Juniors Volunteer Award

A teen Junior helps man a Children's Activity Table at his club's annual Rock Show , Image credit: Joan Stoker

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Juniors can volunteer too!

In fact, some of them will become the lifeblood of your club in a few years. The Future Rockhounds Juniors Volunteer Award is meant to start them out well!

Chances are you have teens and pre-teens who help set up and take down at meetings, assist adults at Rock Shows and sales, maybe even help teach the younger kids.

Whether it's working at the show, filling grab bags, or making cookies for the next Club Big Event, they deserve recognition. This award process requires real work, provides real acknowledgement, and gives a Junior pride in giving real service.

Any Junior member of your club, age 10 -17, may earn this pin by contributing 20 hours of volunteer work for their home rock club.

Juniors Volunteer Award: The Priorities

To be counted for this purpose, on this sheet, the Junior’s work must be

  • Truly Voluntary – services offered by the Junior, or at least…

  • Truly Cheerful – not requiring, or done with, parental bribes or coercion

  • Truly Useful – something of real benefit to the Club, not busywork to earn the pin

Juniors Volunteer Award: The Process

  1. Spread the word and distribute the Volunteer Award rules and the Junior's own tracking sheet.

  2. Emphasize that each Junior needs to also report hours to the Juniors Leader or other adult member overseeing this process.

  3. Encourage the participating Juniors to keep track of their hours. Please maintain the integrity of this program by ensuring the priorities are met. (An additional tracking sheet for the leader is available, but it is not necessary as long as the Junior's own records are accurate).

  4. When a Junior has achieved the 20 hours, the leader sends the following information to youth@amfed.org:

  • Club name, location, and regional affiliation

  • Name and mailing address of the Junior Leader or adult club member responsible for the program

  • Junior's name and birthdate

  • Date hours were completed

  • Description of two or three ways that Junior volunteered

  1. The current AFMS Juniors Chairperson will send you the Juniors Volunteer Award pin!

Juniors Volunteer Award: The Pin

The Award is a Pin. But more than that, it is a milestone, marking a junior's status as a member who can be relied on to take responsibility and care about others beyond himself. Present this award in your home Club, with senior members applause and appreciation. Encourage the recipient to wear the pin to each meeting to motivate both junior and senior club members to serve likewise.

AFMS is working right now to design a unique pin just for this award.

We will post a photo as soon as it is ready!

This program was designed by Joan Stoker from Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club in Michigan for use in her juniors club. This is an excellent example of a program that worked so well at the local level that we wanted to share it with clubs throughout the AFMS and give all juniors a chance to show what they are capable of accomplishing. Please let us know if you have a program you want to share with other clubs. We will post it on the Club News page.

JrVolunteer Award FRA Juniors.pdf

Award Guidelines & Juniors record form

This document is meant to be given to the junior and parents. It explains the guidelines for the award. The personal record chart to be kept by the Junior is on page 2.

Click on the upper right corner of the document to enlarge it to view. You will also be able to print or download it from your viewscreen.

AFMS Future Rockhounds of America is currently designing our own unique pin for this award! Stay tuned as this program unfolds in the next 4 weeks...

When it is ready, we will announce it. At that time, you can begin recording volunteer hours for your Juniors.

About the image on this page

Many rock clubs are stretched thin when it comes to the peoplepower needed to put on the big events. This club runs an educational "Eggbox Collection" activity for close to 1,ooo children during the 3 full days of their annual show. In the months previous to the show, over 20,000 specimens are collected and prepared for this. Adult and Junior volunteers make it happen.

Image Credit: Joan Stoker