will be provided to Scouts for each module.  Scouts will have the opportunity to take home the following items:  all Diamonds found in the  mines, all Fossils found in the mines or in the sluice, all Gemstones found in the sluice, and all  jewelry and gift items made.  Prizes will be awarded at the Awards

Food Options (Reservations Required)-
You are welcome to bring your own bag lunch and use our picnic areas.  If you would like us to provide meals, we can offer the following:

Saturday Lunch - Cost is $9.00 per lunch (lunch includes: choice of hamburger or hot dog, potato chips, applesauce, cookie, and a beverage) to be served at the Herkimer Diamond KOA Pavilion.

Sunday Breakfast - Cost is $8.00 per breakfast (breakfast includes: pancake / waffle, sausage, coffee / hot chocolate) to be served at the Herkimer Diamond KOA Pavilion.

KOA ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you are traveling in for the program and would like to make camping reservations, please call our KOA Kampground at 315.891.7355 for availability and pricing.  Please mention
code #GS2020 when booking at KOA Campgrounds to receive 10% discount off your cabin while the program is ongoing.

Movies will be playing in the Cinema both Friday and Saturday night.  On Friday we will have a flashlight candy hunt and on Saturday evening we will start a bonfire and sponsor a s'mores event at the fire pit.

Additional Information
The Scouts will be outdoors for a majority of their time. Please be prepared with the appropriate clothing. Sneakers or closed-toed shoes are required.
GOGGLES: If Scouts have their own goggles please bring them with you. If not, goggles can be purchased for $2.50 each.
HAMMERS: Will be provided for the Scouts mining modules.  You are also welcome to bring your own if you
PLASTIC BAGS: We will provide small ziplock bags for your finds.  Some prospectors bring buckets to carry
larger rocks.

Download 2020 Girl Scout Registration Form