The Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club youth group is the self-named "Mineral Monkeys." They participate in the Future Rockhounds of America (FRA) program, sponsored by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Since following the curriculum of this program, we have had five juniors graduate to "Rockhound."
The group is led by Carolyn Ashmore. Currently, there are 15 paid memberships in the group. Each month, a new lesson from the FRA curriculum is taught. Badges are earned as each lesson is completed, and handed out at an Awards Ceremony during the Christmas Party or Mid-Winter Swap.
Open to ages 6 to 15.
$3 per year membership (with responsible adult). All youth must have a responsible adult with them at all club meetings and functions. (No drop-offs) This is for their safety should something unforeseen happen.
Meetings: Bethany Park Shelter House at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of January; third Thursday of February, March, April, May, September, October, November; and the first Sunday of December. (There are no meetings in June, July, or August, but watch for fun events to participate in over the summer months.)
Future Rockhuonds of America Program
|ROCKS & MINERALS||EARTH IN SPACE|
|EARTH RESOURCES||GOLD PANNING & PROSPECTING|
|FOSSILS||GEMSTONE LORE & LEGEND|
|LAPIDARY ARTS||STONE AGE TOOLS & ART|
|COLLECTING||ROCKING ON THE COMPUTER|
|SHOWMANSHIP||THE WORLD IN MINIATURE|
|FIELD TRIPS||FLUORESCENT MINERALS|
|LEADERSHIP||REACHING ACROSS GENERATIONS|
FRA Badge Projects
|2018 Making Gem Trees||
2018 Finished Gem Trees
|2017 Future Rockhound||2017 Making Christmas Ornaments||Christmas gifts from Ms. Carolyn to each junior member|
|2017 Youth Group|
|December 2015 Juniors||2015 Future Rockhounds of America Graduates|
|Senior "Helpers" recognized by Mineral Monkeys|