2016 Junior Camp

The 2016 Junior Summer Camp was June 28-30.

Day 1 covered mineral identification of unknown samples using streak plates and hardness testing, crystal structures (built hands-on using toothpicks and gum drops), fossil casts and trackways (in cookie dough), basic aide training by Susan Brown, and soapstone carving.

Day 2 had more soapstone carving, making gem trees, a lecture on many of the forms or quartz by Chesley Sanders, and a continuation of basic aide training covering rescue breathing.

Day 3 started off finishing up the gem trees and working more on the soapstone carvings. Some of the juniors learning to make cabochons wire-wrapped their camp creations.  We had part 3 of basic aide training and finished up with our annual camp rock auction.

In addition to other camp activities, some of the older juniors also went through a cabbing basics workshop.  The cabbing workshop involves instruction on how to open up and clean-up/close-down the workshop, safety, how to properly use and care for the machines, and hands-on instruction on how to turn a pre-form into a finished cabochon.  Everyone completed one basic oval cabochon.  Several juniors completed multiple cabs, and one moved on to learning the basics of operating the saws.

2014 Junior Camp

The 2014 Junior's Summer Camp

2012 Junior Camp

The 2012 Junior's Summer Camp