Free fossil dig for scouts in uniform

Hamburg, NY — Penn Dixie’s inaugural Scouting Rocks! program will be held on Saturday May 28 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Penn Dixie Site in Hamburg, NY. The program, which is free for any scout — Boy or Girl — in uniform, includes fossil collecting, sunspot viewing, nature hikes, and rocket-making with help from scientists from Moog. The first 200 scouts to attend will receive a commemorative patch.

The program is designed to highlight the values shared between scientists and scouts. “Scouting teaches young people important skills and values, such as teamwork, trustworthiness, and respect for the outdoors and one-another,” said Congressman Chris Collins, who will provide introductory remarks. “With such a solid foundation, scouts are able to utilize their creative thinking and problem solving skills to excel in any career path they choose. As an Eagle Scout with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I can personally attest to how well these values prepared me for educational and professional opportunities, particularly in the math and science fields. I applaud Penn Dixie for giving these young men and women an opportunity to better themselves and their communities in such an outstanding educational environment.”

Scouting Rocks! is coordinated with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Western New York. All ages are welcome; non-scout adult admission is $9, non-scout children are $7. Lomo Lomo food truck will be on site through lunch.

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