Once a year, in February, CAAS has an event at our River Ridge Observing site, located about forty minutes west of Little Rock north of Lake Maumelle, for individual boys and girls 8th through 12th grade to help pursue an astronomy related merit badge. The next will be February 9th or 10th, 2018.
The program consists of a site tour, lectures and demonstrations intended to cover most of the items necessary to a relevant merit badge, followed by observing, if clear. Attendance is limited.
Registrants are expected to do some preparatory work and hold open both nights. The event is held on only one but the second night is a “rain date” should cloud preclude observing on the first. If both nights are clouded out, the lecture and demonstration program will proceed on the second night, and the youngsters will be given observing lists to take home so they can complete the program on their own later. If needed, attendees can get help completing the observing portion of the program by attending any subsequent CAAS star party.
This program is intended for individuals with a particular interest in astronomy, not troops due to limitations in our resources. Troops are encouraged, however, to attend our public star parties held at Pinnacle Mtn. and Wooley Hollow state parks. These can be found on our event calendar. We ask that each individual youngster register for the program separately so we have a firm headcount. Registrants will receive further communication concern preparations and event details.