FRA Badge Program
Sulfur Crystals, Image credit: Lora Hall
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How does the Badge Program Work
The program consists of 20 badges from basic earth science, to showmanship, to lapidary arts. When youth complete any 6 badges, they earn the status of Rockhound, and are awarded the rockhound patch. Their names are listed on the Honor Roll section of this website, by state and parent club. Those dedicated kids who complete all 20 badges earn the coveted status of Rock Star, are awarded an AFMS cloisonné pin, and listed on the Rock Star page.
There are 139 activities to choose from, or over a half dozen activities per badge. Kids are only required to complete 3 activities to earn any particular badge. Checklists make it easy for youth leaders to sign off on activities as junior members complete them. In addition, back-up pages, photographs, and suggestions help leaders guide their kids through each activity.
The entire manual is packed with 393 pages of information, so we suggest that you only download and print the section for the badge you are currently working on. To save on cost and keep the program free, print copies are not available.
Click on The Badges Page button below for the page with the complete list. Then, click on the badge you want, and you will find everything you need for that badge on one page. Click to explore and view, download to use! Have fun!
Requesting Badges, Patches, and Pins
If you are the registered leader requesting badges, patches, or pins there is no need to photo copy or scan the completed check list sign-off forms and snail mail copies or email scanned versions.
Simply email the current Juniors Program Chair, Lora Hall at the email address below and include:
Youth members names.
Youth leaders name, club/society name, mailing address for the badges, and a phone number if questions arise.
It is extremely important to state on your email if this request includes earning the Rockhound status (after 6 badges) or Rock Star award (for completing ALL 20). We do not automatically track this information.
Remember, only clubs affiliated with AFMS and registered with Future Rockhounds of America (FRA) are eligible to receive these badges, the Rockhound patch and Rock Star pin. If you are not registered, return to the "About FRA" page, Joining FRA section, for instructions on signing your club up!
About the image on this page
As a native mineral, Sulfur is a bright yellow crystalline material that forms near volcanic vents and fumaroles. Sulfur is the tenth most common element on Earth. Historically sulfur is also called brimstone perhaps because when burned, sulfur melts into a blood red liquid and emits a blue flame. (But don't try this at home!)
Image Credit: Lora Hall