Juniors

If you are under age 18 you qualify to be a Junior Rockhound. Our one hour monthly meetings happen at the same time as the general meeting and are spent learning through hands on activities about different topics related to rockhounding and geology. Monthly activities frequently fulfill AFMS badge program requirements. The AFMS badge program allows Juniors to complete activities related to 20 different aspects of being a rockhound and earn badges for their work. The badges are then added to personalized sashes that the juniors are able to wear to club and community events. After we have our Juniors Meeting, we join the adults in the main Rock Club Meeting to enjoy Show and Tell, Silent Auction for neat specimens, Raffle and Door Prizes, social time, and treats. Benefits of being a Junior Rockhound include access to a profound pool of lapidary talent and expertise, opportunities for Field Trips, learning about the world of rocks, gems and minerals, building a collection of your favorite rock(s), affiliation with regional and national Rockhound organizations, meeting new friends and participating in our Annual Gem Show the first weekend of May. Junior members get to operate (with adult help) the KIDS CORNER at the Annual Show. During the show they have the opportunity to interact with peers in commerce, host a formal display case of their treasures, meet vendors who make a living from the hobby, and do their own shopping. Some of our older juniors have even been given the opportunity to work at vendor booths. Our Juniors have diverse backgrounds and interests that include gem or mineral collecting, lapidary arts, jewelry or bead work, stone carving, fossil preparation, geology and Earth science. Not all Juniors have parents or guardians that are already "seasoned" Rockhounds, many are just starting out and taking their first steps into the awesome realm of Earth science and pretty rocks! Our primary intent is to empower the Juniors and help them develop their individual interests and confidence from an educational and fun perspective. We provide an inviting, safe, and rewarding environment for them to grow in their intersts and abilities. Junior Rockhounds often remain members for many years and then transition to being adult members of the club. The Everett Rookie Rockhounds enjoy being one of the most active, productive, and vital Junior Rock Clubs in the Northwest. Prospective juniors are always welcome to visit once or twice before becoming official members. Juniors are required to have an adult who is also a member of the club. This can be a parent or another responsible adult such as a grandparent, neighbor, friend, etc. 

Our Juniors Coordinator can be reached by emailing ergcjuniors@everettrockclub.com, visiting a meeting, or through snail mail addressed as follows:

Everett Rock & Gem Club/Everett Rookie Rockhounds 
P.O. Box 1615 
Everett. WA 98206

An application for membership and dues payment can be completed online (by clicking "Join" at the top of this page), by snail mail (paper applications are available at meetings/club events), or during a meeting.

Thanks for taking the time to read about our awesome juniors program and, if you are under the age of 18, we hope you will come join us!