Little Chippers - Future Rockhound of America

FRA BadgeOur Little Chippers program for young people, Future Rockhounds of America, is sponsored by the American Federation of Mineral Societies. Badges are earned for various aspects of the Lapidary Arts including collecting and identifying rocks and minerals. Young People whose parents are members are eligible to join. Meetings are scheduled monthly at times that fit into the youth's availability.  Currently these meetings are held at the advisor's home in Chatsworth on the third Sunday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30am.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their children - email us for directions.

Each meeting consists of a discussion of the activities required for completion of the current badge of interest as well or a craft project.  The level of requirements for each badge is adjusted to the age and ability of the youth involved.  Field trips or other activities are included when required by the different badges. Scheduled meetings are listed in the Calendar link on this web site.  Guests are welcome.

Since we initiated this program we have issued over 200 badges to our Little Chippers.  Twelve have earned Rockhound Badges and one has earned the Rock Star Pin for completing all 20 badges.

There is extensive information on the badge program on the AFMS/FRA link below.

America Federation of Mineralogical Societies Merit Badge Program