A group of Boy Scouts received a top-notch education in mining during a recent Mining in Society Merit Badge Workshop at Red Canyon Quarry in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Attended by 16 scouts from the Boy Scouts of America’s Pikes Peak Council, the workshop provided the scouts, their scout leaders and parents with a detailed overview of the mining industry, covering such topics as mine safety, local geology, mine permitting, mine reclamation and industry careers. Equipment operators Kyle Maximenko, Rex Robinson, Jon Edwards, and Nicholas Vandell were also on hand to speak about Red Canyon’s loaders and haul trucks, and its state-of-the-art, GPS-guided shot-hole drill.
David Bieber (left) of Martin Marietta is joined by Terry Hamilton, CEO of the Boy's and Girl's Club of Canon City, at the Boy Scouts of America's Mining in Society merit badge event.
To prepare for the event, six Rocky Mountain Division employees – Southern Colorado Safety Specialist J.T. Marrs, Senior Environmental Engineer Walt Wright, Geology/Survey Manager David Bieber, Southern Aggregates District General Manager Mike Sheahan, Southern Area Production Manager Rusty Cochran and Red Canyon Plant Manager Wayne Stoughton – worked with the Boy Scouts to become certified merit badge counselors.
Cochran, who said he learned quite a bit about the Scouts during the certification process, said the workshop was beneficial for a variety of reasons.
“It was a great opportunity for us to present the world of mining to an interested group of children and parents and to let them know that Martin Marietta’s products play a vital part in our lives,” he said. “Many of the scouts asked great questions, which tells me they were really paying attention and had a genuine interest in our business. It was a full day of education and everyone had a lot of fun.”
Similar workshops are expected to take place elsewhere in the division later this summer.