Volunteers are needed for the annual Nuclear Science Day for Scout – returning this year in person – on Saturday, Sept. 30. The 11th annual event invites Scouts – 8th grade or higher – to Berkeley Lab to earn a Boy Scout Nuclear Science merit badge or a Girl Scout Get to Know Nuclear patch.

“We encourage Lab parents with children in Scouting to consider signing up their troop for this event,” said Senior Physicist Alan Poon. “This fun day is one way to encourage young people to stay interested in science.”  The event is free to attend, and the deadline to register a troop is Friday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m.

If you don’t have a Scout, you can participate as a volunteer. “Volunteers make this event special for the Scouts,” said Poon. “It is an opportunity for us, as Lab staff, to share our love of science with the next generation and show the Scouts why we love to work at the Lab.” Volunteers are needed to help with registration and support activities, including building an electroscope, learning how to use a Geiger counter, and building an atomic model. The Lab will provide lunch for those volunteering for the full day, along with an event patch, and volunteers who do not already have a Lab ambassador shirt will receive one.