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Introducing Boy Scouts to Surveying

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Navarro
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Introducing Boy Scouts to Surveying

Recently, TSPS members Shaun Piepkorn, John Truong, Adam Johnson, Philip 
Adams and Henry O’Steen met with Boy Scout Troop 114 in Lewisville to introduce them to the profession of land surveying. Members took turns demonstrating old and new equipment including transits, robotic total stations, GPS, 3-D scanners and drones. The scouts were fascinated by the opportunity and intrigued by the all advanced technology surveyors use.

A short Q&A session was held where members were given the opportunity to answer questions from scouts and scout leaders. Questions asked were about how to become a professional land surveyor, the opportunities for young people, different types of surveying, pay ranges, why scouts would make great land surveyors and interesting things surveyors have found out in the field. 

Towards the end of the meeting, the scouts voted to take on the Land Surveying Merit Badge this spring. Scout leaders also mentioned that they would contact other troops to see if they would be interested in completing the merit badge as well.

TSPS members Chris Freeman and Stephanie Beckham were also given the opportunity to speak with Boy Scout Troop 1157 at their monthly Troop meeting. The 35 Scouts and Scout leaders were very enthusiastic and attentive to the presentation and asked Chris Freeman to assist their troop in securing the Land Surveying Merit Badge. 

Coordinating with Troop Leader Steven Menear, Freeman presented several elements required for earning the Merit Badge. He also discussed the importance of safety related to surveying, issues a survey crew may encounter in rural environments (hydration, insects, animals, sun protection, snakes, briars/poison ivy) and more urban/roadway project environments (safety vests, hard hats, protective boots, signs, etc). Freeman provided an overview of survey history in Texas, career opportunities and further discussed the utilization of advanced technology in the surveying profession.

To complete the Merit Badge, Freeman will join the Boy Scout Troop at a weekend camp-out in February, where he will lead the Scouts in performing a five sided closed traverse and running a level loop through points. In order to receive the Land Survey Merit Badge, basic survey concepts must be performed such as taking field notes, observations, checks, closure computations and prepare a scaled plot of their traverse.

TSPS Chapter 5 - Dallas has prioritized working with local Scouts who possess many of the natural qualities that many surveyors have. This was an easy way to expose the Surveying profession to a motivated, goal and team oriented group of young adults. Chapter 5 looks forward to hosting the Land Surveying Merit badge and encourages chapter members to join in on the strides to help the Boy Scouts achieve their badge.  

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