HGS Volunteers Needed for Volunteer Day at YMCA Camp Cullen March 5th

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HGS members and friends are needed for our Annual Volunteer days at YMCA Camp Cullen!

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Do you have a burning desire to give back?

The HGS is teaming up with the YMCA to have a Volunteer Day on Saturday March 5th. The volunteer work we do that day will be at Camp Cullen, a YMCA summer camp located near Trinity, Texas.

We chose to help Camp Cullen for several reasons. First of all, most of the kids attending Camp Cullen are from the Houston area. Also, many campers are from underprivileged families and attend the camp free of charge. Last, but not least, there is a significant geology component to the camp’s programs with an actual geologic field trip in the quarry, a geology lab with hand samples onsite, and a “gold” panning area for younger kids. HGS has also conducted its Outcrop Family Campout at Camp Cullen in the past.

The work planned for our group this year is to work with other volunteers on “Prospect Ridge”, an Old West mining town. We will continue work on a project to build a Dance Hall Façade and to do some additional work on the mostly completed Gold Panning area, General Store, Bank, and Boot Hill to complete the look and feel of this area. You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to work! In addition to general carpentry, putting things together, etc, we also need some artists to help paint graphics on the dance hall interior walls.

For those interested, we’ll also take a break at midday so you can see the quarry field trip area and the geology lab.

So, if you would like to do a good deed, spend a nice day in the Piney Woods, and perhaps help get kids interested in geoscience, please consider donating part of a Saturday to this effort. Depending on where you are located in the Houston area, it takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours to get to the camp. We plan to start work at ~9am and will conclude by mid-to-late afternoon. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to have your older kids participate as volunteers but there will also be childcare provided by camp staff.

You can sign up at the following link which provides more details: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44aaae2fa6f94-ymca .

If you have any questions, please contact HGS member John Adamick at jadamick@stauroliteconsulting.com .