Why Should I Join or Start a Metal Detecting Club?
By Lee Wiese
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You may be recently retired and looking for a new hobby or you may be a long
time detectorist. In either case you may want to consider joining a metal
detecting club. Metal detecting is a hobby that can be enjoyed without being
involved with other detectorist, however, much can be gained by being an
active part of the detecting community. The new hobbyist may want to learn
about the hobby while the long time detectorist can bring his detecting
skill and knowledge to a club.
What are the reasons for joining or starting a club?
1) Meet Other Detectorist
. Getting involved with a club provides the
opportunity to meet others in the hobby. A club represents a place where one
can develop new relationships and enjoy fellowship. people that have a
common interest which is metal detecting.
2) Learn the Necessary Skills
you are a newbie, joining a club can provide many opportunities to develop
your metal detecting skill. Most clubs have training programs on how to pin
point, recover targets and the proper methods and equipment to use for
detecting different terrains. You may also be able to learn the skills
needed to detect different types of targets such as: relics, gold, coins,
jewelry, and how to detect fresh and salt water beaches.
If you are an old timer at detecting but have never joined a club, your
contribution to the club could be in transferring your skill and knowledge
to others. This can be done by providing talks on different aspects of metal
detecting. There can be a great sense of self-satisfaction in helping others
achieve their goals by sharing one's knowledge.
3) Learn the Rules, Regulations and Ethics
Most clubs have an excellent knowledge base on the rules and regulations
governing metal detecting for their locality, the state and on national
lands. This knowledge can be very helpful to any detectorist; thereby
keeping the detectorist lawful while in the field. One will also be
introduced to the Metal Detecting Code of Ethics and how it plays a part in
daily detecting activities.
4) Being a Membe
r. Clubs can be a
key component of the metal detecting community by ensuring that the hobby is
not made illegal in their community and that detecting remains a
recreational hobby available to all who want to participate. The larger the
membership, the greater the voice in promoting the hobby and the more
creditability the club can generate in the community.
5) Participate in Club Meeting
meetings provide an opportunity once a month to get together with fellow
detectorist to review finds, visit with friends, enjoy some refreshments and
win some great coin prizes from the club raffle. Most all clubs have family
memberships, thus the whole family can be part of the metal detecting
6) Participate in Club Activities
Activities within any club will usually be centered around the hobby. These
activities take the form of competition hunts (annual and monthly). In these
detecting events there will be many great prizes and large numbers of coin
targets for the detectorist to find. Other activities in the club may be
centered around guest speakers or a club member presenting a specific topic.
7) Community Citizenship
. Many clubs
are also involved in activities that are directed toward helping the
community (i.e.: metal detecting camp for disabled children and supporting
families in need).
Clubs also support many local and national historical archaeological digs
which help in defining a communities past.
A club may have developed the capability to help others locate lost
valuables or to help law enforcement on crime scene searches.
8) Volunteer Your Skills
provide an avenue to volunteer your skills either directly or indirectly. As
a detectorist you may have strong interest in being part of the club's
executive board (officer or committee volunteer chairperson). Or you may
have website maintenance skills, writing skills, computer based knowledge,
effective communication skill, or knowledge about other related hobbies that
would be of great benefit to the club's membership.
9) Keep up to Date on Changes in the Hobby
Attending the club meeting is one way to keep abreast of the hobby. There is
usually information available on new metal detector releases, new detector
accessories (pin-pointers, recovery tools, headphones, etc) . Club meetings
are also the catalyst for learning about other club events in the
surrounding area and other states. The rules and regulation governing the
hobby are constantly changing and being part of club will provide
information on the latest challenges for the hobby.
10) Have Fun
. Finally, joining a
club, participating in their events, developing new relationships, being
part of the club's meetings and learning more about the hobby can be a great
avenue for having more fun.
- Club Meetings are Fun.
- Club Social Activities are Fun.
- Club Projects are Fun.
- Being of Service to the Club is Fun.
What to Look for in a Club. Any club under consideration should have many of
the following attributes as part of their club's charter and activities. The
more of these attributes that a club has the more interesting your
experience will be as a member.
1) Tax Exempt Status
2) Monthly Meetings (Meeting Agenda's)
3) Guest Speakers
6) Annual Competition Hunt
7) Monthly or Quarterly Hunts
8) Training Programs
9) Finds Show and Tell
10) Monthly Coin Raffles
11) Family Involvement
12) Club Officers
13) Annual Election Process
14) Club Bylaws
15) Lost Items and Recovery Team
16) Member Recognition
17) Club Member Reports
18) Club Outings and Special Events
19) Community Involvement Liaisons or Projects
20) A Large Club Member Volunteer Staff
Metal detecting is an adventure each time you go into the field.
Being with others that are experts can make your detecting adventure even
more rewarding not just for the finds but also with the enhanced fellowship
and bonding. Metal detecting is a very exciting hobby and the next target
may be the find of a life time.
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