Jewel Cave Belt Loopalooza July 20
Published: Thursday, July 11th, 2013
For the third consecutive year, Cub Scouts throughout the Black Hills are preparing to embark on a day-long adventure at Jewel Cave National Monument on Saturday, July 20. The Belt Loopalooza event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consists of 10 different activity stations. Space is limited and reservations are required. Pack leaders and den leaders are encouraged to call and secure their space as soon as possible.
Participating Cub Scouts interact with resource professionals toward the completion of belt loop awards and related patches that complement the protection, preservation and conservation of public lands.
The National Park Service has a long history of working with the Boy Scouts of America, engaging Scouts to learn about their national treasures,” said Bradley Block, chief of interpretation. “What better way to spend a day than working with various conservation employees and discovering the stories behind the local scenery? The Black Hills are blessed with a number of public land agencies, and we are fortunate to have their staff support with this Cub Scout event.”
The event offers 10 belt loop topics, which include the following: astronomy, geography, geology, heritages, hiking, maps and compass, physical fitness, science, weather and wildlife conservation.
Participating Cub Scouts may select five of the 10 belt loops and accomplish the requirements through individual, 45-minute stations. Park rangers, naturalists, game officers and related public servants are the leaders of the stations. All Cub Scouts need a reservation to attend the program, and reservations are being taken through the Jewel Cave Visitor Center.
“We have witnessed this event grow in popularity over the past few years. For this reason, we are excited to host the event again and hopefully see some familiar faces, while also enticing some new Scouting families to visit Jewel Cave,” Block said.
All Cub Scouts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. Participating families will also need to furnish their own lunch, water and snacks for the day; Scout families should dress for the weather and be prepared for a variety of conditions.
To make a reservation or to learn more about the monument call the visitor center at 673-8300.
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