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Girl Scouts Rock in Sierra Pelona

Posted: February 19, 2008 6:35 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.
On a cold and windy winter Saturday morning, more than 42 Girl Scout in the Joshua Tree Council and their parents joined the Sierra Pelona Rock Club at Gem Hill in Rosamond to learn about gathering rocks and identifying their finds.

The daylong event began with Rock Club leaders Greg Mazourek and Shep Koss sharing their knowledge of safety, who showed the girls what to look for. They also conducted a quick discussion of rocks, minerals and gems.

Ranging in age from 8-14-years-old, the Scouts, from 14 different troops in the Council, earned portions of age level recognitions for their "Rocks Rock" Junior Badge and their "Digging Through the Past" Interest Patch.

"While the younger girls enjoyed climbing among the rocks and boulders, the older girls were more inclined to make jewelry," said Diane Southwell, a member of the Rock Club.

After the rock climb, Southwell said the Sierra Pelona Rock Club provided two evenings of jewelry making instructions for Junior level Girl Scouts at the Santa Clarita Girl Scout office.

"These classes fulfilled several of the requirements of the Junior Badge "Jeweler" and "Rocks Rock," she said. "The girls also had a chance to view various finds of Shep Koss, Greg Masourek and Mike Morino from years of collecting in the field."

Southwell said the girls also viewed special types of rock for various uses including belt buckles, rings, bolo ties and many more including the beautiful geode that when cut, can contain such a delightful surprise inside.
The goal of the Sierra Pelona Rock Club is to promote interest and education in mineralogy, lapidary, geology, paleontology and related subjects which worked well with the Girl Scouts application towards the education and experiences required to earn their badges.

"We had a ball with the girls, they were so fun and happy," Southwell said. "We are thinking of taking other groups out, maybe the Boy Scouts in May or June."


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