Owen Hopkins Memorial

Kids Rock Camp 

Camp Dates: June 19-21,2018  (Tuesday – Thursday)

                          July 17-19, 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday) 

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Ages: 9 – 15

Fee: $40 per each camp (includes T-Shirt)

Bring a sack lunch. Bottled water will be provided.

Student and adult volunteer Helpers are always welcome.

For Questions email: Education@GCGMS.org

The Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society will conduct (2) three-day summer programs for kids ages 9-15.  They will learn about rocks, minerals, fossils, gems and how to start their own collection.  They use lapidary equipment and participate in hands-on-projects.  Printed material, and t-shirt are included.

Camp Activities will allow a child to earn badges in:

Identification of Rocks and Minerals


Lapidary Arts

Earth Processes


Gemstone Lore & Legend

Careers in Earth Science

 Upon successful completion of Kids Rock Camp, badges from the American Federation of Mineral Societies will be awarded at the general GCGMS meeting in September.

The camp is held at the GCGMS Lapidary Shop (Kiwanis Building) located at 3933 N. Timon Blvd. (North Beach) 

 Registration Form

History of Kids Camp

The Owen Hopkins Memorial Kids Rock Camp was established and the first camp held in June of 2011.  Owen was a past President of the society.  His work in establishing educational classes and teaching classes is legendary.  More about Owen

The Society conducts an annual summer program for kids aged 8-17.  They learn about rocks, minerals, fossils, have fun, and start their own collection of minerals.  They normally take a fossil collecting field trip, use lapidary equipment and do projects that they are proud to show off to family and friends.  Attendees receive a tee shirt with the society logo and camp designation.



CampActivities allow students to earn badges from the Future Rockhounds of America AFMS/FRA Badge Program.

Stone Age Tools & Art
Identification of Rocks and Minerals
Field Trip
Lapidary Arts
Earth Processes
Also planned
Flint knapping demonstration
Fossil collecting field trip


2014 Camp Pictures

2013 Camp Pictures

2012 Camp Pictures

2011 Camp Pictures